Senior Expert Chemists

Who we are — What we do

The Senior Expert Chemists

We, the Senior Expert Senior Expert Chemists (SEC), are mostly retired chemists who organize ourselves under the umbrella of the GDCh. Most of us have a university education. We have gained our professional experience, usually over 30 years, in responsible positions in industrial companies, educational institutions, research institutes or authorities. We make this knowledge and experience available to society. The main areas of our interests are:

- to strengthen the public image of chemistry
- to deepen the public's understanding of chemistry
- To learn and pass on chemistry knowledge throughout life
- To build networks of chemists at home and abroad
- maintain international contacts

Our commemorative publication 15 years of SEC is available for download.

We naturally treat women and men (or others) equally. However, for the sake of better readability, we use the generic masculine form when referring to people.

The SEC annual meeting

Diskussion 2023 in Leipzig

The SEC annual meeting is the joint identification project of the Senior Expert Chemists. The meetings usually take place every two years at different locations. Top-class lectures, sufficient time for discussion and the opportunity to form and maintain networks attract up to 250 participants. more

Working groups

public relations

We promote a better understanding of chemistry in the public. We communicate the concerns of senior chemists in the GDCh and society. We promote networking among seniors within the GDCh. The focus is on Conferences, lectures, publications and excursions. The collaboration with local associations and young chemists is particularly important to us. more...


School Education Career

We put our knowledge and experience at the service of chemistry education at all ages. The focus is on lectures at schools and other educational institutions. Internally, we work with the GDCh Division " chemical education". Externally, we have contacts with the "Children's Research" foundation and with MINT organizations such as the MINT Future Creation initiative. more...

Technology Tour

Im Labor der BRAIN AG

The SEC Technology Tours have been taking place since 2007, often together with the VAA pensioners from Hanau. A visit to a technology company is often combined with experiencing art or going on a hike. more...

SEC lecturer

SEC lecturer are senior experts who can speak skillfully and understandably about interdisciplinary topics. They particularly enrich the lecture programs of the local sections. more...


Sitzung des Arbeitskreises Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (2015)

The Senior Expert Chemists (SEC) are a Division of the GDCh. Five members form the Board. There are currently two working groups active. The Board and working groups meet several times a year for meetings more...

Next SEC online lecture: July 23, 2024, 3 p.m.

Eberhard Ehlers: Drugs and addiction – a problem for all societies

Symposium "Plant protection - yes, but how?"

Tue, 05.11.2024, 13:00, Frankfurt (DECHEMA)

further information follows

SEC for download

SEC Flyer
15 years SEC
SEC Newsletter
Questionnaire 'Expectations of SEC'
SEC logos


GDCh Office
Alexander Lorey
+49 69 7917-356

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last modified: 22.07.2024 09:57 H from W.Gerhartz