1st PACN Green Chemistry Congress

PACN is supported by Syngenta
15-17 November 2010
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1st PACN Green Chemistry Congress Video

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Africa is vastly abundant in natural resources and this offers us valuable opportunities to preserve this wealth by pursuing new routes to sustainable processes and products. However, the concept of Green Science and Technology is still at its infancy in many African countries. Although research and development in this area is nearly 20 years old, it originally focused on the needs of well-established chemical using industries in economically developed countries. This Congress considered many of the problems that Green Chemistry should be addressing in the context of Africa, where chemical using industries are beginning to develop.  

The 1st  PACN Green Chemistry congress brought together scientists under the Pan African Chemistry Network, a partnership between the RSC, Syngenta and African Scientists: African scientists coming together to develop their own innovative solutions to the continent's challenges. 

Over 160 participants were in attendance representing over 22 countries from 4 continents. The meeting was opened by David Phillips (RSC president), Mike Bushell (Principal Scientist, Syngenta), Professor Andreas Eshete (President of Addis Ababa University) and the State Minister of Water and Energy. UNECA was represented by the Director of ICT, Science and Technology, Ms Aida Opoku- Mensah. 

A report from the conference will be launched at the UNECA CODIST 2 meeting next year.

PACN Green Chemistry Conference

Following the congress was a one day scientific writing workshop, which was attended by 40 people from throughout Africa. The aim of the workshop was to provide invaluable skills and information to scientists to advance and succeed within the international research environment. The workshop focused specifically on communication skills and scientific writing, with group sessions allowing time for practical experience.


  • catalysis and biocatalysis
  • renewable feedstocks
  • energy  
  • green solvents
  • metrics
  • product design   

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Programme of event
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Workshop Programme
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Also of interest

Wealth Not Waste: Green Science and Engineering for Sustainable growth in Africa

05 May 2011 - This unique report summarises the conclusions and recommendations emerging from the PACN Green Chemistry Conference in 2010

Kenya Hub

University of Nairobi, Chemistry Department

Ethiopia Hub

University of Addis Ababa

Green Chemistry

The home of cutting-edge research on the development of alternative sustainable technologies.

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Contact and Further Details

Mr Erick Awas
Administrator, PACN Kenya
Department of Chemistry University of Nairobi P.O. Box 30197, 00100 NAIROBI
Tel: Tel & Fax: +254 20 444 6140, Mob: +254 705 218 055

Mrs Bethlehem Fetene
PACN Ethiopia Administrator
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia