Computers in Chemistry (CIC)

Who we are - what we do

Computers in Chemistry (CIC) encompasses all aspects of the computer-based acquisition, processing and documentation of information and knowledge in chemistry. The CIC division sees its main task in bringing together all interested scientists for the purpose of maintaining and further developing this area of knowledge. It promotes the exchange of ideas and experience and the mediation of professional suggestions, including through the


  • Promotion of computer applications in chemical sciences as part of teaching at universities
  • as a rule, an annual international specialist group conference
  • Support of open access and open source developments in the subject area of the division
  • Cooperation between industry and university
  • Participation in relevant national and international working groups
  • Maintaining relationships with related institutions at home and abroad.

Work areas

The division works in the areas


  • current developments in the field of computer applications in chemistry
  • cheminformatics including e.g. docking methods, QSAR, virtual screening, in-silico ADMETox
  • the molecular modeling of chemical, biological and material systems
  • Databases for chemical information (facts, spectra, structures, reactions, algorithms)
  • Methods for processing chemical information and for acquiring knowledge (statistics, Chemometrics, evolutionary algorithms, machine learning)
  • improving the management of chemistry information


The board, which is elected for a four-year term, consists of the chairman, his deputy and at least one, but not more than three assessors; universities and industry should be equally involved in the composition of the board. more

CIC award for Computational Chemistry

The division awards the CIC Prize for Computational Chemistry every year for excellent dissertations and diploma / master's theses that touch on the scientific fields represented in the CIC and represent a special achievement for the further development of the CIC field. more

Summer School on Cheminformatics

In order to give interested chemistry students an insight into our subject, a "Summer School on Cheminformatics" is organized every two years. During this one-week block course, students are introduced to the methods of chemoinformatics through lectures and practical exercises. The course can possibly be recognized with 3 ECTS in the degree program.

The first "Spring School on Chemoinformatics" took place in March 2014 at the Computer Chemistry Center in Erlangen. The second "Spring School on Chemoinformatics" was also held in March 2016 at the Computer Chemistry Center in Erlangen. More information here.

The third "Summer School on Chemoinformatics" took place from August 27th. to 31.08.18 in Halle. More information can be found here.

The next "Summer School on Cheminformatics", which will take place from 08/24 until 08/28/20 in Halle (Saale), it had to be canceled due to the corona. Further information is available here.

General meeting

2021 - date and time in due time here

Summer School on Cheminformatics

August 24-28, 2020, Halle (Saale), postponed to summer 2021 ,
POSTPONED to summer 2022, Halle (Saale)

GCC 2021 / EuroSAMPL

October 31 - 04.11., Mainz - POSTPONED to spring 2022

GCC 2022 / EuroSAMPL

08.05. - 12.05., Garmisch-Partenkirchen, further information will follow


Rules of Procedure
Flyer German (only online)
Flyer in English (only online)

Both flyers are only available as online versions.

CIC training

Current training courses for 2021 can be found here


GDCh headquarters
Dipl.-Biol. Nicole Bürger
Tel .: +49 69 7917-231

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last modified: 07.05.2021 10:53 H from M.Fries