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 different Swiss research institutions. The selection of the lecturers follows a bottom-up approach where PIs from all Swiss research institutions can propose candidates. The program covers 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

Prof. Stefan Hecht, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany)
Research fields: Macromolecular and supramolecular systems and their assembly/integration into materials
Tour dates: March 11-15, 2024

  • Mon, Mar 11: University of Geneva (host: Stefan Matile)

  • Tue, Mar 12: University of Fribourg (host: Stefan Salentinig)

  • Wed, Mar 13: University of Bern (host: Dmitri Katayev)

  • Thu, Mar 14: University of Zurich / ETH Zurich (host: Bill Morandi)

  • Fri, Mar 15: University of Basel (host: Christof Sparr)

Tour organizier: Prof. Stefan Salentinig, University of Fribourg


Prof. Jonas C. Peters, California Institute of Technology (USA)
Research fields: Inorganic Synthesis, Reaction Chemistry, and Mechanistic Studies
Tour dates: March 18-22, 2024

  • Mon, Mar 18: University of Zurich (host: David Tilley)

  • Tue, Mar 19: ETH Zurich (host: Mate Bezdek) 

  • Wed, Mar 20: University of Basel (host: Murielle Delley)

  • Thu, Mar 21: University of Bern (host: Eva Hevia)

  • Fri, Mar 22: EPFL Lausanne (host: Marinella Mazzanti)

Tour organizier: Prof. Marinella Mazzanti, EPFL Lausanne


Prof. Kazuaki Ishihara, Nagoya University (Japan)
Research field: development of catalytic organic reactions and processes directed towards green chemistry
Tour dates: April 8-12, 2024

  • Mon, April 8: University of Geneva (host: Jérôme Lacour)

  • Tue, April 9: University of Zurich (host: Ilija Čorić)

  • Wed, April 10: EPFL Lausanne (host: Jérôme Waser)

  • Thu, April 11: University of Bern (host: Eva Hevia)

  • Fri, April 12: University of Basel (host: Christof Sparr)

Tour organizier: Prof. Jérôme Lacour, University of Geneva

Prof. Kyoko Nozaki
, The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Research fields: new reactions mediated by homogeneous catalysis for organic and polymer synthesis
Tour dates: October 14-28, 2024

  • Mon, Oct 14: ETH Zurich (host: Helma Wennemers)

  • Tue, Oct 15: University of Zurich (host: Michal Juricek)

  • Wed, Oct 16: University of Fribourg (host: Ali Coskun)

  • Thu, Oct 17: University of Bern (host: Martin Albrecht)

  • Fri, Oct 18: University of Geneva (host: Jérôme Lacour)

Tour organizier: Prof. Jérôme Lacour, University of Geneva

Approved and confirmed tours

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

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
The SCS Lectureship Program is supported by: