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One-world chemistry and systems thinking

Nature Chemistry volume 8, pages 393398 (2016) | Download Citation

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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  1. Stephen A. Matlin is Head of Strategic Development for the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) and Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK

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  2. Goverdhan Mehta is a member of the Board of IOCD and National Research Professor and Lilly-Jubilant Chair in the School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad 500046, India

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  3. Henning Hopf is a member of the IOCD Chemistry Education Working Group and Professor in the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Technische Universität Braunschweig D-38106 Germany

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  4. Alain Krief is Executive Director of IOCD and Emeritus Professor in the Chemistry Department, Namur University, B-5000 Namur, Belgium

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