2024 Magdeburg

9th SEC annual meeting, 6 - 8 May 2024 in Magdeburg

Motto: "Impulses for sustainable development"

Hotel "Zum Herrenkrug" Magdeburg (© Andreas Lander)

The 9th SEC annual meeting took place in Magdeburg (6-8 May 24). 187 participants enjoyed an interesting lecture program (see below), a pleasant atmosphere, a well-organized supporting program and, last but not least, many conversations on the sidelines. A detailed report on the meeting will soon appear in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie.

On May 8, 2024, Prof. Dr. Heribert Offermann was awarded honorary membership, the highest award of the GDCh, by the former GDCh President Karsten Danielmeier . After the Conference , Offermann provided us with a quote from Martin Buber that could be used as a motto for the SEC annual meeting : " When we stop meeting each other, it is as if we stopped breathing."


At the Dorint Hotel Herrenkrug in Magdeburg we were able to hold meetings, stay overnight and eat under one roof. The listed hotel is located on the right bank of the Elbe in an old park with beautiful old trees.

The "Otto City" of Magdeburg looks back on an eventful history. The two namesakes of the city are Otto I (the Great, 912-973), the founder of the Holy Roman Empire, and Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), known for his experiments on air pressure. Magdeburg Cathedral is a pioneering achievement of Gothic architecture on German soil.

scientific programme

The presentations, their quality and selection were rated by the participants on average with grades between 1 and 1.5. The best lecture was most frequently given by Klaus Gerwert on the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

Monday, May 6, 2024


  • Chemistry studies 4.0 and sustainable transportation, Marcel Liauw, RWTH Aachen University
  • Bacillus subtilis - from the minimal genome to vegan milk - new ways of nutrition, Jörg Stülke, University of Göttingen
  • Combustion and sustainability, Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus, University of Bielefeld
  • Modern materials and their sustainable application Franziska Scheffler, University of Magdeburg
  • How can you identify the risk of Alzheimer's dementia early, Klaus Gerwert, University of Bochum
  • Evening lecture: Chemistry of wine aromas, Bianca May, Geisenheim University

Tuesday, 7 May 24


  • Modern biocatalysis: enzyme search, optimization and applications in organic chemistry, Uwe Bornscheuer, University of Greifswald
  • Why are potato chips addictive? - Interaction between nutrition and the brain, Monika Pischetsrieder, FAU Erlangen
  • Sustainable polymers for the circular economy of tomorrow, Bernhard von Vacano, BASF
  • Startups meet experience, Holger Bengs, BCNP, Frankfurt


    • Recyclable biofilms, Dirk Hollmann, Cell2Green, Bad Doberan
    • Generation, storage and transport of renewable energies, Maria Fulde, FLD Technologies GmbH, Bitterfeld-Wolfen/Offenbach
    • Lipidomics for Industry and Academia, Oliver Uecke, Lipotype, Dresden

  • Evening lecture: Fake science from the pen of AI - and what can be done about it, Bernhard Sabel, University of Magdeburg

Wednesday, 8 May 24


  • Chemical strategies in the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, Stephan A. Sieber, TU Munich
  • Green hydrogen through water electrolysis, Thomas Turek, TU Clausthal
  • Legends about nuclear energy – from enthusiasm to scepticism, Gerhard Kreysa, Epstein
  • Crime Scene Berlin – Who betrayed the Berlin Blue? Chemical crime thriller by senior lecturer Klaus Roth, FU Berlin

Supporting programme

The supporting program included a visit to the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, founded in 1996, and city tours followed by a guided tour of the cathedral or the old town or the "green citadel", the Hundertwasser House.

Photo gallery

We have not yet evaluated and selected all the photos. A selection will be shown here shortly.


For registration

Conference proceedings

> Magdeburg 2024

Magdeburg links

for the private program around the annual meeting

> Magdeburg Cathedral
> hypar shell
> Elbe Park
> Green Citadel
> Convent of Our Lady
> Boat lift
> Romanesque Road
> Ring sanctuary Pömmelte
> Nebra Sky Disc

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