That was the year 2023

And 12 months have passed again and we have put the year 2023 behind us more or less well. Come with us to this non-representative look back at individual moments that have stayed with us. You will find a detailed review of the GDCh's diverse activities in our annual report in the June issue as well as in individual issues of Nachrichten aus der Chemie (February to May issues).

The German Chemical Society wishes you a merry and peaceful Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

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January 13th: Call for donations for the Liebig Museum

The GDCh is supporting the Liebig Museum in Gießen, which was badly damaged by fire on December 5th, 2022, with a fundraising campaign. The GDCh Division of History of Chemistry also asks its members for donations.

February 1st: New cartoons released

The GDCh working group “Chemistry is” is publishing three new cartoons that present chemistry in everyday life. The cartoons on the topics of viruses, electric cars and feelings are the result of a competition among students and trainees. All cartoons are published at

February 10th: CheMento closing event

The final event of the fifth round of the CheMento mentoring program will take place in Burghausen at the invitation of Wackerchemie. GDCh President Karsten Danielmeier will also be there for the lectures, a factory tour and the personal exchange about the mentoring year. (Photo: Achim Zeller)

February 27: Comment on “We are chefs. Not chemists”

The GDCh public relations comments on an advertising poster from a frozen food manufacturer and thereby attracts a lot of attention from the chemical Twitter community.

March 8th: JCF for International Women's Day

On International Women's Day, the JCF Equal Opportunities Team is launching the campaign "This Is What A Scientist Looks Like" with photos of female chemists. Further social media campaigns in this series will follow throughout the year.

March 21st: JCF spring symposium in Gießen

The spring symposium of young chemists in Gießen is, as always, well organized and well attended.

April 24: Chem_Connect launches

At Chem_Connect – Networking Made Easy, a random generator brings registered members together for informal virtual meetings. Whether it's a morning coffee kitchen, lunch or an after-work evening session, depending on personal time constraints, members get to know each other and talk about work, free time or God and the world. By the end of the year, almost 180 members will be participating in Chem_Connect.

April 25: Karl Ziegler Symposium

On the 50th anniversary of Karl Ziegler's death, an anniversary symposium will take place in Frankfurt am Main. The lectures, including those by Nobel Prize winner Benjamin List and the winner of the current Karl Ziegler Prize Tanja Weil (photo), are met with great interest. (Photo: Lina Prehn)

April 25: Award for excellent teaching

The Ars legendi Faculty Prize for excellent university teaching is awarded in Berlin. Sebastian Seiffert, University of Mainz (left in the picture) was honored in the chemistry category. Photo: Peter Himsel

April 28: Talks between GDCh and its British fellow society RSC

President Karsten Danielmeier, Executive Director Wolfram Koch and board member Carla Seidel visit representatives of the British Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in London to exchange ideas and discuss joint projects. (Photo: RSC)

May 7th: What is aqua regia?

In Great Britain, Charles III is crowned king and to mark the occasion, Bild am Sonntag publishes answers to “Everyday Royal Questions”. The GDCh can provide information about aqua regia.

May 12th: And something else royal:

In The Hague, Dutch King Willem Alexander opens the new ChemTech Center of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Hans-Georg Weinig is on site for the GDCh and put all of the GDCh's good wishes for the future of the organization and the center in a time capsule. (Photo: GDCh)

May 20th: "Jugend Forscht" final in Bremen

Julia Trapp and Alexander Christian Trapp win the GDCh special prize at the Jugend forscht federal competition for the project “Bio-Power: Development of a biochemical redox flow battery”. GDCh board member Katharina Al-Shamery presents the special prize. (Photo: © Stiftung Jugend Forscht e V.)

June 14th: Running for charity

Like every year, it takes place in Frankfurt/M. The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge run will take place again. The GDCh Office is once again providing a team of committed runners and loud fans. (Photo: Maren Mielck)

June 24th: Election of the new GDCh board

From May 8th to June 24th, the GDCh members will elect their new Board for the years 2024-2027. For the first time, the new Board includes more women (10) than men (6).

July 2nd: New video released

The JungChemikerForum publishes a video from the “ Ask me anything ” series. GDCh President Karsten Danielmeier will answer questions.

July 4th: Statement on the Science Temporary Contract Act (WissZeitVG)

The GDCh and four other major mathematical ones. Natural science societies comment on the much-discussed Science Temporary Contract Act in a joint press release. The WissZVG also addresses the Nachrichten aus der Chemie in an article.

July 13: Workshop Inclusion

The JCF equal opportunities team invites you to the Online workshop “What does inclusion mean?” The participants discussed measures to make it easier for people with disabilities to take part in events during their studies.

August 7th: How do you get into the fire department as a chemist?

The GDCh career service is publishing two new interviews on job profiles for chemists:

August 31: Special issue "Rethinking Chemistry" of Angewandte Chemie

For the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry from September 4th to 6th, 2023, the Editorial staff of Angewandte Chemie is putting together a virtual special issue on the topic of Rethinking Chemistry.

September 4th: Chemistry Science Forum in Leipzig

The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2023 starts in the stylish congress hall at the Leipzig Zoo. Almost 1,200 visitors meet under the motto “Rethinking Chemistry” for the most important chemistry congress in the German-speaking region. (Photo: Christian Schneider-Broecker/GDCh)

September 5th: Signing of two cooperation agreements

As part of the WiFos in Leipzig, the GDCh signs a cooperation agreement with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and renews its agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Presidents of several friendly societies also take part in the ceremony. (Photo: Christian Augustin/GDCh)

September 24th: Statement on PFAS (Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances)

The GDCh ThinkTank “PFAS” submits the “Statement of the GDCh on ECHA’s PFAS restriction plan” to the European Chemicals Agency ECHA in good time before the end of the consultation period. The statement met with both approval and massive criticism within the membership. In order to make the discussion process transparent, the comments and letters to the editor are published in the Nachrichten aus der Chemie and presented together with the statement on the website. (Graphics: ag visual/stock.adobe)

October 13th: on Instagram and LinkedIn

The GDCh academy is now also available at on LinkedIn and Instagram.

October 19: Statement on Israel

The terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7th caused horror around the world. The GDCh agrees with the statement of its umbrella organization European Chemical Society (EuChemS) and strongly condemns the acts of violence. It also addresses the suffering of the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

October 24th: Joint webinar by GDCh and ACS

What options are there to incorporate the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals into your personal career planning? This is the subject of a joint seminar by GDCh and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

October 26th: Otto Hahn Prize for Herbert Waldmann

In Frankfurt's Paulskirche, the awardee Herbert Waldmann signs his name in the city's golden book. The Otto Hahn Prize is supported jointly by the city of Frankfurt am Main, the GDCh and the German Physical Society (DPG) and is endowed with 50,000 euros. On the right in the picture: Frankfurt city treasurer Bastian Bergerhoff. (Photo: Holger Menzel)

November 6th: Specialist group meeting in Fulda

The GDCh Divisions chairmen meet in Fulda for their annual closed meeting. In this context, the Working Group Phosphorus Chemistry is honored: it achieved the greatest relative growth in membership last year (2022). Karsten Danielmeier congratulates the chairwoman of the Working Group Evamarie Hey-Hawkins. (Photo: GDCh)

November 14th: Parliamentary evening in Berlin

The GDCh and four other mathematical and scientific societies invite members of the Bundestag and their speaker to a parliamentary evening in Berlin on November 14th. Based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, experts from the five companies explain how their research areas contribute to fulfilling the various SDGs. The GDCh experts from left: Dr. Frank Bringewski, Prof. Greta Patzke, Prof. Regina Palkovits and Prof. Klaus Kümmerer. (Photo: T. Fahry-Seelig/DVGeo)

December 5th: Board meeting in Weinheim

The last board meeting of the year takes place at Wiley-VCH in Weinheim. In addition to the outgoing Board from 2020 to 2023, the members of the new board, in office from 2024 to 2027, are also there. (Photo: Hildegard Hoffmann/Wiley-VCH)

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