Dear colleagues, dear GDCh members,
Next year, 2021, the GDCh will host the next Science Forum Chemistry (WiFo), the most important chemistry congress in the German-speaking world. We do not yet know in detail what this WiFo will look like; nobody can say at the moment how the pandemic will develop. Be curious and join us in venturing the "WiFo 2021" experiment!
Our motto "Chemists create solutions" already points out that chemists must play a decisive role in solving social challenges. We have deliberately chosen an English motto this time because, as scientists, we know how important cooperation across disciplinary and geographical boundaries is and we would like to expressly invite foreign colleagues to participate in WiFo. Therefore, the proportion of English-language events will be significantly higher than at previous Science Forums, also to send a signal that the GDCh is continuing its internationalization efforts. Here we are also very pleased about the cooperation with the Gesellschaft Österreichischer Chemiker (GÖCH).
Each congress day will be dedicated to a "mega topic" of high social relevance. Plenary symposia at the beginning of each day with lectures by thought leaders and opinion leaders will illuminate the topics from different angles. The plenary symposium on Monday, August 30 will be highly topical: "How to Avoid the Next Pandemic - Fighting Infectious Diseases of the Future". On Tuesday, August 31, we will be discussing "Chemistry for Future Energy Solutions" and on Wednesday, September 1, we will focus on "Perspectives for a Green Future".
In addition, we will also be holding the tried and tested specialist group presentations, so that you will be able to keep up with the latest developments in your field of expertise. You will also have ample opportunity for networking and scientific discussion in the poster sessions.
Not only the professional exchange but also the communication with the public are important to us. Therefore, there will be another "ChemistrySlam" and we are very pleased that the chemist and science journalist Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, who has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and many other prizes, will receive the GDCh-Preis für Schriftsteller und Journalisten at the WiFo.
Take part in WiFo 2021 - it's worth it!
Peter R. Schreiner
President of the GDCh