One-world chemistry and systems thinking

The practice and overarching mission of chemistry need a major overhaul in order to be fit for purpose in the twenty-first century and beyond. The concept of 'one-world' chemistry takes a systems approach that brings together many factors, including ethics and sustainability, that are critical to the future role of chemistry.

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This Commentary is the result of an initiative of the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) under its programme to promote the future of the chemical sciences. The collaborative work of the authors, who are all affiliated with IOCD, was assisted by the organization's support for a workshop held at IOCD's administrative location in Namur, Belgium in September 2015.

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Matlin, S., Mehta, G., Hopf, H. et al. One-world chemistry and systems thinking. Nature Chem 8, 393–398 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.2498

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