SCS Lectureship Awards

The SCS Lectureship is awarded to world-class distinguished scientists and it is organized under the patronage of the Swiss Chemical Society. Over a week, the lecturer gives five presentations and discusses with colleagues at four to five diffeent Swiss research institutions. The selection of the lecturers follows a bottom-up approach where PIs from all Swiss research institutions can propose candidates. The proram coves all areas of chemistry. The choice among the proposed lectureships is made by the board of the Division of Fundamental Research (DFR) of the SCS.

SCS Lectureship Tours

Program 2023

Prof. Motomu Kanai, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Research fileds: Catalysis, complex molecule synthesis, design of functional molecules, health and energy, molecular oscillation
Tour dates:

  • Mon, March 27: Universtiy of Geneva (host: Jérôme Lacour)
  • Tue, March 28: EPFL Lausanne (host Jieping Zhu)
  • Wed, March 29: Universtiy of Bern (host: Eva Hevia)
  • Thu, March 30: ETH Zurich (host Helma Wennemers)
  • Fri, March 31: Universtiy of Basel (host: Konrad Tiefenbacher)

Tour organizier: Prof. Jérôme Lacour, University of Geneva

Prof. David Nesbitt, JILA and University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)
Tour dates: April 25 - May 2, 2023
  • Tue, Apr 25: ETH Zurich (host: Martin Quack, Frédéric Merkt)
  • Wed, Apr 26: University of Zurich (host: Peter Hamm, Michal Juricek)
  • Thu, Apr 27: University of Basel (host: Stefan Willitsch)
  • Mon, May 1: EPFL Lausanne (host: Andreas Osterwalder)
  • Tue, May 2: Universtiy of Geneva (host: Eric Vauthey)
Tour organizer: Prof. Stefan Willitsch, University of Basel

Prof. Scott Denmark, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)
Research fields: New synthetic reactions, on the origin of stereocontrol in fundamental carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions
Tour dates: September 18-22, 2023
Tour organizier: Prof. Jeff Bode, ETH Zurich
Prof. Stefan Hecht, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany)
Research fields: Macromolecular and supramolecular systems and their assembly/integration into materials
Tour dates: tbd
Tour organizier: Prof. Katharina Fromm, University of Fribourg

Prof. Charlotte Williams, University of Oxford (UK)
Research fields: homogenous catalysis and polymer chemistry, including the use of bimetallic compounds as catalysts to maximise performances and selectivities.
Tour dates: tbd
Tour organizier: Prof. Eva Hevia, University of Bern

Prof. Hideki Yoremitsu, Kyoto University (Japan)
Research fields: Transition-metal-catalyzed reactions, organic synthesis with organometallic reagents, radical chemistry
Tour dates: tbd
Tour organizier: Prof. Jérôme Lacour, University of Geneva

Site Coodinators per Research Institute

Program Director
Prof. Beat Fierz, EPFL Lausanne

Site Coordinators
University of Basel: Prof. Stefan Willitsch
University of Bern: Prof. Philippe Renaud
University of Fribourg: Prof. Fabio Zobi
University of Geneva: Prof. Nicolas Winssinger 
Univesity of Neuchâtel: Prof. Bruno Therrien 
University of Zurich: Prof. Cristina Nevado
EPFL Lausanne: Prof. Sandrine Gerber
ETH Zurich: Prof. Frédéric Merkt, Prof. Bill Morandi
Syngenta Crop Protection AG: Dr. Sarah Sulzer
Novartis Pharma AG: Dr. Fabrice Gallou
F. Hofmann-La Roche AG: Dr. Stefan Bachmann 
BASF Schweiz AG: Dr. Olivier Enger