The 16. International Conference on Chemistry for the Environment
This week the University of Oslo is hosting the 16. International Conference on Chemistry for the Environment. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of giving a short opening speach to the participants. Here is my short opening speach pointing out the importance of chemistry in relation to the United Nations 17 sustainability goals.
Dear participants at the 16th International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2017)!
Science and technology in general and chemistry in particular is important to understand the environment. Chemistry is also important when we need to find solutions to improve the environment when it is polluted or somehow out of balance.
Clean air and clean water is of crucial importance for the globe and clearly among the United Nations 17 sustainability goal. In this picture chemistry plays an important role. However, chemistry for the environment is much more than clean air and clean water.
Reading through the United Nations (UN) sustainability goals we find challenges that involves chemistry almost all over the place. Future production of affordable and clean energy, sustainable food production, good health and well-being, climate actions are four development areas that requires deep knowledge in chemistry in order to meet the important goals stated by UN.
This conference is an important meeting place for discussing these and other important issues related to the environment and how chemistry can and should play its role.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was established in 1861. Three years later, in 1864, Peter Waage, together with Cato M. Guldberg, discovered the law of mass action – the first and only law of nature that is discovered in Norway. Waage became professor in Chemistry at the University of Oslo in 1866, so chemistry as been with us from the very beginning and is of course an important discipline at the Faculty today.
The University of Oslo and the Faculty is proud to host the 16. International Conference on Chemistry for the Environment. I wish you all very welcome to The University of Oslo and The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Good luck with the conference and have a nice and fruitful stay in Oslo and Norway. Thank your very much for your attention.