Scimus et Sciemus Foundation

Scimus et Sciemus Foundation

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"The non-profit Scimus et Sciemus Foundation set up by the founders Hannelore and Bernhard Kissler serves to promote basic research, especially in the field of pure organic chemistry. The foundation rests on the belief in the power of natural sciences to gradually unravel the world, so that people will one day realize what holds the world together at its core."

it is still said

"In his 1971 essay "The meaning of beauty in exact natural sciences", Werner Heisenberg recalled the eminent creative power inherent in beauty as a postulated principle of existence at all times for finding the true. When viewed as beautiful Things are linked with high symmetry in nature as in the fine arts, in physics and mathematics with the symmetry of equations, in chemistry with the symmetry of molecules and structures.The foundation recognizes and promotes the belief in the connection between beauty and truth the study of highly symmetrical compounds in chemistry."

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Dissertation Prize

Every year, the Scimus et Sciemus Foundation awards a dissertation that describes the synthesis of one or more highly symmetrical chemical structures. The decision as to whether a chemical compound fulfills the criterion of a "highly symmetrical structure" is up to the foundation's advisory board. The dissertation can come from any of the subfields of chemistry and it does not have to be specifically or exclusively focused on the synthesis of highly symmetric structures. In the event that no dissertation meets the criteria mentioned, the Foundation Advisory Board will award a dissertation of outstanding importance for basic research in organic chemistry. The annual prize is endowed with 1000.00 euros. The honored person must have German citizenship and have completed the dissertation at a German university.

One-time price

The Foundation Advisory Board also awards an international prize for the successful synthesis of each of the following highly symmetrical compounds:


  • 1,2,3,4-all-cis-tetravinylcyclobutane
  • 2,4,6,8-tetramethylenetricyclo [ 3.7 ] octane (?stellatetraene?)

The successful synthesis is endowed with a price of 2000.00 euros. The foundation advisory board is responsible for deciding whether a successful synthesis has been achieved.

The donors

Bernhard Erwin Kissler, awardee of the Jugend Forscht and recipient of the Sophie Bernthsen Prize, studied chemistry and biochemistry in Heidelberg and received his doctorate in 1987 from Rolf Gleiter on through-bond interactions in strained hydrocarbons. After a research stay at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, he switched to the European patent system.
Hannelore Louise Kissler, pharmaceutical representative for 1,4-dihydropyridine and other calcium channel antagonists, has accompanied her husband on their life together since the days in Heidelberg.

In addition to Latin, the couple is also at home in several modern languages, they share a love of Italian opera and, in the natural sciences, an interest in molecular biology and cosmology. The couple also share the fascination of wreck diving and last but not least the joy of refined dishes for the small star kitchen at home.

Literary baggage:
Michel de Montaigne, Essais
Per Lagerkvist, Den Fordringsfulla guests
François-Marie Arouet, Candide ou l'optimisme
L. Annaeus Seneca, Epistulae Morales

The Advisory Board

dr Bernhard E. Kissler (founder)
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Koch (GDCh Executive Director)
dr Karsten Danielmeier (GDCh President 2022/23)


Dr. Jasmin Herr
Varrentrappstr. 40 - 42
60486 Frankfurt aM
Tel. +49 69 7917-323
Fax +49 69 7917-1323


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