2022 Wernigerode

8th SEC annual meeting, Wernigerode, 2-4. May 2022

Rathaus in Wernigerode
Rathaus in Wernigerode


Our 8th SEC annual meeting should take place in April 2020 in the HKK Hotel Wernigerode. Because of the corona crisis, we had to postpone the Conference for two whole years. The new date is 2-4. May 2022 in the same place. The Conference offers "everything under one roof" so that the 8th SEC annual meeting will also be a Conference of short distances. Wernigerode can be easily reached by car via Goslar (eg from Frankfurt approx. 3½ hours). The train (via Hildesheim or Erfurt) takes about 4½ hours from Frankfurt, for example. You can download our flyer for the Conference in Wernigerode as a PDF here.

Wernigerode is a very attractive little town in the middle of the Harz Mountains. It is known for its many half-timbered houses and a particularly magnificent town hall from the Renaissance period. The Conference is followed by May 1st, a public holiday, and with it the night of the witches, the Walpurgis Night. It is especially celebrated in Wernigerode and Schierke (known for Schierker Feuerstein, a herbal bitter) and of course on the Brocken. But even without witches and devils, the Harz is suitable for hiking and relaxing. In addition to the Harz, there are attractive excursion destinations in the area, for example Quedlinburg, Halberstadt, Goslar or Gernrode, see excursion destinations below.

scientific programme

Rainer Herges, University of Kiel:
Molecular machines, a new approach to the diagnosis and targeted therapy of diseases

Joachim Heck, Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik GmbH, Wendelsheim:
Flowchemistry - From the beginning to the establishment as a process technology

Hannelore Daniel, LMU Munich:
Personalized nutrition for young and old, status and perspectives

Marcus Fischer, University of Hamburg:
Counterfeit food

Dahai Yu, formerly Evonik GmbH, Essen:
Globalization of German and Chinese Chemical Companies - Opportunities and Challenges in the Present and Future

Klaus Kopka, DKFZ Heidelberg:
Targeted fight against prostate cancer

Christian Struck, CVUA-MEL, Münster:
Does the meat from the Petri dish fulfill the dream of eternal youth?

Helmut Ritter, formerly Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf:
Plastics: making new out of old

Odo Wunnicke, Science & Technology CREAVIS - Science to Business
3D Printing - Materials & Technology

Klaus Dörre, University of Jena
From the pincer crisis to the sustainability revolution? Aging Societies in the Great Transformation

Martin Vollmer, Clariant International, Pratteln CH:
Sustainable energy, storage and use: Power-to-X - a concept from which our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will benefit

Gerhard Kreysa, formerly DECHEMA, Frankfurt:
Electromobility - grandchildren and seniors between fakes and facts

Eberhard Ehlers, GDCh - SEC, Frankfurt:
Serendipity or the role of chance in discovery! How do new things come into the world?

Wilfried Ließmann, Clausthal University of Technology:
Harz mineral treasures - remarkable historical and current finds

Supporting program

As a supporting program, we will offer guided tours in Wernigerode and bus trips to the most important sights in Halberstadt and Goslar.

Photo: Chpagenkopf, Town Hall in Wernigerode, CC BY-SA 3.0

Excursion destinations

Are you already looking forward to Wernigerode and the surrounding area and are you planning to go on trips a few days before or after the SEC annual meeting ? For this case, Hans-Uwe von Grabowski (Deputy SEC Chairman and Chairman of the 8th SEC Annual Meeting 2022 in Wernigerode) has taken precautions. He has put together some worthwhile excursion destinations from his personal point of view especially for you.

Spirits manufacture Hammerschmiede

Hammerschmiede: Destille (Foto Hercynian Distilling Co.)
Hammerschmiede: Destille

If you appreciate an excellent whiskey, gin or fruit brandy from the Harz region and want to know where and how they are made, I recommend a visit to the Hercynian Distilling Co. / Hammerschmiede:

Elsbach 11A
37445 Walkenried OT Zorge
Tel .: 05586 - 82 82
Fax: 05586 - 17 80

Various guided tours can be taken during the opening hours. The visit can be booked 8-12 weeks in advance on the Hammerschmiede website.

City of Stolberg in the southern Harz

Fachwerkstadt Stolberg (Copyright: Werbe- u. Verkehrsgemeinschaft Stolberg Harz e.V.)
Fachwerkstadt Stolberg

Do you like the idyll of the Harz half-timbered towns? Then I recommend a visit to the award-winning half-timbered town of Stolberg in the southern Harz. It is the first historical European city but also Thomas Münzer city and climatic health resort. A visit to the castle and the ?Alte Münze? museum are particularly recommended. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend a visit to the FRIWI biscuit factory.

You can find more information on the website of the city of Stolberg.

Stave Church in Goslar

Stabkirche in Hahnenklee bei Goslar (Foto H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Stabkirche bei Goslar
Stabkirche in Hahnenklee bei Goslar (Foto H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)

Do you love Norway and admire its beautiful wooden churches? You don't have to travel to Norway to visit such a church. A wonderful example can be found in the Hahnenklee-Bockswiese district of the city of Goslar. It's worth a visit. For more information, see the stave church website.

Address: Stave Church, Prof.-Mohrmann-Weg 1, 38644 Hahnenklee

Gernrode: clock museum and collegiate church

Uhrenmuseum (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Stiftskirche St. Cyriakus (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Selketalbahn (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)

Are you a fan of wall clocks and especially cuckoo clocks? You don't have to travel to the Black Forest for this. The Harz clock museum in Gernrode, a district of Quedlinburg, houses the largest cuckoo clock outside of the Black Forest. Not only the museum but also the production of cuckoo clocks can be seen in the factory. Of course you can also buy the watches there.

Another highlight in Gernrode is the collegiate church of St. Cyriakus, a jewel of the Romanesque. The Holy Sepulcher inside the church is the oldest surviving replica of Christ's tomb in Jerusalem north of the Alps. Since 2013, it has again been accessible to small groups as part of a special guided tour.

And how do you get there? For those who are nostalgic about the railway, take the Harzquerbahn from Wernigerode to the Eisfelder Talmühle and from there on with the Selketalbahn via stairs and Alexisbad to Gernrode.

Wild and romantic Bodetal

Bodetal (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Bodetal (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)

Do you walk well, like to hike and would you like to hike through a real canyon for once? But the Grand Canyon is too far away for you? Then I recommend you to hike through the wild and romantic Bodetal from Treseburg to Thale. For ten kilometers, the Bode, which rises on the Brocken, cut up to 280 m deep into the hard Ramberg granite. At the end of the hike there is a quaint restaurant and not far away you can take the cable car to the Hexentanzplatz above Thale. From here you have a fantastic view over the gorge. You can get back to Treseburg by bus or on foot on the comfortable high path.

Ilsenburg and Drübeck Abbey

Kloster Drübeck (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Kloster Drübeck
Kloster Drübeck (Foto: H.-U. von Grabowski, Meine)
Kloster Drübeck

Are you looking for a worthwhile destination without having to drive far? Then take a look around in Wernigerode's neighboring town of Ilsenburg. The town center and the trout pond with the adjacent 5-star hotel "Zu den Rothen Forellen" are particularly picturesque, in whose restaurant you can dine excellently. Not far away is the former Benedictine Abbey of Ilsenburg Monastery. Exhibitions of modern art are presented in the dormitory. A hiking trail that leads to Drübeck Abbey turns right near this monastery. In addition to the monastery church, the gardens, which are part of the tourism project "Garden Dreams - Historic Parks in Saxony-Anhalt", and a natural monument, are impressive. This is the summer linden tree planted in the cloister courtyard around 1730. This almost 300 year old "monastery linden tree" has a trunk circumference of 5.56 meters!

Apropos "hiking": A hike along the Ilsetal to its cascade-shaped waterfalls and from there on to the Waldgasthaus Plessenburg is also very worthwhile.

Michaelstein Monastery

Kloster Michaelstein
Kloster Michaelstein

The former Cistercian monastery Michaelstein is a place of cultural diversity around nature, monastery history and music on the Romanesque Road. The ambience of the monastery alone is worth a visit.

The museum is a tourist attraction next to the Saxony-Anhalt Music Academy. With every visit you can discover something new all year round: Whether on a monastery tour through history, garden and music or in the numerous workshops for young and old.

In addition to the museum, Michaelstein offers numerous events, an extensive media collection and a music academy.

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last modified: 22.07.2021 15:23 H from W.Gerhartz