Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)

The Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) represents chemists and scientists from chemistry related fields in national and international organizations. The society supports the exchange of scientific and technical know-how and offers corresponding networking possibilities to the academic and industrial community. It has members in more than 50 countries and represents about 2700 individual and institutional members.

Company details

Laupenstrasse 7, Postfach , 3001 , Bern Switzerland

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Chemical & Pharmaceuticals
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

Key activities of the SCS include ...

  • Scientific meetings, congresses and courses to assist, inform and educate the community in all fields of pure and applied chemistry.
  • Awards for outstanding contributions in a wide range of chemical fields.
  • Representation of interests of Swiss scientists in national and international organizations.
  • Publication of the scientific journal CHIMIA and the involvement in associated journals, e.g. HCA, Journal of ABC, PCCP and the journals of ChemPubSoc.

Key activities of the SCS include ...

  • Scientific meetings, congresses and courses to assist, inform and educate the community in all fields of pure and applied chemistry.
  • Awards for outstanding contributions in a wide range of chemical fields.
  • Representation of interests of Swiss scientists in national and international organizations.
  • Publication of the scientific journal CHIMIA and the involvement in associated journals, e.g. HCA, Journal of ABC, PCCP and the journals ofChemPubSoc.

The SCS is a member of European Chemical Sciences (EuCheMS), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It is also connected to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC (with the Platform Chemistry of the SCNAT being the Swiss representative)

The SCS is a member of European Chemical Sciences (EuCheMS), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It is also connected to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC (with the Platform Chemistry of the SCNAT being the Swiss representative)

European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS)

EuCheMS is the umbrella organization of the Chemical Societies in geographical Europe, embracing (as of 2016) 41 Member Societies and 5 Supporting Members in 32 countries and representing about 156'000 individuals (including 31'000 students).

EuCheMS' Vision:

  • Placing chemistry at the heart of European policy
  • Be an independent and united voice for chemistry in Europe

The activities of EuCheMS, as a supranational organization, are focussed on

  • increasing the visibility of chemistry at the European level by speaking with a single voice,
  • creating a European “corporate identity” among the Chemical Societies,
  • presenting chemistry as an essential and indispensable provider of solutions for global challenges to European and international institutions and other re- levant stakeholders.


Strengthening the position of chemistry in Europe can only be achieved by combining forces and by genuine solidarity. The work of EuCheMS rests on three pillars which are supposed to complement national activities of the Member Societies on a transnational level: networking, European chemistry congresses and policy development. 


The Divisions, Working Parties and the European Young Chemists‘ Network (EYCN) have developed strong thematic networks in scientific areas as well as on general issues re- lated to chemistry. Every individual is invited to participate, and related divisions in national societies to link with the Eu- CheMS divisions, Working Parties and EYCN.

With more than 600 scientific contributions and about 800 participants the SCS Fall Meeting is the largest annual scientific conference in Switzerland. The event offers a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and senior scientists from both, academia and industry,to share and exchange the results of their research.

In addition to the Fall Meeting the SCS regularly conducts a range of symposia and conferences on a variety of current topics. These meetings offer a broad-based platform for knowledge exchange and for the establishment and strengthening of personal networks.

Through the SCS Lectureship program outstanding scientists from all over the world are brought to Switzerland to present and discuss cutting-edge research in chemistry.

The SCS in collaboration with the GDCh is also the organizer of the renowned Heilbronner-Hückel Lectureships.

The SCS Division of Analytical Sciences together with its partners organizes an attractive program of further training courses. It also supports companies in the organization of in-company training events.

CHIMIA – International Journal for Chemistry and Official Membership Journal of the SCS

CHIMIA covers the interests of a wide and diverse readership. As one of the characteristic features of the journal, every of its issues is devoted to an area of chemistry that is of great current significance.

CHIMIA is published 10 times a year and is listed in the most important databases. The e-version of CHIMIA is available on ingentaconnectTM .

Associated Scientific Journals

  • In collaboration with other european chemical societies and publishing companies the SCS is co-owner of the following journals: Chemistry a European Journal, CEJ (Wiley-VCH)
  • ChemPubSoc journals (Wiley-VCH)
  • Journal of ABC (Springer)
  • Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, PCCP (RCS)