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Science and technology shape our society faster and stronger than ever, nationally and globally. Chemistry is a key science and technology in this process, contributing directly and indirectly by providing the new substances and materials needed for such advancement of the global wealth. On the other hand, the quantitative growth of the material turnover also entails new risks. It is in the interest of us chemists to positively participate in the process of finding the proper way between Scylla and Charybdis, together (or sometimes against) policy makers, regulators, and agitators for sustainable and sound (chemical) progress, also for the sake of our reputation and acceptance by society. Therefore, awareness of the ethical, social and cultural dimensions of practicing chemistry is in the interest of us chemists, and of society as a whole.

The EuCheMS Working Party "Ethics in Chemistry" aims at raising a new perspective by elaborating insightful viewpoints on those dimensions, based on the philosophical foundations of Chemistry. Its objectives are:

         - Contributing to the professional ethical discussion of chemistry-related topics (Science Ethics)
Elaborating Codes of conduct, approaches of "good scientific practice" and "chemical ethos" (Professional Ethics)
Identifying "hot topics" in ethics of chemical research and engineering and communicating them within the chemical community
Sharpening the awareness of chemists for ethical, social and legal implications of their professional practice, integrating these topics into education of chemists
Participating in national and international science governance, regulatory boards and ethics committees

The EuCheMS Working Party "Ethics in Chemistry" will constitute this mission in its first programmatic Symposium held in Frankfurt (Main), Germany, on 25-27 September 2015. The Symposium is dedicated to the late Carl Djerassi, an honorary member of the WP.

Ethics in Chemistry
Programmatic Symposium of the EuCheMS Working Party
Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Goethe Universität Frankfurt
25 – 27 September 2015

Aims and Goals of the Working Party

The Working Party is a network of representatives of the EuCheMS member societies with the goal to promote the understanding of the importance of ethical considerations in education and practice of pure and applied chemistry.

Members and Contact details

Honorary Members


      Carl Djerassi



Prof. Dr. Richard Ernst

Prof. Dr. Roald Hoffmann

Laboratorium für
Physikalische Chemie
ETH Zürich

Dept. of Chemistry and
Chemical Biology
Cornell University



Ethics in Chemistry
Programmatic Symposium of the EuCheMS Working Party
Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Goethe Universität Frankfurt
25 – 27 September 2015
Tentative programme

Past activities

Ethics, Chemistry and Education for the Environment
3rd EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
Nürnberg (Germany), 31 August 2010

Ethics in Science - Chemistry and Ethics
4th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
Prague (Czech Republic), 29 Aug 2012

Publications, reports and other references

The Responsibility of Scientists, a European View
Richard R. Ernst
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 4434 –4439

Ethics, Chemistry, and Education for Sustainability
Hartmut Frank, Luigi Campanella, Francesco Dondi, Jan Mehlich, Erich Leitner, Giuseppe Rossi, Karine Ndjoko Ioset and Gerhard Bringmann
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 8482 – 8490

Useful Links

“Ethics and Science for the Environment” (ESforE) - Memorandum of understanding

Contacts & Further Information

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Frank, University of Bayreuth, Germany



National Members/Observers

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schubert, Institute of Materials Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology


Czech Republic
Prof. Dr. Pavel Drasar,
UCHPL VSCHT Praha [ICT Prague]




Prof. Dr. Panayotis A. Siskos, Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens


Prof. Dr. Luigi Campanella, Dipartimento di Chimica Università di Roma 1


Prof. Dr. Jan Reedijk,Leiden Institute of Chemistry


Prof. Dr. Zdislaw Chilmonczyk, Narodowy Instytut Leków


Prof. Dr. Marina Frontasyeva, Dept. Neutron Activation Analysis and Applied Research, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Federation


Prof. Dr. Pilar Goya, Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC


Dr. Viviana Fluxa


Prof.Dr.Dinçer Ülkü, Department of Engineering Physics, Hacettepe University

Dr. Modest Gertsyuk, Institute of Environmental Geochemistry, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine



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