Bunsentagung 2020 - Understanding Dispersion Interactions in Molecular Chemistry

August 31 - September 2, 2020 in Giessen

Bunsentagung 2020 - CANCELLED

Dear friends of the Bunsentagung 2020 and dear friends of the Bunsen Society,

You all know that this year is already and will further be a big challenge for all of us. The action taken against the spreading of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) affects us now all in almost every part of our daily lives. With deep regret, we have to announce that – differing from our first message concerning the shift of the Bunsentagung – we cannot run the Bunsentagung 2020 in Giessen at all. We have to cancel the Bunsentagung 2020. The University of Giessen had to decide (following rules of the state government) to not allow any meeting or conference within the university until September 30, 2020. As no necessary rooms are available in October and later, due to the winter semester and teaching, there can be no other decision than to cancel the Bunsentagung for this year.

This is a truly disappointing and frustrating decision, as we worked hard for a great conference, and as we were looking forward to hosting you in Giessen. We are grateful to the local team, which did its best to organize the first “Non-Himmelfahrt” Bunsentagung.

In case you are interested in donating the registration fee you have already paid to DBG in order to support incurring cancellation costs, please let us know and we will inform you about further action.

We thank for your loyalty to the Bunsentagung and to us, and we apologize for any inconvenience. We will let you know in due time on the upcoming Bunsentagung 2021 and other meetings of the Bunsen Society.

We wish you all the best, remain part of the Bunsen family, take care and stay healthy,
Jürgen Janek
Peter R. Schreiner
Martin Suhm

We cordially invite you to the Bunsentagung 2020 in Giessen! Giessen is a vibrant city in the heart of Germany – with the highest “density” of students among German university towns and therefore also one of the liveliest cities in Germany. Justus Liebig University is more than 400 years old, and it is one of the birthplaces of modern chemistry – with the original Liebig laboratory (now the Liebig Museum) as one of the major sites from the history of chemistry. Only a few years ago, the chemistry department has moved to one of the most modern chemistry buildings in Europe.

The 119th Bunsentagung focuses on dispersion interactions and their multifold manifestations in chemistry. Dispersion is the driving force for molecular aggregation that plays a key role in the thermodynamic stability of (meta)stable structures, molecular recognition, chemical selectivity through transition-state stabilization, protein folding, enzyme catalysis, and many more. Despite the pioneering work of London and others in the 1930s, our understanding of dispersion interactions only recently has become much better. The aim of the Bunsentagung is therefore to highlight the progress in a rapidly developing field encompassing both experiment and theory.

Parallel sessions will be run to present the most recent results from all other fields of physical chemistry – from gas phase chemistry to the solid state, from thermodynamics to quantum chemistry, from electrochemical studies to high resolution spectroscopy. We are convinced that you will enjoy the open atmosphere of the conference and the wide scope of subjects from fundamental to applied physical chemistry.

We are excited to host the Bunsentagung 2020 for the first time in many years not at the traditional “Himmelfahrt” holiday, and we are dedicated to make this vividly debated move a success. We hope that you will also feel invited to contribute to the scientific success, either by presenting your own work or by learning from others!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Giessen, 
Jürgen Janek, Peter R. Schreiner and Martin Suhm

Chairs of the Bunsentagung 2020


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Janek
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Physikalisch-Chemisches Institut
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17
35392 Gießen
Phone: +49 (0) 641-9934501
E-mail: Juergen.Janek@phys.Chemie.uni-giessen.de

Prof. Dr. Peter R. Schreiner
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Institut für Organische Chemie
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17
35392 Gießen
Phone: +49 (0) 641-9934301
E-mail: prs@org.chemie.uni-giessen.de

Prof. Dr. Martin Suhm
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Institut für Physikalische Chemie
Tammannstr. 6
37077 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0) 551-3933112
E-mail: msuhm@gwdg.de