Society of German Chemists

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Society of German Chemists
legal form registered association
founding 1949
founder August Wilhelm von Hofmann
Seat Frankfurt am Main
main emphasis scientific society
Chair Peter R. Schreiner
Managing directors Wolfram Koch
Members around 31,000

The Society of German Chemists e. V. ( German Chemical Society ) is a scientific society in Germany , based in Frankfurt am Main , originally only graduate chemists and open to graduate chemists. The GDCh was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 in the tradition of the German Chemical Society in Berlin (DChG, founded 1867) and the Association of German Chemists from forerunner associations of the zones of occupation . In 1910 the first female member was accepted into the Association of German Chemists. After the establishment of German unity , many members of the former GDR Chemical Society joined the GDCh. As a result of an amendment to the statutes, since October 11, 2006 anyone interested can become a member of the society if they want to support the purposes and goals of the society and are scientifically interested in chemistry. Every member of the GDCh undertakes, among other things, to adhere to the code of conduct and is thus committed to freedom, tolerance and truthfulness in science.

Overview and structure

The GDCh has around 31,000 members (as of July 2020) from science, business and the liberal professions, of which around 10,000 are student and young members. The proportion of female members is currently around 29% (as of November 2017). The GDCh is divided into 27 specialist groups (as of January 2016) that represent, on the one hand, special fields (such as analytical chemistry, food chemistry, etc.) and, on the other hand, specific interest groups (equal opportunities, public service). In addition, there is the JungChemikerForum (JCF) founded in 1997 as an association of young members of the GDCh, primarily students and doctoral candidates. Regionally, the GDCh is represented in 60 local associations and 54 regional forums of the JungChemikerForum (mostly at chemistry university locations).

The task of the German Chemical Society is to promote chemistry and chemists on a nonprofit basis, including through conferences , training courses , awards and the publication of literature , such as the monthly member magazine News from chemistry or the world's leading chemical journal Angewandte Chemie with her English language edition.


The GDCh has an office in the Carl-Bosch-Haus in Frankfurt am Main, Varrentrappstrasse 40–42; Wolfram Koch is the managing director .

Purpose of the Society of German Chemists

  • Promotion of scientific work in research and teaching
  • Further development of basic and advanced training at schools and universities
  • Creation of networks and promotion of international cooperation
  • Dialogue with the public, presentation in politics and society
  • Promoting sustainability for the benefit of future generations

Local chapters

The Society of German Chemists is represented in all regions of Germany through its 60 local associations. These are usually present at chemical research and production sites. The GDCh local associations organize colloquia with scientists from home and abroad, offer popular science lectures, bring chemistry to regional activities and are on-site contacts for journalists, teachers and students.


Logo of the GDCh-JungChemikerForum

The JungChemikerForum (JCF) is the organization of the young members of the Society of German Chemists (GDCh), founded in 1997, which makes up more than 9,000 members and thus almost 30% of the entire society. In it, young chemists coordinate and organize their interests and activities, such as job fairs, symposia, colloquia, workshops and lectures. With 54 regional forums (mostly at chemistry university locations), the JungChemikerForum is also represented in all regions of Germany. Some offers are organized with partner associations such as the young DPG .

Specialist groups

The following specialist groups are represented under the umbrella of the GDCh:

Analytical chemistry

The Analytical Chemistry section is currently the second largest section of the GDCh with around 2200 members. It is divided into ten working groups. The young analysts (members younger than 40 years of age) are represented by two members on the board. The specialist group includes chemists - but also natural scientists from physics, biology and engineering - from industry, SMEs, universities, research institutes as well as offices and authorities who deal with the development of instruments and methods for analysis. The questions that are dealt with by analysts are usually very application-oriented. Both concentration analysis (quantitative analysis) and structural analysis (qualitative analysis) play an important role here.

Analytical chemistry encompasses the following topics: atomic and molecular spectroscopy, bioanalysis, surface analysis, electroanalysis, chemometrics, element and species analysis, chemical and biosensors, industrial analysis, clinical and forensic analysis, mass spectrometry, nanoanalysis, pharmaceutical analysis, sample preparation, separation techniques, process analysis , Water and environmental analysis.

Equal Opportunities in Chemistry Working Group (AKCC)

The AKCC members are convinced that chemistry could achieve even more if its decision-making bodies in science and business were made up of a balanced mix of women and men. There are three initiatives for this:

  1. Projects or networks for the advancement of women,
  2. Perspectives for ambitious career paths through the presence of female and male role models (target group JungChemikerForum),
  3. Stimulating the discussion about equal opportunities.

The working group calls for better opportunities for advancement and advocates suitable framework conditions, e.g. B. for the compatibility of work and family. Universities and companies will benefit from this. The AK Equal Opportunities in Chemistry contributes to scientific and social progress.

The vote on the dissolution of the AKCC was carried out on June 16, 2017. The dissolution of the GDCh Section Working Group Equal Opportunities in Chemistry (AKCC) was approved by the members with the required majority. Since not all AKCC members showed up on March 3, 2017, the resolution was subsequently brought about by online or written survey of the members according to the rules of procedure. In this case, a two-thirds majority (75%) of the valid votes cast applies. The percentage of approvals was 83.1%.

The Working Group on Equal Opportunities in Chemistry (AKCC) will therefore be dissolved on December 31, 2017.

Construction chemistry

Construction chemistry is a classic cross-sectional science. The specialist group therefore sees itself as a forum for the interdisciplinary dialogue between chemists, civil engineers, geoscientists, architects, preservationists and building materials experts. With the organization of national and international conferences as well as workshops, a close network of those interested in the subject is promoted. The specialist group supports young scientists by awarding prizes for outstanding diploma / master's theses as well as dissertations in the field of construction chemistry. Participation in specialist group events is supported by grants for students and doctoral candidates who are members of the specialist group.


The Biochemistry Section was founded in 1981 and brings together over 700 scientists from universities, research institutes and industry. Through intensive exchange, the specialist group faces the current challenges in research, application and training and makes an effective contribution to maintaining and promoting the competitiveness of Germany as a science and business location. The specialist group regularly organizes national or international workshops that are dedicated to biochemistry in general as well as changing special topics. These range from catalysis in biochemistry to the stability and stabilization of protein structures, from the chemistry of genetic research, the chemistry of neuronal information transfer to the transfer of biological energy. In addition, the specialist group supports meetings of other organizations in the field of biochemistry. It also promotes university training, the qualification of young scientists, further training for teachers and is particularly dedicated to the professional situation of university graduates. In addition, the members of the specialist group publish regularly in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie , the member magazine of the GDCh. You contribute to the dissemination of the latest biochemical research results and to a better understanding of this exciting discipline. The network of experts in various biochemical specialties is constantly being improved and expanded on a national and international level. In addition, the specialist group maintains close contact with other specialist groups, such as the Medical Chemistry Department, the Liebig Association for Organic Chemistry and the Chemical Biology Section.

Chemistry of washing

The aim of the specialist group Chemistry of Washing is to create a forum for interested parties from industry, authorities, universities, institutes and the media in which discussions on all technical questions about detergents and cleaning agents can be conducted in an open and constructive manner. The focus is on science-oriented statements on sustainable benefits for people in their environment.

Of particular interest to young members are the annual sponsorship award in the field of basic research in detergents and cleaning agents as well as the awarding of scholarships for participation in the annual conference, the European Detergents Conference EDC.

Chemistry Information Computer (CIC)

The “Chemistry Information Computer” (CIC) specialist group would like to bring together scientists who are interested in the computer-aided solution / processing of chemical problems. This includes areas of chemoinformatics (computer science methods that attempt to solve chemical problems, such as the efficient storage and search for molecular structures and molecular properties in chemical information systems), molecule modeling (e.g. drug design approaches or computer simulation methods), molecular mechanics and quantum chemical methods. In addition, the specialist group promotes the use of open access and open source concepts and is also internationally involved in the computational chemistry community.

During the German Conference on Chemoinformatics (GCC), young scientists are honored annually with the CIC Award for Computational Chemistry for outstanding diploma / master's and doctoral theses in the field of chemistry information computers.


In 2018 the department was renamed " Computers in der Chemie " (CIC). She sees her duties in

  • the promotion of computer applications in chemical sciences as part of teaching at universities, which is usually an annual international specialist group conference,
  • the support of open access and open source developments in the subject area of ​​the specialist group,
  • the cooperation between industry and university,
  • participation in relevant national and international working groups,
  • maintaining relationships with related institutions at home and abroad.

Chemistry and energy

The chemistry and energy specialist group was founded in March 2009 as a working group and transferred to a specialist group on January 1, 2016. It is an association of around 250 individuals who are interested in the subject of “chemistry and energy”. From a chemical point of view, the specialist group deals with scientific and technical questions on the subject of “future energy supply”. It also serves as a data and information hub on the subject of chemistry and energy, makes energy-related activities in the GDCh visible and organizes the exchange with comparable technical and scientific working groups and other partners who deal with the subject of energy from different perspectives.

Chemistry class

The chemistry classroom (FGCU) with over 1900 members is the forum in the GDCh for all questions about chemistry at school and chemistry didactics . It is the forum in the GDCh for all questions about chemistry in schools and chemistry didactics. This is where students, trainee teachers, teachers of all levels and types, specialist didactics and scientists as well as representatives from industry and the public service get involved to inspire schoolchildren for chemistry in the classroom. Practical offers from the FGCU are among others

  • The annual lecture and training conference with discussion, experimental and poster presentations as well as workshops
  • Discussion group for young scientists
  • Specialist group prizes : The Friedrich Stromeyer Prize , the Heinrich Roessler Prize and the Heinz Schmidkunz Prize of the Society of German Chemists are awarded at the annual FGCU conference.
  • The publication organ of the FGCU is the magazine Chemkon , which appears in four print editions and eight online editions per year. The four additional online editions are primarily intended to deal with topics from upper secondary level.

Civil service chemist

The work of the members of the Chemists in the Public Sector is directly in the field of tension between business, science and society. In addition to chemical expertise, they need extensive knowledge of legal regulations and socio-political backgrounds. The specialist group would like to inform young chemists in particular about the fields of activity in the public service and show them where they could encounter them in their professional life.


Batteries, fuel cells, disinfection, corrosion protection, sensors, biotechnology, trace substances and chlorine synthesis are just a few of the current topics to which electrochemistry makes significant contributions. The specialist group aims to promote all areas of electrochemistry from the basics to application. For young members who are welcomed at a small party, the specialist group annually awards a sponsorship award and offers conference grants, excursions into electrochemistry and a map of electrochemical courses of study, companies and institutes.

Solid state chemistry and materials research

The Solid State Chemistry and Materials Research specialist group combines the promotion of solid state chemistry as a creative synthesis discipline at the heart of chemistry with physico-chemical materials research as a further basis for modern solid state technologies. The specialist group forms the framework for the scientific exchange of researchers from universities, research institutes and industrial companies - and since its foundation it has offered young scientists contact with experienced solid-state chemists. The focus of the specialist group work will continue to be on promoting the high standard of solid-state chemistry in Germany and helping to shape interdisciplinary materials research through impulses from chemistry.

Freelance chemist and owner of independent independent laboratories

The FFCh brings together the self-employed chemists. Contacts (“networking”) and ongoing training are important success factors for the self-employed; The specialist group wants to offer and maintain both. Chemists of all ages - whether they are still at college or senior - who are considering starting their own business can find contacts and help on scientific and business issues at the FFCh, e.g. B. the business plan.

History of chemistry

The History of Chemistry Section offers a platform for presentations of historical work. A conference takes place every two years, results and news are published in the communications of the FG. In the specialist group, the dialogue about the historical roots, traditions and the self-image of chemists is conducted, especially across generations. The Bettina-Haupt-Preis is announced every two years for young scientists.

Intellectual Property

The core work of the specialist group “Intellectual Property Law” is to promote the members who are active in the areas of all aspects of commercial legal protection and patent issues. Working conferences, seminars and colloquia serve this purpose. The specialist group is highly regarded as an educational forum for commercial legal protection, as a forum for the exchange of experience on patent issues, legislation, case law and official practice, to which the annual specialization day makes a particular contribution.

The specialist group is also available as a consultant for students etc. to impart the appropriate tools and basic knowledge for an activity in commercial legal protection. The express goal is to impart the relevant patent law fundamentals to the graduate chemists at colleges and universities.

Paint chemistry

The paint chemistry specialist group represents a diverse, interdisciplinary and therefore complex field in which both traditional scientific areas, such as B. inorganic, organic and colloid chemistry, as well as new ones such as nano and environmental technology, find their forum. Due to the “open borders” of the subject, the specialist group is particularly dependent on an intensive, networked exchange of knowledge and experience. For student members, there is a free exchange for company internships, vacation jobs and theses as well as free participation in the paint conference and the Summer School Coatings and Colors.

Food Chemical Society (LChG)

Logo of the LChG

The Food Chemical Society provides most of the members within the GDCh, whose professional sphere of activity ranges from universities to ministries, food monitoring to industry and the self-employed. Current scientific topics are dealt with here in many working groups and an exchange is guaranteed at the annual large (German Food Chemists' Day) and smaller (regional association) conferences as well as via the company's own journal "Lebensmittelchemie".

The Young Food Chemists Working Group (AG JLC) represents the interests of students or doctoral candidates in the field of food chemistry at German universities, food chemists in the practical year and young professionals. It stands out not only because of its sheer size, but also because of its detached organizational structure.

Liebig Association for Organic Chemistry

The Liebig Association for Organic Chemistry is dedicated to the topics of organic chemistry in the narrower and broader sense. It awards the ORCHEM Prize for Young Scientists to younger scientists who have qualified through new, original and trend-setting scientific work in the field . Furthermore, poster prizes and short lectures are awarded to doctoral candidates and postdocs with new and original scientific work. B. in the context of the Orchem conferences, the WIFO events of the GDCh, and also in connection with changing specialist conferences organized by the members.

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

The specialist group for magnetic resonance spectroscopy forms a forum for contact between all scientists working in the field of magnetic resonance at universities, in industry and at other institutions at home and abroad. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the method, there is a lively exchange of ideas and experiences between chemists, physicists and biologists. Student members of the specialist group take part in the annual specialist group conferences free of charge and can be awarded the Ernst Award.

Macromolecular Chemistry

The Macromolecular Chemistry specialist group brings together scientists from universities, research institutes and industry and bundles expertise from the fields of polymer chemistry, physics and applications. Through intensive internal and external exchange, the specialist group faces the current challenges in research, application and training in the field of macromolecular sciences and contributes to maintaining and promoting the competitiveness of Germany as a science and business location. The specialist group conducts the workshop for young university teachers with the award of the Reimund Stadler Prize. This workshop offers prospective university professors from the field of polymer chemistry and related areas the opportunity to present their work to a group of selected scientists and thus promotes networking among each other as well as cooperation between universities, institutes and industry. On this occasion, the specialist group awards the Reimund Stadler Prize for outstanding work. The department also awards travel grants to students and doctoral candidates. On request, it grants subsidies for participation in meetings and conferences. She is co-editor of the University Guide Macromolecular Chemistry and participates in the advanced training program of the GDCh.

Medicinal chemistry

The Medical Chemistry Section has existed since 1971. Its approximately 800 members are active in university institutes, other research facilities and in the pharmaceutical industry. There are mainly chemists and pharmacists, but also computer scientists, process engineers and the like. a. The group aims to build bridges between chemistry on the one hand and biology, medicine and pharmacy on the other. It deals with questions of modern drug development across all areas, in particular drug discovery, lead substance optimization including modern technologies such as combinatorial synthesis, high throughput screening systems based on molecular biological principles, drug design, molecular modeling, quantitative structure / effect analyzes, pharmacokinetics and metabolism u. a.

The specialist group aims to promote and represent this discipline nationally and internationally. The focus is on the organization of an annual “Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry” conference with international participation, a summer school especially for students and young scientists and the promotion of young scientists by awarding doctoral prizes and an innovation prize.

Sustainable chemistry

The Sustainable Chemistry Section deals with the contributions made by chemistry to the sustainable development of our society. The various aspects of sustainability are a. discussed at the annual conference. To support the promotion of young researchers, the specialist group awards a prize for the best doctoral thesis in the field of sustainable chemistry. Sustainable chemistry is the study of the use of material resources and their transformation without harming future generations.

There are the following main topics: economical energy management, renewable raw materials, environmentally friendly catalysis, alternative reaction conditions, evaluation of chemical processes and products, sustainable products. The current annual conference will take place from September 17 to 19, 2018 in Aachen.

Nuclear chemistry

The nuclear chemistry specialist group deals with interdisciplinary topics that include the handling of radioactive substances and ionizing radiation. This includes research in the areas of life sciences, energy, environmental protection right through to fundamental scientific questions such as: B. for radio analysis or the chemistry of super heavy elements. The specialist group organizes appropriate specialist conferences and particularly supports young scientists, e.g. B. by awarding doctoral prizes.


The Photochemistry Section has existed since 1971 and has around 300 members (as of January 2016). Your goals in the field of photochemistry and its border areas include: a. to promote the exchange of ideas among specialist colleagues and to convey technical suggestions, to maintain relationships with relevant organizations abroad, to anchor or strengthen subject-related teaching in chemistry classes at universities and to promote young scientists. In order to promote the professional and scientific exchange of ideas among its members, the specialist group holds scientific lectures (including poster presentations) at regular intervals (currently every two years). Other tasks of the specialist group consist of the organization of advanced training courses and information days and the briefing of the press on current topics.

Photochemistry includes the following topics: photosynthesis, solar chemistry, photo-induced reactions, photochromism, optical spectroscopy, photoprocesses of the atmosphere, chemical principles of the visual process, photography, photodynamic therapy.

Senior chemistry experts

In order to take account of the demographic development of its members, the Senior Expert Chemists Section was founded in October 2006.

The SEC are GDCh members of advanced age, mostly retirees. They all have a university education and many years of professional experience. The SEC would like to continue using this knowledge and is therefore making it available to the public free of charge.

The SEC's work focuses on the following topics: networks and relationships of chemists at home and abroad, the public image and understanding of chemistry, and chemistry education at all ages. The SEC annual meeting is the most prominent project. The SEC also write easy-to-understand columns for the daily press, offer schools and other educational institutions well-founded lectures or organize technically oriented excursions (SEC Technology Tour). In the future, the SEC would like to work more closely with the local branches of the GDCh.

Environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology

The Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology Section of the GDCh deals with the fate of chemicals in the environment (environmental chemistry) - their entry routes, their distribution and their transformation in the compartments of soil, water and air - and their effects on organisms and habitats (ecotoxicology). The subject area is extremely interdisciplinary and a broad field of research and activity for chemists, biologists, geoscientists, lawyers, engineers and scientists from other related fields. For interested scientists and practitioners, the specialist group and its working groups offer a forum for the further development of the subject. The following working groups currently exist with a total of approx. 800 members: Atmospheric chemistry, soil chemistry and soil ecology, chemical assessment, environmental monitoring.

The specialist group has been awarding the Paul Crutzen Prize since 2009 .

Association for Chemistry and Economics

The Association for Chemistry and Economy (VCW) was founded in 1999 with the aim of taking into account the professional reality of chemists working in the economy within the GDCh. Since then, it has developed into an important professional network in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and has repeatedly made independent contributions to the discourse on industrial and technological development. It offers a forum for open exchange on current issues and developments in the industry, organizes lecture events on important topics, issues publications and awards a study award for business chemistry.

The association has around 700 members and opens a discussion forum for interested chemists, university lecturers, business administrators and students in conferences on current topics from development, economy and society in connection with the chemical industry. Opportunities for discussion are also offered at round tables in different cities.

Water Chemical Society

The water chemical society is active for the effective protection, the sensible use, the appropriate treatment and purification as well as the appropriate examination and assessment of the water. Your technical work is essentially carried out in the three main committees “Analysis methods”, “Substances and water quality” and “Scientific principles” and their working groups. The Wasserchemische Gesellschaft publishes the German standard procedures for water, waste water and sludge analysis and the magazine "Vom Wasser - Das Journal". Numerous grants are awarded for participation in the annual meeting of the specialist group in spring, and the specialist group, funded by the Walter Kölle Foundation, usually awards a doctoral prize in the field of water chemistry every year.

Wöhler Association for Inorganic Chemistry

The Wöhler Association for Inorganic Chemistry is committed to developing an understanding of inorganic chemistry, stimulating research directions and research projects in the field of inorganic chemistry, promoting the subject of inorganic chemistry at universities and informing its members about essential publications and other activities relating to the field of inorganic chemistry. It supports the exchange of experiences among the members and foreign colleagues. It supports the next generation of scientists with prizes for young researchers from the Wöhler Association, which are awarded at the specialist group conference and the science forum. By working with representatives of the chemical industry, the Wöhler Association builds a bridge between school, university and work.

Working groups and other structures

The following working groups and other structures are represented under the umbrella of the GDCh:

German Catalysis Society (GeCatS)

The German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) is the central lobby group for the German Catalysis Association. It has about 1100 members. The tasks and goals of the company include a. to promote the next generation of scientists, to improve the image of the subject among the general public and to offer a discussion and information platform for catalysis research and application. Other central concerns are cooperation with other national / European / international organizations, lobbying for funding organizations and the organization and implementation of an annual specialist meeting (annual meeting of German catalytics). The sponsoring companies are DECHEMA, VDI-GVC as well as GDCh, DBG and DGMK.

Working group on vocational training

The GDCh's vocational training work group is made up of members of non-academic chemical professions such as chemical-technical assistants, chemical laboratory assistants or chemical technicians. The working group offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences, gives technical suggestions and works independently of trade unions, employers' associations or organizations of the chemical industry. The tasks of the working group include regularly evaluating the current situation of all medium-sized chemical professions and maintaining contact with the responsible ministries of the federal states, the Standing Conference of Education Ministers (KMK), the professional associations and other interest groups on training issues and amendments. In addition, the working group is committed to expanding the range of advanced training courses for non-academic professional groups.

Working group chemistry in medical education

The Working Group on Chemistry in Medical Education was founded on September 2, 2010. The aim of the working group is the further development and modernization of chemical and natural science education in medical courses (human and dental medicine, but also veterinary medicine, molecular medicine, etc.). In addition, the working group represents the interests of these subjects and their representatives externally, in particular with regard to the creation of training standards and representation in inter-university and non-university committees. The aim is to firmly anchor chemistry as a basic natural science subject in a modern medical course that does justice to the opportunities and challenges of rapidly growing molecular knowledge. In addition, the working group is a platform for exchanging experiences at every level.

Working group chemistry and society

The Working Group on Chemistry and Society was founded in 2014 by GDCh President Thomas Geelhaar, who chose “Chemistry and Society” as the main topic for his term of office. Under the motto "Chemistry in Dialogue with Society - Information, Fascination, Controversies", the working group intends to bring the perspective of chemistry, especially on controversially discussed topics. The focus is on an honest and transparent dialogue with the public, politics and civil society. The working group addresses the achievements of chemistry as well as the great challenges of energy supply, climate change and changes in the raw material base, and especially addresses the next generation in order to create a fascination for chemistry.

Working Group of German University Professors for Chemistry (ADUC)

The Working Group of German University Professors for Chemistry (ADUC) was founded in 1897 as an association of laboratory directors at German universities and has been a working group in the GDCh since 1999. The ADUC promotes science and research in the field of chemistry as well as the formation of suitable young scientists. The tasks and activities of the working group include statements on the development of chemistry in research and teaching at universities, the planning and organization of the chemistry lecturers' conference, the awarding of the ADUC annual prize for post-doctoral candidates and the coordination of courses with the conference of the chemistry departments.

Fluorochemistry Working Group

The Fluorochemistry Working Group was founded in 2008 in order to do justice to fluorine chemistry as an interdisciplinary science with links to existing specialist groups of the GDCh. The tasks of the working group are to arouse interest and understanding for fluorine chemistry and its sub-areas, to promote fluorine chemistry at universities, in industry and in public institutions and to support the next generation in all areas of fluorine chemistry. In addition, the working group provides information on major research directions and other activities in the field of fluorine chemistry, expands contacts and exchanges of experience among members and with colleagues from abroad, and promotes advanced training in the field of fluorine chemistry. At the same time, a bridge is to be built between school, university and work and the connection and cooperation with the other disciplines of chemistry are to be intensified.

Working Group Theoretical Chemistry (AGTC)

The Theoretical Chemistry Working Group (AGTC) is supported by the three scientific societies, the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), the German Physical Society (DPG) and the Society of German Chemists (GDCh). The working group promotes cooperation between scientists working in the field of theoretical chemistry and represents their interests in relation to other subjects and their associations.

Joint section on chemical biology

The Chemical Biology Section was jointly established in 2005 by the Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology e. V. (DECHEMA), the German Pharmaceutical Society e. V. (DPhG), the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology e. V. (GBM) and the Society of German Chemists e. V. (GDCh) founded. The main goal of the department is to start ChemBioNet as an expert and resource network to support chemical biology in basic academic research.

Joint specialist group bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science that deals with questions from bioscientific research, especially those at the molecular level, with mathematical approaches and computer-aided methods. For this reason, the Society for Chemical Technology and Biotechnology e. V. (DECHEMA), the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology e. V. (GBM), the Society of German Chemists e. V. (GDCh) and the Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V. (GI) in May 2014 to merge the activities of their specialist groups in the field of informatics in the life sciences in the joint specialist group Bioinformatics.

The specialist group provides intensive support for academic teaching through contributions to training and design and is committed to adapting the training offer to the rapidly changing demand. The German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB), the largest national event of its kind in Europe, also takes place every year.

Advanced training

The Society of German Chemists offers advanced training courses for chemists in the following areas, among others:

  • "Analytical chemistry" (chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy),
  • "Quality control",
  • "Life Sciences" (medicinal chemistry),
  • "Synthesis Methods",
  • "Food chemistry",
  • "Modern methods and procedures",
  • "Chemistry and Economy",
  • "Chemistry and Law".

Even non-chemists can acquire knowledge of the basics of chemistry under the heading “Chemistry for non-chemists”.

Trade journals

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker is the publisher and owner or co-publisher / co-owner of a number of renowned specialist journals from almost all areas of chemistry. The following are published by Wiley-VCH GmbH & Co. KGaA in Weinheim, among others: Angewandte Chemie in German and English, the ChemPubSoc Europe Journals , the journal Chemie Ingenieur Technik (with CITplus and ChemBioEng Reviews), Chemistry in Our Time as well the CHEMKON . Together with the science publisher Springer Science + Business Media , the GDCh has published the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry together with the French, Spanish, Italian, Swiss, Austrian and Polish chemical societies since 2002 .

The members' magazine “Nachrichten aus der Chemie” is published entirely in-house and with editorial support from Wiley-VCH .


The GDCh participates in discussions and activities on a national and international level in a variety of ways. In the national context, this primarily concerns topic-oriented collaborations with friendly professional societies. In an international context, a stronger convergence of the European chemical societies with the aim of creating a common European research area in chemistry is just as important to the GDCh as the close cooperation with its partners in non-European countries. To achieve these goals, the GDCh is actively involved in the European and international umbrella organizations for chemistry.

These are u. a. the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences ( EuCheMS ), The Chemical Publishing Society Europe, the IUPAC / German Central Committee for Chemistry; the accreditation agency ASIIN and the Forum Analytics.


The Society of German Chemists organizes national and international conferences, symposia and congresses on all areas of chemistry.

Science forum chemistry

The Science Forum Chemistry is a German science congress on chemistry of the GDCh. It takes place every two years at different locations in Germany. It covers the entire breadth of chemistry. About 2000 chemists meet here. In addition to the varied and top-class scientific program, there is a large company exhibition, a job exchange and a varied supporting program, also for the interested public.

The GDCh Science Forum 2017 "Chemistry Moves" for the 150th anniversary took place in Berlin in September. The GDCh specialist groups met in several poster sessions and symposia as part of the Science Forum Chemistry 2017 of the Society of German Chemists (GDCh) on September 12 and 13, 2017 at the Free University and in the Harnack House of the Max Planck Society in Berlin-Dahlem . The events covered the spectrum of modern chemistry - from school experiments through basic research to industrial applications. They served the scientific exchange about new trends in industry as well as in schools, universities and research institutions. Chemistry teachers also received new impulses for the modern design of chemistry lessons. The science forum also had other target groups in mind: schoolchildren as well as start-ups, business representatives, investors and politicians. The spectrum of topics ranges from the “Science Slam on Chemistry” to the experiment day for schoolchildren and the innovation marathon.


The GDCh promotes chemistry in teaching, research and application and is committed to understanding and knowledge of chemistry and chemical relationships in public and a. also in the following projects:

  • Weekly insights into current research topics of various sub-areas of chemistry are provided on the website of the "Current Weekly News" (previous topics: analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and paints & varnishes, sustainable chemistry, food chemistry, chemistry & energy, construction chemistry, equal opportunities in chemistry, biochemistry, Water chemistry as well as chemistry and light).
  • On the Internet platform “Fascination Chemistry”, various chemical contents are presented in as public and interesting a way as possible. Complicated chemical formulas are largely avoided. The level of difficulty of the articles is aimed at both laypeople and chemistry-savvy readers. The aim of the platform is to bring information closer and to arouse fascination for chemistry.
  • Offers for teacher training in GDCh training centers in cooperation with several universities.
  • Allocation of travel grants for participation in conferences and congresses.

Prizes and awards

The Society of German Chemists awards the following prizes and awards:

Commemorative coin A von Baeyer, which is awarded by the Society of German Chemists as a special award in the field of organic chemistry.
Memorial cube (Wilhelm Klemm), which is awarded by the GDCh as a special award in the field of inorganic chemistry.
Commemorative coin (Fresenius), which is awarded by the GDCh as a special award in the field of analytics.
Commemorative coin (Gmelin-Beilstein), which is awarded by the GDCh as a special award in the field of the history of chemistry and chemistry literature.

Two prizes worth € 50,000 are among the most highly endowed German prizes in the natural sciences:

Further prizes of the GDCh (mostly endowed with € 7,500 and awarded annually) are:

Further prizes are awarded by the specialist groups:

With the “ Historic Sites of Chemistry ” program, the GDCh also honors the sites of historically important chemists. As part of this series, the memorial plaque to August Wilhelm von Hofmann (1818-1892), the founding president of the GDCh, was ceremoniously unveiled on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Jakob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum of the Humboldt University in Berlin .

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker has several foundations which, in addition to funding measures, also award awards:

The Society of German Chemists received the Lavoisier Medal of the French Chemical Society in 1999 .

Honorary members

Honorary membership is the GDCh's highest distinction. It is awarded to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of chemistry and the goals of the GDCh. On the basis of suggestions from the GDCh board, the general assembly decides to appoint honorary members. Honorary members have the rights of full GDCh members, but without their obligations.

Honorary members of the GDCh are:

President of the Society of German Chemists since 1949


  • Society of German Chemists (Ed.): 50 Years of GDCH: Chemistry Experienced , Editor: Renate Hoer, Society of German Chemists e. V., Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-924763-79-8 .
  • Walter Ruske: 100 years of the German Chemical Society . Written on behalf of the Society of German Chemists. Weinheim / Bergstr .: Verlag Chemie 1967.
  • Adolf Butenandt : 100 years of the German Chemical Society , in: Chemical Reports 100 (1967) pages CLIX – CLXXI.
  • Helmut Maier : Chemist in the “Third Reich”. The German Chemical Society and the Association of German Chemists in the Nazi regime . Written on behalf of the Society of German Chemists. Weinheim / Bergstrasse, Wiley-VCH, 2015.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Previously, in the tradition of the DChG of 1867, every application for membership had to be approved by two active members with a signature. A (started) chemistry course, mostly after the intermediate diploma examination, was therefore a prerequisite.
  2. ^ Section "Chemistry-Information-Computer" ( Memento from December 20, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Department of Chemistry Classes
  4. FGCU 2018. GDCh, March 1, 2018, accessed on March 1, 2018 .
  5. CHEMKON celebrates its 25th anniversary and breaks new ground . In: CHEMKON . tape 24 , no. 5 , November 1, 2017, ISSN  1521-3730 , p. 369–369 , doi : 10.1002 / ckon.201710315 .
  6. ^ The SEC on the GDCh website .
  7. ^ Association for chemistry and economy
  8. ^ The Chemical Publishing Society Europe .
  9. [1] .
  10. Fascination with chemistry
  11. ^ GDCh teacher training .
  12. GDCh prices., accessed on July 8, 2013 .
  13. In 2016, this award went to the chemistry editor of the German-language Wikipedia.
  14. ^ Program “Historic Sites of Chemistry” of the GDCh., accessed on July 8, 2013 .
  15. Official website GDCh