In 2019 the German Chemical Society (GDCh) will hold its next Science Forum Chemistry: WiFo (Wissenschaftsforum Chemie), the most important chemical scientific forum in the German-speaking world. We all remember with pleasure the 2017 congress in Berlin that marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of GDCh. Some 2,700 participants joined to celebrate this anniversary forum, setting a new WiFo record. GDCh aims to build on this success by focusing once more on the importance of chemistry in meeting social challenges. IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT). Accordingly, the chemical communities of Germany and the Benelux countries will meet in Aachen from 15 to 18 September 2019 at Eurogress with the motto ‘Chemistry – The Essential Element’.
Among the Eurogress high points are the three plenary symposia slated to begin each day of the congress with addresses by chemistry pioneers and public-opinion leaders. Each day will be devoted to a different theme: on Monday, 16.09.2019, ‘The Fascination of Chemistry’, on Tuesday, 17.09.2019, ‘Molecular Design’, and on Wednesday, 18.09.2019, resources and sustainability issues in chemistry.
The awarding of prestigious GDCh prizes is to be followed by the GDCh specialist group symposia, which provide an outstanding opportunity for information about the latest developments in specific and specialized areas of chemistry. ‘Poster sessions’ will allow plenty of time for networking and scientific discussion.
We will once again sponsor ‘Experiment Future – Values Thinking in Chemistry’ as a satellite symposium. In 2017 this very successful topic spurred discussion – indeed, spirited debate – on social issues that are strongly impacted by chemistry. In Berlin this subject not only aroused enthusiasm among chemists but also created considerable resonance among the general public. For me, this was an outstanding example of how we can make our chemical expertise accessible and relevant to the society at large. We intend to continue this process in Aachen.