Daaks-Chemicals Memorial Lecture

Wittko Francke’s Daaks-Chemicals Memorial Lecture

Prof. Dr. Dr. mult. h. c. Wittko Francke, born in 1940 in Reinbek near Hamburg, Germany, was one of the great pioneers shaping chemical ecology and the International Society of Chemical Ecology. He supported and endorsed the careers of many younger scientists, actively defended good science, and was always eager to discuss ideas or try new pathways. He promoted the society from its early days and was a great influence in its success, serving as one of its first presidents and behind the scenes in designing and coining medals almost until his death. The ISCE honored him with the Silver Medal, Honorary Life Membership, and the Award for Outstanding Service. Even apart from all these achievements, Wittko was a true friend in all his aspects.

The Wittko Francke’s Daaks-Chemicals Memorial Lecture was established following his passing to honor both a departed chemical ecologist who made a long-lasting impact in the field, and an outstanding speaker. The lecture series is funded by the Wittko Francke’s Daaks-Chemicals Fund, an endowment fund made possible by generous contributions from many ISCE members and friends. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please visit our donations page.

Calls for nominations will be issued by the annual meeting organizers following these procedures.

Previous Speakers of the Daaks-Chemicals Memorial Lecture

  • 2023
    Ted Turlings in honor of Jim Tumlinson
  • 2022
    Stefan Schulz in honor of Wittko Francke