Joseph Priestley Society Symposium

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The Joseph Priestley Society welcomes Bibiana Campos Seijo, editor in chief, Chemical and Engineering News. Campos Seijo will moderate our March symposium, “Exploring the Public Perception of the Chemical Enterprise.”

Public perceptions of chemicals and the chemical industry range from positive considerations of material benefits to fear of synthetic chemicals and chemical manufacturing. This program brings together a panel of leaders from industry, government, nongovernmental organizations, and the media to share their perspectives and engage in an open discussion.

Event Schedule

  • 5:00 p.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 6:15 p.m.



Bibiana Campos Seijo
Editor in Chief, Chemical and Engineering News

Bibiana Campos Seijo

Bibiana Campos Seijo

Bibiana Campos Seijo.

Bibiana Campos Seijo is the editor in chief of Chemical and Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society. She is also vice president of the C&EN Media Group.

In her current role Campos Seijo manages a large team of editors, reporters, designers, and digital experts based in the United States, Europe, and Asia. C&EN covers a broad spectrum of topics within the chemistry field, including science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education, and employment.

Campos Seijo took up this post in December 2014 after moving to Washington D.C., from the United Kingdom. There, she had been editor in chief of Chemistry World and magazines publisher at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Before that, she was editor of a portfolio of pharmaceutical titles at Advanstar Communications (now UBM Advanstar) and a technical editor at the European Respiratory Society.

Campos Seijo holds a BSc in chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain and a PhD in chemistry from the Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.


Mark Jones
Executive Strategy and Communications Fellow for Research and Development, The Dow Chemical Company

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Mark Jones.

Mark Jones is an executive external strategy and communications fellow at The Dow Chemical Company. Jones joined Dow in 1990 after a graduate career that included postdoctoral studies at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science in Boulder, Colorado. He took on his current role in 2011, providing technical assessments and developing external communications.He also provides technical support for Dow’s Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center.   

In 2017 he was named a fellow of the American Chemical Society, and he is cochair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. He is on the Board of Directors of the BIO Industrial and Environmental Section (IES) and is a frequent contributor to the American Chemistry Council and other forums focused on renewable and sustainable chemistry. He contributed to the White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, looking at technology options and improving scale-up of new technologies. Jones is the author of over a dozen U.S. patents and numerous publications.

He holds a BS in chemistry from Randolph-Macon College and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Jeffery Morris

Jeffery Morris

Jeffery Morris.

Jeffery Morris
Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Jeffery Morris is the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, which regulates industrial chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act and administers the Pollution Prevention Act. In his 25-year career at the EPA, Morris has held a number of positions, including serving as the acting director of the Office of Science Policy and as the national program director for nanotechnology research.

Morris has a PhD in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech and has published research on risk and environmental policy.



Daniel Rosenberg
Senior Attorney, Health and Environment Program, National Resources Defense Council

Daniel Rosenberg

Daniel Rosenberg

Daniel Rosenberg.

Daniel Rosenberg is a senior attorney in the Health and Environment Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, D.C. He is the director of NRDC’s Federal Toxics project, which is primarily focused on implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act and improving public protection from toxic chemicals via federal, state, and market-based actions. He joined NRDC’s Health Program in 2008 after serving as environmental counsel to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, where he worked on many issues including the public’s right to know about toxic chemical releases, chemical security, and ocean and coastal preservation. Before working for Senator Lautenberg, Rosenberg served for five years as a staff attorney in NRDC’s Water Program, where his work focused on wetlands and stream protections under the Clean Water Act.

He is a 1994 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Robert Westervelt
Editor in Chief, Chemical Week

Robert Westervelt

Robert Westervelt

Robert Westervelt.

Robert Westervelt is editor in chief of Chemical Week and has covered the global chemical industry for more than 20 years. Westervelt joined IHS Markit with its September 2010 acquisition of Chemical Week and SRI Consulting.

He was named editor of Chemical Week in December 2006. His team is responsible for coverage and analysis of news and trends affecting the global chemical industry. Before being named editor in chief, he was senior editor of news, responsible for news and markets coverage of the Americas.

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