We are pleased to invite you to attend the
2nd Australian Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

8th December to 12th December 2024,
in Melbourne, Australia.

Green Chemistry Conference Australia 2024

Discover cutting-edge research, network with leading experts, and explore ground-breaking solutions for a sustainable future through green chemistry & engineering. An industry-focussed day on Wednesday 11th December 2024 will facilitate industry, academia and government authorities to network, share information and identify opportunities for collaboration.

The conference will take place from the 8th December to 12th December 2024, in Melbourne, Australia.

The venue, Rydges Melbourne, is located in the CBD at 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

Key Dates

Abstract submission closes – 25th August 2024
Successful abstracts contacted – week of the 30th September 2024
Early bird registration closes – 27th October 2024
Regular registration closes – 8th December 2024




Plenary Speakers

Professor Paul Anastas

Professor Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments in the School of the Environment, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Centre for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale.

Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004.

Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He, along with John Warner, is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program.

Professor Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, published in 1998. Paul has received numerous prestigious international awards including the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the German Chemical Society, 2022 and the 2021 Volvo Environment Prize, one of the world’s most respected scientific environmental awards.

Professor John Warner, Technology Greenhouse

Professor John Warner is one of the cofounders of the field of green chemistry, co-authoring the defining text “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice” with Paul Anastas. John has over 100 publications and over 300 patents, all exemplifying green chemistry principles. He has invented solutions for dozens of multinational corporations and his inventions have also served as the basis for several new companies.

John received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. He worked at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, and then moved to a full professorial position at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry with Jim Babcock and Beyond Benign with Amy Cannon (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education).

John has received numerous prestigious international awards including the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal from the German Chemical Society in 2022, and the Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry in 2014. Warner was named by ICI Services as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader. He serves as strategic advisor for the Science, Engineering and Health Committee of EPA Victoria in Australia. and advises several international organizations and companies throughout the world.

Professor Qin Li

Prof. Qin Li obtained her BEng, MEng from Zhejiang University, and PhD (Chemical Engineering) from The University of Queensland (2002). She is a Professor at Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre and School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University. She is the Co-Founding Chair of Green and Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering National Group at Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Her research interests span from carbon dots and nanocarbons, colloids and interfacial engineering, to functional materials, catalysis, and sustainable technologies, addressing critical issues in water, energy and healthcare.

Prof. Li was a Marie Curie Fellow from 2006 – 2008 hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany. She was the winner of Curtin Innovation Award in 2009, and a finalist of Women in Technology Research Award in 2015 and 2020. Prof. Li has edited two books and co-authored 6 book chapters, over 135 journal papers and 4 international patents, which resulted in an h-index of 52. She is the author of a children’s STEM book (not for profit), ‘Our Mum is a Nanotech Scientist! That’s Rad.’

Dr Louise Reeves, Major Program Lead, Queensland Water Directorate

Louise has a BSc (Hons) in Geology and a PhD in Isotope Geochemistry from Monash University. As an early career graduate she spend time as a visiting research scholar at what is now the Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Following her PhD, she worked at the Centro de Pesquisas em Geocronologia e Geoquímica Isotópica (CPGeo) of the University of São Paulo, Brasil establishing a laboratory for the analysis of rhenium-osmium isotopes.

Since that time Louise has had a diverse career in science and engineering that has been predominantly within the mining industry. Her experience includes stints as a researcher, writer and editor for an industry technical magazine, as a laboratory manager in both research and operational environments. She has spent nearly 10 years working in strategic water management both for a mining operation and at an engineering consultancy assisting mine operators to understand and manage the risk that climate poses to their sites and the environment.

Her early interest in science has transformed into a passion for science education, truth in science reporting, and research. Joining the Queensland Water Directorate in 2019, she has developed a keen interest in the complex challenges faced by the urban water industry, especially in the area of emerging contaminants in water, wastewater and biosolids.


Professor Doug MacFarlane

Professor Doug MacFarlane is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Monash University’s School of Chemistry. His interests include sustainable ammonia production by electrochemical methods. Professor MacFarlane has published more than 800 papers and 30 patents, including a significant suite of patents in electrochemical ammonia generation. In 2021 he co founded Jupiter Ionics P/L with co-worker Dr Sasha Simonov to develop and scale up their electrochemical ammonia generation technology. Professor MacFarlane was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2007.

In 2018 he was awarded the Craig Medal – the Academy’s highest honorific for achievement in the field of Chemistry. He was also elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. He was also the winner of the 2018 Victoria Prize for Physical Sciences. In 2020 and 2021 he was included in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.


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