Current information on the corona pandemic

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The Corona / COVID-19 pandemic now affects all areas of life. Closures of schools, shops and restaurants as well as exit restrictions and assembly bans not only affect each of us personally, but also almost all areas of the economy. On these pages you will find a compilation of information relevant to chemistry on the subject. The shortcut of this page is

"The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overcome without mathematical and scientific expertise."
Position paper of the GDCh and four other mathematical and scientific societies on the Corona crisis of May 7, 2020.
Press release on the position paper

October 1, 2021

Experts recommend exhaust fans in classrooms

Aerosol researchers, physicians and building technicians from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz, from the University Clinic and Institute for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, from Charité University Medicine Berlin and from the Institute for Building Physics , Building Technology and Structural Engineering of the Graz University of Technology recommend in a joint statement that as many classrooms as possible be equipped with fan window ventilation systems. Extensive studies, model calculations and many application examples in schools show that simple window ventilation supported by exhaust fans is a simple and very effective infection protection measure against the aerosol transmission of COVID-19. To the press release of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

June 30, 2021

Opinion on the effectiveness and use of face masks against COVID-19

In a recent study, aerosol researchers and medical professionals were able to show that face masks are effective in reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the spread of COVID-19. On the occasion of the publication of this study in the science magazine Science, the aerosol expert Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pöschl from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the pulmonologist Prof. Dr. med. Christian Witt from the Charité -Universitätsmedizin Berlin gave a statement on the importance of masks for containing the pandemic. Based on current data and studies, the two researchers recommend continuing to use masks in everyday life and combining them with vaccination, ventilation, keeping a distance, testing and hand hygiene until a high level of immunization is achieved in the population. They also advise schools in particular to improve ventilation measures. To the article in Science

June 23, 2021

new GDCh fact sheet published

How does the vaccine get into the cell? is the name of the recently published fact sheet of the GDCh, in which the mode of action of vaccines is explained in a generally understandable manner. To the fact sheets.

March 10, 2021

Information on coronary research results

The GDCh- Topthemen website (short link: has collected articles on various current topics that the GDCh deals with., Among them is a section Corona / COVID-19.

February 25, 2021

VCI emergency platform Corona launched

The VCI emergency platform Corona (see message from February 11th) started with technical support from the Boston Consulting Group. A first version of the website is online for registered users. The platform is intended to ensure the supply of vaccination accessories such as syringes, cannulas or saline solution in the vaccination centers of the federal states. The first manufacturers of vaccination accessories and vaccines are registered there, other manufacturers and the central contacts of the federal states will follow. Further information:

February 11, 2021

VCI sets up emergency platform for vaccination accessories

Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked the chemical-pharmaceutical industry for support as part of the vaccination campaign against Corona. This is to ensure the supply of vaccination accessories such as syringes, cannulas or saline solution. The background to the request was the quick help with the emergency supply with disinfectants in the past year. Together with its partner Boston Consulting Digital Ventures, the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) is now building a platform for this at short notice. VCI General Manager Wolfgang Große Entrup had given this promise to the federal government and the federal states at the vaccine summit at the beginning of February. A first version should go online in about two weeks. additional Information

February 09, 2021

GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie takes place online

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) will take place online from August 29th to September 1st, 2021. This was decided by the GDCh board in an extraordinary meeting on February 8th, 2021. The aim is to convert the planned sessions, lectures and other events of the WiFo, wherever possible, into online formats and in this way to create a comprehensive online science forum. Further, constantly updated information at

In addition, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the Executive Board decided to cancel or accept all face-to-face events of the GDCh until December 31, 2021, in addition to its resolutions of March 16, May 5 and November 4, 2020 move. Instead, the GDCh structures are encouraged to switch to virtual formats. Exceptions to this rule are only possible in well-founded individual cases and require careful examination in close consultation and in agreement with the management. If the situation changes fundamentally for the better, this decision will be adjusted accordingly.

February 04, 2021

Position paper of the Science Council

The Science Council published the position paper Impetus from the Covid 19 crisis for the further development of the science system in Germany. The science system has proven to be flexible and research activities are geared towards the new field of the pandemic. At the same time, universities and non-university research institutions had to reorganize work processes. Insights into the need for further development of the science system have been confirmed and weak points have become apparent. It is now necessary to think about the balance between cooperation and competition. To the position paper

January 29, 2021

Strategy for the sustainable management of the pandemic

Leading virologists and experts from economics, sociology and political science have presented the government with a no-covid plan for the sustainable management of the COVID19 pandemic. In it, they describe a strategy to quickly reduce the current number of infections and then to keep them low through consistent action (e.g. mobility controls, quarantine regulations and tests). To the full document.

15. January

Questions and answers about vaccination against SARS-CoV-2

Under the heading "Know more, make informed decisions", the German Research Foundation (DFG) has put together frequently asked questions about vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, which are answered by four members of the interdisciplinary commission for pandemic research of the DFG. To the website

January 11, 2021

How do mRNA vaccines work?

Since the end of December 2020, people in Germany and the other EU member states have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a newly developed vaccine based on mRNA. How this vaccination works is explained in a generally understandable way on the Fascination Chemistry page. To the contribution

December 10, 2020

Recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

The number of infections in Germany is still very high, several hundred deaths are recorded every day, and the situation threatens to worsen in the coming weeks. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina therefore recommends using the days between Christmas and New Year to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full statement of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

December 08, 2020

Measures against corona transmission through aerosols: It is better not to supply fresh air from above

In a current statement, the Fine Dust Working Committee (AAF) analyzes the aerosol transmission path of the corona pandemic in more detail. The experts go into countermeasures and explain how masks, proper ventilation, suitable air purification and overhead suction can reduce the aerosol load and thus the transmission. The experts of the working committee recommend, among other things, that with ventilation systems it is important to ensure that the fresh air is not supplied from above, but that it is actually extracted from above; In airplanes or in local public transport, reversing the air supply could help. They also advise installing ventilation and overhead suction systems at short notice in many areas, especially in classrooms or in restaurants. Read the full AAF opinion.

November 09, 2020

GDCh cancels face-to-face events until June 30, 2021

The GDCh board decided on November 4, 2020 to cancel or postpone all face-to-face events of the GDCh until June 30, 2021 due to the ongoing corona pandemic, in addition to its resolutions of March 16 and May 5, 2020. Instead, the GDCh structures are encouraged to switch to virtual formats. Exceptions to this rule are only possible in well-founded individual cases and require a careful examination in close consultation and in agreement with the management. If the situation changes fundamentally for the better, this decision will be adjusted accordingly.

Most employees * inside the headquarters continue to work primarily in the home office, and only once or twice a week in the headquarters. All departments can still be reached by phone through redirects and forwarding, and all colleagues who are on duty can of course also be reached by e-mail.

October 28, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic science organizations: The situation is serious

For a few weeks now, there has been a dramatic increase in coronavirus infections in Europe, which has now also reached Germany. Due to the high number of cases, this can no longer be controlled in many places and can result in a considerable number of people in need of treatment in hospitals and a significant increase in the number of deaths in Germany. To prevent this from happening, the President of the German Research Foundation and the Presidents of the Fraunhofer Society, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, the Max Planck Society and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina are calling for clear decisions that will be implemented quickly . To the press release

August 05, 2020

Disinfectants for developing countries

Hand disinfection with alcoholic substances remains an important issue, especially in countries where clean water and soap are not available everywhere. In order to check the minimum proportion of alcohol and thus the effectiveness of an alcoholic disinfectant, it can be checked with the naked eye with the help of solvatochromic dyes and comparison with a color scale. A test kit can be produced quickly, easily and inexpensively. To the contribution

July 31, 2020

Corona consequences for the earth system

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting everyone's life. In addition, it affects the entire earth system and reveals system-immanent risks in our highly networked world. An international team of geoscientists concludes that both the immediate and longer-term consequences of COVID-19 can occur along at least two cascades: the first includes energy, emissions, climate and air quality, the second cascade concerns poverty, globalization, Nutrition and biodiversity. To the original article or to a summary in German

June 26, 2020

Interdisciplinary Commission for Pandemic Research

Against the background of the current coronavirus pandemic, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up an interdisciplinary commission for pandemic research. It has 18 members from all scientific areas and is intended to strengthen the knowledge-driven research that is essential in the field of pandemic and epidemic research, which, among other things, forms the basis of almost all translational approaches. To the press release

June 24, 2020

Over 10 million liters of disinfectant for hospitals, medical practices and nursing homes

Via the ?Emergency Disinfection? platform set up at short notice in March (see message from April 9 at the bottom of this page), companies in the chemical industry have delivered well over 10 million liters of disinfectant to medical and social institutions in Germany. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: "My heartfelt thanks go to all the companies that actively participated and flexibly converted their production." Because the supply situation with disinfectants has eased in the meantime, the platform has now been closed, but can be reopened at any time if necessary. To the press release of the Verband der Chemischen Industri e.

June 23, 2020

Pandemic and psychology

The corona pandemic is not only a challenge for mathematically and scientifically trained experts (see position paper from GDCh and four other companies). Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have also researched interesting phenomena during the pandemic and recently published a study on the psychology of toilet paper hamsters. The survey of around 1,000 people from more than 20 countries found, among other things, that Americans hoard more toilet paper than Europeans and, above all, people who are particularly worried and anxious in general, stock up on toilet paper. To the press release and the original publication.

June 22, 2020

Special measures for digital and experimental Chemical Education

Even in "normal" times, the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) supports chemistry classes with a variety of activities. Due to the difficult conditions caused by the corona pandemic, the FCI has taken a number of special measures to support teachers in implementing digital and experimental Chemical Education . All offers are summarized on one website.

June 19, 2020

For teachers, learners and parents: portal for online learning media

The schools are still running in emergency mode. Even if the summer holidays will soon bring a breather, it is by no means certain that the schools will be able to resume normal operations in the fall. Digital support for teachers, students and parents will also be necessary in the future. We learn online ( ) is the name of an open education platform that aims to strengthen digital infrastructures and support schools with digital home teaching. The platform collects teaching and learning material for home tuition, assistance, tools and gives recommendations for digital teaching. It is provided by Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. and e. V. operated and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

June 18, 2020

Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) calls for the use of the Corona app

The Corona app was presented a few days ago and is now available to users of IOS or Android phones. It should be a further building block to curb the spread and to quickly identify future infections. The Association of the Chemical Industry also calls for the app to be downloaded and used. To the press release

June 09, 2020

We for school - hackathon for school after Corona

Since the corona pandemic, schools have become a vast involuntary field of experimentation for teachers, parents and students. Since March there have been no more regular classes and this will remain so at least until the big holidays. A nationwide school hackathon is running this week, in which, in addition to the groups mentioned, programmers and creative minds also collect suggestions for tomorrow's lessons. Everyone wants to develop solutions - digital and non-digital - for future lessons that will not be the same even after Corona. additional Information

June 02, 2020

Fast and inexpensive Covid-19 rapid test procedure

A research cooperation with the University of Konstanz has developed a novel Covid-19 rapid test method. This new method does not require RNA purification and is therefore not only faster, but also significantly cheaper than classic PCR at less than 5 euros per test. The method has a similarly high sensitivity as classic PCR. In addition, test results can be read out using a portable LED lamp. This new procedure is therefore particularly suitable for those poorer regions of the world in which COVID-19 is currently spreading rapidly. The article was initially published preprint. More information.

May 25, 2020

Health versus economy

The pushing back of the COCID-19 diseases and the relaxation of the pandemic-related restrictions are no contradiction in terms. This is the result of a joint study by the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) and the Ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich eV The study calculated health and economic scenarios to ease the pandemic-related restrictions. According to the study, it is not true that a very rapid relaxation creates economic benefits and therefore a conflict with health policy goals. It is a common interest of health and economy to undertake the easing cautiously and to observe very closely how the infection numbers develop. Based on the status on April 20, epidemiological and economic calculations showed that at most a slight relaxation would be suitable for minimizing economic costs without jeopardizing the medical goals. To the study and the press release of the HZI.

May 22, 2020

Mouth and nose masks seem to reduce the risk of infection significantly

That is what at least one study on golden hamsters suggests, which will soon be published in the specialist magazine Clinical Infectious Diseases and which was previously disseminated in various media. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have simulated the wearing of masks in hamsters by hanging fabric from simple surgical masks between two cages. More information here and here.

19th May 2020

Archive of all findings about the interaction of the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 with its host

An international Bioinformatics consortium led by the Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg is creating an archive in which all findings on the interactions of the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 with its host are summarized. The knowledge gathered is intended to improve understanding of the role of gender, age and other influencing factors of the host as well as disease progression, defense mechanisms and responses to treatments. In an article in the scientific journal Nature Scientific Data, the researchers present their project and call on the global research community to participate. additional Information

May 18, 2020

Webinar for chemistry startups

Corona has also presented many startups with unexpected challenges. The Startup Chemistry forum, to which the GDCh also belongs, is offering a free webinar. Experienced managers & business angels talk about their experiences and against tips on what startups should consider in times of crisis in order to come out of the crisis stronger. Further information and registration

May 15, 2020

1st interview with virologist Helga-Rübsamen-Schaeff

On its website, the GDCh published an interview with Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff. The virologist developed the antiviral agent Letermovir (PREVYMIS®) with the company she founded, AiCuris, and successfully launched it on the market. In addition to many other awards, she received the Federal President's Future Prize and is an honorary member of the GDCh. In an interview, she talks about the challenges involved in researching and developing a new drug and why setbacks are part of research. To the interview

2. Home Office takes headquarters: GDCh employees * work inside a majority continue to live.

In order to further reduce COVID-19 diseases, the home office regulations that have been in force since March 16 have been extended again. Most employees working inside * primarily in the home office and only once or twice a week in the headquarters. All departments can still be reached by phone through redirects and forwarding, and all colleagues who are on duty can of course also be reached by e-mail. The special regulation initially applies until June 12th.

May 14, 2020

"Chemistry against viruses" - GDCh publishes fact sheets

The new series of Fact Sheets explains relevant chemical facts in a generally understandable manner for the interested public. The fact sheets are created by the expert committee "ChemFacts for Future", in which GDCh scientists from various fields work together on relevant topics. The first two fact sheets Chemistry Against Viruses: Antiviral Agents and Chemistry Against Viruses: Hand washing and disinfection are published on the website

May 13, 2020

Federal government starts special program for vaccine research and vaccine production against corona

The federal government has decided on a comprehensive special program for vaccine development in the "Corona Cabinet". With a hitherto unique special program for vaccine development, the federal government is now stepping up its efforts considerably. The program approved today has a volume of up to 750 million euros.

May 11, 2020

Information portal of the BMBF on the corona crisis

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has also collected information on the corona pandemic on a website and publishes information on research activities as well as a fact check in order to counter the numerous rumors and fake news circulating in social media. additional Information

May 08, 2020

1. Research on vaccines and drugs against COVID-19 everywhere in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Research into a vaccine or drug against COVID-19 is not only being carried out at full speed at universities and research institutions, but also in many industrial companies. The associations vfa, BIO Deutschland and PHARMIG (Austria) publish an interactive map with the locations of the companies researching COVID-19 in German-speaking countries.

2. ?forscher - the magazine for the curious? has been published

For young researchers between the ages of 8 and 12 there is a new booklet on the subject of bioeconomy, in which you can learn a lot even when you are not in school. The issue deals with microbes and bacteria, the superheroes in the Soil. The edition can be ordered free of charge. additional Information

May 07, 2020

GDCh and four other mathematical and scientific societies publish a statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be overcome without mathematical and scientific expertise. This is emphasized by five large mathematical and scientific societies in Germany in a position paper. The professional societies represent the subjects of Biology, chemistry, Physics, mathematics and geosciences. Further information is published in a press release. The full position paper can be found here.

May 06, 2020

Better air through lockdown lowers asthma and death rates

The global lockdown to contain the corona pandemic not only prevents many COVID-19 cases. The associated decline in traffic, power generation or industry also affects global air quality, which has a positive effect on human health. An international team of scientists with the participation of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry estimated in a study that around 7,400 premature deaths and 6,600 cases of asthma in children were avoided worldwide in the first two weeks of the lockdown. additional Information

May 05, 2020

1. Joint statement by Fraunhofer Society, Helmholtz Association, Leibniz Association and Max Planck Society

Scientists from the four named research organizations have compiled their results, prepared a joint analysis and presented possible strategies for coping with the corona pandemic from a modeling perspective. They demand the establishment or continuation of hygienic measures, the expansion of testing and tracing capacities as well as the adaptive control of accompanying contact-restricting measures. additional Information

2. Decision of the GDCh board on events

Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, the GDCh board of directors has decided, in addition to its resolution of March 16, 2020, to cancel all face-to-face events of the GDCh by December 31, 2020, or to postpone them if necessary or to use web-based formats. Exceptions to this rule are only possible in well-founded individual cases and require careful examination in close consultation and in agreement with the management.

April 30, 2020

Home Office rules extended: Employees * inside the GDCh headquarters work usually continues from home.

The headquarters helps to limit the spread of COVID-19th Since March 16, only a small, daily changing "core team" working in the headquarters. The other employees work from home. All departments can still be reached by phone through redirects and forwarding, and all colleagues who are on duty can of course also be reached by e-mail. The special regulation for home office initially applies until May 15.

April 29, 2020

Call for research on new antiviral agents from organic chemistry

In a short overview, which was published online in Angewandte Chemie, three scientists from organic chemistry report on the production of disinfectants at a German university in March and April of this year and call for support for research through synthetic studies on the new COVID-19 -Active substances on. For publication

April 28, 2020

Representative survey: people trust science and scientists

General trust in science and research has increased significantly against the background of the corona pandemic. This was the result of a population-representative survey by Wissenschaft im Dialog. Almost three quarters of those surveyed say they trust science and research. Doctors and medical staff in particular enjoy great trust. The expertise of researchers is also very important to those surveyed in the corona crisis: 89 percent believe that scientific knowledge is important in order to slow down the corona pandemic in Germany. 81 percent of those surveyed believe that political decisions in dealing with Corona should be based on scientific knowledge. additional Information

April 27, 2020

National task force of the research network COVID-19 of the university medicine starts work.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the establishment of a research network with 150 million euros. This is intended to bundle and strengthen research activities at university hospitals. The initiative is intended to bring together and evaluate the action plans, diagnostic and treatment strategies of as many German university hospitals as possible. As a result, structures and processes are to be created in the clinics that ensure the best possible care for those suffering from COVID-19. At the university clinics, the data on the treated COVID-19 patients are systematically recorded and bundled in a database. In this way, the medical histories or data on the constitution of the sick can be brought together. The national task force of the research network should ensure that the network works effectively without loss of time or friction. It serves to control and coordinate between university medicine and politics. additional Information

April 23, 2020

First clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine approved in Germany

The Paul Ehrlich Institute, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Medicines, has approved the first clinical trial of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Germany. The vaccine candidate from the Mainz biotechnology company BioNTech is a so-called RNA vaccine that contains the genetic information for the construction of the so-called spike protein of CoV-2 or parts of it in the form of ribonucleic acid (RNA). In the approved first part of the clinical trial, 200 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 will each be vaccinated with one of several slightly modified vaccine variants. This is only the fifth approved trial of preventive, specific COVID-19 vaccine candidates in humans worldwide. Further information from the Paul Ehrlich Institute, further information from BioNTech

April 22, 2020

Muzzle or quality assurance? reports on an article in the science magazine Nature that the Chinese government apparently wants to control which research results about COVID-19 are published. According to documents available to Nature, three months ago China quietly introduced a regulation that requires scientists to obtain approval for any publication of their results. Some Chinese scientists think this is a sensible reaction to poor-quality but high-profile studies, while others see it as China's attempt to keep information about the beginning of the outbreak under lock and key. To the article in

April 21, 2020

Virtual exchange of experiences for teachers

The corona pandemic is a stressful time for teachers . From now on, many of them had to put together teaching materials that students can work on at home and have been teaching via video, email or telephone ever since. How can the lessons succeed under these conditions? Science on Stage Germany, a non-profit initiative for the MINT subjects, offers virtual formats for nationwide exchange among teachers. The first "virtual get-together" will take place the day after tomorrow, on April 23rd. You can find an overview of topics and other dates at

April 20, 2020

Heavy ions against COVID-19

The Society for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt is also using research potential and infrastructure to help cope with the corona pandemic. In several areas of GSI / FAIR, scientists are working on new findings and technologies that can help fight the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. For example, it is being investigated whether influenza and SARS-CoV-2 viruses can be inactivated with high-energy heavy ions in order to produce vaccines from them. additional Information

17th April 2020

1. Max Planck Institute for Chemistry tests materials for makeshift protective masks

The federal government has joined the experts who recommend wearing protective masks when shopping or on public transport. Several German cities will introduce mandatory protective masks in the coming days, and more will likely follow. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have tested how well various substances filter particles out of the air. Accordingly, all tested materials such as surgical masks, but also cotton fabrics, kitchen roll paper or vacuum cleaner bags, for the most part, intercept particles a few micrometers in size. The results apply well to droplets that are the preferred means of transmitting the virus. additional Information

2. Mathematical consideration of the doubling time

For weeks, many people have been watching the doubling times of the infected and the deceased, which are shown in many media in a global comparison or sorted by federal state. Moritz Kaßmann, Mathematics Professor at Bielefeld University explains in this video (attention: the video is from April 7th and the number of cases is therefore no longer up-to-date) why the published doubling time is actually unsuitable and how it should be calculated instead. To the video.

April 16, 2020

European Commission funds research association on antibody therapies

Since April 1, the international research association ATAC (Antibody Therapy Against Corona-Virus) has been researching antibody therapies for the treatment of acute corona virus infections. The ATAC research association is funded by the European Commission for two years with around three million euros. Working groups from Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Germany (Technical University of Braunschweig) are involved in the research network. additional Information

April 15, 2020

1. Bayer donates eight million chloroquine tablets to the German government

Chloroquine is a prescription anti-malarial drug that Bayer developed more than 80 years ago for the prophylaxis and treatment of malaria. Even during the SARS pandemic, the drug was tested in preclinical studies against SARS coronaviruses. Since then, Chinese scientists have systematically continued to research the antiviral effects of chloroquine and believe that chloroquine could also act against SARS-COV-2 viruses, the trigger of the current corona pandemic. The drug is currently being tested for its effectiveness against COVID-19 infections in several studies around the world. Since chloroquine can have significant side effects if taken improperly, it may only be taken under medical supervision. Bayer therefore only makes donations to government agencies and to conduct clinical studies. additional Information

2. Boehringer Ingelheim screens more than a million active ingredients

As part of the development of new drugs, Boehringer Ingelheim scientists have created an extensive pool of more than one million active ingredients over the course of time. They are currently conducting a computer-based screening of the entire molecule library. The aim is to identify new small molecules against two prioritized viral target structures: the SARS-CoV-2 main protease and the SARS-CoV-2 papain-like protease. additional Information

3. BASF expands disinfectant production in Ludwigshafen

In addition to the isopropanol-based hand disinfectant that has been produced to date, BASF is now also producing bio-ethanol-based hand disinfectants. With the additional quantities of up to 100,000 liters of hand disinfectant available per week, the company will support the nationwide online platform of the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) emergency supply of disinfectants (see message from April 9th below). additional Information

4. Merck produces and donates disinfectants

Merck has built up its own capacities for the production of disinfectants at its Darmstadt and Wiesbaden locations in Hesse. For this purpose, plants were converted within the framework of the existing permits. The company donated 150,000 liters to the state of Hesse. The raw materials used in production, ethanol and propanol, are regularly used in the production of pharmaceutical auxiliaries and in research and development, among other things. additional Information

April 14, 2020

National Academy Leopoldina presents third ad hoc statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has published a third ad hoc statement on the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper with the title " Coronavirus Pandemic - Overcoming the Crisis Sustainably " deals with the psychological, social, legal, educational and economic aspects of the pandemic and describes strategies that can contribute to a gradual return to normal social life. To the complete document (pdf, 18 pages).

April 09, 2020

1. Heidelberg scientists document worldwide clinical research on the coronavirus / COVID-19

An overview of the global clinical research activities on Corona / COVID-19 is provided by an Online map that geoinformatics specialists from Heidelberg University have developed in cooperation with physicians from Heidelberg University Hospital. The regularly updated map of the world is based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and shows where research is being carried out on what areas of virus and disease control. It is freely available on the Internet and is intended to facilitate the flow of public information and enable contacts between researchers. additional Information

2. VCI launches "Emergency Disinfectant Supply" platform

In order to ensure the emergency supply of hand disinfectants to health facilities, the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI), in coordination with its members and with a mandate from the Federal Government's crisis team, launched the emergency disinfectant supply platform. The platform can network suppliers and buyers of hand disinfectants, raw materials, containers and services (decanting, logistics) nationwide. This is intended to better coordinate demand and supply. The platform is in the start-up phase and is currently aimed at the chemical industry, associations, unions and other organizations of health facilities, in particular hospitals, nursing homes and medical practices, as well as at companies and institutions whose infrastructure and resources can contribute to the emergency supply of hand disinfectants.

April 08, 2020

Many Thanks! Members support the GDCh

The GDCh is also affected by the corona pandemic. All conferences and many other events have been canceled until the end of June. This is not only regrettable from a scientific point of view, but also a high financial damage for the GDCh. We are therefore very grateful that several companies have donated the sponsorship amount to a canceled GDCh conference . Quite a number of conference participants forego repayment of participation fees and donate the amount to us. And the winner of a young talent award even donated his prize money to us. We would like to thank the Chemical Community very much for their support in difficult times. You help us to continue our statutory, charitable activities.

By the way: While conferences to be canceled, most training courses take place as webinars.

April 07, 2020

Information for parents and teachers: STEM offers for schoolchildren

An initiative of the BMBF supports parents and teachers with selected offers for online learning for their children and students. Even away from school, many offers invite you to puzzle, experiment and participate. The initiative We stay smart! provides schoolchildren with quality-assured online offers that focus on mathematics, Computer Science, natural sciences and technology (MINT) during the current school-free period. They can also be used at home without physical presence. Here is an overview of all offers.

And at this point we would like to refer you once again to our Chemistry at Home offer, on which we publish an article from the world of chemistry every day.

April 06, 2020

The GDCh and its GDCh-JungChemikerForum are official supporters of the Pandemic Important Resource Allocation Tool.

The platform, which mediates the exchange of devices, consumables and personnel between research laboratories and diagnostic laboratories in order to increase the capacities for COVID-19 tests, was presented on this page on April 2nd (see below). The GDCh and the GDCh-JungChemikerForum (JCF) are now official supporters of this important initiative, in which chemists and other specialists network across institutions to help combat the corona pandemic. additional Information

April 03, 2020

Antibody test on the market

An international team of researchers with scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies in Jena has developed a rapid antibody test for the new coronavirus. Using a blood sample, it shows within ten minutes whether a person is acutely infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (IgM antibodies) or is already immune to it (IgG antibodies). The strip test is already on the market.
Antibody tests help to find out when herd immunity occurs and offer a great advantage for medical staff and professional groups with a lot of contact with people: Those who are immune to the coronavirus could work without infecting others or putting themselves at risk. The project was funded by the BMBF. To the press release

April 02, 2020

1. Exchange of personnel and equipment: Pandemic Important Resource Allocation Tool (PIRAT)

The Pandemic Important Resource Allocation Tool is a platform that mediates the exchange of equipment, consumables and personnel between research laboratories and diagnostic laboratories in order to increase capacities for COVID-19 tests. The platform was developed as part of the federal government's #WirvsVirus hackathon. The aim is to bring corona diagnostic laboratories together with universities in order to exchange devices such as PCR thermal cyclers and consumables that are currently not used at universities but are urgently needed for corona diagnostics. Furthermore, university employees who have experience in carrying out PCR-based tests can offer their voluntary work in accredited corona test laboratories in order to increase the test capacities.
Chair and group leaders as well as employees who would like to provide material or personal support can discontinue their offers. You will then be contacted directly by interested test laboratories and can clarify all the details of the exchange with the laboratories. Info:

2. Forum for the exchange of laboratory experts

So that laboratory companies and experts can exchange information and practical tips quickly and reliably, the German Association of Independent Testing Laboratories (VUP) has set up a (non-public) forum that members and non-members of the VUP can use. Info:

April 01, 2020

Information from the experts: daily podcast with virologist Christian Drosten

He is the face of science communication during the Corona crisis: Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, Head of virology at the Berlin Charité, can currently be seen on all channels. In the daily 30-minute podcast from NDR Info, he explains the scientific aspects of the pandemic in conversation with a journalist. Away from lurid headlines, he explains scientific connections and answers questions about the current situation. All episodes are available for listening or reading.

March 31, 2020

EYCN and IYCN host webinars on chemistry and COVID

The European Young Chemists' Network (EYCN) and the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN), i.e. the organizations of the young members of EuChemS and IUPAC, are holding two webinars on April 2nd and 3rd, 2020, each afternoon. In session 1 "The Status Quo", scientists from all over the world shed light on the situation in their country and the research that could help us out of this global pandemic.
Session 2 "Tools to Thrive Remotely" focuses on the challenges that arise from the closure of research institutions, universities or laboratories in general for scientists and gives the audience some means to be as productive as possible despite this extraordinary situation!

First webinar:
- Link:
- ID: 995-713-491.

Second webinar:
- Link:
- ID: 992-094-355.

March 30, 2020

1. For the time after the current crisis: Chemists develop an autonomous chemistry laboratory for basic substances of medicinal substances

The current pandemic shows how problematic supply chains spanning multiple countries can be. The chemist Peter Seeberger and his team from the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam are developing an autonomously working chemistry laboratory with which many organic substances can be produced directly on site, for example basic substances for medicines. The original article appeared in Nature and a generally understandable report in the FAZ.

2. Employers and employees in the chemical industry are working together to combat the pandemic

The industrial union for mining, chemistry and energy (IG BCE) and the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) want to work together to counter the corona crisis. In a joint press release they state: "We have social responsibility and want to do everything possible to help solve the crisis and to mitigate its social and economic consequences." In the Infection Protection Act, which is currently being amended, the Federal Ministry of Health receives comprehensive authorization to take measures to provide basic supplies of drugs, medical products, narcotics, aids, laboratory diagnostics, protective equipment and disinfection. "All of these products come from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
As an industry, we are fully available with advice and action. This can also be seen in the enormous voluntary commitment of a large number of employees and companies. The industry initiative for the supply of disinfectants (see below) is just one example of many. "

March 26, 2020

1. Manufacture of components for PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2

When purifying for PCR tests for SARS-CoV-2, there are currently delivery bottlenecks for certain components. Chemists at the Institute for Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry (Chair II) at the University of Jena have, in consultation with the Institute for Medical Microbiology, University Hospital Jena, set up various published buffers that are required for diagnostics. Further information and tables for calculation.

You can watch a TV report about the campaign here.

March 25, 2020 (Updated March 30, 2020)

Manufacture of disinfectants

Several chemistry faculties at German universities are now supporting the production of disinfectants for hygienic hand disinfection. This means that medical practices (through the statutory health insurance associations) and, if necessary, pharmacies in the respective region can have easier access to these disinfectants. Instructions from the WHO for the production of a solution based on ethanol or isopropanol can serve as a recipe to enable production in accordance with the general decrees of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. A makeshift analysis by means of NMR Spectroscopy be useful for checking the alcohol charge to be used. Sample spectra are available here.

March 24, 2020

GDCh training via e-learning

The GDCh advanced training is working flat out to convert our advanced training courses to e-learning formats wherever possible. Here you will find an overview of the training courses that are offered digitally (the page is constantly updated).

March 22, 2020

Disinfectants for hospitals

In a joint action, the Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) and the Federal Association of German Hospital Pharmacists (ADKA) ensure that German hospitals are provided with disinfectants in an emergency. The action takes place in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. To the press release of the VCI

March 20, 2020

GDCh launches Chemistry at Home: the daily dose of chemical knowledge during the corona pandemic

Schools are currently closed and public life is almost at a standstill. That's why we want to bring chemistry home to students, teachers, parents and anyone else who is interested. Every day in the coming weeks we will point out a chemistry article that explains chemical phenomena or current research results in easily understandable language. To Chemistry at Home

March 16, 2020

1. Cancellation of GDCh events: Decision of the GDCh board

In view of the current dramatic increase in risk and danger due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the GDCh board unanimously decided to cancel or cancel all GDCh events (conferences, conferences, training courses, etc.) by June 30, 2020. move or use web-based formats if necessary. additional Information

2. GDCh headquarters in Ffm expanding home office (updated 1 and April 16)

To the further spread of COVID-19 to limit the work of the GDCh headquarters in Frankfurt is adapted to the recommendations of the federal government. Now only a small, daily changing "core team" will work in the headquarters. The other employees work from home. The measures will initially apply up to and including April 3. All departments can still be reached by telephone through redirects and forwarding, and all employees who are on duty can of course also be reached by e-mail.
Update: The Home Office scheme for employees / inside the headquarters were then extended again until 17 April to 30 April.


Dr. Karin J. Schmitz
Head of GDCh-
public relations
Tel. 069 / 7917-493

To Chemistry at Home, the daily dose of chemistry knowledge during the first lockdown.

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