European Detergents Conference (EDC)

The EDC presents various aspects of detergent technology. Besides detergents, the EDC comprises the use of surfactants in personal care as well as institutional and industrial cleaning.

Content & Focus

The European Detergents Conference (EDC) is the annual meeting of the GDCh Division of Detergent Chemistry. It takes place alongside the SEPAWA® CONGRESS.

At the EDC, renowned specialists from academia and industry present their latest findings and research results in the form of poster and oral presentations. During the event, the division holds its annual award ceremony (Award of the Division, Young Scientists Awards) and up to four poster awards are conferred for the best poster contributions.

In 2023, the EDC focuses on “Polymers in Water – Quo vadis?” We want to look at the future role of water-soluble polymers, addressing topics such as self-assembly, advanced manufacturing processes, water treatment, use in existing and new applications, and general degradability of such materials.


Wednesday, 25 October 2023 – Room Auditorium

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch (University of Bayreuth, Germany): “Microplastics in the Environment
  • Prof. Dr. Steven Howdle (University of Nottingham, UK): “Clean and Green – New Approaches to Commercial Polymers”
  • Prof. Dr. Andrij Pich (DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Germany): “Multifunctional Aqueous Microgels”
  • Dr. Michael Zumstein (University of Vienna, Austria): “Biodegradation of Water-Soluble Polymers by Wastewater Microbiomes”

At this time, we are in the process of establishing the final program. The full program will be online in May/June.

You want to contribute to our qualified scientific program?

With pleasure! Submit your paper or poster until 29 March 2023 latest.

(See below: Extended Deadline Posters).

Sie möchten an der EDC teilnehmen?

Details über Tickets und Preise finden Sie hier.

Poster Exposition

In conjunction with the SEPAWA® CONGRESS, the GDCh Division of Detergent Chemistry organizes a scientific poster session. The best EDC posters are awarded with one of up to four poster awards.

When & Where?
Wednesday to Friday, 25 –27  October 2023 during the opening times in Foyer 2nd Floor

You will have the opportunity to submit a poster application starting 08 February 2023.


Submit Abstract (closed)


Call for Papers closed?

After the closing of the paper submission system on 29 March 2023, you can still submit poster presentations until 27 July 2023. Late comers might be accepted until 06 September 2023 (possibly without being included in the conference program).


Email to us


Guidelines for poster submission by email from 30 March 2023 to 06 September 2023

  • English and German language titel: 15 words each
  • English and German language abstract with some 300 words. No references. No graphics)
  • Format: DOCX (no PDFs)


Annually, the GDCh Division of Detergent Chemistry awards a “Förderpreis” each for an excellent  bachelormasters, and PhD thesis with special focus on the development of detergents and cleaners – provided qualified suggestions have been submitted.

Award Ceremony
Wednesday, 25. October 2023 12:30 – 13:00 hrs in Room Auditorium

Nominations and applications can be submitted until: 02 April 2023


See Call for Proposals


Submit application documents


The Division of Detergent Chemistry awards the “Division Award” at irregular intervals for well-deserved personalities in the field of detergent chemistry.


More details


Ticket 235 € for member
285 € for non-member
Retirees 50 €
Press & Students   0 € only on presentation of a valid press or student pass

Prices plus VAT where applicable.


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GDCh Division of Detergent Chemistry

The aim of the Division of Detergent Chemistry of the German Chemical Society is to create a forum of interested persons from industry, governmental agencies, universities, research institutes, and media in which discussions about all technical questions with respect to detergents can be held openly and constructively. The focus is hereby on scientifically oriented declarations about the sustainable use of detergents for human beings in their environment. Another important aspect of the Division’s work is the support of young scientists.

German Chemical Society (GDCh)

Numbering some 30,000 members from academia, industry and the professions, the GDCh represents a large and socially important community of experts. The organization’s 150-year history, global network and high scientific and social standards form the foundation for future-oriented activities in pursuit of a world that can sustain human life at a level worth the living. Chemistry needs to receive due recognition and support. It is our ambition that chemistry gets better understood and appreciated and is given room to unfold its full potential in all of its variety.

With this aim in mind:

  • We promote scientific work, research and teaching.
  • We support the formation of networks,
  • We seek intensive and constructive dialogue with the general public
  • We bring our expertise actively and continually into the academic world, the sciences, the political sphere and society
  • We act independently, consistently and sustainably for the benefit of society, constantly mindful of the needs of coming generations.