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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Wie sich der Auftritt der Ovomaltine im Lauf der Zeit veränderte.
  • 23.10.2018
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Press release

Das Chemical Landmark 2018 geht an die Erfinderin der Ovomaltine

Vor über hundert Jahren hat Albert Wander mithilfe wissenschaftlicher Verfahren in Bern die Ovomaltine entwickelt. Der Ort, wo dies geschah, wird nun als historische Stätte der Chemie ausgezeichnet. Die feierliche Enthüllung der Gedenktafel findet am 27. Oktober statt.
Laureates of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018
  • 03.10.2018
  • SDA
  • Press release

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 for directed evolution of proteins

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 with one half to Frances Arnold (US) and the other half jointly to George Smith (US) and Sir Gregory Winter (UK). The laureates have taken control of evolution and used it for purposes that bring the benefit to humankind. Enzymes produced through directed evolution are used to manufacture everything from biofuels to pharmaceuticals.
Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli
  • 25.05.2018
  • News

Call Prix Schläfli 2019

The “Alexander Friedrich Schläfli Prize” of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is one of the oldest prizes in Switzerland. Since the first awarding in 1866, 108 young talents in different natural science disciplines have been distinguished.
Xiaojiang Xie
  • 25.05.2018
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Prix Schläfli 2018 in Chemistry: Xiaojiang Xie

He is described as a "volcano of scientific ideas" by Eric Bakker, his PhD supervisor at the University of Geneva. Xiaojiang Xie laughs a little when he hears this on the phone in his hometown of Shenzen, to which he returned two years ago. Prior to that, he had been a researcher for five years in Geneva and Paris, where he launched a career that would make the world sit up and take notice.
  • 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.


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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…