German Exchange Program



In the spring of 2001, nine members of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) Younger Chemists Committee (JCF) traveled to Boston for a week of networking, cultural exchange and science. This marked the beginning of a very successful annual exchange program between the GDCh-JCF and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) Younger Chemists Committee (YCC).

Each year since the program’s inception, a group of younger chemists has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in a week-long program. The program usually consists of visits to local laboratories, tours of local companies, presentations at a regional student research conference, networking events and, of course, sight-seeing. Foreign career and educational opportunities are especially emphasized throughout the week.


The German Exchange Steering Committee and the Education Committee of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) invite applications from undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering (including materials science) at colleges and universities within the Northeastern Section who are currently engaged in original research to spend a week in Germany as the guests of the Jungchemikerforum (Young Chemists Committee; JCF) of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society; GDCh). The exchange group will consist of up to 12 students and a number of faculty and industrial representatives. 

Each student representative from NESACS will be expected to make a poster or oral presentation on his/her research at the Frühjahrssymposium, and upon return at the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) in April. Air tickets will be provided by NESACS; accommodations in Germany will be covered by GDCh. A working knowledge of German, while useful, will not be specifically required; the language of the Frühjahrssymposium and the other events will be English.

2016 Exchange in Kiel Germany

There were a total of 12 delegates selected from 6 universities from Boston and New Hampshire. We had two pre-program getting to know you events before our flight from Boston to Hamburg. We were greeted in Hamburg by Elisabeth Kapatsina of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and and Andre Augustin of the JungChemikerForum (JCF) who organized the activities, tours, and travel while in Germany. From there we took a bus to Kiel where we met with the local Kiel JCF group at the Kieler Brauerei for dinner and excellent German beer!

Before the start of the conference, we spent the first three days touring a combination of academic and industrial labs. Monday was spent in Kiel touring the IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, the Collaborative Research Centre at the University of Kiel, and the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research. Tuesday was spent in Hamburg where, thanks to the Hamburg section of the JCF, we got an exclusive tour of the Shell Corporation plant. Wednesday before the conference, we toured the Agro Lab Group LUFA ITL before joining the other conference participants for a walking tour of Kiel.

The main event was the Frühjahrssymposium at the University of Kiel March 16th - 19th where the theme was  "Chemistry by the Seaside". Kyle Cole (Boston College) and Andrew Therrein (Tufts University) were selected for talks at the conference and the other participants had posters. Along with the JCF we had a meet and greet lunch with the GDCh President Dr. Thisbe K. Lindhorst. Each evening of the conference there were social activities at bars and clubs near the university that kept the fun going. The conference dinner on the 19th as at a beautiful restaurant Kieler Schloss where we wined and dined before the conference party at the Luna Club. 

The last day of the conference concluded with another poster session and a keynote address. At the closing awards ceremony, our very own Emily Nicotera (Tufts University) won an award for her poster presentation! After the conference several participants went on a tour of the Town Hall Tower which gives a beautiful 360 view of Kiel. The program concluded with a farewell dinner at Schone Aussichten on the waterfront and were gifted our own Kieler Brauerei beer glasses! The Kiel JCF chapter and GDCh were excellent hosts and organized a great experience for all of us. Many thanks to all of those who put in the work to make this exchange wonderful!

2015 GdCh/YCCB Exchange in Boston

In 2015, the international exchange program for young chemists between the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) was expanded beyond the United States and Germany. A spin-off  program of the NESACS-GDCh program was created in 2011 between the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) of EuCheMS and the ACS Younger Chemists Committee, called Younger Chemists Crossing Borders (YCCB). At the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, a joint exchange program of the two programs was hosted in Boston. The one week scientific and cultural exchange program included 20 international participants and 12 NSYCC representatives from 7 different countries. The program established relationships between participants worldwide.

The program began at the ACS National meeting where 14 delegates from GDCh and 6 delegates from EYCN gave a total of 30 presentations. Additionally, a symposium featuring 12 speakers talked about past, present and future international and inter-society collaborations. Among those speaker were Marinda Wu, past ACS President, HN Cheng, chair of the ACS International Activities Committee, Frederique Backaert, former chair of the EuCheMS European Young Chemists Network (EYCN), Michael Linden, chair of the German YCC called JungChemikerForum (JCF) and Felicia Lucci, chair of the NSYCC.  

After the conference, the participants embraced the culture of  New England culture by attending a Red Sox game, visiting Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Cape Cod, and touring universities and chemical companies in Cambridge. The week was completed with a farewell dinner cruise on the Boston harbor.

The students who participate in the program must apply and are selected based on their accomplishments in research, their interests, and recommendations from their advisors.


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