International Activities and Publications


GDCh Co-operation with China

GDCh President Matthias Urmann and GDCh Director Education, Career and Science, Hans-Georg Weinig, attended the 1st World Science and Technology Development Forum (WSTDF) on October 16 and the Green China 2019 - 1st International Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference on October 17-18 in Beijing.
The Participation at WSTDF took place on invitation by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). Matthias Urmann participated in the podium discussion "S & T Revolution and Industrial Transformation". Weinig gave a short presentation in the "Growth of Young Scientists and SMEs" parallel session. At the welcome dinner the night before, there was an opportunity for personal exchange with CAST President Wan Gang, the former Chinese Minister of Science.
On invitation of the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) followed on October 17 the attendance at the Green China 2019, where Matthias Urmann welcomed the approximately 900 participants in his address. Co-Chair of the conference was GDCh member Klaus Kümmerer, who established the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conferences in Berlin several years ago. The conference also provided the framework for bilateral discussions between GDCh and CCS under the existing cooperation agreement between the two societies.

IUPAC Poster Prizes, Germany, 2019

Three IUPAC Poster Prizes have been awarded at occasion of the 6th International Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of the Transactinide Elements in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, August 25 – 30, 2019. The awardees are Yangyang Guo (University Groningen, Netherlands), Jochen Ballof (CERN Geneva, Switzerland & University of Mainz, Germany), and Raphael Haas (University of Mainz, Germany). In addition to the poster prize which includes a certificate and a one year online abonement for the IUPAC Chemistry International magazine the winners received the book “Oxygen” (Authors Carl Djerassi/ Roald Hoffmann) sponsored by the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

Foto: Stanislav Chenmarev/TAN 19
from left: Rolf-Dietmar Herzberg (Chairman Poster Prize Jury) with the three awardees Raphael Haas, Jochen Ballof, Yangyang Guo, Michael Block and Christoph Duellmann (TAN19 Organizers)

Publications (English)

Chinese Chemical Society and Chemical Society of Japan join the American Chemical Society, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker and the Royal Society of Chemistry as co-owners of ChemRxiv*
Joint Press release, published August 2019

The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences* published by German Catalysis Society (GeCatS; consisting of DBG, DECHEMA, DGMK, GDCh und VDI)
Whitepaper, published March 2019

Statement of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker on "Plan S" *
Press release, published December 2018

Key Topic Collection for Catalysis Teaching* published by German Catalysis Society (GeCatS; consisting of DBG, DECHEMA, DGMK, GDCh und VDI)
Whitepaper, published March 2018

Solar energy and photonics for a sustainable future* 7th Chemical Sciences und Society Symposiums (CS3) 2017)
Whitepaper, published March 2018

Energy Storage Systems - The Contribution of Chemistry*
Whitepaper, published May 2016

Chemistry and Water: Challenges and Solutions in a Changing World* 6th Chemical Sciences und Society Symposiums (CS3) 2015
Whitepaper, published March 2016

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