Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Who we are – What we do

The division pursues the advancement of magnetic resonance methods. It ought to create a forum for the contact among all scientists working in the field of magnetic resonance in academia, industry and other institutions in Germany and abroad, whereby the exchange of ideas and experiences among chemists, physicists and biologists, concordant with the interdisciplinary character of the methods, is especially important.” (citation from the bylaws of the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy division). Since the division’s founding in 1978, this agenda has become even more important through the continuously growing significance of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) in chemistry, physics, biology, medicine and materials science. As part of the German Chemical Society, the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy division nonetheless sees itself as an interdisciplinary association which seeks not only proximity to chemists but also to physicists, biologists and physicians. Over 400 members from industry and research have joined the division in order to represent the interests of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in scientific committees and to cultivate the contact with other organizations. Beyond its constitutional ties, the division is integrated in international events though the work of its members in European and international committees. Especially important is the aim to further contacts with our European neighbors. Thus, the division conferences ought to be conducted every two years by including colleagues from another neighboring country.

The activities of the division comprise the annual symposium with contributions from all disciplines of magnetic resonance, various continuing education and information events offered by the GDCh, as well as several special events on particular focal topics that are organized by active members. Within the division, EPR is represented by its own work group that, in turn, belongs to  the European EPR Federation. The regularly published newsletter “MARS” of the division reports about individual activities.


The aim of the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy division (FGMR) is to promote the scientific and technical advancement of magnetic resonance spectroscopy in all of its areas, to represent the members’ interests, as well as to communicate the importance of the method for science, research and development. The division unites all scientists, practitioners, theoreticians from academia, industry and research institutes who are interested in magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The marked interdisciplinary character of the field results in a widely branched network of experts from chemistry, physics, biology, life sciences, medicine, food chemistry/food technology, polymer- and materials sciences. Also technicians and engineers are cordially welcome to join the division.

The almost 500 members cultivate rigorous communication which is especially promoted through the annual division conferences—an excellent forum for mediating intensive contacts and a lively exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences. In particular, young scientists are offered here an excellent opportunity for professional networking.

A special interest of the division is to cultivate and intensify the relationships to international colleagues. Therefore, in collaboration with other European partner groups, the division regularly hosts a conference every two years and is happy about its wide popularity and acceptance.

In the division, EPR is represented by its own work group, that, in turn, is a member of the European EPR Federation. Moreover, since years there has been an active contact of the FGMR with the international conference EUROMAR.

For promoting young scientists, the division annually confers the Ernst Award to distinguish up to three doctoral candidates as main authors of important publications appearing in internationally renowned scientific journals.

Which advantages does a membership offer?

• Intensive and sustainable professional advancement through extensive networking;
• Easy making of contacts with potential cooperation partners;
• Participation in the annual conference as well as continuing education events;
• Access to the superordinate GDCh-network
• Discounts for conference fees (national and international).

In addition, for students:
• Free participation in the division conference and tutorials; and
• Cheaper admission to GDCh-offers.

How to become a member?
As member of the GDCh, apply for membership in the division. The annual fee is Euro 10,- (Students: Euro 5,-)
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Honorary Members

Prof. Dr. Robert Kosfeld (†)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Richard R. Ernst

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Kessler

Further Links

Division Conference



Interest Group “Small Molecules”

MR Continuing Education

Executive Board

Other Organizations

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