Anniversary 2017

150 years of GDCh - the anniversary 2017

In 1867 the German Chemical Society of Berlin was founded in Berlin, one of the predecessor companies of the GDCh. That is why we celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2017. A review of the anniversary year with many pictures is published in our 2017 annual report on pages 19-29. You can find out more about the history of the GDCh here.

The highlight of our anniversary year was the Science Forum Chemistry, which took place from September 10th to 14th in Berlin. In addition to a top-class scientific conference , we have organized other activities, for example for children and young people. Here are some of the many highlights of the Science Forum.


But not only in September in Berlin, but throughout the year we celebrated our anniversary - and a little bit ourselves - with various campaigns and events. On these pages you will find our events and special promotions for the anniversary year.

By the way: The JungChemikerForum (JCF) also celebrated its anniversary in 2017. It was founded 20 years earlier. You can recognize JCF anniversary events by the corresponding logo.

That remains from the GDCh anniversary year

Here you will find a compilation of events that will have an effect beyond the anniversary year.

Innovation marathon chemical turnaround

How do we achieve a new start-up era in chemistry? This question was the focus of the "Chemiewende Innovation Marathon", which took place as part of the GDCh Science Forum for Chemistry from September 12 to 13, 2017 at the Free University of Berlin. In keynotes, a panel discussion and a 24-hour teamwork phase, experienced founders and those interested in founding a company worked out concrete solutions with the support of experts. Seven teams each created a concept overnight, which was presented the following morning. Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries personally presented a prize worth ? 5,000 to the winning team ?Startups?. The innovation marathon will also take place at the upcoming science forum in Aachen. additional Information

Experiment Future - Value Thinking in Chemistry

The Future Experiment took place on September 14, 2017 as part of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry in the Spreespeicher Berlin. How can the results of chemical research, development and the know-how of chemical experts be brought into society in such a way that they can help to cope with global challenges? That was the question those present asked themselves. Moderated by TV journalist and presenter Ines Arland, the participants heard eight keynote speeches on four pairs of topics in the morning, presented by high-ranking keynote speakers. Further information can be found here and in the Wifo review.

Satellite Symposium - Thinking the unthinkable

What will the research landscape look like in the future? Will cybots come up with research topics for us? What are the ideal framework conditions for creative thinking? Representatives from science and industry discussed this on September 15, 2017 following the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry. Here you will find a report on the satellite symposium and the complete program with all speakers.

Primo Levi Prize

For the first time, the Berlin Primo Levi Prize was awarded at the opening ceremony. The prize was used in 2016 by the GDCh together with the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI). This honors chemists who, beyond their subject, are particularly committed to humanitarian goals. Here you can find the web version of the booklet at the Primo Levi price. You can find a report of the award ceremony in the Wifo review.

Cooperation agreements with chemical companies in other countries

In 2017, cooperation agreements were concluded with the Korean Chemical Society (KCS, Korea), the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS, China) and the Israel Chemical Society (ICS, Israel). In addition, the agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, Great Britain) was renewed. Further information on these and the existing bilateral agreements can be found here.

Printed media for the anniversary year

1st anniversary brochure "A journey through 150 years of chemical societies in Germany"

150 years of chemistry in fast motion - our anniversary brochure " A foray through 150 years of chemical societies in Germany ", published in the anniversary year 2017.

2. ?Infinite expanses. Criss-cross through the chemistry universe ?

Numerous renowned authors take the reader on an understandable and varied journey through the world of chemistry. The editors of the book are the two former GDCh presidents Thisbe K. Lindhorst and Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger as well as the GDCh itself. The book has been published by Wiley-VCH and is also available in the GDCh-Shop.

3. "Between fascination and demonization: chemistry in society"

The relationship between chemistry and society is divided. Everything chemical causes discomfort in many people and is often considered unnatural, poisonous and dangerous. The book attempts to shed more light on the tension between chemistry and society and to point out possible solutions. The editors of the book are Marc-Denis Weitze (German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)), Dr. Joachim Schummer (editor of HYLE: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry and freelance author) and Thomas Geelhaar, former GDCh President. The book has been published by Springer and is available in the GDCh shop.

Promotions in the anniversary year

Here you will find promotions that have run for several months or the whole year. You can find our anniversary events below

September to November
GDCh photo competition
Almost 100 pictures were submitted to the GDCh photo competition. Further information Here you can find all submitted photos and the winning photos.

My Favorite Molecule - From January through early December, our members submitted their favorite molecules. Our list includes a total of more than 60 favorite molecules.

Curious and useless things about the GDCh can be found on our party knowledge anecdotes about the GDCh page

Our presentation "150 years GDCh" is available, ideal for example during the breaks in an event. The pptx version runs for about 8 minutes without your intervention. A short email to is sufficient. Click here for the web version.

Events in the anniversary year

January 26, Frankfurt am Main
Special colloquium "Seas and oceans - valued, used and threatened"

January 25th and 26th, Cologne/Leverkusen/Essen
JCF industrial tour to Lanxess and Bayer
Limited number of participants, please register with a short letter of motivation to Sebastian Beil ( )

April 6-7, Berlin
Berlin Chemistry Symposium (BCS) and Chemistry in Practice (ChiP) The Berlin German Young Chemists Network and the young business chemists organize the two days with a demanding program

April 21-23, Freiberg
Central German chemist symposium
The JCF Freiberg invites students to the 1st Central German Young Scientist Symposium in Freiberg. Bachelor's and master's students can gain conference experience among their peers in 10 to 15 minute presentations. In addition, non-scientific activities are planned in the evenings.

April 27, Cologne
GDCh campus event
The GDCh Campus Event takes place at selected university locations and is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about the chemical science landscape.

May 2nd, Darmstadt
GDCh campus event
And another campus event. It's about research funding, results and publishing.

March 23 to May 7 i
CHEMISTRY REDISCOVERED – a Europe-wide school competition
Chemistry Rediscovered is accepting submissions now through May 7th. The GDCh and EYCN video competition is aimed at students who enjoy creating a video clip.

May 5th to 7th, Garmisch
Alpine Forum 2017
First-hand information on starting a career. The proven event of the JCF Munich


May 13, Potsdam
Potsdam Science Day
More than 35 universities, schools and research institutions in Brandenburg present their everyday work beyond the walls of the institute in the Science Park Potsdam-Golm. Active members of the GDCh and the JCF are also there.


May 15 , Bochum, May 16, Hamburg, May 17, Frankfurt, May 18, Leipzig, May 19, Jena
"Sherlock Holmes and Chemistry "
A lecture series with Dr. Tobias Gruber from the University of Lincoln (UK) offers the German Young Chemists Network . In addition to his university research, Tobias Gruber is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society in London and gives lectures in this context, which range from blood tests and photochemistry to hunting the Baskerville. Gruber will introduce viewers to the chemistry behind Sherlock Holmes at five locations throughout his journey.


June 13, Frankfurt am Main
At the JP Morgan Run, the world's largest company run, the GDCh team from the office will this time complete the running route through Frankfurt city center under the motto "150 years - ran really well". (Photos see below on this page)


June 24, Berlin
Berlin Long Night of Science
From 5 p.m. to midnight, 70 scientific institutions in Berlin and on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg will open their doors. Here you can experience science live with numerous experiments, lectures, workshops and hands-on activities for adults and children.


June 29, Krefeld
GDCh Campus Event
The third GDCh campus event of the year takes place in Krefeld and is aimed at everyone who would like to learn more about the chemical science landscape.


June to September

The Chemist Photo Quiz ran from late June to early September. It was about guessing a chemist and winning attractive prizes from GDCh and Wiley-VCH. A new round followed every week until Wifo in September. The winners were drawn in Berlin at Wifo. You have now received your prizes.


10th-14th September, Berlin

GDCh science forum and chemistry festival under the motto "Chemistry moves"


The highlight of the anniversary year will be the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry, with its motto "Chemistry moves". Review of the Wifo.


24 October, Munich
GDCh campus event
The fourth and last campus event of the year is aimed at students and doctoral candidates. Among others, Reinhard Brückner, University of Freiburg, Matthias Mann, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, and Henry Dube, LMU Munich will speak. There is also a workshop on the subject of publishing.
Further information


October 25, London
Joint Symposium with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
With a joint symposium in London, the GDCh and the RSC are not only celebrating the 150th anniversary of the GDCh, but also the long association between the two chemical societies, which dates back to the GDCh's founding president, August Wilhlem von Hofmann. Further information:

Here you can download the brochure for this event (pdf, 11 MB)

Das Team der GDCh-Geschäftsstelle beim JP-Morgan Lauf
"150 Jahre -richtig gut gelaufen" war das Motto

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