German Chemical Society
The German Chemical Society (GDCh) is with more than 30,000 members one of the world's largest and most active chemical societies. Its roots go back to the founding of the German Chemical Society in the year 1867. The GDCh combines tradition and experience with changing requirements and the latest scientific developments - a formula for success which benefits not only its members but also the scientific community as well as society. The activities of the GDCh focus mainly on the areas of "science and research" and "education and career". The GDCh promotes high educational standards in natural sciences courses for school children and students through up-to-date vocational training and further education of chemistry teachers. It gives recommendations for studying chemistry and promotes lifelong learning with a comprehensive program of advanced vocational training. With national and international conferences and congresses and internationally renowned publications, the GDCh offers the best possibilities for the transfer of scientific know-how, in cooperation with other chemical societies in Europe and all over the world. The GDCh supports the teaching at the institutes of higher education and promotes study reforms in chemistry. It underlines the importance of internationalization of study programs. The GDCh stands up for a high standard guaranteed for study programs in chemistry, why the society is especially committed to accreditation.