COVID-19 Update

The organising committee of AOC-GSC8 are monitoring the evolving situation with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on this event. At this stage we anticipate that AOC-GSC8 will proceed as planned. The health and safety of participants and the general community are our priority and any changes to the current situation will be updated on our website and communicated to participants as soon as it has been confirmed.



The 8th Asia-Oceania Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (AOC-GSC8) will be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand from 25th-27th November 2020. AOC-GSC is held every two years with the goal of advancing green and sustainable chemistry within the Asia-Oceania region. Past editions of this conference series have been held in cities across the region including Tokyo (2007), Beijing (2009),  Melbourne (2011), Taipei (2013), New Delhi (2015), Hong Kong (2016) and Singapore (2018).

AOC-GSC8 will encompass the latest advances across all aspects of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, broadly defined as the development of new processes that reduce the use or production of hazardous substances. Topics covered will include but are not limited to energy, green synthesis and catalysis, toxicology, waste remediation and valorisation, biobased products, green chemistry education and environmental policy and management focusing on stimulating innovation to tackle major global sustainability issues.

We look forward to welcoming you to Auckland in November 2020.

AOC-GSC8 Organising Committee




Anton Paar


School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland


New Zealand Institute of Chemistry

Green Chemistry

Sustainable Energy and Fuels

Please contact Dr Cameron Weber to enquire about conference sponsorship packages and options.



Speaker invitations for AOC-GSC8 are continuing to be issued progressively. Confirmed acceptances for plenary and keynote speakers to date are listed below.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Magda Titirici, Imperial College London

Prof. John Warner, Monash University

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer, University of Sydney

Assoc. Prof. Ning Yan, National University of Singapore

Assoc. Prof. Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, George Washington University

Prof. Kevin Wu, National Taiwan University



The final programme for AOC-GSC8 will be released in November. An indicative schedule is shown below.

Wednesday 25th November Thursday 26th November Friday 27th November
AM Oral sessions Oral sessions
PM Conference begins at 2 pm Oral sessions Oral sessions
Evening Welcome Reception Poster session Closing/Conference Dinner



Registration is now open, please register here. Earlybird registration will end on 30th September.

Conference rate (GST included)

The registration fee includes access to all conference sessions and is inclusive of the welcome reception, the conference dinner and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Day rates do not include the conference dinner.

Earlybird rate Regular rate Day Rate
Full registration NZ$ 700 NZ$ 800 NZ$ 300
Student registration NZ$ 400 NZ$ 450 NZ$ 175



AOC-GSC8 encourages oral and poster contributions covering different aspects of green and sustainable chemical science and technology from those in academia, industry and from policy makers.

Please prepare your abstract using the AOC-GSC8 Abstract Template. Submit the completed abstract here.



The University of Auckland

Sir Owen G. Glenn Building
Building 260
12 Grafton Rd
Auckland CBD

The conference will be held at the Sir Owen G. Glenn Building, The University of Auckland, which is located at the Central Business District (CBD) of Auckland. You can download a PDF copy of the campus map by following the link here.


Getting There

Auckland is served by the Auckland Airport. A number of options are available for transfers between the airport and the venue. These include SkyBus, which is a 24 hour airport bus service. A number of taxi and shuttle services are also available.

Local Transport
Local bus, trains and ferries operate regular services from Auckland CBD to all major attractions, hotels and shopping centres. Please visit Auckland Transport for more information.


Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand. It is a vibrant, multicultural and beautiful place to visit. For more information about the things that you can do and see in Auckland, please visit the Visit Auckland website.


Visa for visiting New Zealand

Requirements for International Visitors entering New Zealand

All overseas visitors are required to have a valid passport and the appropriate visa, with the exception of delegates from visa-waiver countries. Typically this could either be a Visitor Visa or an Academic Visitor Visa.

We recommend that you allow for a minimum of 10 weeks to have your visa processed by Immigration New Zealand or the applicable New Zealand embassy/consulate in your country of residence.

***There have been some recent changes to NZ travel rules; all visitors from visa-waiver countries must obtain an NZeTA before travelling*** This is a simple process and costs NZ$9-NZ$12


Letters of Invitation

If you require a Letter of Invitation in order to secure a Visitor Visa or Academic Visitor Visa, please email Dr Cameron Weber with your registration details (including payment information). The letter will be sent to you by email in PDF format within 5 working days after your request. Registration fees must be paid before the invitation can be issued.



Conference delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. We cannot book accommodation on behalf of our conference delegates.

Please note that late November is a busy time of year in Auckland and therefore room bookings should be made as soon as possible to ensure proximity to the conference and best rates. We have negotiated special rates with some nearby accommodation providers with details provided below.


University of Auckland Accommodation

Vacated student accommodation is available at NZ$92 (incl GST) per night for a King single room with shared bathroom for stays between 22-28 November 2020. Book with Summer Stays at summerstays@auckland.ac.nz using the event code AOC8GSC.


Nesuto Apartments

Nesuto apartments oversee 4 different accommodation venues across Auckland. Please use the promo code “UOACONF” when booking accommodation using the links provided below for a 10% discount on the best available rates. All accommodation venues offer a range of different room types:

Nesuto Stadium Apartment

4.5 star accommodation, 13 minute walk to the conference venue. Reserve using this link.

Waldorf St Martins Apartment

4 star accommodation, 12 minutes walk to the conference venue. Reserve using this link.

Waldorf Tetra Apartment

3 star accommodation, 9 minute walk to the conference venue. Reserve using this link.

Nesuto Celestion Apartment

4 star accommodation, 13 minute walk to the conference venue. Reserve using this link.


Pullman Hotel Auckland

Conference attendees are able to access a special rate of NZ$325 (incl GST) per night for a Superior room at the Pullman Hotel Auckland, a 5 star hotel only 8 minutes walk from the conference venue, for stays between 24-28 November 2020. Please use this link to access this special rate.

Four Points by Sheraton

Queen and King rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton at the special rate of NZ$359 (incl GST) per night for stays between 21st November-1st December 2020. The Four Points by Sheraton is a 12 minute walk from the conference venue. Access this special rate here.




Local Organising Committee

AOC-GSC8 is organised by the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS), The University of Auckland.

Committee members
A/Prof. Jonathan Sperry, The University of Auckland (Co-Chair of Organising Committee and Co-Deputy Director of CGCS)
Dr Cameron Weber, The University of Auckland (Co-Chair of Organising Committee and Co-Deputy Director of CGCS)’
Prof. James Wright, The University of Auckland (Director of CGCS)
Dr Ivanhoe Leung, The University of Auckland (Co-Deputy Director of CGCS)
Dr Viji Sarojini, The University of Auckland (Co-Deputy Director of CGCS)
Ms Genevieve Fitzjames, The University of Auckland
Ms Anna-Marie Simcock, The University of Auckland

Asia-Oceania Conference Committee

Prof. Suwaban Chirachanchai, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Dr. Eniya Listiani Dewi, Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Indonesia
Prof. Yao Fu, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Prof. Motonobu Goto, Nagoya University, Japan
Prof. Buxing Han, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Milton Hearn, Monash University, Australia
Prof. Chee Cheong Ho, Institut Kimia Malaysia, Malaysia
Prof. István T. Horváth, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Masaki Kataoka, Japan Association for Chemical Innovation, Japan
Prof. Yong-Chien Ling, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Prof. Fu-Der Mai, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
Prof. Masahiko Matsukata, Waseda University, Japan
A/Prof. Kei Saito, Monash University, Australia
Dr. Jayasree Seayad, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore
Prof. Rakesh. K. Sharma, University of Delhi, India
Dr. Hiromichi Shimada, Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
A/Prof. Jonathan Sperry, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Dong Jin Suh, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Prof. Supawan Tantayanon, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Prof. L James Wright, University of Auckland, New Zealand