GDCh hot topics

Here you will find publications on topics that concern the GDCh. You can find the links to the individual publications by clicking on the arrow to the right of the heading

Climate change


Scientific societies on climate change: "Listen to science!" (January 2020)

Four large mathematical and scientific societies in Germany, including the GDCh, are calling for politicians and businesses to take vigorous measures against climate change. They refer to the available scientific knowledge, which requires more decisive action. Further information in a press release.



GDCh factsheet: Climate Change: Small Molecules - Big Impact: (June 2020)

At www.gdch.de/factsheet, the German Chemical Society has been publishing factsheets with generally understandable information on relevant topics since April 2020. To the factsheet on Climate Change: Small Molecules - Big Impact!



Too much CO 2 from traffic: is electromobility the solution? (May 2019)

A contribution to the discussion by Reinhard Zellner, reprint of the article from the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
Released in May 2019; Download PDF (1.9 MB)



Air Quality and Climate - Challenges for Chemistry (August 2017)

An article in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie on the working committee chemistry, air quality and climate (CLK) by Peter Wiesen, Wuppertal and Reinhard Zellner, Essen, chairmen of the CLK committee. To the contribution



Statement at the conclusion of the World Climate Summit in Paris (December 2015)

The world community agreed in Paris: Climate protection is a global obligation. There is no longer any doubt about the anthropogenic cause of climate change and the need for action to keep it within limits. This is more than in previous decisions by the negotiating partners and is therefore a success. At least politically and in the mind. But what can we really expect? A statement from Prof. Dr. Reinhard Zellner, chairman of the GDCh / Dechema / DBG joint committee for chemistry, air quality and climate. To the press release



You can find more articles on the topic of climate change in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie

Sustainable sustainable chemistry

Spotlight on "Sustainability" (September 2021)

The articles on the spotlight on sustainability in the September issue of the Nachrichten aus der Chemie are published as a virtual issue "Sustainability" in the Wiley Online Library.


Sustainability Initiative: Taking Responsibility (December 2020)

Article by Detlef Männig in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204104036


The Role of Chemical Societies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (October 2020)

At this joint Online event of the GDCh and the American Chemical Society (ACS) on October 28, 2020, the role of the chemical societies in achieving the 17 UN sustainability goals was discussed.

The event is available as a video.


Science to enable sustainable plastics (July 2020)

The white paper Science to enable sustainable plastics summarizes the results of the eighth Chemical Sciences and Society Symposium (CS3). Download the full white paper as a pdf in English or for the press release in German


Less disposable plastic (March 2020)

Article by Christian Ehrensberger in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204095287


Cracking or melting down (February 2020)

Contribution by Brigitte Osterath in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204095088


Circular Economy: A Real Business Opportunity (February 2019)

Article by Thomas Kopel Hannes Utikal in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20194084282


Raw material scenarios: Supply in 2050 (June 2018)

Contribution by Hans ? Jürgen Weyer and Christoph Bott in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20184075056


The global responsibility of chemistry (May 2016)

Contribution by Goverdhan Mehta, Stephen A. Matlin, Alain Krief and Henning Hopf in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20164048006


GDCh fact sheet: Insect proteins: a sustainable diet! (March 2021)

At www.gdch.de/factsheet, the German Chemical Society has been publishing factsheets with generally understandable information on relevant topics since April 2020. To the fact sheet Insect Proteins: Sustainable Nutrition



Further articles on the topic of sustainable chemistry can be found in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie and at the GDCh Division of Sustainable Chemistry.

Publishing (Open Access, NFDI4Chem, NFDI4Cat)

Spotlight "Publishing" (May 2021)

All articles on publishing the spotlight are summarized as a virtual issue.


The chemical societies of Japan and China participate in ChemRxiv (August 2019)

The American Chemical Society, the German Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry announce their partnership with the Chinese Chemical Society and the Chemical Society of Japan as co-owners. additional Information


DEAL agreement comes into force (July 2019)

On July 1, 2019, the contract between the DEAL project, which represents almost 700 academic institutions in Germany as a consortium, and the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. comes into force. The agreement was signed in January 2019. The contract regulates, among other things, that researchers at Project DEAL institutions can publish articles as "Open Access" in Wiley journals. additional Information


Statement by the German Chemical Society on "Plan S" (December 2018)

In September 2018, eleven research funding organizations from Europe (cOAlition S) published the so-called Plan S, which defines the framework conditions for the transition to open access for the research results financed by these funding organizations by 2020 in ten principles. For comments in German and English.


GDCh cooperates with ACS and RSC in the development of the preprint server ChemRxiv (April 2018)

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) are entering into a cooperation to advance the financial and strategic development of ChemRxiv, the preprint server for the global chemical community. To the press release


Position paper of the GDCh on Open Access (December 2013)

In its meeting in December 2013, the GDCh board decided on the position paper ?On the future of scientific publishing?. The paper was drawn up by a 13-person commission chaired by the GDCh President, Professor Barbara Albert, on the basis of a GDCh discussion paper ?On open access to scientific knowledge? drawn up in 2004. Download the position paper ( PDF )


Corsorties NFDI4Chem and NFDI4Cat

NFDI4Chem is the specialist chemistry consortium, NFDI4Cat is the specialist catalysis consortium in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) initiative. The goals of NFDI4Chem and NFDI4Cat are to digitize all important steps in chemical research in order to support scientists in the collection, storage, processing, analysis, publication and reuse of research data. The GDCh is involved in both consortia. More information on NFDI4Chem and NFDI4Cat


You can find more articles on the topic of Open Access in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie

Corona / COVID-19

Minutes instead of hours (November 2021)

How the path from basic research via an enzyme led to rapid diagnosis of the Sars-CoV-2 virus with real-time polymerase chain reaction.

On the article by Andreas Marx, Karin Betz and Moritz Welter in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20214114742


Vaccine: Well-covered to the target (November 2021)

Producing large quantities of an mRNA vaccine against the Sars-CoV-2 virus is not a problem. The packaging, including the lipids that protect it, turn out to be the bottleneck.

Article by Christian Ehrensberger in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20214106741


Vaccination against Covid-19 (February 2021)

The escalating Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in several vaccines against the disease being developed and approved at record speed. Researchers used both established and new strategies.

Contribution by Michael Groß in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Free Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20214106859


The virus and the nose (December 2020)

A peculiarity of the currently rampant Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus is that infected people can no longer perceive some odors. This can be used to detect an infection at an early stage.

Contribution by Christoph Kleber, Achim Walter Hassel and Heike Rebholz in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Free Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204104312


The pandemic pedigree (December 2020)

The genome of the Covid-19 pathogen Sars-Coronavirus-2 (Sars-Cov-2) consists of 30,000 letters. Virus genomes from tens of thousands of infected people have already been sequenced and examined. From this, details of the global spread can be read and perhaps also information about how the pandemic will develop.

Contribution by Michael Groß in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Free Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204101708


COVID-19 and the role of aerosol particles (December 2020)

In a current statement, the joint Fine Dust Working Committee (AAF) from DECHEMA / ProcessNet, GDCh and KRdL analyzes the aerosol transmission path of the corona viruses 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. To comment


Trend report biochemistry: structural biology of Sars ? Cov ? 2 with NMR spectroscopy (July 2020)

Article by Harald Schwalbe in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (Free Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204099573


The run on virus tests (June 2020)

Testing as many people as possible for Sars-Cov-2 infection has advantages. Not only does this reveal the true contamination of the population, but: Those who know they are carrying the virus are also more willing to stay at home. But the test reagents are not that easy to obtain in the required quantities.

Contribution by Brigitte Osterath in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204099677


Of Viruses and Animals (May 2020)

The virus that causes the Covid-19 pandemic, like the pathogens of Sars, Mers and various versions of the flu, has spread from animals to humans. To avoid future pandemics, we need to identify and block the ways in which they get to us.

Contribution by Michael Groß in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie (Free Access): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20204099025


Position paper of the mathematical and scientific societies on the COVID-19 pandemic (May 2020)

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 DVGeo, DMV, DPG, GDCh and VBIO represent the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and geosciences. To the position paper


GDCh factsheets (April 2020)

At www.gdch.de/factsheet, the German Chemical Society has been publishing factsheets with generally understandable information on relevant topics since April 2020. The first two factsheets deal with fighting viruses with antiviral agents or soap and disinfectants.


Information on Corona (2020/2021)

Chemical-related information on the pandemic is continuously linked on these pages ( to the website )

Chemistry courses and university teaching


Recommendations of the GDCh Study Commission for the Bachelor's degree in chemistry at universities (September 2021)

With this catalog of topics, the Chemistry Study Commission of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) takes stock of the six-semester university courses 's degree in chemistry at universities and shows future prospects. To the recommendations


Education, research and innovation policy position paper of the chemical organizations (March 2021)

Publisher: Federal Employers' Association Chemistry eV (BAVC), German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry eV (DBG), Society for Chemical Technology and biotechnology eV (DECHEMA), Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology eV (GBM), German Chemical Society eV (GDCh), Industrial Union of Mining, Chemistry and Energy (IG BCE), Association of employed academics and executives of the chemical industry eV (VAA), and Association of the Chemical Industry eV (VCI) To the position paper


Cross-association position paper on the upper level in the nine-year high school (April 2019)

The GDCh and six other associations present their demands on teaching in high school. To the position paper


Closed conference "Strengthening chemistry lessons in school grades 5 and 6" (June 2017)

The results of the closed conference in the Evangelical Academy Tutzing in September 2016 are summarized in a brochure.


Recommendations of the GDCh study commission for the Bachelor's degree in chemistry at universities (March 2015)

The catalog of topics for the six-semester university courses 's degree in chemistry at universities contains an inventory of the core content of the modern Bachelor's degree in chemistry in the scope of around four semesters, as well as optional curriculum components. To the recommendations



Statistical surveys

Every year, the GDCh collects extensive data on the number of chemistry students in the various study sections, the number of exams taken, their assessments and the duration of the studies. In addition, data on post-doctoral qualifications, post-doctoral candidates and junior professorships at German universities, as well as the proportion of female C3 and C4 professors are recorded on a regular basis. additional Information

equal opportunity

There's nothing to lose with inclusion (March 2021)

Editorial by Dr. Lisa Pecher on the Nachrichten aus der Chemie
To the article (access for members under MyGDCh): https://doi.org/10.1002/nadc.20214108514



Equal opportunities is an important issue for the GDCh. Regardless of our (historical) name German Chemical Society, chemists of all nationalities are of course welcome here. One of our mission statements says, among other things: "We live diversity and equal opportunities".

Our activities for equal opportunities are summarized on a separate website. In addition, the GDCh Board has set up an Commission for Equal Opportunities in Chemistry.

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