Symposium Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker

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The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) are two of the most influential chemical societies in the world, each with a long and distinguished history. The common history is especially marked by August Wilhelm von Hofmann, an outstanding chemist of the 19th century, who was President of the Chemical Society of London from 1861 to 1863 and after his return to Berlin founding President of the Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (DChG) in 1867. Led by the Presidents of both Societies, this meeting will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the GDCh in 2017 and its longstanding relationship with the RSC, which celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2016.

The program of activities will revolve around the theme of past, present and future activities and collaboration: this will include a historical exhibition celebrating the contribution of eminent chemists from Germany and the UK over the last 150 years together with talks on the shared history, a scientific program with plenary talks from leading German and UK chemists, the presentation of the Alexander Todd–Hans Krebs Lectureship in Chemical Sciences to Professor Thomas Carell from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and a panel discussion led by the Presidents of both Societies on the future of the chemical sciences.

There will be a virtual issue of Chemistry–A European Journal on the occasion with contributions from Germany and the United Kingdom.


  • Bill Brock - A Shared History (United Kingdom)
  • Brigitte Osterath - A Shared History (Germany)
  • Philipp Adelhelm - Chemistry and Global Challenges: Energy (Germany)
  • Elise Cartmell - Chemistry and Global Challenges: Water (United Kingdom)
  • Monika Pischetsrieder - Chemistry and Global Challenges: Food (Germany)
  • Thomas Carell - Alexander Todd – Hans Krebs Lectureship in Chemical Sciences (Germany)
  • Pilar Goya - Future of the Chemical Sciences Panellist (Spain)
  • John Holman - Future of the Chemical Sciences Panellist (United Kingdom)
  • Thisbe Lindhorst - Future of the Chemical Sciences Panellist (Germany)
  • Elizabeth Rowsell - Future of the Chemical Sciences Panellist (United Kingdom)


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