The fourth International Conference on Environmental Management, Engineering, Planning and Economics (CEMEPE 2013) & SECOTOX Conference will be held Mykonos island, Greece, June 24 to 28, 2013

The third International Symposium on Green Chemistry for Environment, Health and Development was held in Skiathos island, Greece, on October 3 to 5, 2012.

Second International Symposium on Green Chemistry for Environment and Health in Mykonos, Greece

After the first symposium on Green Chemistry for Environment and Health in Munich, Germany, in September 2008, the second symposium took place on Mykonos island in Greece from September 27 until 29, 2010. It was organized by SECOTOX (Society of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety) together with the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the School of Engineering of the University of Thessaly, Greece, and with the Department of Chemical Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Prof. A. Kungolos from University of Thessaly, the head of the organizing committee took great care for the success of this symposium and he had the help of several members of the international organizing committee from other European countries.

A total of 138 manuscripts covering all aspects of green chemistry from groups of all over the world were presented. There was a reasonable balance between groups from academia and industry. The 13 topics were arranged in analogy to the last symposium. The topic entitled “Environmentally Benign Processes and Products” dominated the contributions with 30 papers, followed by “Chemicals, Health and Ecotoxicology ” with 21 papers and “Industry,-Environment and Health” with 17 papers. The topic ”Green Catalysis and Biocatalysis” showed with 14 papers still its importance followed by the topic “Renewable Resources” with 13 papers. But some other topics were also presented like “Environmental Quality and Climate Stability through Chemistry” (7 papers), followed by “Environmental Concern, Ethics and Policies” (5 papers) and “Environmental Legislation and Policy" (4 papers) along with “Green Consumer Products-Green Solvents (4 papers). Finally two more topics “REACH Directive and EU Guidelines for Industrial Chemicals” and “Green Pharmacy” should be mentioned, each with two contributions.

Green chemistry has become a new and important subject in all fields of environmental sciences, because of its general concepts and aims to improve the quality of the local and global environment by product/process-integrated measures, which must substitute the old end-of-pipe solutions for environmental protection. This concept stimulated and united all contributors of this symposium and made the meeting, together with the Greek sun, a very successful event.

The symposium showed that incorporation of concepts of toxicology and ecotoxicology is essential for the goals of green chemistry.

A. Kungolos, D. Lenoir, K.-W. Schramm