IUPAC/German Central Committee for Chemistry

IUPAC/German Central Committee for Chemistry

In order to be able to represent the chemical interests of the Federal Republic of Germany in the IUPAC (International Union for Pure and Angewandte Chemie), the "Federal Committee of German Chemistry", today's "German Central Committee for Chemistry" ( DZfCh) founded.

The DZfCh is the German member organization (the so-called National Adhering Organization, NAO) of the IUPAC, ie all matters relating to the IUPAC are regulated by the DZfCh. The Managing Directors of the DZfCh lies with the GDCh Office office. Today the following organizations are members:

German Bunsen Society for physical chemistry eV
German Rubber Society registered association
German Scientific Society for Sustainable Energy Sources, Mobility and Carbon Cycles eV
German Chemical Society registered association
Colloid Society eV
Association of the Chemical Industry eV

The chair of the DZfCh is Prof. Dr. Dr hc Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig. Since January 1, 2021, the Executive Director has been Dr. Hans-Georg Weinig, GDCh.
From 2002 to the end of 2020, GDCh Executive Director Prof. Dr. Wolfram Koch also was Executive Director of the DZfCh. From 2008 to 2015 he was a member of the Finance Committee of IUPAC. He is IUPAC Treasurer for the 2022-2025 term.

Personal membership in IUPAC

The International Union for Pure and Angewandte Chemie (IUPAC) is supported by the chemistry-related organizations from over 40 countries and is primarily dedicated to questions of nomenclature and standardization in chemistry, but also sees itself as an international platform to strengthen the interests of chemistry .

The IUPAC Affiliate Membership Program enables chemists to become personal members of IUPAC. In this way, IUPAC wants to broaden its contact with chemists all over the world and give them the opportunity to work in the Union.

Benefits for Personal Members:


  • Obtain free of charge the electronic version of the IUPAC journal "Chemistry International", which contains information on IUPAC reports, new nomenklatura, symposia, personal messages and addresses of the commissioners. The magazine is published several times a year.
  • 25% discount on the subscription price of all IUPAC publications;
    10% discount on participation fees for all symposia and congresses under the auspices of IUPAC.

In any case, a prerequisite for personal membership in IUPAC is membership in the national chemical society, in this case the GDCh.

The membership fee is € 26.00.

You can cancel your IUPAC membership at the end of each year if your cancellation is received by the GDCh by September 30th.

If you, as a GDCh member, are interested in personal membership of the IUPAC, please contact the GDCh Office, Dr. Hans-Georg Weinig, P.O. Box 90 04 40, 60444 Frankfurt am Main, h.weinig@gdch.de.

IYC 2011 - International Year of Chemistry

IYC 2011

The 63rd General Assembly of the UN declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry. UNESCO and IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) - the international scientific umbrella organization in chemistry - were commissioned to coordinate the International Year of Chemistry. Embedded in the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development 2005 - 2014, an "International Year of Chemistry" was intended to deepen public understanding of the fundamental importance of chemistry, especially with regard to the role that chemistry plays in the development of alternative energy sources, food security for a steadily growing world population and other global challenges. 2011 also marked the 100th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Marie Sklodowska-Curie - an opportunity to highlight female contributions to the development of chemistry. 2011 also marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the IACS (International Association of Chemical Societies), the predecessor organization of today's IUPAC. The IUPAC, like the IACS before it, was founded to enable international scientific exchange and collaboration between chemists by developing standardized nomenclature and terminology. The German Chemical Society supported the International Year of Chemistry and was able to fall back on the experience gained in 2003, the German "Year of Chemistry".


German Central Committee
for chemistry, c / o GDCh
P.O. Box 90 04 40
60444 Frankfurt / Main
Tel .: 069 / 7917-482
Fax: 069 / 7917-1482

World of elements:

authorized by the IUPAC
Periodic table

Provisional Recommendations

The nomenclature recommendations

Reminders and Deadlines

Informations about IUPAC Awards

IUPAC Periodicals

Pure and Applied Chemistry is the official monthly Journal Chemistry International is the Newsmagazine of IUPAC

Biennial Report

Find out more about the goals of IUPAC in this annual report.

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last modified: 20.11.2023 09:43 H from K.J.Schmitz