teacher training

Advanced training for chemistry teachers

The GDCh, together with the Chemical Education division and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, supports a wide-ranging program of courses for chemistry teachers at seven teacher training centers, which are organized by specialist didactors, specialist scientists and school practitioners.

Further information can be found on the website of the teacher training centers

GDCh teacher training centers

Training center Dortmund
Head: Prof. Dr. Insa Melle

Training center Erlangen / Nuremberg
Head: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Habig

Training center Frankfurt am Main
Head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arnim Luehken

Training Center Karlsruhe
Head: Prof. Dr. Matthew Ducci

Training center Leipzig / Jena
Head: Prof. Dr. Rebekka Heimann (Leipzig)
Prof. Dr. Timm Wilke (Jena)

Northwest training center
Head: Prof. Dr. Marco Beeken (Osnabrück)
Prof. Dr. Ingo Eilks (Bremen)

Rostock training center
Head: Prof. Dr. Alfred Flint

Focus and offer of the centers

The focus of the work of the teacher training centers is the development and implementation of an attractive range of internal and external courses from all areas of chemistry, tailored to the curricula of the federal states.

The advanced training program includes courses for all school levels and types in chemistry as well as general science lessons at primary level.

The GDCh commission for teacher training regularly evaluates the work of the centers and elaborates thematic priorities according to the current requirements.

Topics considered important by the Commission are:


  • Sustainability in Chemical Education
  • Chemistry and life science
  • Modern materials and materials
  • Teaching and learning concepts in Chemical Education
  • Educational standards / curricula
  • Chemical concepts - yesterday, today, tomorrow
  • Early science education
  • Safety in Chemical Education
  • Digitization in chemistry - industry and teaching

The offer of the teacher training centers is extended by so-called tandem events in which speakers from industry, e.g. from research or production, report on current developments in cooperation with companies. At the same time, there is a didactic preparation for everyday school life. This means that events with particularly current and practice-related content can be offered.

The Head of the training centers meet once or twice a year and elect a: n spokesperson every two years. The current speaker is Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arnim Lühken (Training Center Frankfurt am Main).

For detailed questions and for up-to-date information on the teacher training program, please contact the respective center.


Education, Career and Science Department

Tel: +49 69 7917
-291 / -331
Email: ab@gdch.de

division of Chemical Education

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