Chemistry meets Industry and Society

A creative showcase conference Salerno (Grand Hotel), 28-30 August 2019

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with the support of



Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) in collaboration with European Chemical Society (EuChemS), Federchimica (the Italian Federation of the chemical industry), Farmindustria (Italian Association of pharmaceutical companies) and the support of Italian Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM) and Italian Association of Science & Technology of Macromolecules (AIM) invite you to attend to CIS 2019, a new international event opening a new perspective in the interaction between research, industry and society in the field of chemistry.


CIS 2019 aims to be a new breakthrough-type international conference, different from the conventional scientific conferences and aimed to fill an existing gap between the scientific capabilities of research, and industry and society needs, e.g. from idea to innovation. It aims to be a creative showcase conference, with presentations (from projects, scientists, companies, public agencies, etc.) oriented to present

  • applicable research results (rather than just scientific aspects) in a form where communication to companies and non-experts should be pursued
  • specific requests from companies regarding both fundamental and applied aspects that they identify as background for innovation
  • strategic aspects of research identified by public agencies to foster competiveness in the area of chemistry and address societal grand-challenges


In particular, CIS 2019 wants to show the strategic role of Chemistry to foster progress and innovation, with reference to broad topics such as Energy, Health, Sustainability, Security, and Everyday life.


A new conference format to be

  • a showcase of ideas, solutions, concepts bridging idea and innovations
  • a stimulus of the scientific creativity through new motivations,
  • an opportunity to create more directs links between idea and innovation, new inputs to identify research problems from companies and society sides,
  • a tool in a transitional period for a better vision of research and innovation landscape for chemical production and other areas where chemistry plays a crucial role, from energy to environment protection, life science and health, process industry, etc.


Who are invited to participate

  • scientists and managers from companies, that will take the opportunities to learn in advance new results, tools and idea in an environment which favour communication and transfer from idea to innovation
  • manager and decision-makers of funding agencies and research Institution, that will identify new strategic directions of research and new solutions to make more effective bridging idea to innovation and address societal grand-challenges
  • scientists that will find new opportunities for an enhanced interaction with companies and to identify new research possibilities


In this section you will find all the news about CIS 2019
  •  26/08/2019 - The updated program of WS1 can be downloaded here.
  • 02/08/2019 - The updated files of Scientific Program and Conference Proceedings are now available.
  • 02/08/2019 - La piattaforma di registrazione online sarà attiva fino al 18 Agosto, successivamente ci si potrà registrare solo al congresso.
  • 26/07/2019 - Scientific Program and Conference Proceedings are now available
  • 17/06/2019 - Deadline for ONLY presentations abstracts for participation to Brokerage Event (28th August 18:00-20:00) : 30/06/2019
  • 20/05/2019 - New deadline for abstract submission (ONLY for Poster Presentations) is: 15/06/2019.
  • 20/05/2019 - Deadline for presentations abstracts for participation to Brokerage Event on later afternoon on is: 15/06/2019.
  • 30/04/2019 - New deadline for abstract submission is: 15/05/2019.
  • 29/03/2019 - Check “Participation Info” for new available fellowships for young researchers.
  • 28/02/2019 - CIS 2019 flyer is now available, click here to download it 

Conference Format

The conference will be organized in 3 days, with the following format:

  • 1st day (Wednesday 28.8.19, afternoon):
    • plenary lectures introducing relevant challenges
    • a poster and brokerage event, before a welcome cocktail, where companies, start-up, researchers, investors and stakeholders can meet to explore new opportunities of collaboration and partnership
  • 2nd-3rd day (Thursday, Friday 29-30.8.19), full days: for congress participants, organized in thematic parallel workshops (up to 5 parallel sessions), with keynote and oral presentations, short presentations and posters.

All presentations will be in English.

A public-open morning (Wednesday 28.8.19, in Italian), dedicated to discuss the role and opportunities for chemistry to have a stronger role in addressing societal challenges in a closer interaction with industry, will forego the opening of CIS 2019.


WS1 - Chemistry for Secure Society

The workshop will highlight the pervasive role of Chemistry in the field of security, in terms of detection, prevention, protection, mitigation and defence against the use of hazardous materials, highly toxic chemicals and dangerous products (e.g. explosives, poisons, bio-toxins, radioactive agents) for criminal purposes.

Following a trans-disciplinary approach, spanning from advanced analytical chemistry to materials science, from sensor technology to catalysis, the latest advances in the field of rapid detection, personal protection, decontamination and security policies will be presented and discussed by eminent experts from academia, research institutions, industry and governmental agencies, working on a daily basis for secure, resilient and ethically correct societies.

16 ECM credits can be attributed to chemists and physicists participating in the WS1 and enrolled in the professional Italian boards of Chemists and Physicists, FNCF. More information on the FNFC web page:

WS2 - Chemistry meets Bioeconomy

The workshop wants to present and discuss, with an interdisciplinary approach, the contribution of Chemistry to various aspects related to the bioeconomy, evidencing the need for research projects and activities that support a sustainable technological and industrial innovation based on renewable resources for the production of consumer goods. The workshop includes: a) From crop protection and food production to valorisation of food and biomasses wastes; b) Chemistry, reuse and new economy; c) Chemistry, Biomasses and Waste valorisation; d) Expanding Chemistry using Biotechnologies


WS3 - Smart Peptide Chemistry for Next Generation Industry in a Sustainable Society

In the last 5 years peptide science went through a real renaissance, raising a constantly increasing interest from research scientists and industry.  Pharmaceutical, diagnostic, cosmetic and well-being industries are the main stakeholders for the development of new peptide-based materials, and sustainable synthetic methods for their large-scale preparation.

The launch on the market of these products prompted a large R&D effort. Aim of the workshop is to put in communication peptide science researchers and stakeholders from industry and society, to explore the possibility of application of peptide materials in many diverse fields with potential societal impact, from antimicrobial resistance to culture heritage to nutraceuticals.


WS4 - Chemistry meets light: applications and perspectives in the fields of energy, environment, health, nanotechnology, food and cultural heritage

The workshop aims at presenting and discussing, with an interdisciplinary approach, the contribution of Photochemistry to various applicative and societal fields.

In particular, it will deal with (a) conversion of solar energy in heat, electricity and fuels; (b) water remediation and air purification by means of photocatalysts; (c) use of photochemical processes to obtain chemical products in innovative and sustainable ways; (d) development of photoactive molecular species for medical diagnostics and therapy; (e) design and synthesis of photoactive nanomaterials, molecular devices and machines to be used in various fields, from information technology to medical diagnostics and therapy; (f) preparation of new and safer dyes, additives, and preservatives for food; (g) use of photochemical techniques for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

The workshop will also address the problem of ethically correct uses of Photochemistry for a safe and sustainable technological and societal development.



WS5 - Sustainability of products

The workshop aims to foster the interaction between Industries and Research Institutions to address the challenge of sustainability of products. The Industries will present their needs, strategies and results in the field, the Research Institutions their idea, tools and results in a new communication modality that makes more effective to bridge idea to innovation.

Although not limited to only the following topics, the focus of the workshop will be on four main aspects:

  • the substitution of SVHC (substance of very high concern),
  • the design of new products taking into account the entire life cycle,
  • the use of the wastes for the production of new products,
  • the design of smart products that are able to decrease the environmental impact of human activity and industrial production.

The main goal of the workshop is to show that chemistry is the solution for the sustainable growth, but that it is necessary to catalyze the mutual interaction between idea and innovation, starting from new, more effective, modalities of communication between Industries, Research and Society.


WS6 - Mobility

In the frame of CIS2019, the breakthrough-type conference aimed at filling the gap existing between the scientific capabilities of research and the needs of industry and society, a Workshop is organized on the fundamental need of human life: mobility. Main objective of the Workshop is to present, analyze, discuss the contribute of Chemistry to tackle the challenges proposed by Mobility. Main aspects which will be covered are: Sustainability, Smart mobility, Energy for Mobility. Focus will be on vehicles. Lectures will be given and a poster session will be organized.

Contributions have been already received from Centre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials (CeNTI), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Politecnico di Milano Twente University and from companies such as Dow, Evonik, FIAMM, FCA, Pirelli.


WS7 - Plastics and Environment

The focus of the public opinion on the negative effects of plastics on our environment has created the strong need of a clear answer from the scientific community on topics such as material recycling and reduction of the carbon footprint, during production and life cycle. Multiple and completely new cross competence research areas are being established all over the world. On top of this, legislation is also very active in trying to define strict directions that should protect and preserve our modern society.

Aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers and stakeholders from industry and society, to have a critical view on the complexity of the material life cycle and obstacles encountered during recycling. This would help into defining the current situation and create the bases for a better vision of the world we are contributing to shape.


WS8 - Smart materials

The workshop addresses the new opportunities given from science and technology of materials to sustainability of industry and society, with presentations of new possibilities and tools, rather than just scientific results, which can open new perspectives in this direction and mutual integration of research and production worlds. Although not limited to only the following topics, the focus of the workshop will be on six main aspects, which are highly cross-sectorials:

  • Self-diagnostic materials,
  • Molecular nanomagnets for quantum computing,
  • Self-healing materials,
  • Smart coatings,
  • Stimuli-responsive materials
  • Multifunctional materials.


Scientific Committee


Organizing Committee


Local Organizing Committee

  • WS1 Chemistry for Secure Society: Vincenzo Vaiano, University of Salerno (
  • WS2 Chemistry meets Bioeconomy: Carmine Capacchione, University of Salerno (
  • WS3 Smart Peptide Chemistry: Anna Maria D’Ursi, University of Salerno (
  • WS4 Chemistry meets light: Andrea Peluso, University of Salerno (
  • WS5 Sustainability of products: Antonio Proto, University of Salerno (
  • WS6 Mobility: Adriano Intiso, SCI Chemical Cultural Diffusion (
  • WS7 Plastics & Environment: Paola Rizzo, University of Salerno (
  • WS8 Smart Materials: Vincenzo Venditto, University of Salerno (
  • General Organization: Ines Bruno, University of Salerno (





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Important Dates & Deadlines

28-30/08/2019 - Congress Dates

07/06/2019 – Deadline for early registration fee and for registration of presenting authors

15/06/2019 – New deadline for abstract submission (ONLY for Poster Presentations)




I) See the list of Member Societies here
II) This reduced fee is reserved to SCI/EuChemS Members University students, PhD students, Post-doc and fellowships in Universities and research institutions. Qualified Italian members are people in one of the following positions: “Assegnisti, Borsisti, Dottorandi, Ricercatori td A (non td B) o altre figure analoghe di Enti e Aziende”. People registering with reduced fee are requested to prove their qualification by sending a written declaration of their tutor/supervisor to Ufficio Congressi SCI (
III) The Teacher fee is reserved to high school teachers that are SCI/EuChemS Members.
IV) The Retired fee is reserved to retired scientists that are SCI/EuChemS Members.
V) Subject to availability.
VI) One day registration fee is 150€ until 07/06/2019.


Registration includes:

  • Congress material, attendance to the Congress and Exhibition
  • Welcome Reception
  • Coffee breaks during scientific sessions

In order to set up adequate spaces for workshop sessions, during the registration process you will be requested to select two preferred workshops (mandatory selection). Please be ready to indicate two workshops that you are planning to follow. This will not prevent you from following also some other workshop session during the conference.

Sponsorships are available for young researchers who participate to the congress.

Fellowships for young researchers are available from different divisions of SCI: from Division of Industrial Chemistry ( see for more info) and from Interdivisional group of Catalysis (see here for more info) who recommend to participate to WS1 and WS5, from Division of Physical Chemistry (more info on website: and from Divison of Organic Chemistry (click here for more info).

The AIM sets 10 fellowships for young researchers in the field of macromolecular science (see here for more info).The INSTM sets 10 fellowships for young members participating to WS8 (for more info see here).

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held on Thursday 29 August. Please note, there is an additional cost for this, and spaces might be limited. The Conference Dinner needs to be booked during the registration process.


It is not possible to book accommodation during the registration process. For accommodation check: General Info/Accommodation .


Abstract submission

It is possible to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations for any of the eight workshops in the scientific program.

Abstracts must be prepared and submitted according to the instructions reported on the Word Abstract Template that can be downloaded below.

When submitting the abstract the author will need to indicate the workshop for which the abstract is submitted and the preference for oral or poster presentation.

Poster panels will be double-sided with a base size of 1 m for 2 m in height.

New deadline for abstract submission (ONLY for Poster Presentations) is: 15/06/2019.

Authors will receive communication about acceptance within 22/05/2019



  • Respect all page layout in the template, abstracts with altered layout will be returned to author for correction.
  • The organizers reserve the right to make editorial changes to the abstracts that do not conform to the requirements.
  • By submitting your abstract, you agree to transfer ownership of copyright for the abstract and its content to the “Società Chimica Italiana" to enable publication in the book of abstracts and in the final conference proceedings (digital version).
  • Please note that accepted abstracts will be presented / included in the scientific program, only after registration and payment of the registration fee is completed. Onsite registration for presenting authors is not possible.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation must be communicated in writing to:; within the dates indicated in the table below.

NO reimbursement will be made without a written communication or for communication received after the “Final Deadline”.

Scientific Program

A preliminary program is reported below.

This section will be regularly updated as soon as new information will be available.


General Program


Workshops Program





Organizers & Conveners





Chemistry for Secure Society

Matteo Guidotti

Vasile Parvulescu

Arben Merkoçi

Genserik Reniers





Chemistry meets Bioeconomy

Oreste Piccolo

Lucia Gardossi

Cristina Nativi

Marco Arlorio

James Clark





Smart Peptide Chemistry for Next Generation Industry in a Sustainable Society

Mariano Venanzi

Annamaria Papini

Giancarlo Morelli

Luis Moroder

Timo Nuijens





Chemistry meets light: applications and perspectives in the fields of energy, environment, health, nanotechnology, food and cultural heritage

Amilra Prasanna de Silva 

Margherita Venturi

Alberto Credi





Sustainability of products

Martino Di Serio

Siglinda Perathoner

Cristiana Gaburri






Maurizio Galimberti

Christian Durante

Anke Blume

Peter Zaalar





Plastics and Environment

Daniele Caretti

Markus Gahleitner





Smart materials

Luigi De Nardo

Paolo Fornasiero





General Info


The venue of the conference is Grand Hotel Salerno (, Lungomare Clemente Tafuri, 1 –Salerno, Italy (40°40’18.2″N, 14°46’38.2″E).

Grand Hotel Salerno: conceived with a characteristic prow shape, it lays on the enchanting scenery of the Gulf of Salerno facing the divine Amalfi Coast. The prestigious hotel has a strategic location that allows to enjoy the natural and cultural attractions of the city and its fascinating surroundings: on the sea side; close to the green promenade along the sea; handy to the old city centre, to the shopping area and the main public offices; near the railway station (500 mt), the port (400 mt) and the highways. It is perfectly located to visit also the worldwide known sites of the Campania Region, as the Amalfi Coast, the Cilento National Park (both UNESCO patrimony), the famous islands Capri, Procida, Ischia and the most important archaeological areas- Pompei, Paestum, Hercolaneum


The congress centre of Grand Hotel Salerno is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The Tafuri Auditorium can host up to 600 people and the other closest meeting rooms with natural daylight and modular soundproof walls, allow to host five parallel sessions, with poster presentations and exhibition in the area of coffee breaks. Free wifi in public areas


A series of rooms have been reserved at the Grand Hotel Salerno, but other Hotels are very close, at a maximum 15 min of walking distance.


Accommodation at the Grand Hotel Salerno (Conference venue) can be done directly to the Hotel by using the following form: ( GHS_ReservationForm).

Accommodations in other Hotels or B&B can be booked for the conference via Blue Voyager Travel Agency ( who have obtained competitive rates at a variety of hotels and apartments. Any bookings and payments are made directly with the accommodation provider, not with the Società Chimica Italiana, and all queries and requests must be made directly to them.

Rooms are available at the preferred rate for conference delegates until 17 July 2019. After this date there is no guarantee of room availability or pricing, so early booking is recommended.


How to get to Salerno

The nearest International Airport is Naples Capodichino (code NAP). Daily connections from several cities in Europe and Europe. The airport is about one hour distance from Salerno. Then, there are different ways to reach the city.

  • From the airport you can take a bus for €3 (called Alibus) to Stazione Centrale in Naples (get off here for connections to Salerno via train). It also stops at Piazza Municipio near the ferry port, from which you can take a 5-minute walk to catch the Bus (SITA).
  • You can buy your ticket on the Alibus, and you can get it by walking right out of the airport terminal to the bus stop, which is less than 20 metres from the airport terminal exit. From Naples Airport there is a SITA bus running directly to Salerno (Euros 7). This bus runs only 4 times a day, and not on Sunday. You have to walk 300 meters to reach the bus.

Salerno is well connected to many cities in Italy by high-speed trains operated by Trenitalia or Italo. From Napoli Central or Piazza Garibaldi you can easily reach Salerno also by regional train. The regional trains ticket to Salerno costs around €3-€4 and it's called U-5 Unico Campania. The Salerno railway station is about 500 mt from the congress venue.

There are various parking areas close to the Grand Hotel Salerno.

Tourism in Salerno

Placed in the heart of the homonymous gulf, Salerno represents the combination between a fascinating history and a huge sphere of artistic, urbanistic and architectural beauties. Salerno, in addition, benefits from its close proximity to the stunning and renowned Amalfi coast, but also its own myriad of beautiful architecture, gorgeous gardens and sun-kissed promenade. Attractions such as Salerno Cathedral and the Forte la Carnale have a huge amount of history and artwork, whilst the historic old town centre provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the city and enjoy this coastal destination. The narrow city streets, today rich with shops, follow the form of the medieval urban plan and conserve beautiful historical buildings and much of its religious architecture. The Amalfi coast is known as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastal landscape in the whole of Italy.

Between the typical food products enjoy babà, tomatos, mozzarella, pizza and pasta, lemon delight, fish and wine, between which Fiano, Greco, Falanghina and Aglianico shoud be mentioned. 

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