bylaws of the GDCh section

Senior Expert Chemists - Senior Expert Chemists (SEC)


The statutes of the German Chemical Society in the version of
October 6, 2009, § 17 provides for the formation of Divisions and sections from members of the GDCh. The statutes of the GDCh are therefore also binding for the ?Senior Expert Chemists? section. The ?Senior Expert Chemists ? section takes care of its affairs in accordance with the bylaws that were adopted by resolution of the general meeting on June 5, 2010 and after approval by the Board of Directors at its meeting on August 30, 2010. The functions mentioned in the bylaws apply to persons of both sexes.

§ 1 Name, registered office and business year

The section bears the name "Senior Expert Chemists", abbreviated to "SEC". The equivalent English expression is "Senior Expert Chemists". It is based at the GDCh Office in Frankfurt am Main. The fiscal year is the calendar year.

§ 2 task

The Senior Expert Chemists Section (SEC) sees its main task in bringing together all retired and retired GDCh members in order to strengthen their common position and their active participation in the goals of the GDCh. An important concern of the Senior Expert Chemists is to bring knowledge and experience from the field of chemistry into society for the benefit of the general public. The main goals are:


  • Networking of Senior Expert Chemists, for example through regular meetings and participation in working groups
  • Exchange of experience and opinions within the structures of the German Chemical Society (e.g. local sections and young chemists) and other related organizations
  • Promotion of science education - with a focus on chemistry - for all ages
  • Improving the reputation of chemistry and its achievements
  • Establishing and maintaining contacts with social groups and decision-makers in research, business and politics
  • Establishing and maintaining international relationships, knowledge transfer and advice

§ 3 Membership

Membership in the section requires membership in the GDCh. The section has a) retired members
b) Ordinary members
c) supporting members
d) associated members of the GDCh. Regarding a) Retired members can apply to become members of the GDCh from the age of 58. In addition, a retired member can purchase a lifelong GDCh membership for a one-time fee with no further future payments.
Regarding b) All persons interested in the Senior Expert Chemists Section who are full members of the Society according to the statutes of the German Chemical Society full members.
Regarding c) Supporting members of the section can be companies, legal persons, societies, corporations and institutions under public law, associations, interest groups and authorities.
Regarding d) People from Germany and abroad can be accepted as associate members whose training does not come from the field of chemistry and related areas and / or who do not work in this area and are only interested in working in the section. Only in this do you have the right to vote.

§ 4 Beginning and termination of membership

The application for admission to the section must be submitted to the GDCh Office . The office confirmed the inclusion of the new member. Membership begins with the payment of the first annual subscription. Membership rights are suspended in the event of failure to pay the annual membership fee until payment has been made. Membership expires, except through death, a) through the written declaration of resignation, which can only become effective at the end of a financial year and must be received by the GDCh Office by September 30 of the same year at the latest;
b) by terminating GDCh membership and
c) by reasoned decision of the Section Board. This decision is carried out by the GDCh Office .

If the membership is terminated, contributions that have become due for payment are still to be paid.

§ 5 membership fees

Regardless of the membership fee to the GDCh, the section levies an annual fee from the retired members and the full members, the amount of which is proposed by the section board and confirmed by the general meeting. The change of the membership fees requires the approval of the general assembly. The GDCh Office fee together with the GDCh membership fee must be paid to the GDCh office free of charge by March 31 at the latest. Supporting and associated members pay a contribution to the German Chemical Society, which administers the section's account. The minimum amount of this contribution is determined by the German Chemical Society .

§ 6 bodies of the section

The affairs of the section are taken care of by a) the general assembly
b) the Board
c) the working groups.

§ 7 General Assembly

The general assembly must be called at least every two years by the chairman of the section or, in his absence, by his deputy, if possible in conjunction with a Conference of the section. The general meeting is announced at least four weeks in advance. Furthermore, the chairman has to convene general assemblies if 50% of the members want one or if the section board requests it. The agenda is to be announced in the invitation to the general meeting. Every member is entitled to vote. Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws of procedure, all resolutions are passed by a simple majority of the members present. In the event of a tie, the chairman decides.
The general meeting is responsible in particular:

a) the election of the board of directors, unless it is elected by postal vote,
b) the determination of the membership fee,
c) passing resolutions on changes to the bylaws and dissolution
the section (see also §§ 9 and 10). About the General Assembly shall be drawn up by the chairman to be signed protocol, given that all members of the section known and also the office of the German Chemical Society will be sent.

§ 8 Board

The board members are volunteers. The Board consists of the chairman and two deputies as well as a maximum of two assessors. The members of the board of directors are elected by the general assembly or by postal vote. For the election of members of the board of directors, the board of directors submits a proposal to all Board who are entitled to vote. Further suggestions can be made by the members. Every proposal from the group of members must be signed by at least five members who are entitled to vote. If possible, one representative from each working group should stand for election. The term of office of the board members is three years and begins on January 1st of the year following the election. One-time re-election is permitted for all members of the Executive Board. The chairman or, if he is unable to do so, his deputy, represents the section externally, convenes general meetings and chairs them. He also ensures that the resolutions passed by the general assembly are carried out. Minutes of board meetings are submitted to the GDCh Office .

§ 9 working groups

Intensive, relevant work is done primarily in the working groups. The working groups work according to their own guidelines, which must be confirmed by the section's Board .

§ 10 Changes to the bylaws

The present bylaws only become valid when three quarters of the section members have approved them - either those present at the general assembly convened for this purpose or detailed answers to a written vote - and the GDCh Board has approved them.

§ 11 Dissolution of the Section

The section can be dissolved if this is recommended by the Board and if the general meeting convened for this purpose resolves with at least a three-quarters majority of all members of the section present. If less than 20% of the section members are present when the resolution is passed, a resolution must be obtained through a written survey of the members. In the case of the written survey, two thirds of the valid answers sent back must be in favor of dissolution. The section can also be dissolved after a hearing by the Board of the GDCh. Frankfurt am Main, August 30, 2010


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