AG Chemistry and Society

AG Chemistry and Society

The working group "Chemistry and Society" was founded by the then GDCh President Dr. Thomas Geelhaar at the beginning of his tenure in 2014 to strengthen the dialogue between chemistry and society. Under the guiding principle "Chemistry in Dialogue with Society - Information, Fascination, Controversies", the members of the working group are engaged in an open exchange at the interface between chemistry and society. The focus of the activities of the ?Chemistry and Society? working group is on events that create a platform for a factual, public dialogue on new technologies in which chemistry plays a role.
We would like to see even more active co-creators who would like to enter into dialogue with society. If you are interested, please send an email to the chairman of the ?Chemistry and Society? working group, Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar. In order to familiarize yourself with the self-image of the working group, we recommend reading the preamble, which summarizes possible starting points for your engagement in the field of action ?Chemistry and Society?.

Projects and events

Chemistry is ...

Chemical reactions control processes in animate and inanimate nature. Chemistry is thus a science of nature, in short: a natural science. In addition, the knowledge of chemistry, such as that of Physics or Biology, is used industrially to manufacture and improve many products in our daily life. At best, the public appreciates their benefits and knows their risks. From our point of view, the GDCh should do more to convey chemical knowledge in a generally understandable manner and to address controversially discussed topics.

For this purpose, the working group "Chemistry is ..." was founded, which wants to arouse interest in chemistry and explain chemistry facts in relation to everyday life. Contributions can range from newspaper columns to science slams. They are aimed at both teenagers and adults. They should neither gloss over nor demonize chemistry and its achievements, but present it on the basis of facts. In this way, the working group contributes to the fact that new technologies in which chemistry plays a role can be discussed in public in a relevant manner.

Big challenges - future chemistry

Chemistry has the opportunity to go beyond its traditional areas and use the ?Sustainable Chemistry? guideline to advocate for new solutions for nutrition, health and quality of life. Chemistry intends to focus more on the topics of ?change in the raw material base?, ?energy supply of the future? and ?climate change? and thus make its contribution to global sustainability clear.
The focus here is on sustainable development, which, according to the often quoted words of the Brundtland Report, ?meets the needs of today's generation without endangering the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and choose their lifestyle?. In this sense, chemistry wants to show us the way into the future, whereby it would be a good start to follow the Millennium Development Goals and to discuss the contributions that chemistry must make to this.

Chemistry - transdisciplinarity - language

With the topic ?Fascination Chemistry? we hope to catch up with our neighboring disciplines Biology and Physics with regard to the interests of society. We have to use language that is easier to understand and take up exciting topics. As long as the subject is fascinating, disseminating knowledge about chemistry is easy. We should show a greater readiness for transdisciplinarity up to bridging ?chemistry and humanities? and include other disciplines such as art, architecture or music in order to arouse enthusiasm.

Science Communication - New Technologies - Acceptance

Chemistry seeks a stronger and more constructive partnership with other parts of society. Dialogue "on an equal footing" means understanding in both directions, enables the exchange of opinions and perspectives and thus appropriate and balanced communication. More science communication does not automatically mean more acceptance of new technologies, but information and communication are a necessary prerequisite for a dialogue between chemistry and society, which can lead to more technology-mindedness and risk-taking. To this end, we would like to take into account more recent findings on the importance of interdisciplinary and fact-based dialogues and the integration of technology assessment and social sciences.

Education and fascination

We are challenged to bring chemical knowledge of general importance to society,
especially to carry it into the next generation.

The next generation should be enabled to obtain information independently and to evaluate it - and this in the sense of lifelong learning. The chemical education includes both the imparting of specialist knowledge and the support in the formation of far-sighted, responsible personalities who are able to cope with global challenges and complex issues through critical faculties.

The target group-specific address, especially the younger ones, should improve the understanding of chemical issues and future developments as well as create a fascination for chemistry. Chemistry - like other natural and technical sciences - is to be understood as part of culture and thus also of modern general education.

To the FaszinationChemie website (activated in spring 2019)

Polymers - Modern All-Rounders (2020)

Elements - 150 Years of the Periodic Table (2019)

Human Planet (2015)

Nano (2014)

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