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.

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. Through its member societies, the Platform Chemistry has an extensive network of about 3000 experts at its disposal.

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.

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Robert Pollice, Prix Schläfli 2020
  • 19.05.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Robert Pollice - What holds the world together

He won medals at international chemistry olympiads even as a teenager. Now Robert Pollice adds to his collection the Prix Schläfli in Chemistry, for researching material properties that are, amongst other things, important in nanomedicine.
Büste des Paracelsus im Pharmaziemuseum  der Universität Basel.
  • 15.01.2020
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Press release

Basel erhält das Chemical Landmark zu Ehren von Paracelsus

Der Schweizer Arzt und Alchemist Paracelsus revolutionierte die Medizin und ist ein Wegbereiter der modernen Biochemie. Vor fast fünfhundert Jahren praktizierte und lehrte er in der Stadt Basel. Das Haus Zum Vorderen Sessel, wo Paracelsus unter anderem arbeitete, wird nun als historische Stätte der Chemie ausgezeichnet.
Murielle Delley: Prix Schläfli Chemie 2019
  • 21.05.2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Murielle Delley - the privilege of life-long learning

When asked about her motivation to study chemistry, Murielle Delley explains that she has always wanted to know how things work. When it came to understanding what was happening around us - everyday science, so to speak - she was more attracted to chemistry than to physics, for example. Well, that was originally the case. Over the years she naturally also turned to more specific, less everyday problems, most recently the surfaces of catalysts.
  • 05.03.2019
  • SDA
  • News

150 Jahre Periodensystem mit einem Stückchen Schweizer Geschichte

Vor 150 Jahren, am 6. März 1969, präsentierte Dmitri Mendelejew der Russischen Chemischen Gesellschaft seine Systematik der chemischen Elemente. Im Periodensystem steckt auch ein bisschen Schweiz, wurden doch drei Elemente in Genf entdeckt.
Logo of the IYPT 2019 - International Year of Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
  • 14.02.2019
  • Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Platform MAP
  • News

IYPT 2019 - International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. 1869 is considered as the year of formulation of the modern concept of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev (and others). 2019 is the 150th anniversary of this formulation and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist
  • 07.02.2019
  • News

Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist: Submit your nominations now!

Since 1920, the Foundation has awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize in recognition of outstanding research which is of importance to human life. In 2019, the prize of CHF 250,000 will be awarded in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.
Sphinx-Observatorium der Hochalpinen Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch
  • 05.02.2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Press release

Top of Europe: ausgezeichnete Forschung auf 3450 Metern über Meer

In Zeiten, in denen sich viele Länder Europas abschotteten, eröffnete die Schweiz die international ausgerichtete Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch. Mehrere Nobelpreisträger haben dort geforscht. Die Station erhält 2019 gleich zwei Auszeichnungen als bedeutende historische Stätte der Naturwissenschaften. Die Europäische Physikalische Gesellschaft honoriert die Verdienste in der Physik und die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz jene in der Chemie.
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.


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…