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 GDCh interacts with society in many places. You can find an overview under the quick links.
The Chemistry Is ... group emerged from the Working Group group and works on various projects (see bottom of this page).
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 that you read the preamble, which summarizes possible starting points for your commitment in the field of action ?Chemistry and Society?.
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. The 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 topical manner.
The activities of the working group include the development of the cartoons, the creation of the film Straßenstars Chemie and the implementation of the ChemSlams in 2019, 2017 and 2015. The next ChemSlam will take place on August 30, 2021 as part of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry.
last modified: 29.06.2021 09:14 H from K.J.Schmitz