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The Angewandte Festsymposium on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) took place at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, in conjunction with the GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2017 (WiFo 2017).

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Monday, 11 September 2017




Welcome (in German)

Alois Fürstner (Angewandte Chemie Editorial Board Chairman)
New Editor-in-Chief of Angewandte Chemie

Thisbe K. Lindhorst (President, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker)
150th Anniversary of the GDCh

Peter-André Alt (President, FU Berlin)
History of the Free University of Berlin

(Moderator: Peter Gölitz)



Jack Szostak
, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA (Nobel Laureate)

From Chemistry to Life
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Thomas Carell
, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany

DNA Bases beyond Watson and Crick

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Kenichiro Itami
, Nagoya University, Japan
Making Structurally Uniform Nanocarbons and a New Form of Carbon

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Coffee and Tea, Karl-Ziegler-Preis (in German)



Jürgen Kaube
, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany

Große gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen und die Wissenschaft (in German)


Robert Grubbs
, California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Pasadena, CA, USA (Nobel Laureate)

Development of Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts
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François Diederich
, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Structure-Based Drug Design: From Deciphering Weak Intermolecular Interactions to New Agents against Infectious Diseases

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Petra Schwille
, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

How Simple Life Could Be

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William E. Moerner
, Stanford University, CA, USA (Nobel Laureate)

Light and Single Molecules Open a New Window Into the Nanoscale and Biomolecular Dynamics

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Coffee and Tea



Ben Feringa
, Groningen University, The Netherlands (Nobel Laureate)

Light on Health, a Bright Future

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Frank Neese
, Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Perspectives for Theoretical Chemistry: From Enzymes to Materials
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David Leigh
, Manchester University, UK

The Magic of Molecular Machines

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Virtual Event History of

2010: Frontiers of Chemistry: From Molecules to Systems, Paris, France
Celebrating the launch of and the 10th anniversary of ChemBioChem and ChemPhysChem

2011: Angewandte Symposium, Tokyo, Japan, and Beijing, China
Celebrating 50 years of Angewandte Chemie International Editon

2013: Angewandte Symposium, Berlin, Germany
Celebrating 125 years of Angewandte Chemie



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