Welcome to the «Platform Chemistry»

The “Platform Chemistry” unites and mediates knowledge in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and food technology. As one of the six platforms of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), it builds the grounds for knowledge transfer within these disciplines.

A short portrait of the «Platform Chemistry» can be found here.

The dialogue with society and politics is most important to the «Platform Chemistry». The platform presents itself as a dialogue partner for politics, media, economy and industry. Another priority is the improvement of the public reception of chemistry as a fundamental future-oriented science and as an important contributor to our society. The «Platform Chemistry» would like to arouse enthusiasm among children and young people for science and chemistry in particular. Promotion of young scientists at all levels of education, from pre-school to junior professors is therefore a top priority.

Through a broad-based debate and the provision of expert knowledge, the platform aims to inform the interested public about chemical topics and the importance of chemistry in everyday life. More about this can be found on the dialogue page.

Through its member societies, the «Platform Chemistry» has an extensive network of about 3000 experts at its disposal. The referral of experts is a core competence of the platform.

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SAOG 2018 meeting
  • conference
  • Fribourg

34th SAOG annual meeting

The Science of Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures
Idee Global Welt
  • 19.12.2017
  • news

Wanted: Young scientists with contributions to solve global challenges

Young scientists will have the opportunity to present their research in Brussels on 17 April 2018. The offer is aimed at doctoral students and postdocs (max. 3 years from doctorate) from all disciplines and whose research has the potential to contribute to solving global challenges. Wanted are persons who can explain the importance of their research in five minutes and who are not afraid to communicate with political decision-makers from Europe.
  • 13.12.2017
  • news

Katharina Fromm elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations to our board member and former president of the «Platform Chemistry», Prof. Dr. Katharina Fromm on being elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences.
Im Falkensteinerhof wirkte ab 1828 Christian Friedrich Schönbein.
  • 16.11.2017
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Press release

Schönbeins Labor – Falkensteinerhof in Basel mit «Chemical Landmark» ausgezeichnet

Die Wirkungsstätte von Christian Friedrich Schönbein, der Falkensteinerhof am Münsterplatz in Basel, wurde am 16. November 2017 von der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz als «Historische Stätte der Chemie» ausgezeichnet. Der Falkensteinerhof beherbergte von 1821 bis 1849 die naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung und damit auch das chemische Laboratorium der Universität Basel. Ab 1828 war hier Christian Friedrich Schönbein tätig, einer der bedeutendsten Chemiker des 19. Jahrhunderts: Er entdeckte neben anderem das Prinzip der Brennstoffzelle, Zellulosenitrat («Schiesswolle») und das Ozon.
  • 04.10.2017
  • SDA
  • news

Chemie-Nobelpreis geht an Schweizer Mikroskoptechnik-Entwickler

Der diesjährige Chemie-Nobelpreis für Chemie geht an den Schweizer Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank (USA) und Richard Henderson (GB). Sie werden für die Entwicklung der Kryoelektronenmikroskopie geehrt, wie die Nobel-Jury am Mittwoch in Stockholm mitteilte.
Veronika Meyer (l) and Natalija Tarasova (r)
  • 09.07.2017
  • news

Veronika Meyer received the IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award

This award aims to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists and chemical engineers throughout the world. All awardees have been selected based on excellence in basic or applied research, distinguished accomplishments in teaching or education, or demonstrated leadership or managerial excellence in the chemical sciences.
Vice President Katharina Fromm signed the agreement on the SNSF side, while Shen Yan, her counterpart at the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), signed on the Chinese side (SNSF).
  • 25.04.2016
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • news

Switzerland and China strengthen research funding cooperation

During the visit of the President of the Federal Council, Schneider-Ammann, to China, the SNSF and its Chinese partner organisation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to strengthening research cooperation.
Four new elements
  • 04.01.2016
  • news

Four New Chemical Elements

The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete!
Chemical Landmark 2015: Ehemaliges Chemieinstitut der Universität Freiburg
  • 08.10.2015
  • Platform Chemistry
  • University of Fribourg
  • Press release

Ehemaliges Chemieinstitut der Universität Freiburg erhält Auszeichnung «Chemical Landmark 2015»

Die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften würdigt das ehemalige Chemieinstitut der Universität Freiburg als «Chemical Landmark» und die Universität Freiburg zeichnet den Nobelpreisträger Alan J. Heeger mit der «Fribourg Chaim Weizmann Lecture» aus. Chaim Weizmann selbst erarbeitete seine Promotion im ehemaligen Chemieinstitut, in dem Forscher auch erstmals Phthalocyanin synthetisierten.


Platform Chemistry
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Welcome note of the president

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Welcome to the «Platform Chemistry»!

Many scientific and technological challenges lie before us, where chemistry can provide solutions, but also bring forward new questions…