The Italian Chemical Society (SCI) in collaboration with EuChemS, Federchimica, Farmindustria and with the support of INSTM and AIM ihas organised CIS 2019, a new international conference aiming to open new perspectives and opportunities in the relationships between research, industry and society. The conference took place in Salerno (Grand Hotel) from 28 to 30 August 2019. CIS 2019 intended to be an innovative international congress, different from traditional scientific congresses, also aimed at bridging the gap between academic scientific research and the needs of industry and society. CIS 2019 set itself the objective of the strategic role of Chemistry for progress and innovation, with particular attention to sectors of fundamental importance such as Energy, Health, Sustainability, Safety in everyday life. UNIVE joined the conference and showed the results from its pyrolitic study to produce innovative biochar from leather shavings.