The Future Builds on the Past

The Future Builds on the Past

Author: Vera Köster

On Friday, 21 May 2010, at the magnificent Maison de la Chimie in the heart of Paris, the Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium will be held. In addition, the latest developments in Chemistry will be discussed in this time-honored building and milestones in publishing celebrated: the 10th anniversary of ChemBioChem and ChemPhysChem and the launch of


ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH

Fifteen years ago ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH started their close collaboration with the purpose of publishing high-quality content. ChemPubSoc Europe is an organization of 15 European chemical societies from 14 different countries. It was founded on the initiative of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society).

The first journal co-owned by ChemPubSoc Europe was Chemistry – A European Journal, (launched in 1995) which has had a stellar development ever since, and will publish ca. 15 000 pages of high-quality content in 2010. In 1998 the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (EurJIC) and the European Journal of Organic Chemistry (EurJOC) came into being with the participation of six European chemical societies from ChemPubSoc Europe. The criterion for entry of a society was the amalgamation of a journal with EurJIC and EurJOC. One after another more societies merged their journals, bringing the total number of societies now involved to 14 from 13 different countries. Ten years ago, ChemPhysChem and ChemBioChem were launched, in 2006 ChemMedChem followed, ChemSusChem in 2008, and last year ChemCatChem the youngest sister journal joined the group. So over the years, 14 national journals have been merged to become a suite of eight successful international and highly reputable journals: sustainable publishing at its best!

In 1995, of course, everything was still published in print only. Today all journals also publish their articles online. We do have print issues and subscriptions, but most readers prefer to find up-to-date information online, and this number is continuously growing. Therefore, we are convinced that the time is ripe for the next step: we proudly introduce the new online platform, brought to you by ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH! draws together content from the ChemPubSoc Europe societies. is a gateway to Wiley’s complete unique chemistry program. Indeed, you will also find exciting information from the Angewandte Chemie, the flagship journal of the GDCh. And delivers a unique mixture of additional content in the free ChemPubSoc Europe Magazine called ChemViews. is being launched this Friday at the Frontiers of Chemistry Symposium. The event will be broadcast live over the internet through a virtual event platform. Participation in this virtual event with ten eminent speakers including four Nobel Prizewinners is free.

It will be a soft launch – meaning that will be under constant development, with content and new functionalities being added regularly. The first update is already scheduled for the EuCheMS Conference in late August in Nuremberg and there are more to follow.

Besides its close ties to the ChemPubSoc Europe and GDCh journals, will also be supported through a Society Advisory Board. You can learn more about the board members on the About Us page. The editorial team in Weinheim takes care of the day-to-day running of the platform and the magazine, and is supported further by Wiley colleagues in Chichester.



As mentioned above, draws together content from the ChemPubSoc Europe societies, from all Wiley/Wiley-VCH chemistry publications, as well as delivering a unique mixture of additional content. For the launch, you may find out how Klaus Roth proves that “no culinary masterpiece can be achieved without a basic knowledge of chemistry” when he introduces us to the secrets of Espresso – A Three-Step Preparation. Uli Kazmaier, who created a special recipe for What’s Cooking in Chemistry, says that “a good chemist, in general, is also a good cook because he likes to do experiments and tries new things and reactions”.

You may also read in the “Management Tip” about negotiating skills, receive key advice on how the chemical industry can succeed in the Middle East, or find diagrams on the expenditures for research and development or the chronology of the discoveries of the elements.

“Be creative, do not follow fashionable science, and think independently in a creative way” – Jan Reedijk, Leiden University, and Paolo Melchiorre, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia – two scientists rooted in laboratories of different decades – talk about their Future Visions in Chemistry. Paul Anastas, US Environmental Protection Agency, discusses why green chemistry is so fundamental to sustainability, and in Competence in Food – Then and Now Markus Fischer, University of Hamburg, reflects on how views have changed since the 19th-century conviction that science would make life easier and safer.

We will also provide summaries of the latest trend reports published annually by the GDCh in Nachrichten aus der Chemie, the membership magazine of the GDCh. These reports give an extensive overview of the last year’s developments in different fields of chemistry. All this and much much more is to be found on!

We hope you enjoy the mixture of articles and features on so that it will become your platform for essential reading to keep up-to-date with the latest exciting developments in all fields of chemistry and the chemical community.

We thank all of the authors who have contributed so far and we look forward to your support and ideas in the future. We invite you to participate actively in this platform by letting us know your likes and dislikes, what you would like to read, what kind of functionalities we should add and, last but not least, how you would like to contribute. Together with you, we would like to create a lively platform to exchange ideas, support creativity, have fun, foster innovations – together let’s strive for a glorious future of chemistry.


Enjoy exploring!
Dr. Vera Köster

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