GDCh Prize for Journalism and Literature

GDCh Prize for Journalism and Literature

New name!

The GDCh Board has decided to rename the "GDCh award for journalists and writers" to "GDCh prize for journalism and literature". The new inclusive name makes it clear that equal opportunities have a high priority in the GDCh.


  • Subject: science journalism and literature
  • Consists of: 7,500 euros, certificate
  • First awarded: 1981
  • Awarded in: Even years

The GDCh Prize for Journalism and Literature (previously GDCh Prize for journalists and writers) is awarded for outstanding journalistic or literary achievements, regardless of the language, which contribute in a special way to the dissemination of chemical science content in German-speaking countries. In 1980 a prize for journalists and in 1997 a prize for writers were set up at the GDCh. Both prizes were awarded alternately until they were merged into the GDCh award for journalists and writers in 2008, which was renamed in 2021.

Current awardee: Lars Fischer

Copyright: Harald Krichel

Lars Fischer receives the GDCh Prize for Journalism and Literature in recognition of his excellent journalistic work, with which he makes chemistry and other natural sciences accessible to interested parties of all kinds in an outstanding way, particularly via digital formats in his blog, in social media and also as an editor at

More information about Lars Fischer

Award winner interview 2020

Distinguished people since 1981

2022 Lars Fischer,
2020 Mai Thi Nguyen Kim
2016 Editorial staff chemistry of the German-language Wikipedia
2014 Michael Gross, Oxford/UK
2012 Vera Köster, Weinheim
2010 George Schwedt, Bonn
2008 Klaus Roth, Berlin

awardee of the GDCh prize for writers

2003 John Emsley, Ampthill/UK
2001 Carl Djerassi, Stanford/USA
1997 Dietrich Stolzenberg, Hamburg

awardee of the GDCh prize for journalists

2006 Hellmuth Nordwig, Fürstenfeldbruck
1997 Axel Fischer, Munich
1996 Jean Puetz, Cologne
1992 Rainer Flöhl, Frankfurt a. M
1991 Hubert Nachtsheim, Frankfurt a. M
1988 Friedrich L. Boschke, Bammental
1987 Reinhold Ellmer, Swords
1986 Otto Krätz, Munich
1983 Ernst H. Haux, Bonn
1981 Hans Juergen Bersch, Mainz

Selection committee

Prof. Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig (lead)
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Charlotte Gerischer, JCF Berlin
Dr. Peter Gölitz, former Wiley-VCH
Dr. Michael Groß, science journalist, Oxford
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Koch, GDCh Executive Director
Prof. Dr. Holger Wormer, Technical University of Dortmund

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