Balmer Prize

Balmer Prize MedalCHF 2'000 for individuals and CHF 2'000 for the school’s chemistry department or
CHF 3'000 for a group and CHF 1'000 for the school’s chemistry department and medal in bronze

The Balmer Prize is awarded for innovation in chemistry teaching to a teacher working in Switzerland or to a team of teachers working at the same school at the high school level.

The innovation must consist of an original didactic approach, experimental method or teaching practice and be readily applicable to everyday teaching at the high school level. The costs for materials must be modest.

Nomination for 2021

Nominations are invited from organizations and individuals. Self-nominations are admitted.

A nomination must include:

  • Brief curriculum vitae/s of the nominee/s (max 2 pages/person).
  • A detailed description of the innovation, including examples.
  • A nomination letter.
  • Not more than two seconding nomination letters.

The documents (language E/D/F) listed under 1-3 should be sent electronically as a single pdf file to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (e.g. nominee name-Balmer.pdf). Seconding letters should also be submitted electronically.

The deadline for all documents to reach the Swiss Chemical Society is September 30, 2020.

Past Balmer Prize Winners

2020: Dr. Hans-Ueli Ehrensperger, Kantonsschule Frauenfeld

2019: Dr. Rita Oberholzer, Kantonsschule im Lee, Winterthur

2018: Dr. Thibaud Rossel, Gymnase français de Bienne, École de Maturité, Spécialisée

2017: Dr. Hansruedi Dütsch, VSN-Shop and Kantonsschule Zürich Nord (retired)

2015: Dr. Francis Mingard, Gymnase de Nyon

2013: Dr. Thomas Berset, Kantonsschule Musegg Luzern

2012: M. Marc Montangero, Gymnase de Morges (VD)

2011: Prof. Günter Baars, Bern

2010: Mr. Roger Deuber, Kantonsschule Baden; Dr. Juraj Lipscher, Kantonsschule Baden