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General Assembly 2018 (Regensburg)

Minutes of the general meeting of the GDCh division Solid State Chemistry & Materials Research on September 24, 2018 in Regensburg

Prof. Felser opens the session and welcomes all participants.


  1. Report of the section presidents
    With reference to the specialist group website at, Prof. Felser introduces the new board of the division , which has been in office since January 1, 2018. The redesigned specialist group flyer can be obtained from the GDCh, contact person is Dr. Kühner,

  2. Events
    Prof. Felser outlines the content of the workshop "Digitization: Status, Perspectives and Potentials for Solid State and Materials Chemistry", which will take place on December 19 in the Max Planck Institute for the Chemistry of Solids in Dresden (note when preparing the protocol: The The workshop was very successful with a gratifyingly high level of industry participation, the interesting lectures triggered intensive discussions) and refers to the event on the subject of "Resources" planned on the occasion of Prof. Reller's retirement, Augsburg, which will take place in Darmstadt in 2019 and will be hosted by Prof. . Weidenkaff is organized.

    For 2019, specialist workshops are planned by the chemical organizations GDCh, VCI and Dechema to develop recommendations for tender content for the funding of materials research by the BMBF; the executive committee of the division will contribute to this in an appropriate manner.

    Furthermore, the division will not act as the organizer of the shirt sleeve colloquium in the future, but will support it through sponsoring as before.

    As part of the GDCh Science Forum for Chemistry, which will take place from September 15 to 18, 2019 in Aachen, the division once again organize the ?Dialogue in Inorganic Chemistry? session with ?tandem lectures? from molecular and solid-state chemistry in cooperation with the Wöhler Association out. Prof. Pfitzner is in favor of keeping this year's joint conference format as an expression of the strengths of the Inorganic Chemistry discipline. Prof. Felser gets a picture of the mood with a show of hands. With a dissenting vote, the retention of the format developed for Regensburg is approved. In the subsequent discussion, Prof. Ruschewitz offers Cologne as the venue for 2020. This is gratefully accepted (after the first exploratory talks, Marburg, Karlsruhe and Aachen were also in discussion) (Note when preparing the minutes: appointment finding with Prof. Ruschewitz in progress, not yet completed - preference is 29 September to 2 October 2020). Prof. Ruck recommends inviting the organizers of the event to a meeting at which the boards of both specialist groups are represented. Prof. Pfitzner advocates inviting plenary speakers only on the basis of mutual agreements and, based on his own positive experience in organizing the 2015 chemistry lecturers' conference, recommends engaging the GDCh conference team as a service provider for 2020.

  3. FG prices
    Prof. Felser appeals to the participants to get involved in the GDCh award committees and in the GDCh board according to their professional qualifications. Nominations for the next Rudolf Hoppe lecture are not yet required. The awards from the German Society for Crystallography (DGK) are discussed. The DGK awards the Carl Hermann Medal for a life's work in science. Here, too, every GDCh member is asked to nominate possible candidates. Profs. Kraus and Oeckler accept the DGK prizes and corresponding nominations.

  4. various
    The structure of the cooperation between the FIZ Karlsruhe (ICSD) and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center (CCDC) is discussed. The FIZ can offer little for the joint project, and in contrast to the one-stop solution originally envisaged, separate user interfaces still exist. Prof. Oeckler recommends not to merge ICSD and CCDC. The data stocks should continue to be kept separate; Problem cases can be reported to him. Criticism is also voiced from other quarters. There is unanimous agreement that the cooperation should also be discussed politically in the presence of those responsible for the FIZ.

    The last point discussed among the participants is the question of whether it is ensured that the suggestions from the specialist groups for the compilation of the list of candidates for the election of the DFG review boards are adequately taken into account by the GDCh as a scientific organization entitled to propose. In contrast to previous years, there was no commission to preselect and, if necessary, to supplement the list. After isolated criticism of the late disclosure of information, it became clear in the discussion that the reviewers need the approval and trust of the community, as their task entails a lot of responsibility.

Prof. Felser thanks the participants and closes the 38-member meeting.

Chair of division For the Report
Prof. Dr. Claudia Felser Dr. Gerhard Karger (GDCh headquarters)

Frankfurt am Main, December 20, 2018

General Assembly 2016 (Innsbruck)

Minutes of the general meeting
of the GDCh division for solid state chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research
on September 20, 2016 in Innsbruck

Professor Bensch opens the meeting and welcomes all board members and Prof. Ruschewitz as guests from the Wöhler Association.

1. Report by the section chairman

Mr. Bensch thanks Mr. Huppertz for the great organization of the conference with 171 registered participants.
The division financed 27 scholarships for young scientists, each amounting to ? 250, for participation in the FG conference .
On this occasion, Mr. Bensch points out that the division also grants travel grants for participation in international conferences . Applications are available on the FG homepage and can be submitted to

2. Events

"Resource Event" advanced training course
1st quarter 2017 in Dresden
Organizers: Claudia Felser, Anke Weidenkaff, Armin Reller, Richard Weihrich
Topic: resource efficiency, resource strategies, life cycle of materials / substances, concepts of criticality, contribution of chemistry

As soon as more details about the event are available, information will be given on the FG homepage and via a member mailing.

HÄKO 2017
16.-18. March 2017 in Augsburg at the Institute for Physics in the lecture hall center
Organizers: Henning Höppe, Leo van Wüllen, Richard Weihrich

Detailed information is planned via a mailing in mid-October, registrations are expected to be possible from the end of October.

Science Forum 2017
As in 2015, a session with partner lectures will be organized together with the Wöhler Association under the motto 'Chemistry in Dialogue'. The thematic focus will be coordinated between the two boards in the near future.

Lecture conference 2018
The board of directors of the Wöhler Vereinigung suggested that the FG Solid State Chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research Research hold the FG conferences together in 2018. The Board of Directors of the Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research Research Group has agreed to a joint conference in 2018, as there are large overlaps between the two departments, synergies can be used and a broad, versatile platform for information exchange and networking is offered. A total of 500 participants is expected (300 Wöhler and 200 solid state chemistry).

24.-28. September 2018 in Regensburg, Chair: Manfred Scheer

In addition to joint plenary sessions including the price lectures (together approx. 12 pieces), the program provides for joint sessions with dialogue lectures as a central element. In addition, there will be separate sessions with FG-specific lectures. The conference is planned from Monday approx. 1 p.m. to Friday approx. 1 p.m., the exact design of the program will be coordinated with the Wöhler Vereinigung.

3. FG prices

Hoppe lecture
The award goes to Prof. Dr. Tom Nilges from Munich.

HC Starck prizes, thank you HC Strack
Mr. Bensch thanks the company HC Starck for financing the award, which this year was chosen from among the two award winners Dr. Martin Heise and Dr. Martin Oschatz, both from Dresden, will be split up.

Poster prices
The prize money is again 1,800 ?, the distribution of which (3-6 poster prizes) is determined by a panel of experts.
(Addendum: 6 poster prizes were awarded to Thomas Martin, Bayreuth, Alexander Zeugner, Dresden, Björn Anke, Berlin, Peter Wagatha, Munich, Lukas Neudert, Munich and Matthias Glätzle, Innsbruck).

4. Miscellaneous

The division has now grown to almost 900 members. Despite continuous expenses (scholarships, prizes) the financial situation of the division is healthy.

Prof. Bensch thanks the participants and closes the session.

Chair of division For the Report

signed Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bensch signed Dr. Susanne Kühner
GDCh headquarters

Frankfurt am Main, October 9, 2016

General Assembly 2010 (Berlin)

Report on the general meeting
of the GDCh division for solid state chemistry and Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research
on September 20, 2010 in Berlin

The chairman of the specialist group, Prof. Bensch, welcomes the participants and opens the meeting.

1. Report of the section presidents
2nd lecture conference of the division 2012
3. Further conferences

As an introduction, Prof. Bensch informs about future specialist group events:

?Chemistry creates new structures? is the motto of the GDCh Science Forum next year from September 4th to 7th in Bremen. Here the division again with its own lecture session on the subject of Nanomaterials. The board of directors also discussed the implementation of a further session, for example in cooperation with the Wöhler Association.

Fortunately, Prof. Albert has agreed to host the 16th conference the previous day in Darmstadt in 2012. The date will be announced to all section members early next year.

4. Working division/ promotion of young talent

In order to promote young academics in particular, the working groups and their respective contacts within the division advanced training events on special topics. The working group ?Theory and Solids? headed by Prof. Grin has been particularly active in recent years with its events on the subject of ?Electron Localizability and Analysis of Chemical Bonding? at the MPI for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden. Dr. Christian Näther is offering a further training event on the subject of ?thermal analysis methods? next year. Further training courses are being planned. From the auditorium comes the wish, due to the great need for further training among employees from industry, to offer an advanced training course that is specifically geared to the interests of employees from industry.

As an additional instrument for promoting young talent, the best presentation (lecture and / or poster) will be awarded a cash prize for the first time at this year's conference .

In the current year, the division approved grants for doctoral students who have actively participated in an international conference with a contribution. Note: The guidelines for awarding grants to from the home page of the division under be downloaded.

5. Miscellaneous

The number of members has risen continuously over the past few years. As of September 1, the division has the highest number of members to date with 783 members.

Working Party (WP) on Solid State Chemistry of EuCheMS
As one of the three chairmen, Prof. Jansen informed about the new Working Party on Solid State Chemistry, which was brought into being by EuCheMS - as a preliminary stage of a later Division of Solid State Chemistry. Further chairs are Prof. Antoine Maignan, Caen / F, and Prof. Paul Attfield, Edinburgh / UK. The aim is to bundle the visibility of the subject at European level, for example through joint conferences, and to improve communication and networking between national groups.

Prof. Jansen draws attention to the large number of science journals and appeals to the members, through mutual support, to promote their own journals by submitting the best work. These journals and their reputation thrive on the quality of the work submitted there. He also points out that citations and impact factor are not always synonymous with scientific performance.

Prof. Bensch closes the meeting with an express thanks to his predecessor, Prof. Albert, for the diverse specialist group activities carried out with great dedication and equally great success in the past term of office. Furthermore, he would like to thank Prof. Lerch for his great commitment in the preparation and implementation of this year's conference.

Chair of division For the Report

signed Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bensch signed. Ulrike Bechler, GDCh headquarters

Frankfurt am Main, October 18, 2010

General Assembly 2008 (Bayreuth)

Participants: 60 professional group members

1. Report of the section presidents

The Chair of the Section, Professor Albert, welcomed the participants and opened the meeting. All members of the specialist group received the invitation to the general meeting with the program for this year's conference.

Looking back, Professor Albert summarizes the main specialist group activities since the last general meeting in Aachen in 2006:

At the GDCh Science Forum 2007, the division with three lecture blocks, which were very popular with the participants. Particularly noteworthy in Ulm were the two awards to Prof. Martin Jansen, Stuttgart, for the Karl Ziegler Prize and Prof. Wolfgang Schnick, Munich, for the Wilhelm Klemm Prize.

An important concern of the division is the promotion of young scientists. In 2007, six applications for travel allowances were approved by young members who actively participated with a poster or a lecture at an international conference . Note: The allocation guidelines for travel grants can be downloaded from the division website at

At the invitation of the GDCh President, an annual meeting of the section chairpersons takes place, in which a strengthening of the section cooperation and, with the specialist expertise of the sections, strategies and measures to promote the overall scientific competence of the GDCh are discussed.

Finally, Professor Albert points out the membership of the division , which has seen a gratifying increase in recent years, especially in the number of young members. As of September 1, the division around 700 members.

Note: sent to all Section members in March this year detailed report can be found on the homepage of the division under

2. conferences

2.1: GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2009, Frankfurt, August 30th to September 2nd, 2009
Topic: "Living safely with chemistry - today and tomorrow"
The division will also take part in the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry next year with two lecture blocks. An event on the subject of "Solid State Chemistry and Catalyst Research" will take place on Monday afternoon under the direction of Prof. Grin and Prof. Ruck. The second block of lectures on Tuesday afternoon under the direction of Prof. Albert and Prof. Janek deals with the main topic of the Science Forum, the topic of "Living safely with materials".

2.2: European Conference on Solid State Chemistry 2009, Münster, September 20-23, 2009
Dr. Nilges gives an overview of the preliminary structure of the conference with the main topics. Current information on the conference and the first circular with the option to register for contributions can be found on the conference website.

2.3: Lecture conference of the division in 2010
The members present agree unanimously by acclamation to the proposal of the board to hold the 2010 lecture conference in Berlin. We kindly ask you to announce the date of the conference in good time. Prof. Lerch and Prof. Ressler have agreed to organize the conference .

2.4: 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2010, Nuremberg, August 29 to September 2, 2010
The representation of the specialist groups at the European chemistry congresses - after Budapest this year in Turin -, as Prof. Albert reports, has so far received little or no attention. In accordance with the wish of the GDCh headquarters, the division has made a proposal for a series of lectures on "Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage" for the 3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2010, which may be found in a parallel session consideration. The organizing committee has not yet made a final decision.

2.5 Shirt sleeve colloquium from March 5th to 7th in Marburg
Prof. Harbrecht points to the ?HÄKO? in Marburg in the coming year with the wish for a lively participation; Donations to cover travel expenses are also welcome.

3. Working division/ promotion of young talent

One of the most important tasks of the working groups is the implementation of advanced training events for young scientists. The working group theory and solids led by Prof. Grin carried out the following events this year with financial support from the division :
January 23-25, 2008: Advanced Processing for Novel Functional Materials
July 26-31, 2008: 16th International Conference on Solid Compounds of Transition Elements

The traditional event "Electron Localizability and Analysis of Chemical Bonding" from March 29th to April 1st and a workshop from October 26th to 29th with the topic "DFT meets Solid State Chemistry - 8th Workshop Hands are planned for the coming year -on-FPLO ".

The solid-state analysis working group, headed by Professor Ressler, is organizing a further training event on the subject of "X-ray spectroscopy" this coming winter and an additional event in spring 2008 on the subject of "solid state analysis". The working group on Nanomaterials , headed by Prof. Feldmann, is organizing a doctoral seminar in February of next year.

As already mentioned under Item 1, the division awards grants to students and doctoral candidates who actively participate in international conferences with a poster or a lecture. The awarding of the best posters on the occasion of the lecture conference is seen as an important additional instrument for promoting young talent.

Once again this year, the division awards the prize donated by the HC Starck company in the field of Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Research for an outstanding doctoral thesis. Due to the high quality of the submitted work, it was particularly difficult for the review panel to make a selection.

4. Miscellaneous

Publications in the "Nachrichten aus der Chemie"
As authors for the annual review 2008, Dr. Martin Wilkening (Hanover), Dr. Peer Schmidt (Dresden) and Dr. Angela Möller (Cologne). In addition, Professor Armin Reller, Augsburg, will, at the request of the GDCh President Professor Jahn, who will be in office until the end of 2007, make a contribution to the subject of ?Raw Material Change?.

Prof. Albert closes the meeting with express thanks to Professor Josef Breu and Professor Jürgen Senker for their particularly great commitment in holding this year's conference.

Chair of division For the Report

signed Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert signed Ulrike Bechler
GDCh headquarters

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