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26 Get started with the GDCh training courses 2022

GDCh training program becomes GDCh.academy

26/21
November 16, 2021

The 2022 advanced training program of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) has been published fully digitally as the GDCh.academy. The printed brochure was discontinued in line with the GDCh digital strategy and climate protection. In addition to the individual courses from eleven specialist areas and the tried and tested specialist programs, the new specialist program ?Certified Emergency Manager (GDCh) (m / f / d)? will start in 2022.

The GDCh.academy offers a user-friendly overview of all advanced training courses of the GDCh in 2022. In addition to the framework information such as the course topic, event period, event location and course management, there is also extensive in-depth information on each course. The objectives and content of the training courses are described in detail and the recommended target group is outlined.

In the coming year, the GDCh will again offer many opportunities to develop professionally, professionally and personally. The 2022 offer consists of around 50 courses from eleven subject areas. In addition to training courses on classic chemical topics such as synthesis methods and food chemistry issues, there are also courses on quality assurance and modern methods and processes. In all courses, the participants benefit from speakers with a high level of experience and competence. In addition to the face-to-face courses, e-learning will continue to be offered so that every type of learner is catered for.

With the switch from the brochure to the GDCh.academy, not only is the environment protected (around 15 tons of paper alone can be saved in this way), but the GDCh is also reacting to the changing needs of those interested in further training. The GDCh.app can be downloaded free of charge for smartphones and tablets from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Desktop users can also open the app at https://gdch.app with any internet-enabled device with a modern browser. Installation is not required for this.

In addition to the numerous individual courses, the proven GDCh specialist programs "Certified Business Chemist (GDCh) ® (m / f / d)" and "Certified Quality Expert GxP (GDCh) (m / f / d)" will be offered in 2022. In addition, the new specialist program ?Certified Emergency Manager (GDCh) (m / f / d)? is being offered for the first time. In the specialist program, preparation, reaction and solution options are presented in order to be able to initiate adequate measures within the shortest possible time in emergency situations. Participants learn how companies, superiors and employees can remain capable of acting in an emergency.

Detailed information on the courses and the specialist programs can be found at https://gdch.academy

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25 Low-emission biogas processing through tailor-made membrane polymers

Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2021 goes to Evonik team

25/21
November 9, 2021

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) honors Dr. Goetz Baumgarten, Dr. Joerg Balster and Dr. Axel Kobus from the Essen-based specialty chemicals company Evonik with the Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2021. The team receives the award, endowed with 10,000 euros, for the development and market launch of innovative membrane modules made of polyimide, which enable low-emission biogas processing. The award ceremony will take place on November 25th as part of a hybrid ceremony at Evonik Industries in Essen. The award is presented by the Deputy GDCh President Dr. Carla Seidel.

Polyimides are high-performance plastics that are very pressure and temperature resistant and can also be spun very well. They are therefore particularly suitable for use in so-called hollow fiber membranes, which are used, for example, in gas processing technology. Evonik succeeded in tailoring the properties of its own polyimide family and developing them further so that the hollow fiber membranes spun from them could be used to create membrane modules with special gas separation properties. With the support of the in-house membrane process technology and the associated process infrastructure, an innovative system solution for gas separation tasks was created for the market.

The awardee have made a significant contribution to establishing a technologically leading supplier of efficient and durable gas separation membranes under the brand name SEPURAN® within just ten years. To do this, they put together a highly motivated and entrepreneurial team of internal and external specialists, with whom the initial technology gaps could be closed.

A membrane-based gas processing technology for raw biogas to biomethane, which was specially developed for the newly emerging biogas market from 2011, prevailed against both competitive processes and alternative membrane solutions. With more than 300 plants worldwide, it is the leading biogas upgrading technology today. Studies show that biomethane produced in this way can reduce emissions by around 90 percent compared to natural gas. The awardee have thus made a valuable contribution to making the renewable raw material biomethane available in a simple, robust and particularly energy-efficient manner and enabling subsequent applications. Since 2015, the team has been developing the product range with new membrane and module types so that the entire gas market can be served.

The Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry is awarded annually to scientists in German-speaking countries who have successfully introduced a current innovation in chemistry to the market. The focus is on market launches that primarily take sustainability into account. The award was presented by Professor Dr. Erhard Meyer-Galow , the former CEO of Hüls AG and former President of the GDCh. Meyer-Galow mainly worked at the interface between chemistry and the market and gave lectures on "Business Chemistry in the Chemical Industry" at the University of Münster.

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world with around 30,000 members. It has 27 Divisions as well as 60 local sections and regional young chemists forums. The GDCh promotes scientific work as well as the exchange and dissemination of new scientific findings. It maintains numerous foundations, such as the Meyer Galow Foundation for Business Chemistry, which Professor Dr. Erhard Meyer-Galow in 2012 to further promote business chemistry.

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24 Karsten Danielmeier becomes President of the GDCh

With Katharina Uebele , a young chemist was elected to the office of Deputy President for the first time.

24/21
October 21, 2021

Dr. Karsten Danielmeier, currently Head of Growth Businesses in the Coatings and Adhesives Business Unit at Covestro, will become President of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) on January 1, 2022. With around 30,000 members, the society is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. Danielmeier was elected as future president by the incumbent GDCh Board at the board meeting on August 30, 2021.

He will succeed Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, who held the office for two years and has now been elected to one of the Deputy Presidents. The Executive Committee is completed by GDCh board member and business Katharina Uebele. With her, a young chemist was elected Deputy President for the first time. Dr. Timo Fleßner, Bayer AG, was confirmed in office as treasurer.

The new Executive Committee has big plans for the next term of office. In particular, it would like to bring the three mission statements of society with a focus on digitization, diversity and internationalization to life. The course taken in recent years to advance the modernization of the GDCh is also to be continued.
"We can be proud of what the GDCh has achieved and what it represents, but we also want to accompany the changes in society and science and thus actively shape the future of the GDCh," emphasizes Danielmeier.

Karsten Danielmeier, born 1967 in Werl, studied at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and was there in 1995 with Professor Dr. Eberhard Steckhan is doing his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry. The following year he joined Bayer AG, where he held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in raw material research for coatings and adhesives in Germany and the USA. Most recently, he headed research for the Functional Films division in Leverkusen and was Senior Vice President for Research and Development in the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialties segment at Covestro from 2015 to 2021.

Danielmeier has been a Board of the GDCh board since July 2020 and was previously active on the scientific planning committee of the GDCh Division of Coating Chemistry for a number of years.

About the German Chemical Society (GDCh):
With around 30,000 members, the German Chemical Society is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. It promotes scientific work, research and teaching as well as the exchange and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. The GDCh supports the creation of networks, transdisciplinary and international cooperation and continuous education and training in schools, universities and in the professional environment. The GDCh has 27 Divisions and 60 local sections.

About Covestro:
With sales of 10.7 billion euros in 2020, Covestro is one of the world's leading polymer companies. The focus of the business is the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative, sustainable solutions for products that are used in many areas of daily life. Covestro is fully geared towards the circular economy. The main customers are the automotive and transport industries, the construction industry, the furniture and wood processing industries, as well as the electrical, electronic and household appliance industries. There are also areas such as sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. As of the end of 2020, Covestro will be producing at 33 locations worldwide and employing around 16,500 people (converted to full-time positions).

Contact:

Dr. Karin J. Schmitz
German Chemical Society eV
public relations
Tel. +49 69 7917-493
Email: pr@gdch.de
www.gdch.de/presse

Dr. Frank Rothbarth
Covestro AG
Communications
Tel. +49 214 6009 2536
Email: frank.rothbarth@covestro.com

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Dr. Karsten Danielmeier
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Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner
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Dr. Timo Fleßner
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23 awards for polymer chemists

Online event to award the Hermann Staudinger Prize, the Reimund Stadler Prize and the Dr. Hermann Schnell scholarships

23/21
October 19, 2021

On November 3, 2021, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will award Professor Dr. Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, with the Hermann Staudinger Award 2020. The award ceremony originally planned for 2020 will be rescheduled as part of an Online event. On this occasion, the Reimund-Stadler Award 2020 of the GDCh Division of Macromolecular Chemistry and two Dr. Hermann Schnell scholarships awarded. Following the award ceremony, the awardee will each give an insight into their research.

Markus Antonietti receives the Hermann Staudinger Award , endowed with 7,500 euros, for his research at the interfaces between polymer synthesis, materials research and interdisciplinary applications of functional materials. The chemist has advanced the polymer and colloid sciences in Germany and internationally in a wide variety of areas. For three decades he has been moving in an interdisciplinary manner between polymer sciences, colloid sciences, catalysis and photochemistry. With his innovative approaches, Antonietti creatively pushes the boundaries of science in the fields of biomedicine to energy research and also includes aspects of sustainability in his work. He shows - in the spirit of Hermann Staudinger - not shy away from leaving established material classes in order to research new ones. In addition to his scientific achievements, the GDCh also honors Antonietti's exemplary promotion of young talent with the award.

Antonietti, born in Mainz in 1960, studied chemistry in his hometown. During his habilitation on microgels with a special structure, he was the first ever to also deal with nanogels. At the end of the 1980s, around 20 years before research into nanoparticles was established, he recognized the special features of polymer nanomaterials. He also worked very successfully on the self-organization of block copolymers, on polyelectrolytes and amphiphilic polymers.

In 1993 he became the youngest director of the Max Planck Society. Scientifically, he turned to the crystal growth of polymers, biomimetic mineralization and mesocrystalline structures and included inorganic nanomaterials in his research, using polymeric ionic liquids as the reaction medium. About fifteen years ago carbon became the focus of his interest. Antonietti's contributions to chemical energy storage ranged from the design of carbon nanostructures to ?hydrothermal carbonization?, the artificial production of lignite or liquid petroleum precursors from biomass, which he supplemented with work on other energy sources. His contributions to artificial photosynthesis and the chemical use of carbon dioxide in general are noteworthy. Antonietti's work has already received several awards, including two honorary doctorates, three honorary professorships, the Liebig commemorative coin of the GDCh (2016) and the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class (2018).

As part of the event, the Reimund-Stadler Award will also be given to Professor Dr. André Gröschel, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, awarded. This award, endowed with 5000 euros, is given to prospective university lecturers from the field of polymer chemistry and related areas, who presented an outstanding work at the ?Junior Workshop University 2019? of the GDCh Division of Macromolecular Chemistry . A Dr. Hermann Schnell scholarship for young scientists in the field of macromolecular chemistry received Dr. Johannes Brendel, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and Dr. Lutz Nuhn, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz.

Further information about the event: https://www.gdch.de/gdch/preise-und-auslösungen/preissymposium-makromolekulare-chemie.html

The German Chemical Society (GDCh), with around 30,000 members, is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. It has 27 Divisions, including the Division of Macromolecular Chemistry with over 1200 members. The Division brings together scientists from universities, research institutes and industry from all areas of polymer chemistry and physics. The Division 's Reimund-Stadler Award is endowed with 5000 euros. The Division of Macromolecular Chemistry has the right to propose the Hermann Staudinger Award of the GDCh, named after the 1953 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and endowed with 7,500 euros.

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Professor Dr. Markus Antonietti
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22 Marina Rodnina receives Albrecht-Kossel Award

New Insights into Protein Synthesis

22/21
October 14, 2021

On October 21, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will award the Albrecht-Kossel Award , endowed with ? 7,500, to Professor Dr. Marina Rodnina, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, for her work in the field of biochemistry. The award ceremony takes place during the Online meeting "RNA Biochemistry".

Marina Rodnina convinced the selection committee with her work on new approaches to investigate the function of the ribosome and its functionality in protein biosynthesis. She combined experimental approaches that are otherwise used more alternatively than in conjunction, and linked kinetic analyzes with structure-based methods. In this way, the laureate succeeded in developing novel models of translation in general and in gaining new insights into the individual catalytic steps of the ribosome.

Marina Rodnina studied biology at the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine, where she received her PhD in the field of molecular biology and genetics in 1989. As a scholarship holder of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, she conducted research between 1990 and 1992 at the Private University of Witten / Herdecke. There Rodnina received her habilitation in biochemistry in 1997 and then held a professorship at the Institute for Molecular Biology. In 2000 she took over the chair of physical biochemistry at the private University of Witten / Herdecke. Since 2008 she has been Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and Head of the Physical Biochemistry Department.

Marina Rodnina is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2016 she was awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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21 Hofmann scholarships announced in 2022

300 euros per month for chemistry students

21/21
October 5, 2021

The August Wilhelm von Hofmann Foundation set up by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will again be awarding scholarships for the summer semester of 2022. Bachelor, diploma or exam students in chemistry and related areas can receive a scholarship of 300 euros per month with a duration of 18 or twelve months from April 2022. Applications must be submitted via the Online portal by February 1, 2022.

Bachelor, diploma or exam students in chemistry and related areas with very good academic performance who are in an economically unfavorable situation can apply for one of the twenty or so grants of the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Foundation. Commitment outside of studies is also a criterion for the award. Another requirement is that the students are in the fourth or fifth semester of their studies at the beginning of the summer semester 2022. Funding ends at the end of the sixth semester at the latest.

The scholarship cannot be extended. Every year in the winter semester there is a new application cycle. The scholarship is not counted towards BAföG benefits, but double funding in addition to other performance-based material funding from the gifted funding agencies is excluded.

The August Wilhelm von Hofmann Foundation is named after the first president of the GDCh predecessor organization, the German Chemical Society, founded in 1867. The founder is a long-standing GDCh member who died in 2010 and who bequeathed the majority of his fortune to the GDCh to support talented chemistry students.

More information at www. gdch.de/hofmannstiftung

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20 A passion for precision

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20/21
September 30, 2021

The Otto Hahn Award 2021 goes to nuclear physicist Klaus Blaum from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. The award is endowed with 50,000 euros and is jointly borne by the City of Frankfurt am Main, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Physical Society (DPG). The award ceremony will take place on November 5th in the festive setting of the Paulskirche in Frankfurt.

?A passion for precision? characterizes the research of the physicist Klaus Blaum, who was awarded the Otto Hahn Award 2021 this year. His work paves the way for wide areas of atomic, nuclear and particle physics, especially for testing the fundamental forces of nature in the microcosm.

"The questions that Klaus Blaum deals with are only at first glance far removed from our everyday reality," said Mayor Peter Feldmann, describing the work of the award winner. ?As a layperson might say, he is the cartographer of the microcosm. With meticulousness and accuracy, he measures the forces at work there. Through it we understand the working mechanisms of our environment. It proves that the small-scale work understood in this way is not small-small - on the contrary, it actually challenges our understanding of the world. "

"With his research, Blaum expands our knowledge of the fundamental properties of the constituents of the matter surrounding us," adds Lutz Schröter, President of the German Physical Society. Blaum's research activities are broad and can best be summarized with the ?study of exotic particles and states?. This includes studies of highly charged ions, short-lived atomic nuclei, antimatter and the heaviest, artificial elements.

"With Klaus Blaum, an exceptional scientist receives the Otto Hahn Award," says Peter R. Schreiner, President of the German Chemical Society. "The findings from his work also create an important basis for chemical research."

Today the properties of elementary particles and the forces acting between them are often examined at the highest energies. A number of fundamental questions of particle physics and cosmology can be followed particularly well at low energies.

Since the effects here are usually extremely tiny, the highest level of precision is required. To this end, Blaum and his group developed a large number of sophisticated techniques and often only carried out the experiments on individual particles at the lowest temperatures. Using a series of brilliant ideas and extraordinary experimentation skills, he combined sophisticated techniques from atomic, nuclear and accelerator physics.

Blaum has published his scientific results in more than 450 scientific articles in the leading and internationally recognized physics journals. Although he is considered young in scientific circles at the age of 49, he is already one of the world's most productive and most cited researchers in the field of precision physics and measurement technology.

Klaus Blaum was born on December 27, 1971 in Bad Sobernheim in Rhineland-Palatinate. He studied physics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where he received his doctorate in 2000 under Ernst-Wilhelm Otten (1934 - 2019) after graduating in 1997 and doing several research stays at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, USA. He then worked as a research assistant at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt until 2002 and at the European Nuclear Research Center CERN near Geneva. There he was project manager for "Mass spectrometry of exotic nuclei with ISOLTRAP at ISOLDE" until 2004. In October 2004, Blaum took over the position of project manager of the Helmholtz University Young Investigator Group ?Experiments with Stored and Cooled Ions? at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz for four years. In 2006 he completed his habilitation there on high-precision mass spectrometry with Penning traps for charged particles and storage rings.

Blaum taught at the University of Mainz from 2004 to 2008. In 2006 he was awarded the teaching prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for his teaching activities. In October 2007, at the age of only 35, he was appointed director and scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. In April 2008 he was appointed honorary professor (W3) at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. As Vice President of the Max Planck Society, Blaum has been responsible for the institutes of the Chemical-Physical-Technical Section since July 2020.

At a young age, Blaum was awarded a number of highly regarded prizes, including the Gustav Hertz Prize of the German Physical Society in 2004 for his excellent work on the determination of the mass of unstable atomic nuclei and the Helmholtz Prize of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in 2012 ( PTB) and in 2020 with the Lise Meitner Prize of the European Physical Society (EPS). In 2019 he was accepted as an external member in the physics class of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Otto Hahn Award is awarded jointly by the City of Frankfurt am Main, the German Physical Society (DPG) and the German Chemical Society (GDCh). It serves to promote science in particular in the fields of chemistry, physics and applied engineering by recognizing outstanding scientific achievements. It is endowed with 50,000 euros and is awarded every two years with a ceremony in Frankfurt's Paulskirche.

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19 New recommendations for the Bachelor's degree in chemistry at universities

Focus on digital teaching, research data management and sustainability

19/21
September 21, 2021

The Chemistry Study Commission of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) presents new, updated recommendations for the Bachelor's degree in chemistry at universities. In addition to the content of the chemical subject areas, new aspects relating to digital teaching, research data management and sustainability were also taken into account.

The updated recommendations are primarily concerned with cataloging essential scientific content and knowledge that should be imparted in all university bachelor programs in chemistry. The topic catalog is intended to help ensure the high quality of chemistry studies throughout Germany. The commission naturally assumes that individual university locations also set individual priorities.

The Commission attaches particular importance to ensuring that the steady increase in detailed knowledge does not lead to practical laboratory training being pushed back. For the later professional qualification it is of essential importance that the experimentation, observation and assessment of test results are given sufficient time in the course of study. ?Digital teaching media also complement modern chemistry studies, but they can by no means replace practical training. The proportion of practical work in chemistry studies is around 35-50 percent, ?says Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, GDCh President and Chairman of the Study Commission.

Due to the central importance of the UN sustainability goals for chemistry in research and industrial application as well as the political and social discussion, in the future content in the sense of sustainable development should be integrated into existing courses or conveyed in new ones.

In addition, digitization in modern chemistry courses requires competencies in handling data, digital teaching content and research data management even at the bachelor level. This requires the course content to be supplemented with data science instruments, including the basics of chemical informatics. New digital tools enable significantly more competence-oriented teaching and learning scenarios. The creation of digital teaching media and concepts in a chemical context requires resources that should not be underestimated.

For successful science communication, students should not only be able to acquire well-founded specialist knowledge, but also be able to convey facts adapted to the respective target group while also taking into account the social significance of the respective topic. In the respective courses, it is therefore advisable to make more references to social issues and everyday aspects. This networking of factual topics with the social context sensitizes the students for possible problems and solutions through chemistry and promotes fact-oriented communication.

For decades, interdisciplinary study commissions of the GDCh have been developing recommendations for the ?basic chemistry course?. While the focus at the end of the 1990s was on the successful conversion of the diploma courses to bachelor and master courses, today it is a matter of adapting the bachelor course to current developments at regular intervals and keeping it fit for the future. Current GDCh study commissions also include members of the Conference of the Faculties of Chemistry (KFC), the GDCh Association of German University Professors of Chemistry (ADUC), the Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), Dechema, the Association of Chemicals Industry (VCI), the AG Theoretical Chemistry, the GDCh-JungChemikerForum (JCF) and the Divisions of the GDCh.

The "Recommendations of the GDCh Study Commission for the Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at Universities" are available at www.gdch.de/downloads.

The German Chemical Society (GDCh), with around 30,000 members, is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. It promotes scientific work, research and teaching as well as the exchange and dissemination of new scientific knowledge, also through transdisciplinary and international cooperation. The GDCh is also committed to up-to-date basic and advanced training in schools, universities and in the professional environment.

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18 Gernot Frenking receives the Erich Hückel Award

Solve current problems in chemistry with quantum chemical methods

18/21
September 14, 2021

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) honors Professor Dr. Gernot Frenking, Philipps University of Marburg, with the Erich Hückel Award. The chemist receives the award, endowed with 7,500 euros, for his outstanding contributions to solving current problems in chemistry through the application of modern, quantum chemical methods. The award ceremony will take place on September 22, 2021 as part of the Online conference "57th Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry".

In his research, Frenking focuses on attachment theory, especially connections with unusual attachments. The theoretical chemist also deals with the structures and properties of transition metal complexes and main group compounds. He focuses on quantum chemical calculations, with which he builds a bridge between physical bond formation and the heuristic model of experimental chemistry. He uses methods of energy bond analysis, among other things, to enable the most quantitative possible determination of the proportions of covalent electrostatic interactions in the existing chemical bond. These methods thus allow a physically sound description of the classical chemical bond model.

Gernot Frenking studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen. After a two-year research stay with Professor Kenichi Fukui in Kyoto, Japan, he moved to the Technical University of Berlin, where he received his doctorate in 1979 and qualified as a professor in 1984. Following further research stays at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI International) in Menlo Park, California, USA, Frenking was appointed to the Philipps University of Marburg in 1990. Since 2014 he has been researching as a professor emeritus in Marburg and for several months a year at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) in San Sebastian, Spain, and at the Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China.

With the Erich Hückel Award , the GDCh honors outstanding work in the field of theoretical chemistry. The award is named after the German chemist and physicist Erich Hückel (1896-1980), who is considered a pioneer in quantum chemistry. The Hückel molecular orbital method (HMO theory), the Hückel rules, which define the aromatic state, and the Debye-Hückel theory from electrochemistry bear his name.

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17 Federal Parliament election 2021: Survey of the parties on science policy

17/21
September 6, 2021

In the run-up to the Bundestag elections, the major mathematical and scientific societies presented so-called ?election test stones? to all parties represented in the German Bundestag. This joint action is intended to document the fundamental ideas of the respective parties in terms of science policy. The answers of the parties can be read on the joint Internet portal of the associations: https://wissenschaft-verbindet.de/gemeinsame-aktivitaeten/wahlpruefsteine/2021

Scientific knowledge is one of the basic requirements to be able to meet the challenges of the future. Science provides the facts, politics the framework. A Bundestag election is therefore always setting the course for research and education.

Therefore, the umbrella association of geosciences (DVGeo), the German Mathematicians Association (DMV), the German Physical Society (DPG), the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany (VBIO) have unified the parties Catalog of questions, so-called ?election test stones?, in which they ask them about their plans on selected topics from research, education, climate protection and the energy transition. The attitudes of the parties to scientific findings and research funding in Germany and the EU were also queried. All parties currently represented in the German Bundestag were asked.

The professional societies want to give their more than 130,000 members an instrument to find out about the scientific policy approaches of the parties up for election. The major mathematical and scientific societies deliberately refrain from commenting, because the ?election test stones? are not intended to be a recommendation for election, but rather enable members to incorporate the scientific and political ideas of the individual parties into their voting decision if they wish.

Further information is available from the participating professional associations:

Umbrella Association of Geosciences (DVGeo):
Tamara Fahry-Seelig, Managing Director, Tel .: 030- 889140 8981, E-Mail: fahry-seelig@dvgeo.org

German Mathematicians Association (DMV):
Thomas Vogt, press office, phone: 030-83875657, email: presse@mathematik.de

German Physical Society (DPG):
Gerhard Samulat, press office, phone: 02224-923233, email: presse@dpg-physik.de

German Chemical Society (GDCh):
Dr. Karin J. Schmitz, Head of public relations, Tel .: 069-7917493, E-Mail: pr@gdch.de

Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany (VBIO):
Dr. Kerstin Elbing, Science & Society, Tel .: 030-27891916, E-Mail: elbing@vbio.de

GDCh members read a summary in the current issue of the Nachrichten aus der Chemie.

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16 awards for food chemists

Online festival at the 49th German Food Chemists' Day

16/21
August 31, 2021

The Society of Food Chemistry - organizer of the Conference and largest Division in the German Chemical Society (GDCh) - today presented its specialist group prizes 2021 to outstanding young scientists in a virtual ceremony held for the first time.

The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the Food Chemical Society, Professor Dr. Gerd Hamscher, Justus Liebig University Giessen, opened. Afterwards, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, and Dr. Heinrich Bottermann, State Secretary in the Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection, Düsseldorf, gave those present with video messages before the prizes were awarded.

Parliamentary State Secretary Hans-Joachim Fuchtel emphasized the importance of food chemistry for consumer health protection: ?You help ensure that we can all eat carefree and enjoy food of the highest quality. As our current nutrition report shows, 83 percent of those surveyed trust the safety of food in Germany. The increase of nine percentage points compared to the previous year is a clear sign of trust and appreciation in your work. "

With the Werner Baltes Award of the Young Scientist , Dr. habil. Claudia Oellig, University of Hohenheim, honored. The food chemist develops highly sensitive analytical (screening) methods for the determination of toxicologically relevant food ingredients by means of high-performance thin-layer chromatography and the planar solid phase extraction based on it.

Dr. Alexander M. Voigt, University of Bonn, received the Future Award of the Society of Food Chemistry, donated by Dr. Gunter Fricke, in recognition of his work on the examination of aqueous matrices for residues of antibiotic substances using LC-MS / MS. With the new multi-method, prevention in human medicine but also in veterinary medicine and in the production of animal foods can be improved under the umbrella of "One Health".

Dr. Martin Eckardt was awarded the Bruno Rossmann Award for his excellent dissertation "Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS): Assessment of oligomers in food contact materials". The thesis provides a novel approach for the risk assessment of unintentionally introduced substances, which can migrate from food contact materials in great variety to the food.

More information about the Conference at www.gdch.de/lchtag2021

With around 30,000 members, the GDCh is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. It has 27 Divisions, including the Society of Food Chemistry, whose task it is to promote the exchange of ideas in the field of food chemistry and its related disciplines and to provide technical suggestions. With over 2,700 members, the Society of Food Chemistry is the largest Division in the GDCh.

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15 chemistry knowledge in your pocket

The GDCh presents its new app

15/21
August 19, 2021

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is introducing a new, free chemistry app that can be used to access articles and information from the world of chemistry from anywhere. 7,000 articles about chemistry are already available at the start. In the future, the app will also provide a convenient overview of all events and the advanced training courses offered by the GDCh. In addition, the GDCh website has been revised so that the entire website is now available in full and updated daily in English.

From generally understandable texts on everyday chemistry to specialist texts, the GDCh.app offers content for everyone interested in chemistry. This is ensured by contributions related to the subject: These can be articles, videos and podcasts from science, business and society. GDCh members also have full access to the membership Nachrichten aus der Chemie? and the chemical community organized in the GDCh. You can network, make contacts and be informed about news via push message. In the future, the app will also offer a central overview of GDCh events as well as all advanced training courses and current price tenders.

"As a non-profit association, the GDCh has the right to reach as many people as possible, regardless of their technical requirements, with their content and to get them excited about chemistry," explains GDCh President Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner. "With the completely redesigned app, the GDCh is breaking new ground in order to reach everyone interested in chemistry and at the same time be even closer to its members."

The GDCh.app for smartphones and tablets can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play and the Apple App Store for Android and iOS users; Desktop users can find (almost) everything on offer in their browser. The app can be opened at https://gdch.app/ on any internet-enabled device with a modern browser - this ranges from smartphones and desktop PCs to smart TVs or games consoles. Installation is not required for this. With this innovative infrastructure, the GDCh can react quickly to new requirements and offer a large number of tried and tested and new digital services. In the future, the app will be equipped with new improvements and features from week to week.

In addition, the GDCh has made its extensive website www.gdch.de more international. The well over 1000 websites are now automatically and completely translated into English. If German pages are created or updated, the corresponding English pages are created or adapted within an hour. This enables the GDCh to better reach foreign guest researchers in Germany and also to make its offers accessible to interested parties from all over the world. The GDCh would like to make its contribution to better networking the international chemical community and promoting scientific exchange across borders.

With around 30,000 members, the German Chemical Society is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. It promotes scientific work, research and teaching as well as the exchange and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. The GDCh supports the creation of networks, transdisciplinary and international cooperation and continuous education and training in schools, universities and in the professional environment. The GDCh has 27 Divisions and 60 local sections.

 

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14 Stephan A. Sieber receives new Klaus Grohe Prize

Award for the development of active ingredients against multi-resistant bacteria

14/21
17th August 2021

Professor Dr. Stephan A. Sieber, Technical University of Munich, is honored as the awardee of the newly aligned Klaus Grohe price. He receives the 50,000 euro prize for his groundbreaking work at the interface between chemistry and biology. The award will take place on September 2nd by the President of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, as part of the virtual International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC 2021).

With new, revolutionary strategies that combine basic research and preclinical development, Sieber combats the threat posed by multi-resistant bacteria. Classical antibiotics primarily target a few cellular points of attack such as cell wall and protein biosynthesis. Sieber, on the other hand, focuses his research on defusing pathogenic bacteria and discovering completely new mechanisms of action. Among other things, the scientist has developed a chemical method that inhibits bacteria in their ability to produce toxins (virulence) and thus disarms them. Another approach enables him to identify new bacterial targets and to develop appropriate chemical inhibitors. This approach has already enabled new active ingredients to be found, some of which are currently being optimized for medical use.

Sieber was born in Marburg in 1976. He studied chemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg, where he also received his doctorate in 2004 after a research stay at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. After a post-doc at the Scripps Research Institute in La Lolla, USA, he began his independent research work at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, which was funded by the Emmy Noether program of the DFG. In 2009 Sieber was appointed to the Chair of organic chemistry II at the Technical University of Munich. The chemist has already received numerous awards for his research, including the Merck Future Insight Prize in 2020.

The Klaus Grohe Prize goes to the chemist Prof. Dr. Klaus Grohe (* 1934), who developed important innovative drugs with great success during his professional activity. In 2001, the married couple Klaus and Eva Grohe set up the Klaus Grohe Foundation at the GDCh, which has awarded the Klaus Grohe Prize for medicinal chemistry to young scientists since 2004. Since a realignment in 2020, the prize is endowed with 50,000 euros and is now awarded to internationally renowned researchers in the field of drug development, whose work makes an important contribution to application.

The German Chemical Society (GDCh), with around 30,000 members, is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world. The GDCh manages numerous dependent foundations on a fiduciary basis. The purpose of these foundations is to award prizes, sponsorship awards and grants. Foundation councils decide on the award of prizes, awards and grants.

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13 How clarifying chemical processes makes food safer and better

Food Chemists Day presents new approaches in analysis

13/21
July 27, 2021

Food quality and consumer protection are the focus of the 49th German Food Chemists Day from August 30 to September 1, 2021. The Conference of the Food Chemical Society, a Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), will take place digitally this year. The lecture program presents current research and is particularly characterized by its strong everyday relevance. Food chemists will show, among other things, new methods for checking the authenticity of edible oils and present molecular insights into different types of beer. Scientific poster sessions, a virtual industrial exhibition and a supporting program - including tastings and a festive event with award ceremonies, especially for young scientists - round off the Conference .

Native oils, also known as cold-pressed oils, are particularly important from a nutritional point of view, are of higher quality than refined oils and therefore achieve higher market prices. Due to the gentle production, flavors, vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids are retained. At the same time, however, the more complex process only enables a lower yield than hot pressing. For this reason, native oils are often the target of food adulteration, in which refined oils are identified as cold-pressed. So far, there is no reliable marker to prove illegal processes, such as the pressing of oils from preheated seeds. Elisabeth Koch, Bergische Universität Wuppertal, in the working group of Professor Dr. Nils Helge Schebb , whether oxylipins, i.e. oxidation products of polyunsaturated fatty acids with oxygen, are suitable as new markers for assessing the processing, storage and quality of edible oils and fats. In her lecture , she will present the concentrations of oxylipins in various edible oils and whether these are influenced by the pressing. At the same time, it shows which changes in the oxylipin pattern occur during storage and how these are in accordance with the previously used parameters for the detection of fat spoilage.

The lecture by Stefan A. Pieczonka, Technical University of Munich, is about the taste and color of beer. In the team of Professor Dr. Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, he investigated the Maillard reaction, which among other things leads to the formation of flavorings during the preparation of food. It also gives dark beer its characteristic taste and color. Although the chemical reactions of the Maillard reaction have already been studied intensively, they are still not fully understood. Using ultra-high-resolution mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS), the researchers were able to assign unambiguous sum formulas to thousands of mass signals from beer metabolites and thus enable the interpretation of the molecular composition of 250 analyzed beer samples. It turned out that the Maillard reaction is one of the driving forces behind the molecular diversity of beer and leads to significant changes in the composition of the beer metabolome. Pieczonka's findings lead to a better understanding of the processes that are essential for the taste and color of beer. These are of particular interest for brewing process development and quality control in the malt and beer industry.

Other topics at the 49th German Food Chemists' Day include metabolomics - new applications in food monitoring and environmental analysis -, undesirable substances in food, as well as minerals and trace elements and their effects on the human organism.

More information about the Conference at www.gdch.de/lchtag2021

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12 Angewandte Chemie Announces Inaugural Group of Advisory Editors, New Practices to Drive Greater Inclusivity

12/21
July 21, 2021

Angewandte Chemie, a leading chemistry journal from the German Chemical Society, announces a new group of Advisory Editors and set of policies and practices to support greater diversity, equity and inclusion, delivering on key commitments made in June 2020.

In the past year, Angewandte Chemie has made strides to foster greater inclusivity through its editorial team and processes. As part of this effort, the journal announces an inaugural group of Advisory Editors, who together constitute the Scientific Advisory Committee. These editors will provide a connection between the scientific community and the journal, helping to shape its scientific profile and providing input on editorial strategy. The Advisory Editors are active research scientists from around the world and will bring their diverse perspectives and experience into decision-making processes at the journal.

?I am excited to be part of the journey and help redefine the role of this chemistry journal in our changing world,? said Prof. Martina Stenzel, University of New South Wales, Australia.

"This is an exciting opportunity to share my perspectives and experiences as researcher, author, and reviewer to facilitate necessary changes at Angewandte Chemie," said Prof. Jianghong Rao, Stanford University, USA.

A new International Advisory Board has also been assembled. The Advisory Board represents a variety of voices from the whole community, including those from industry and academia, as well as both early career and established researchers.

Over the past year, the journal has adopted new editorial guidelines, which better incorporate DE&I principles. These include:

? Adopting new practices to expand reviewer pools and decrease the potential for bias, for example, by prioritizing diversity among peer reviewers.

? Revising procedures for appeals and sharing the new process transparently.

? Helping inform - and adopt - Wiley's new author name change policy, which makes it easy for authors to change their name on published research at their own discretion.

? Discontinuing the author profiles and news sections of the journal, recognizing that the profiles did not reflect the variety of success stories across the chemistry community. The journal has now launched a new type of profile focusing on first-time corresponding authors in the journal, with a greater focus on showcasing various voices.

? Raising awareness of DE&I among editors and team members through training and dialogue sessions held by Wiley

? Creating forums for external dialogue on DE&I issues, including a recent event with IUPAC entitled ? Empowering Diversity in Science: Gender in Academia and Publishing ?

? Angewandte Chemie is committed to representing the vibrant, diverse chemistry community that powers our world,? said Prof. Wolfram Koch, Executive Director, German Chemical Society. "The German Chemical Society and the Editorial team look forward to working alongside the Advisory Editors to ensure that we all remain focused in our approach and proactive in our efforts to drive both scientific discovery and greater inclusivity."

Angewandte Chemie is committed to representing the global chemistry community, fostering greater inclusivity, and moving science forward. Efforts to promote inclusivity are ongoing and will be communicated via the journal website.

About GDCh

The German Chemical Society (GDCh, German Chemical Society) has approximately 30,000 members and is one of the largest chemical scientific societies worldwide. It promotes scientific research and teaching as well as the exchange and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. The German Chemical Society supports the creation of networks, the trans-disciplinary and international collaboration and continuous education and training in schools, universities and professional environment. It has 27 divisions and 60 local sections. The German Chemical Society is the publisher of numerous scientific journals - partly in association with Chemistry Europe - and the owner of Angewandte Chemie. Visit us at www.gdch.de

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11 GDCh honors Omar M. Yaghi, Herbert Waldmann and Peter H. Seeberger

Prestigious awards and top international research for the final of the WiFo 2021

11/21
July 20, 2021

On September 1, 2021, the last day of the Chemistry Science Forum (WiFo), the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will present three of its most prestigious awards. Professor Dr. Omar M. Yaghi, who also gives the final lecture, receives the August Wilhelm von Hofmann medal. Professor Dr. Dr. hc Herbert Waldmann is awarded the Liebig commemorative coin . The Emil Fischer Medal goes to Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger. The WiFo program also includes a plenary symposium that shows perspectives for a ?green? future, a thematically subsequent panel discussion and further sessions on current research results in chemistry.

With the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Memorial Medal, the GDCh honors foreign researchers who have made a special contribution to chemistry. Professor Dr. Omar M. Yaghi, University of California, Berkeley, CA / USA, receives the awards for his outstanding work on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). In addition, Yaghi pioneered molecular ?weaving? and synthesized the world's first atomic and molecular level woven material (COF-505). In addition to his academic achievements, the GDCh also recognizes Yaghi's commitment to promoting young academics, especially in emerging and developing countries. In the final lecture of the WiFo at 4 p.m., Yaghi gives an insight into his fascinating research. Omar M. Yaghi received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, USA. He is Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, and Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Yaghi is the founding director of the Berkeley Global Science Institute, which builds research centers in developing countries and supports young scientists. He is also co-director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute and the California Research Alliance by BASF. Yaghi is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and has received numerous awards for his scientific achievements. He has published over 300 articles and is one of the most cited chemists in the world.

Professor Dr. Dr. hc Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, receives the Liebig commemorative coin commemorative coin endowed with 7,500 euros for the development of new concepts for the production of natural substance-based substance libraries. In addition, the GDCh recognizes his new synthesis methods for the production of lipidated peptides and proteins for the study of cancer-relevant G proteins such as the Ras / RasG system. Herbert Waldmann completed his chemistry studies with a doctorate at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 1985. After two years at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA, he returned to Mainz, where he received his habilitation in 1991. After holding positions at the University of Bonn and the University of Karlsruhe, he has headed the chemical biology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology since 1999 and is also Professor of biochemistry at the Technical University of Dortmund. Since 2005 he has also headed the Chemical Genomics Center of the Max Planck Society. Waldmann is the author of over 500 scientific publications and has received numerous awards. In 2014 the University of Leiden, NL, awarded him an honorary doctorate. Waldmann is a member of various editorial boards of scientific journals and belongs to numerous advisory boards and boards of trustees.

Finally, the GDCh awards Professor Dr. Peter H. Seeberger, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, received the Emil Fischer Medal endowed with 7,500 euros for his groundbreaking contributions to the synthesis of complex carbohydrates and the chemical biology of carbohydrates, especially through the development of automated methods. In his work he was able to elucidate the basic mechanisms of the interaction of glycans with other biomolecules. With his syntheses, Seeberger established the field of "Molecular Glycobiology", from which new types of vaccines, new cholesterol-lowering agents, diagnostics and impulses for materials science emerge. He has thus decisively influenced the development of carbohydrate-based vaccines and materials. Peter H. Seeberger studied at the university Erlangen-Nürnberg Chemistry and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, in 1995. After stays at the Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he was Professor of organic chemistry from 2003 from ETH Zurich and Affiliate Professor at the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California. Since 2009, he has headed the ?Biomolecular Systems? department at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam at the University of Potsdam. Seeberger is the author of over 59 0 publications and received numerous awards.

Another highlight of the day is the plenary symposium ?Perspectives for a Green Future?. Professor Dr. Jean-Paul Lange, University of Twente, Enschede / NL, Dr. Alice Glättli, BASF, Ludwigshafen, and Professor Dr. Michael Kühn, German Research Center for Geosciences and the University of Potsdam, talk about new developments in relation to low-carbon fuels and chemicals from biomass, the contribution of the resource potential of the geological subsurface to the energy transition and the role of the chemical industry on the way to a sustainable future. In addition to the academic and industrial perspective, they also address the area of tension in between. In a subsequent panel discussion on the same topic, the speakers, together with other experts and the plenum, will discuss possible approaches on how the future can be made ?greener? with the help of chemistry.

Numerous other WiFos sessions deal with current research results from various chemical fields. A session on NFDI4Chem deals with research data management in chemistry. In addition, the GDCh Award for Biocatalysis and the Price for bioconversion of renewable raw materials be awarded for the first time.

Further information on the Conference at www.wifo2021.de

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) - in a nutshell

The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online from August 29th to September 1st under the motto "Chemists create solutions". A varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster and an industrial exhibition awaits the participants. In addition, numerous prestigious prizes are awarded. Registration is possible at www.wifo2021.de.

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Omar M. Yaghi
Herbert Waldmann
Peter H. Seeberger
(© Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung / David Ausserhofer)
 

10 What can chemistry contribute to the energy supply of the future?

Second day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 with a focus on chemical energy research

10/21
July 13, 2021

How smoothly the necessary energy transition will succeed depends heavily on the current advances in chemical energy research. For this reason, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) is focusing on the contributions of chemistry to the energy supply of the future on the second day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo) on August 31, 2021. In addition to a prominent plenary symposium entitled ?Chemistry for Future Energy Solutions ?, further sessions focus on various aspects of energy storage and conversion. In addition, the GDCh Professor Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Philipps University of Marburg, for her work in the field of cluster chemistry with the Alfred-Stock Memorial Award .

What can chemistry contribute to the energy supply of tomorrow? Professor Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim ad R., Professor Dr. Bettina V. Lotsch, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, and Dr. Thomas Haas, Evonik, Marl, in the plenary symposium from different perspectives. Together with the plenary, they dare to look into the future and show what contribution chemical energy research is already making and what is to come. Among other things, it is about the role of chemistry (e.g. with hydrogen as an energy carrier) in future energy systems and how the bridging between energy conversion and storage in two-dimensional molecular frameworks can succeed. Another topic is artificial photosynthesis, i.e. how carbon dioxide (CO2) can be converted into glucose or specialty chemicals with the help of electricity from renewable sources and bacteria.

Following the plenary symposium, the GDCh awards the Alfred-Stock Memorial Award to Professor Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Philipps University of Marburg. The award, endowed with ? 7,500, is given to chemists for outstanding scientific work in the field of inorganic chemistry. Stefanie Dehnen receives the award for her research on cluster chemistry. The GDCh particularly recognizes her work in the field of synthesis, structure elucidation and application of innovative heteronuclear cluster and network compounds, which either consist of purely inorganic components or represent inorganic-organic hybrid compounds.

Stefanie Dehnen completed her chemistry studies at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT) in 1996 with her doctorate. After postdoctoral research, she qualified as a professor in 2004 for the subject of inorganic chemistry. Since 2006 she has been Professor of inorganic chemistry at the Philipps University of Marburg and at the Scientific Center for materials science, which she was Managing Director from 2012 to 2014. She is currently the chair of the Wöhler Association for Inorganic Chemistry in the GDCh and has been the vice-president of the GDCh since 2020.

Further sessions during the course of the day will address research results from different fields of chemistry. In addition to other lectures on energy storage and conversion that complement the plenary symposium, the program also includes topics such as fluorine chemistry and other contributions from organic and inorganic chemistry. In addition, the Senior Expert Chemists (SEC) are organizing an exciting session under the motto ?No fun without chemistry?, the Division of Chemists in Civil Service reports on ?Safe-to-Use Substances and Materials? and in the ?Young Chemists - The Collective? session, young scientists present: inside their research.

The job exchange on August 31, with an accompanying program from August 30 to September 1, is also aimed at those starting their careers and those willing to change. While on Monday the focus is on job profiles from industry and career coaching for academic careers is offered, on Tuesday the focus is on job profiles in the public service. On Wednesday, a lecture in cooperation with the Association of Employed Academics and Managers in the Chemical Industry (VAA - Chemical Managers) will deal with the legal basis of the employment contract. On all three days there is the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts at a Meet & Mingle table during the lunch break and to clarify open questions.

Further information on the Conference at www.wifo2021.de

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) - in a nutshell

The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online from August 29th to September 1st under the motto "Chemists create solutions". The participants can expect a varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster and an industrial exhibition. Numerous prestigious prizes are also awarded. Registration is possible at www.wifo2021.de.

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Stefanie Dehnen
(Foto: Jochen Mogk)

09 No measurable impact of the corona pandemic on starting a career in chemistry in 2020

New statistics for chemistry courses 2020 presents current data on chemistry courses

09/21
July 07, 2021

The corona pandemic did not noticeably affect chemists starting their careers in 2020 compared to previous years. This is shown by the annual statistics for chemistry courses of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). The data of graduates who are looking for a job and those with temporary jobs with a doctorate correspond to the stable values of recent years. In general, with 9,384 people, slightly fewer first-year students decided to study chemistry in the last year than in 2019 (9,422 people). The number of students who completed a chemistry course also fell from 3,905 in the previous year to 3,363 in 2020, as did the number of doctorates. It fell from 2,181 in 2019 to 2104 in the reporting year.

The following results were obtained in the individual courses:

     

  • In the field of chemistry / business chemistry, the universities registered 5,671 new students (2019: 5,746). 2037 students (2019: 2605) successfully completed their bachelor?s degree, 1956 received their master?s degree (2019: 2348). The median course duration was 6.9 semesters up to the bachelor?s degree (2019: 6.7) and 5.0 semesters up to the master?s degree (2019: 4.8). In 2020, 1,838 people completed their doctorate in chemistry / business chemistry (2019: 1921). The median duration of the doctorate was 8.2 semesters (2019: 8.3).
  • 1852 people began their studies in biochemistry and life sciences (2019: 1702). The number of Bachelor degrees fell to 745 (2019: 942) and that of Master?s degrees to 732 (2019: 834). The number of doctorates increased to 214 in 2020 (2019: 195). The duration of study increased slightly, the median was 6.6 semesters for bachelor's degrees (2019: 6.5), 4.9 semesters for master?s degrees (2019: 4.7) and 8.6 semesters for doctorates (2019: 8.5) .
  • In food chemistry , the number of first-year students rose from 405 in the previous year to 466. A total of 148 students passed the main examination A (1st state examination) or the diploma examination (2019: 164) and 145 people passed the main examination B (2nd state examination) (2019: 165). In addition, the universities reported 144 Bachelor and 110 Master degrees (2019: 169 and 115 respectively). The number of doctorates fell to 52 (2019: 65).
  • At universities of applied sciences (HAW), 1395 people started studying chemistry, significantly fewer than in the previous year (2019: 1569). At the same time, the HAW reported relatively unchanged figures compared to the previous year with 731 Bachelor's and 408 Master's degrees (2019: 743 and 421 respectively).

In the sum of the chemistry courses, the number of beginners remained almost unchanged at 9384 (2019: 9422).

98% of all Bachelor graduates at universities and 74% at HAW followed up with a Master?s degree. Around 87% of the master?s graduates at universities started a doctorate. This value is still lower than the long-term average (90%).

46% of graduates with a doctorate in chemistry are aware of their first step into professional life. According to data from the universities, around 38% started a position in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry (2019: 36%), 19.7% (2019: 18%) took a temporary position in Germany (including postdoc). After graduation, 12% worked in the rest of the economy (2019: 14%) and 11% took a job abroad after graduation (2019: 11%). Around 4% of the graduates held a position in the public service (2019: 6%). At the time of the survey, 10% were considered job seekers (2019: 11%).

The real number of job seekers is likely to be slightly lower: Due to the key date of the survey on December 31. Graduates who start their new position in January or February are still recorded as job seekers. The stable values of graduates looking for a job and those with temporary contracts in recent years show that, according to the data available, the corona pandemic did not have a major impact on starting a career compared to previous years.

The brochure ?Statistics of the Chemistry Courses 2020? is available as a flip catalog at www.gdch.de/statistik.

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Summe der Studienanfänger/-innen in den Chemiestudiengängen
Studiengang Chemie: Bestandene Examina im Diplom-, Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang
Studiengang Chemie: Verbleib der 2020 promovierten Chemiker/-innen
 

08 May Thi Nguyen-Kim receives GDCh award for journalists and writers

First day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 with numerous highlights

08/21
July 06, 2021

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) awards science journalist Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim will receive the GDCh award for journalists and writers 2020 on August 30, 2021. The chemist will receive the award on the first day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo) 2021. On the same day, the GDCh will award Professor Dr. Eva Hevia, University of Bern, the Arfvedson Schlenk Award. A prominent plenary symposium is also devoted to the question of how future pandemics can be prevented. Further sessions deal with current research results from different fields of chemistry. In a public evening lecture, the science journalist and astrophysicist Professor Dr. Harald Lesch on an exciting journey into the world of science.

The GDCh award for journalists and writers , endowed with ? 7,500, recognizes outstanding journalistic or literary achievements that contribute in a special way to the dissemination of chemical science content in German-speaking countries. Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim receives the award, which could not be awarded last year due to the pandemic, for her journalistic work, in which she communicates scientific relationships with competence and humor. The GDCh particularly appreciates her skillful use of classic and new media formats. With specialist knowledge and enthusiasm, the chemist manages to arouse interest in chemistry and the natural sciences in people of all ages.

Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim studied chemistry at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. During her doctoral thesis at RWTH Aachen University, Harvard University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, she dealt intensively with science communication and started, among other things, her YouTube channel ?The Secret Life of Scientists?. Nguyen-Kim then set up the multi-award-winning science channel ?maiLab? at funk, the Online offering from ARD and ZDF. Your video "Corona is just starting" was the most watched YouTube video in Germany in 2020. On television, the science communicator moderates the science magazine Quarks as the successor to Ranga Yogeshwar and appears for scientific education on political talk shows, the Tagesthemen or the heute journal. Her books "Komisch, alles chemisch" and "The smallest common reality" achieved top positions in the Spiegel bestseller list. Nguyen-Kim has received several awards for her work, including the Federal Cross of Merit and as Journalist of the Year 2020.

Also on August 30th, the GDCh will award the Arfvedson Schlenk Award, endowed with 7,500 euros. The award, which is sponsored by the company Albermarle Germany GmbH, honors scientists for outstanding work in the field of lithium chemistry. This year's award winner is Professor Dr. Eva Hevia, University of Bern. With her outstanding work, she was able to show that fundamentally important organolithium and lithium amide reactions can also take place without the exclusion of air and that the presence of moisture can even improve the reaction kinetics in some cases. This makes it possible to replace toxic, volatile organic solvents with biologically renewable solvents and paves the way for sustainable organolithium chemistry.

Professor Dr. Eva Hevia graduated in chemistry in 2002 with a PhD from the University of Oviedo, Spain. She then moved to Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom, where she was Professor of inorganic chemistry from 2013 to 2019. In 2019 she accepted the call to the University of Bern, Switzerland, where she also holds the Chair of inorganic chemistry . She has already received numerous awards for her research, including the Excellence Research Award in Organometallic Chemistry from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in 2019 and the Corday-Morgan Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2017.

The award ceremonies are embedded in the scientific program of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021. The morning of the day of the event starts with a brand new plenary symposium. Under the motto "How to Avoid the Next Pandemic - Fighting Infectious Diseases of the Future", Dr. Michael J. Sofia, Arbutus Biopharma, Warminster PA / US, Prof. Dr. Helga Rübsamen ? Schaeff, AiCuris, Wuppertal, and Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Sieber, Technical University of Munich, on how to deal with or prevent future pandemics.

At 5:30 p.m., science journalist and astrophysicist Professor Dr. Harald Lesch on an exciting journey to the origins of the chemical elements. His lecture deals with the origin of the atoms of the chemical elements that we stand on, that we breathe, that we live with and that give us energy. Are we all made of stardust in the end? Anyone interested can register for the public evening lecture (regardless of whether they are participating in the WiFo). Participation is free. The access data will be announced in good time on the WiFo website.

Numerous other sessions will be devoted to current research results from different fields of chemistry distributed over the day of the event. In addition, a poster session offers young academics the opportunity to present their own research to an international audience and to build up and expand their professional network. The lecture program of the GDCh career service also provides helpful information on starting your career and planning your career. At ChemSlam, a science slam with a focus on chemistry, scientists or chemistry students present topics from chemistry in a simple and entertaining way and show how understandable and exciting - maybe even funny - chemistry can be. And a virtual exhibition in which numerous companies and institutions present themselves offers many opportunities for interaction and networking.

Further information on the Conference at www.wifo2021.de

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) - in a nutshell
The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online from August 29th to September 1st under the motto "Chemists create solutions". The participants can expect a varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster and an industrial exhibition. Numerous prestigious prizes are also awarded. Registration is possible at www.wifo2021.de.

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07 Awards for two outstanding women scientists

Awards for Evamarie Hey-Hawkins and Petra Mischnick at the opening of WiFo 2021

07/21
June 29, 2021

As part of the opening ceremony of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo) 2021 on August 29, the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will award two special prizes: Professor Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig, receives the renowned Karl Ziegler Award. Professor i. R. Dr. Petra Mischnick, TU Braunschweig, is awarded the newly introduced Hildegard Hamm Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry .

The Karl Ziegler Award is one of the most highly endowed German awards in the field of chemistry. It is named after the founding president of the GDCh and winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Karl Ziegler. It is awarded to scientists who work in Karl Ziegler's research areas. These are in particular organometallic and inorganic chemistry, organic and Angewandte Chemie, polymer chemistry and catalysis. The prize is endowed with 50,000 euros and a gold medal and is funded by a foundation that Ziegler's daughter, Marianne Witte, set up at the GDCh.

2021 awarded the Karl Ziegler Award Professor Dr. Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, University of Leipzig. The broad research field of the nationally and internationally highly respected chemist shows great parallels with that of Karl Ziegler. Among other things, she conducts research in the field of organophosphorus chemistry, in the field of biologically active boron and transition metal compounds as well as heterometallic transition metal complexes and catalysis. Hey-Hawkins is a pioneer in the field of reactive transition metal-phosphorus bonds in metal-phosphanido complexes and convinces with innovative research approaches. A large number of patents are based on their scientific achievements. The scientist is also very committed to the chemical community.

Evamarie Hey-Hawkins doctorate in 1983 from the Philipps University in Marburg. After postdoctoral stays in Great Britain and Australia, she completed her habilitation in Marburg in 1988. After working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart and as a Heisenberg fellow at the University of Karlsruhe, she accepted an appointment at the University of Leipzig in 1993. Hey-Hawkins is a full professor of inorganic chemistry and also acts or acted as managing director of the Institute for inorganic chemistry and (pro) dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy.

The chemist has already received numerous honors for her scientific achievements and her commitment, such as the ?Distinguished Woman? (IUPAC), the Order of Merit of the Free State of Saxony, the University Medal of the University of Leipzig and the Leipzig Science Prize. In 2018 Hey-Hawkins was accepted into the European Academy of Sciences. Her international reputation is also reflected in numerous guest professorships and guest grants, including in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

The chemist is also involved in numerous editorial boards, award committees and various organizations such as the DFG and the Leibniz Association. She has been a member of the GDCh since 1983, of which she was a Board from 2016-2019. Today she is chairman of the AG phosphorus chemistry of the GDCh, which she co-initiated.

For the first time, the GDCh awards the Hildegard Hamm Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry. With the new prize, which is endowed with 7,500 euros, the GDCh wants to set a visible sign and honor exemplary commitment to equal opportunities in chemistry. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher (1921-2016) was a chemist and received her doctorate in 1945 from Nobel laureate Professor Heinrich Wieland in Munich. After the war ended, she became a science editor at the Neue Zeitung. There she met Theodor Heuss, her political mentor, and many other democratically minded people. Hildegard Hamm-Brücher was considered the ?grande dame? of German post-war politics. It not only stood for freedom and democracy, but also for consistently value-based action. She fought tirelessly against grievances. Among other things, she campaigned for a better education system and encouraged women to become more involved. In 1994 she was the first woman to be nominated for the federal presidential election. In addition to her public offices, she showed great social commitment and received numerous honors.

Professor Dr. Petra Mischnick the award. The selection committee paid tribute to the Agnes Pockels student laboratory at the Technical University of Braunschweig, which was initiated by Petra Mischnick in 2002. The project was one of the first of its kind and, with its exemplary character, had a broad impact - there are now over 200 student laboratories across Germany. In the project, students of different ages and social backgrounds are equally encouraged and their interest in the MINT subjects is aroused. The Agnes Pockels student laboratory not only offers students a place where they can experiment under laboratory conditions. Petra Mischnick's team has also developed over 70 experiments from various subject areas since 2003, which children and young people can carry out in day care centers or schools. In addition, experiment boxes on exciting topics (e.g. "On the trail of the perpetrator") are lent out and training courses for educators and teachers are offered.

But also beyond the Agnes Pockels school laboratory, Petra Mischnick distinguishes herself through her longstanding commitment to equal opportunities. She was one of the pioneers who made equality a central issue in the GDCh and was a founding member and first chairwoman of the Working Group on Equal Opportunities in Chemistry (AKCC) in 2000. Mischnick is committed to equality to this day and shows a consistency in her attitude, her tireless commitment and her lived values, which also distinguished Hildegard Hamm-Brücher.

Petra Mischnick passed the 1st state examination in food chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig in 1981. After a practical year in Lübeck, she passed the 2nd state examination in Hamburg in 1983. At the university there, she received her doctorate in 1987 and her habilitation in 1996 in the field of organic chemistry. Two years later she was appointed to the Institute for food chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig, where she worked until her retirement in March 2020. In the German Chemical Society she was a member of the board and executive committee from 2003 to 2007 and vice-president from 2005 to 2006.

Both awards will take place during the opening of the WiFo, on August 29th at 7 p.m., after the greeting by GDCh President Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner. They only mark the beginning of many other highlights and award ceremonies that the virtual WiFo 2021 has in store.

Further information on the Conference at www.wifo2021.de

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) - in a nutshell
The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online from August 29th to September 1st under the motto "Chemists create solutions". A varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster and an industrial exhibition awaits the participants. In addition, numerous prestigious prizes are awarded. Registration is possible at www.wifo2021.de.

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06 Surfactants with regional vegetable oils for sustainable household and personal care products

Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2020 goes to Edgar Endlein

06/21
June 22, 2021

Dr. Edgar Endlein, Executive Director Research & Development, Werner & Mertz GmbH, Mainz, will receive the Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry Chemistry 2020 on July 7, 2021. The prize of the foundation of the same name, which is part of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), is endowed with 10,000 euros. It is awarded for the market launch of an innovation in chemistry, which has particular value for society, especially under the aspect of sustainability. Edgar Endlein has been successfully involved in the transfer of surfactants based on regional European vegetable oils into sustainable household and personal care products and their market launch for years. The award ceremony takes place during a virtual ceremony and is chaired by Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner, President of the GDCh.

Renewable materials and regenerative energy must increasingly be used for sustainable use of limited resources. Biodiversity must also be respected and preserved in order to preserve it for future generations. Detergent substances, so-called surfactants, in detergents, cleaning agents and cleansing personal care products should be biodegradable against this background, have the best possible (eco) toxicological profile, be plant-based and agricultural cultivation and logistics should have the lowest possible environmental impact. Renewable vegetable oils are therefore increasingly being used for the production of surfactants. Many of the vegetable oils used do not come from biodiverse Literature, but are based on palm kernel oil or coconut oil.

The use of regional European vegetable oils would lead to greater diversity. However, such oil plants have a different composition than tropical ones: The carbon chain of the triglycerides of European oil seeds is generally longer and, depending on the type of plant, the fatty acids they contain are more or less unsaturated. Both have an influence on the chemical reactivity and the application properties. For this reason, additional research and development efforts are necessary in order to use such surfactants based on oil plants of the temperate climate zone in recipes for household and personal care products.

Dr. Edgar Endlein accepted. The sugar surfactants used, for example based on sunflower oil, are almost entirely made up of renewable carbon. Just like those based on rapeseed oil, they are also extremely mild and skin-friendly, can form stable foams and have strong emulsifying properties. Thanks to his innovative and future-oriented thinking and acting, the awardee has been able to successfully use surfactants based on regional European vegetable oils in detergents and cleaning agents of the Frosch brand in recent years. Its development and its market launch have a special value for society, especially under the aspect of sustainability.

About the event:

The award ceremony will take place during an Online celebration on July 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. GDCh President Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner will present the award to Dr. Edgar Endlein , who will briefly present the award-winning project. Originally, the Meyer Galow Prize is always awarded at the end of the year. However, since this was not possible in 2020, the award ceremony will now be rescheduled.

Media representatives are cordially invited to the Online celebration hour. Interviews are possible by appointment.

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05 GDCh Science Forum Chemistry for the first time digital

The most important chemistry congress in the German-speaking area presents top international research

05/21
May 25, 2021

The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo) 2021 will take place from August 29 to September 1, completely online for the first time due to the pandemic. The most important chemistry congress in the German-speaking area with mostly over 2000 participants from Germany and abroad is organized by the German Chemical Society (GDCh). The scientific program includes top international research on socially relevant ?megatopics? such as infection research, energy, sustainability and climate research. Numerous symposia are also devoted to different fields of chemistry. In addition, some of the GDCh's most prestigious prizes are awarded - including the Karl Ziegler Award endowed with 50,000 euros and the newly introduced Hildegard Hamm Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry. A poster exhibition and a job exchange enable young academics in particular to present themselves in a year with few events. In addition, the digital conference platform offers excellent opportunities to expand your personal network.

Infection research, energy, sustainability and climate research - these topics pose new, pressing challenges to science around the world. The contribution chemistry can make to solving global problems is shown by the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry, which will take place in 2021 under the motto ?Chemists create solutions?. In daily plenary symposia, scientific luminaries present how future pandemics can be combated, how chemistry can contribute to the energy of the future and how it can support and advance sustainable developments. Numerous symposia of the GDCh Divisions give an insight into current scientific developments and findings from the world of chemistry.

"Our next WiFo will not only be digital, but also much more international than previous science forums," emphasizes GDCh President Professor Dr. Peter R. Schreiner. "Most of the scientific lectures will be held in English and the digital event makes it easier for interested parties from all over the world to take part in the WiFo." The GDCh therefore expects a significantly higher number of international scientists than with previous WiFos.

At the ceremonial opening of the WiFo on August 29, the Karl Ziegler Award be awarded - with prize money of 50,000 euros, it is one of the most highly endowed German chemistry prizes. As a further highlight, the Hildegard Hamm Brücher Award for equal opportunities in chemistry will be awarded for the first time. With the new award, the GDCh honors individuals, teams or organizations who are committed to innovative projects for equal opportunities in chemistry.

In addition to the scientific program, the WiFo 2021 also offers numerous opportunities for networking - not a matter of course for an Online conference. The digital conference platform, which has already been tried and tested several times, offers participants direct (video) chat functions as well as so-called ?Meet & Mingle? rooms, which enable (video) chats in groups. Direct networking and exchange of contact data is also possible. Thanks to this strong social component, contacts can be made during coffee breaks - almost like at a face-to-face event. In addition, a poster exhibition, a job exchange and a virtual exhibition in which numerous companies and institutions present themselves also offer many opportunities for interaction and networking. Young scientists in particular benefit from this: With favorable participation conditions, there are good opportunities to present your own research to an international audience and to build up and expand your professional network.

Further information on the Conference at www.wifo2021.de

The GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie (WiFo) - in a nutshell

The GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 will take place online from August 29th to September 1st under the motto "Chemists create solutions". The participants can expect a varied program of plenary lectures, main symposia, a poster and an industrial exhibition. In addition, numerous prestigious prizes are awarded. Registration is possible from May 25th at www.wifo2021.de.

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GDCh-Präsident Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner
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04 Paul Bunge Prize 2021 goes to Liba C. Taub

Awards at the Bunsen conference 2021

04/21
April 27, 2021

As part of the Bunsen conference 2021, which will take place virtually this year from May 10th to 12th, Professor Liba C. Taub, University of Cambridge, UK, will receive the Paul Bunge Prize 2021 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the history of science Instruments. The prize of the Hans-R.-Jenemann-Stiftung is endowed with 7,500 euros and is awarded jointly by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG). It honors outstanding work on the history of scientific instruments. The awarding of the 2020 Paul Bunge Prize to Professor Simon Werrett, University College London, UK, will also be made up for at the conference .

The American professor Liba C. Taub, University of Cambridge, UK, receives the Paul Bunge Prize in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the history of scientific instruments. Taub studied history of science at the University of Oklahoma and received her PhD in 1987. Her research focuses on ancient Greek and Roman astronomy, Physics and meteorology, and the history of scientific instruments. From 1991 to 1994, the science historian worked at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum in Chicago (USA) as curator and head of the department for the history of astronomy. Since 1995 she has been the director and curator of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge, UK, which is dedicated to the history of science, including the collection and display of scientific instruments. She also teaches history and philosophy of science at Newnham College, University of Cambridge and can look back on numerous scientific publications in anthologies and specialist journals.

Her professional career previously included positions at universities in the USA, the Netherlands and Switzerland, at the Deutsches Museum in Munich and at the Dresden State Art Collections. From 2010 to 2014 she was part of the interdisciplinary research association Excellence Cluster Topoi, funded by the Einstein Foundation in Berlin. In this context, she dealt extensively with early scientific records and thus contributed to the development and research of ancient forms of science communication.

Taub has already received several scientific awards and is an elected member of numerous scientific associations. She has been Vice President of the Académie internationale d'Histoire des Sciences since 2017.

The Paul Bunge Prize will be awarded to Liba C. Taub during the 120th Annual General Meeting of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry (DBG), the Bunsen conference 2021, which will take place virtually from May 10th to 12th. At the conference , Professor Simon Werrett, University College London, will also be awarded the 2020 Paul Bunge Prize. Last year the 119th Bunsen conference to be canceled at short notice and the award ceremony postponed.

Further information on the conference at www.bunsentagung.de

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03 Ars legendi Faculty Prize Mathematics and Natural Sciences 2021 honors good teaching in pandemic times

03/21
March 23, 2021

The Ars legendi faculty award for excellent University teaching teaching in mathematics and the natural sciences goes this year to Katrin Meyer from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Biology), Olalla Vázquez from the Philipps-Universität Marburg (chemistry), Brigitte Forster-Heinlein from der University of Passau (mathematics) and to Christian Hoffmann from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology at Saarland University (Physics).

The Ars legendi Faculty Prize for Mathematics and Natural Sciences honors scientists for outstanding, innovative and exemplary performance in teaching, advice and support. The prize is awarded by the Stifterverband, the Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine in Germany, the German Chemical Society, the German Mathematicians Association and the German Physical Society.

The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros each and has been awarded annually since 2014 in the categories of Biology, chemistry, mathematics and Physics .

The award winners were selected by a jury made up of students and teachers from the individual subjects and representatives of university didactics. She awarded the Ars legendi Faculty Prize for Mathematics and Natural Sciences 2021 to the following university professors:

In the Biology category

Dr. rer. nat. Katrin Meyer from the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen was able to convince the jury with her concept of ?experiencing theory?. Even before the corona pandemic, she developed an attractive online range of courses that deliberately focuses on the - often only cursory - theoretical principles of ecology. Your interactive ?theoretical experiences? convey both methodological skills as well as specialist and social skills. The jury was impressed by their very interactive approach, the meta-team concept and the differentiation of tasks according to performance level.

In the chemistry category

Prof. Dr. Olalla Vázquez, Professor of Chemical Biology at the Philipps University of Marburg, won the jury for herself with a teaching concept that focuses on the realistic and comprehensive communication of the scientific process. With courses whose content and design are consistently based on current research, it prepares students precisely for activities in research. She places particular emphasis on imparting broad methodological knowledge, presentation experience, active learning and personal responsibility.

In the math category

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Forster-Heinlein, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Passau, fascinated the jury with the creation of a hands-on math museum. Its central exhibits go back to final theses by mathematics students from the faculty, who not only demonstrate professional competence, but also train communication skills. The fact that the graduates work closely with students and the fact that their own thesis will then be publicly available provides additional motivation for the students.

In the Physics category

Dr. rer. nat. Christian Hoffmann from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Saarland University impressed the jury with his interdisciplinary events for students of Physics, engineering and law. It combines theory and experiment in an excellent way in a variety of events that are characterized by interactivity. In addition to high professional standards, he places value in his training on imparting IT skills based on the principle of ?mastering instead of serving?.

Award ceremony

The Ars Legendi Faculty Prize for Mathematics and Science will be presented in June this year as part of an online event. Since the awarding of the 2020 award had to be canceled due to the pandemic, the award winners from last year will also be honored at the online event. The date of the event will be announced in good time.

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Information on the Ars legendi faculty award for mathematics and natural sciences can be found at stifterverband.org/ars-legendi-mn

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02 Take the coffee break with the Avatar

23rd spring symposium of the JungChemikerForum with a special virtual concept

02/21
March 2, 2021

The 23rd Spring Symposium of the JungChemikerForum (JCF) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will take place online from March 29th to April 1st. The event, which this year is jointly organized by the JCF regional forums in Berlin, Dresden, Halle and Leipzig, makes exemplary use of the possibilities of a virtual format. In addition to a varied program with top-class speakers, the awarding of the Carl Roth Prize 2020 to Maximilian Benz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will be made up for during the online conference.

Stroll through a virtual conference area with a self-designed avatar and get into conversation with others: this is an opportunity offered by the 23rd JCF Spring Symposium. Because the young chemists came up with something special for the virtual conference location: For the spring symposium, a surface was created that resembles a classic conference location. There, the participants can move around with their avatars and interact with one another by networking via video chats. So the social component is not neglected either. Lectures and workshops are broadcast via video conferencing tools. Another great advantage of the virtual format is its inclusiveness: people who would not have been able to travel long distances or be away from home for four days can take part in the spring symposium with very little effort.

The motto of the event this year is ?United in Chemistry? and is dedicated to diversity. Because despite all the differences in interests, research focus, origin or gender, all participants are connected through chemistry. The conference takes place half a day on four afternoons and sometimes evenings to make it easier for people with families to take part. In addition to the scientific core program with top-class speakers such as Sir Martyn Poliakoff and Polly Arnold, digital workshops are offered and the industry also uses various formats to present itself digitally.

As part of the event, Maximilian Benz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will be awarded the Carl Roth Award 2020. The GDCh awards the award, endowed with 5000 euros, to young chemists who develop resource-saving synthetic routes or who use chemicals innovatively. The prize is financed by Carl Roth GmbH & Co. KG, which will also contribute a further 3,000 euros in the form of a voucher. Benz is honored for the development of the "chemBIOS" technology, which uses numerous nano-droplets as a reaction space to achieve the fastest sales with low consumption of substances. This promising innovation in the development of drugs was already shown in "Nature Communications" in a proof-of-concept study released.

Further information on the conference at www.jcf-fruehjahrssymposium.de.

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Maximilian Benz

01 Awarded the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize and the Gmelin Beilstein Memorial Medal

Felix Schacher and Guillermo Restrepo will be honored at the virtual chemistry lecturer conference 2021

01/21
February 25, 2021

The Chemistry Lecturer Conference 2021 will take place from March 15 to 17 - this year for the first time virtually. The Association of German University Professors of Chemistry (ADUC) of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) invites university lecturers from the Faculties of Chemistry from Germany and neighboring countries to the online conference. After the conference had to be canceled at short notice last year, the awarding of the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize to Felix Schacher and the Gmelin-Beilstein Memorial Medal to Guillermo Restrepo will be rescheduled this year. The ADUC itself honors a total of six young scientists.

Dr. Guillermo Restrepo, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (MiS), Leipzig, receives the Gmelin-Beilstein-Medal 2020. With this, the GDCh honors his interdisciplinary research, which combines mathematics, history and philosophy of chemistry and thus leads to new knowledge leads. The Gmelin-Beilstein commemorative coin, endowed with 7500 euros, is awarded to national and international personalities who have made special contributions to the History of Chemistry, chemical literature or chemical information. Guillermo Restrepo uses computational and mathematical tools to address historical and sociological questions in chemistry. For example, through his research he was able to show the exponential growth in the number of chemical compounds over the past two hundred years and the effects of the world wars on chemical production. Restrepos methods are important additions to traditional approaches to studying the History of Chemistry and provide highly innovative approaches to understanding the History of Chemistry.

Guillermo Restrepo was born in Bogota, Colombia, in 1976. After studying chemistry at the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia, he received his doctorate with distinction from the University of Bayreuth in 2008. After further positions at the Universidad de Pamplona, Pamplona, Colombia, at the University of Bayreuth, at the Texas A&M University, Galveston, USA, and the University of Leipzig, he has been researching at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Natural Sciences in Leipzig since 2017 .

Also as part of the online conference, Professor Dr. Felix H. Schacher, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize 2020. The award serves to promote young academics in chemistry and is endowed with a total of 7,500 euros. It is awarded to people who work at a German university or, as a German, at a foreign university, who do not yet hold a C4 / W3 or comparable position and who are not over 40 years of age. With the award, the GDCh honors, among other things, Schacher's pioneering work in the field of polyampholytes and polyelectrolytes. Even as a young scientist, the award winner is one of the world's leading polymer scientists and successfully implements innovative concepts. At the time of the nomination in 2019, the then 38-year-old had already 150 peer-reviewed publications that were cited over 5100 times.

Felix H. Schacher was born in 1980 and studied chemistry at the Universities of Bayreuth and Lund, Sweden. In 2009 he received his doctorate in Bayreuth with distinction. After research stays at the University of Bristol, Great Britain, and at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan, Schacher moved to the University of Jena in 2010. In addition to his diverse research initiatives, he has held the position of Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Chemical and Geosciences there since 2016.

In addition, the ADUC will award three young scientists from different fields of chemistry for the establishment of an independent research area for 2021. For 2021, Dr. Robert Göstl, Dr. Christian Sindlinger and Ass. Prof. Dr. Vera Krewald excellent. The award winners from 2020, Dr. Urs Gellrich, Dr. habil. Crispin Lichtenberg and Dr. Jannika Lauth, are represented at the conference with lectures.

More information about the conference at www.gdch.de/cdt2021.

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is one of the largest chemical science societies in the world with around 30,000 members. It has 27 specialist groups and awards numerous prizes for special achievements in chemical research. Up to three junior research group leaders (post- doctoral candidates, scholarship holders or junior professors ) are honored annually by the Association of German University Professors of Chemistry (ADUC) , which is part of the GDCh, for establishing an independent research area.

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