bylaws of Procedure of the Senior Expert Chemists (SEC)

Senior Expert Senior Expert Chemists (SEC)


The statutes of the German Chemical Society in the version dated
Section 17 of October 6, 2009 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 manages its affairs in accordance with the bylaws of procedure adopted by the General Assembly 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 of procedure apply to persons of both sexes.

§ 1 Name, registered office and financial 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 office in Frankfurt am Main.

Fiscal year is the calendar year.

§ 2 task

The Senior Expert Chemists Section (SEC) sees its main task in bringing together all GDCh members who are in or about to retire 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 to 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 scientific 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
  • Building and maintaining international relationships, knowledge transfer and consulting

§ 3 Membership

Membership in the section requires membership in the GDCh.

The section has

a) Retired Members
b) ordinary members
c) sponsoring members
d) associated members of the GDCh.

Regarding a) Retired members can apply to all members of the GDCh from the age of 58. In addition, a retired member can purchase a lifelong GDCh membership without further future payments for a one-time payment.
Re b) Full members can be all persons from Germany and abroad who are interested in the Section of Senior Expert Chemists and are full members of the Society according to the statutes of the German Chemical Society .
On c) Supporting members of the Section can be companies, legal entities, companies, corporations and institutions under public law, associations, interest groups and authorities.
Regarding d) Persons from Germany and abroad who are not educated in 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 can be accepted as associated members. Only in this do you have active voting rights.

§ 4 Beginning and termination of membership

The application for admission to the section must be submitted to the GDCh Office . The office confirms the admission of the new member. Membership begins with the payment of the first annual fee. If the annual membership fee is not paid, membership rights are suspended until the 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 have been received by the GDCh Office by September 30 of the same year at the latest;
b) by termination of the GDCh membership and
c) by reasoned decision of the Section Board. This decision is implemented by the GDCh Office office.

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

§ 5 Membership Fees

Regardless of the membership fee for the GDCh, the section charges an annual fee from retired and full members, the amount of which is proposed by the section board and confirmed by the General Assembly meeting. Changing the membership fees requires the approval of the General Assembly. The annual section fee, together with the GDCh membership fee, must be paid free of charge to the GDCh Office office by March 31 at the latest.

Supporting and associate members pay a contribution to the German Chemical Society, which manages 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 managed by

a) the General Assembly
b) the Board
c) the working groups.

§ 7 General Assembly

The General Assembly meeting must be convened at least every two years by the section chairman or, in his absence, by his deputy, if possible in connection with a section Conference . The General Assembly is announced at least four weeks in advance. Furthermore, general meetings are to be convened by the chairman if 50% of the members wish for such a meeting or if the section board demands this. The agenda is to be announced in the invitation to the General Assembly assembly.

Every member is entitled to vote. Unless otherwise specified in these bylaws of procedure, all resolutions are passed with a simple majority of votes of the members present. In the event of a tie, the chairman decides.

In particular, the General Assembly is responsible for:

a) the election of the board of directors, unless elected by postal vote,
b) determining the membership fee,
c) passing resolutions on changes to the bylaws of procedure and dissolution
of the section (see also §§ 9 and 10).

Minutes of the General Assembly meeting are to be signed by the chairman, made known to all members of the section and also sent to the office of the GDCh.

§ 8 Board of Directors

The board members work on a voluntary basis. 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 members entitled to vote. Other suggestions can be made by members. Each proposal from the group of members must be signed by at least five members entitled to vote. If possible, one representative from each working group should run for election.

The term of office of the members of the board is three years and begins on January 1 of the year following the election. One re-election is permitted for all members of the Executive Board.

The chairman, or his deputy if he is unable to do so, represents the section externally, convenes and chairs general meetings. He is also responsible for the implementation of the resolutions passed by the General Assembly Assembly.

Minutes of board meetings are submitted to the GDCh Office office.

§ 9 working groups

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

§ 10 Changes to the bylaws of Procedure

The present bylaws of procedure only become valid when three quarters of the section General Assembly have approved them - either those present at the general meeting called for this purpose or incoming answers in 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 Assembly meeting convened for this purpose decides with at least a three-quarters majority of all members of the section present. If fewer than 20% of the section members are present when the decision is taken, a decision must be made by means of a written survey among the members. For the written poll, two-thirds of the returned valid responses must support 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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