The Swiss Academy of Sciences has honoured the water research institute in Dübendorf as a significant historic site for chemistry. Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, revolutionised chemistry under its director, Werner Stumm, through its launching of environmental chemistry. It has contributed significantly to a better understanding of complex processes in nature and to clean bodies of water in Switzerland.

Picture: Patrick Schärli, president of the municipal council of Dübendorf, Philippe Moreillon, president of SCNAT, and Martin Ackermann, director of Eawag, at the unveiling of the plaque.

Read more about Eawag and its contribution toward chemistry and the society in the Chemical Landmark article of the Platform Chemistry of SCNAT

Chemical Landmarks

The Platform Chemistry established the program «Chemical Landmarks» to identify and manifest the scientific and technological heritage by awarding sites which have played a significant role in the history of chemistry in Switzerland.

Switzerland in particular owes a major part of its wealth to chemistry with its discoveries and successes in research and the ensuing chemical industry. The goal of the program is to recognise historical sites where distinguished chemists or important chemical breakthroughswere made and to emphasize and foster public interest in the chemical sciences.

Annually, one historic site is selected and awarded during an official ceremonial act.

Website Chemical Landmarks:

David Spichiger, SCS
Leo Merz, SCNAT