The award is made biannually and consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, and an honorarium of 10,000 CHF.
The general area of process chemistry drives much of the chemical industry but receives fewer than its share of highlights. The Siegfried company in conjunction with the University of Zurich wishes to reward scientists who have made important contributions to this essential branch of the chemical enterprise. Scientists would have made outstanding contributions to Chemical Methods with an impact on Process Chemistry are eligible for consideration by the Siegfried Medal jury.
The Foundation for the Paul Karrer LectureThe first Paul Karrer Lecture took place on the
occasion of the public celebration of Paul Karrer's 70th birthday on the
25th April, 1959 in the Auditorium of the University of Zurich. The
guest speaker and first recipient of the Paul Karrer Medal was Arthur
Stoll, a congenial colleague of Paul Karrer. Both had returned to
Switzerland from important German research institutions in 1917 in order
to continue their unique careers: Paul Karrer as a professor at the
University of Zurich and Arthur Stoll as the director of pharmaceutical
and chemical research at Sandoz AG in Basle. Karrer and Stoll both died
Between the first lecture and today there have been more than forty years of exciting and pioneering development in the field of organic chemistry and the thereby influenced related fields, such as molecular biology and structural biochemistry. Evidence of these developments is documented by the lectures of the recipients of the Paul Karrer Medal who were chosen over the course of these 40 years. Among the recipients are nine Nobel Prize winners for chemistry and for medicine and they have represented nearly all important research institutions of Europe and the USA.
Hofmann Symposium The first Hofmann Symposium took place on the occasion of Hofmann's 100th birthday at the Irchel Campus. The Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Zürich was proud to honor an outstanding alumnus on the occasion of his centennial birthday.