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Honorary Membership of the GDCh Division of Chemistry Education for Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön

Honorary Membership of the GDCh Division of Chemistry Education for Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön

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Prof. Dr. Richard Göttlich (left, Gießen, Chairman of the FGCU), Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön (centre) and Prof. Dr. Oliver Tepner (right, Regensburg)

The Chemistry teaching group, (Fachgruppe Chemieunterricht, FGCU) of the Society of German Chemists (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh) has awarded honorary membership to Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön on the occasion of its 39th annual meeting on O4. September 2023 in Leipzig, Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön was awarded honorary membership of the GDCh Division of Chemistry Education.
Commenting on this honour, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Heiden, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, emphasises: "A great chemist and a highly committed LUH lecturer and valuable member of our democratic society is receiving a great honour."

Chairman Prof. Dr. Richard Göttlich paid tribute to him in the laudation:
"Prof. Dr. Holger Butenschön has been consistently committed to the interests of the GDCh and in particular to the education of future chemists and chemistry teachers during his more than 25 years as Professor of Organic Chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover. In addition to his numerous university committee activities, he was already a member of the GDCh Study Reform Commission and in 2007 became a member of the board of the GDCh Chemistry Education Section, which he chaired from 2010 to 2013. Since 2009, as a member of the editorial board of the journal CHEMKON, and from 2014 as its chairman, he has played a significant role in shaping the transfer of research results into school practice. In this spirit, Prof. Butenschön founded the so-called Curie-AG as a working group of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Leibniz University Hannover to bring pupils and teachers closer to the subject of chemistry through experiment days and mini-symposia.

His numerous honours bear witness to the great relevance that education has for him personally, but also for others. For example, he was already a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation as an undergraduate and doctoral student, and after his doctorate he was able to acquire a Liebig scholarship from the German Chemical Industry Association and a Heisenberg scholarship from the German Research Foundation.

At the end of his outstanding scientific career, he was awarded honorary citizenship of Leibniz University Hannover in 2022. By appointing him an honorary member, the Division of Chemistry Education recognises his outstanding promotion of chemistry education and the goals of the Division."

The Faculty of Natural Sciences congratulates!

  •     Curie-AG: Working Group of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Leibniz University Hannover