150 years of German chemistry

2017 is the 150th anniversary year of the Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft (DChG), the predecessor to the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, the German Chemical Society) established by August Wilhelm von Hofmann in Berlin in 1867. The complete history of the societies is somewhat more complicated given the impact of World War II and of the formation of East and West Germany and then the reunification. However, the GDCh will be celebrating chemistry through the year and looking to the future and how chemistry might address the big problems humanity faces on a global scale.