Florida Poly to host international conference on green science and technology

GCET 2018 Conference
This year's GCET 2018 conference is the follow up to the first international GCET conference held in Chandigarh, India last year with 300 participants.

LAKELAND, Fla. – Leaders in academia, industry and government will come together for the first time at Florida Polytechnic University for the Green Chemistry, Engineering and Technologies (GCET) Conference hosted by Panjab University, in India, and Florida Polytechnic University. The two-day conference will be held July 18-19 at the Innovation, Science and Technology Building on Florida Poly’s campus in Lakeland.

The GCET-2018 USA-India Conference is designed to enable scientists and technologists from both the United States and India to discuss the most advanced research and development of the next generation green chemistry, engineering and technologies.

The event will also allow experts to generate strategic recommendations for the advancement of an international curriculum and graduate program focused on green science and technologies.

“Clean water, air, clean energy and food are the biggest challenges facing our planet when it comes to the environment,” said Dr. Sesha Srinivasan, professor of physics at Florida Poly and part of the university wide organizing committee. “This conference will address solutions to some of these stringent parameters.”

The keynote speakers and participants include some of the most prominent researchers in green and sustainable technologies from universities in Florida and Panjab University. In addition, there will be panel discussions in which industrialists, non-profits, government, faculty and students from Florida Poly and Panjab will discuss international graduate education and research on green chemistry and engineering.

A select group of graduate and undergraduate students from both universities will showcase their research findings and interact with eminent national and international experts.

“There is a rising awareness and demand for green chemistry, green materials, green composites and their engineering and technological applications,” said Srinivasan. “This why this conference is so relevant to today’s environment.”

GCET-2018 is jointly organized by Florida Polytechnic University, Molekule, Inc., and Panjab University, India. The event is the follow up to the first international GCET conference held in Chandigarh, India last year.

Florida Polytechnic University and Panjab University created the Indo-US partnership with the goal of developing programs to foster the knowledge and research breakthroughs in green chemistry, engineering and technologies that lead to environmental sustainability.

An important component of this international exchange program, Srinivasan explained, is to educate 21st century students with project-based teaching and prepare them for industry workforce or graduate programs.

This three-year international collaborative exchange program is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India and the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions of higher education.

For more information or to register visit https://gcet.floridapoly.edu.

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