Joint press releases

Understanding and combating the corona crisis through mathematics and science (in German only)
The COVID 19 pandemic cannot be overcome without mathematical and scientific expertise. This is emphasized by five major mathematical and scientific societies in Germany in a position paper (in German only). The societies represent the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and earth sciences. They highlight the importance of contributions made by natural sciences, especially in the current crisis.

Scientific societies on climate change: "Listen to science!" (in German)“
The four professional societies – the Dachverband der Geowissenschaften (DVGeo), the Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and the German Association of Life Sciences (VBIO) – are concerned about increasing global warming. They urge politics and industry to take the facts seriously provided by science and to take effective measures to protect the climate. Already in June last year, the German Physical Society (DPG) renewed its warning of serious consequences of man-made climate change.

Respect for research in Europe (in German)
Research will be a name-giving component of the future portfolio of EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. Many European scientists had made themselves strong in this respect (see open letter). The German mathematical and scientific societies are very pleased that the political leaders in the EU have taken up the discussion and are now following the advice of the researchers.

Joint call of the five scientific-mathematical societies to participate in the upcoming March for Science
Again the large mathematical and scientific societies want to set a common sign that exact and careful sciences are essential for a modern society.

Science bridges cultures
Under the motto "Science Bridges Cultures", the five scientific and mathematical societies - the Dachverband der Geowissenschaften (DVGeo), the Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) as well as the German Association of Life Sciences (VBIO) - invite their more than 130,000 members to participate in the March for Science 2018.

Election to the Bundestag in 2017: Questioning the parties on science policy
In the run-up to the Bundestag elections, the major mathematical and scientific societies presented so-called "electoral checkstones" to all parties represented in the German Bundestag and in the state parliaments. This joint action is intended to document the fundamental scientific policy ideas of the respective parties. The answers of the parties can be found at

Mathematical-scientific societies continue to see countries as obliged to provide university funding
The professional societies expressly welcome the fact that, following the amendment to Article 91b of the Basic Law, the Federal Government may now participate permanently in the financing of higher education. At the same time, they appeal to the Länder not to reduce their financial commitment to higher education but to increase it.

Mathematical and scientific societies: Germany as a university location in danger
Mathematical and scientific societies call for the strengthening of universities in Germany. In a statement published today, they point out that German universities are dramatically underfunded and call for them to be strengthened both financially and structurally. Academic education and scientific research in Germany must not be put at risk.

Scientists distinguish more than 10,000 high school graduates
This year, the scientific-mathematical societies will again award more than 10,000 high school graduates nationwide for outstanding achievements in the school subjects of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. The recognition, which is granted at the suggestion of the schools, includes a book prize from the respective subject area and a free, one-year membership in one of the specialist societies.

Natural scientists: Cutting hours in eight-year grammar school endangers the sustainability of our country
In a joint appeal, the scientific societies from the fields of biology, chemistry and physics warn against cutting lessons in science at grammar schools, as Günther Oettinger recently suggested. The Minister President of Baden-Württemberg hopes to reduce the amount of time students spend at eight-year Gymnasiums (G8). The Association of Biology, Biosciences and Biomedicine (VBIO), the Society of German Chemists (GDCh) and the German Physical Society (DPG) are calling on the Baden-Württemberg state government to give the natural sciences a place that is appropriate to their importance. The natural sciences must be placed on an equal footing with German, mathematics and a foreign language.


Please contact the respective colleagues of the participating professional associations.

Gerhard Samulat
German Physical Society e. V. (DPG)
Phone +49 (2224) 9232-33
Fax +49 (2224) 9232-50

Tamara Fahry-Seelig
DVGeo - Dachverband der Geowissenschaften
Phone +49 (30) 889140 8981

David Vogel
German Mathematical Association (DMV)
Phone: +49-30-838-75657

Karin J. Schmitz
German Chemical Society (GDCh)
Phone: +49 (69) 7917-493
Fax +49 (69) 7917-1493

Kerstin Elbing
German Association of Life Sciences (VBIO)
Phone: +49 (30)-27891916