Young voices encouraged to share sustainability solutions in global essay competition
The Royal Society of Chemistry has partnered with the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) to launch an annual essay competition focused on sustainability.
The contest will focus on the role chemical sciences can play in tackling green issues. This year's theme is “How can the chemical sciences lead the stewardship of the Earth’s element resources?”.
This competition is a call to young minds all over the world to bring their innovative ideas and solutions to the table, and have their voices heard.
Open globally to those under 35 years of age, essays will be judged on how well they highlight the importance of scientific approaches grounded in the chemical sciences for solving sustainability challenges.
The essay should not exceed 1,500 words, and entrants are encouraged to take a broad, global perspective, considering the intersection of science, society, and policy.
Entries will be grouped into seven regions for shortlisting and selection of winners based on the entrant's country of normal residence. The seven regional groupings are:
- East Asia and Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- the Middle East and North Africa
- South Asia
- sub-Saharan Africa
- the USA and Canada.
Each regional winner will receive a prize of $500 and their essay will be published in RSC Sustainability. Shortlisted essays will be collected in an annual compendium, Young Voices in the Chemical Sciences for Sustainability, published as a PDF online and available on the IOCD's website.
The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2023 (midnight GMT) and entries must be submitted in English to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a completed entry form.
Grab this chance to make your voice heard and contribute to a better, more sustainable future for the Earth and its elements. Start writing today!
About RSC Sustainability
RSC Sustainability is a new interdisciplinary journal published by the RSC, with Professor Tom Welton, a Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London and the RSC's past president, as its editor-in-chief.
The journal welcomes solutions-focused research from all subject areas that solve sustainability challenges for a better, greener future. Content will come from the academic, industry, regulatory and government sectors. An inclusive journal, RSC Sustainability champions chemical science discoveries that contribute to and enable any of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The journal is published gold open access, meaning all research is freely available to those who can benefit from it the most.
About the IOCD
The IOCD was founded by UNESCO at the organisation's Paris headquarters in 1981 and promotes the chemical sciences for development, with a particular emphasis on global sustainability.
The organisation fosters and highlights the contributions that the chemical sciences can make through education, research and practice. Through these activities, the IOCD is helping to deliver sustainable, equitable human development and tackle emerging global challenges. These include those contained in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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