DECHEMA stands for "Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie" (DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology).

Founded in 1926, this is a non-profitmaking organization based in Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main , commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010...

. It has over 5000 chemists, biotechnologists and engineers as members. DECHEMA awards prizes, such as the DECHEMA medal "for outstanding achievements in the field of chemical apparatus technology".

The organisation's goal is to support developments in chemical technology, biotechnology and environmental protection. It is seen as an interface between science, economy, industry and public.

It is a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering
European Federation of Chemical Engineering
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering . Also known as: Fédération Européenne du Génie Chimique and Europäische Föderation für Chemie-Ingenieur-Wesen. An association of professional societies in Europe concerned with chemical engineering.It was formed in Paris on 20 June 1953 with 18...

, and acts as joint Secretariat.

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