2013 Symposium

On the 12th and 13th of March 2013, GSK and EDB hosted the third Symposium for the GSK-Singapore Partnership for Green and Sustainable Manufacturing (GSM). This two days symposium that was hosted at Nanyang Executive Centre in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was attended by about 150 participants, ranging from professors, lecturers, industry experts to students and interns. The symposium was graced by two industry veteran keynote speakers, from Tetra Pak and Unilever, who engaged the participants on the key problem facing the industry – combating the dual challenge of growing consumer demands as well as sustainable and responsible manufacturing. It was also attended by GSK’s Scientific Advisory Board’s (SAB) and global GSK colleagues, who brought professional insight to the symposium. Hailing from various parts of the world, these professors provided their valuable expertise in evaluating the research directions of present and past round projects. Hence, this symposium was also a platform to network with professionals in this industry from around the world.

The symposium also included two exciting panel discussions on the topics of “What makes a good GSM proposal” and “Green Metrics”. The first discussion threw light on the necessity of novelty while keeping in mind the practicality and feasibility of a GSM research for possible scale up and commercial production in the future. The green metrics discussion was particularly interesting where the panellists from the industries and educational institutions came together to unanimously emphasise that it is no longer adequate to just focus on environmental metrics but also to encompass social and economic metrics.

At the end of the symposium, 11 principal investigators received research grant, amounting to a grand total of S$6.6 million of funding from the GSK-EDB S$50 million joint fund. These principal investigators are from National University of Singapore (NUS), NTU, the A*STAR research institute, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) and Singapore Polytechnic. They will work on research projects in chemical-, physical- and bio-transformations to maximise resource efficiency and minimise waste generated during the manufacturing process.

The intellectually stimulating two days of constant information exchange finally came to an end leaving each one, be it researcher, staff or intern with their own thoughts about innovation, sustainability or future scope.

The 11 selected projects that won the Green and Sustainable Manufacturing funding at the end of the 2013 Symposium.

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