GDCh Celebrates 150 Years

(German Chemical Society/Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker)

 

 

GDCh Fact of the Month

January

Adolf Bayer, German Chemical Society founded

The German Chemical Society (Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (DChG)), a precursor of the GDCh, was founded in Berlin on November 11, 1867 in a constituent meeting by Adolf Baeyer, University of Berlin, and more than 100 other chemists. The society was modeled after the British Chemical Society, the precursor of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The idea was to foster the communication of new ideas, strengthen the alliance between science and industry, and to encourage mutual exchange.

[1] Die Früchte der Chemie, Nachr. Chem. 2017, 65(1), 3. DOI: 10.1002/nadc.20174058113

February

Hofmann 1st president of German Chemical Society

At the 1st General Assembly in January 1868, August Wilhelm Hofmann, University of Berlin, was elected as the first President of the German Chemical Society (Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (DChG)).
The term of office was then one year. In the first 25 years (1868–1892), Hofmann served 14 times as President and 11 times as Vice-President.

[1] Die Früchte der Chemie, Nachr. Chem. 2017, 65(1), 3. DOI: 10.1002/nadc.20174058113
[2] einhundertundfünfzig, Nachr. Chem. 2017, 65(1), 46–47. DOI: 10.1002/nadc.20174057546
[3] Constituirende Versammlung vom 11. November 1867, Chem. Ber. 1868, 1–4. DOI: 10.1002/cber.18680010102

March

Founding Year of Chemical Societies

How old are the chemical societies in Australia, Germany, Japan, UK, and USA?
1. The British Chemical Society, precursor of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), was founded in 1841 in London.
2. The German Chemical Society (Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (DChG), precursor of GDCh (German Chemical Society), was founded in 1867 in Berlin.
3. The American Chemical Society (ACS) was founded 1876 in New York.
4. The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) was founded in 1878 in Tokyo.
5. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) was founded 1917 in Sydney.

 

 

Events

 

  • September 10: Celebration in Berlin starts with a ceremony in the Konzerthaus Berlin, a concert hall situated on the Gendarmenmarkt square. Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann will speak there among others.

  • September 11: Angewandte Festsymposium (confirmed speakers include Nobel Laureates: Ben Feringa, Robert Grubbs, W. E. Moerner, Jack Szostak; will also be streamed live by ChemistryViews.org. Registration to view the lectures online is free and will open soon), Henry Ford Building of the Free University of Berlin
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  • September 11: Chemistry Slam, Henry Ford Building of the Free University of Berlin.

  • September 12 and 13: WiFo 2017 (Wissenschaftsforum/Science Forum), the largest biannual event of the GDCh. This year, it will take place under the motto "Chemistry Moves" (Chemie bewegt).

  • September 14: Symposium Experiment Future – Value Thinking in Chemistry (Experiment Zukunft – Wertedenken in der Chemie) will discuss the contribution that chemistry must make for the future of mankind.

 

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