International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Dr Thomas Faunce Ideas Activities
  • Assoc. Prof., Australian National University and Australian Research Council Future Fellow
    Canberra ACT, Australia
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    Tel 61 2 61253563
  • Sector:

    Tertiary Education
  • Organizations:

    Australian National University and Australian Research Council Future Fellow
    International Photosynthesis Society
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
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I am organising an international conference that I am seeking to have associated with the UNESCO IYC.

It is entitled "Towards Global Artificial Photosynthesis-Energy, Nanochemistry and Governance'.

The Australian National Commission for UNESCO has and a submission to have the conference accredited with the UNESCO IYC. I am organising the conference with Prof Ron Pace, Prof Rob Stranger, Prof Elmars Krausz, Prof Fred Chow, Assoc. Prof Warwick Hillier and Prof David Officer.

Conference website:

The aim of the conference is to foster international collaborations and strategies for funding through a global effort in five key areas of artificial photosynthesis:

• global collaborations, governance and policy structures and models

• energy capture

• energy conversion and storage

• carbon fixation and

• modified and synthetic biological processes.

We hope this will be the first of a series of conferences on the theme of developing the governance structures for a Global Artificial Photosynthesis Project. It is envisaged that a set of draft principles and related publication on the topic of a Global Collaboration on Artificial Photosynthesis will be prepared as a result of the conference and follow-up events.

The conference will showcase the research of some of the world's leading experts in artificial photosynthesis, nanochemistry and global governance.

yours sincerely

Assoc. Prof. Thomas Faunce