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Working Party on Ethics in Chemistry

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.
(Supporting letter of Roald Hoffmann)

Mission Statement

Science and technology shape 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 new substances and materials needed for advancement of the wealth of nations.But the quantitative growth of material turnover also entails new risks. It is in the interest of us chemists to participate in the process of finding the proper way between Scylla and Charybdis, together with 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 new perspectives by elaborating insightful viewpoints on those dimensions, based on the philosophical foundations of Chemistry. Its objectives are:

  • Contributing to the professional discussion of chemistry-related ethical issues(Science Ethics)
  • Elaborating codes of conduct, approaches of “good scientific practice”, and “chemical ethos” (Professional Ethics)
  • Identifying “hot topics” in ethics issues related tochemical 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

Members and Contact details

Honorary Members

Prof. Dr. Richard Ernst                Prof. Dr. Roald Hoffmann
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Laboratorium für                         Dept. of Chemistry and
Physikalische Chemie                  Chemical Biology
ETH Zürich                                    Cornell University

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

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Dr. Brigitte Van Tiggelen,
Chemical Heritage Foundation, Director; Europe

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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. Etelka Farkas, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry,University of Debrecen

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. Maria José Calhorda, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Campo Grande

Prof. Dr. Anca Silvestru, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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


United Kingdom
Toby Underwood, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge

Former Honorary Member

Carl Djerassi
1923 – 2015
Link to the Obituary of the Stanford University
Link to the Obituary of the Economist

Former Member

Francesco Dondi

1943 – 2015
Link to the website of the University of Ferrara
Link to one video of F.Dondi

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