350-Year Anniversary

In 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is celebrating its 350th anniversary. All information about our anniversary activities can be found on this webpage.


A history with a future

Since 1668, scientific curiosity and a strong sense of responsibility have enabled us to succeed as the world’s most experienced company in our industry.

These traits have characterized us for 350 years, just like our founding family, which has remained the majority owner to this very day. This has made our company what it is today: a vibrant science and technology company. We discover and develop products and services for life. To do so, we are using our unique, interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials.

In 2018, our company is celebrating its 350th anniversary. The theme of the celebration will be “Always curious – Imagine the next 350 years.” Curiosity has always been the force that drives us and will continue to motivate us to put our expertise in science and technology to work for human progress.

Please stay curious!

Curiosity in Practice

The Drive to Innovate

A future shaped by curiosity?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
It’s All in the Genes

Correct diseases before they appear?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
A car sporting a university hat
En Route to the Future!

Mobility that’s sleek, sustainable, and smart?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Safety First

Universal access to safe vaccines, uncontaminated food, and clean water?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Home Smart Home

A home that adapts to your every need?
We can imagine it.

Can You?
Future Insight Prize
Future Insight Prize

Stimulating scientific and technological progress in the areas of health, nutrition, and energy?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Life is Precious

A future with IVF success rates of 100 percent?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Can you sense the change?

Translating the biological language of our bodies to personalize more effective treatments.
We can imagine it.

Can you?
The evolution starts here

Simplifying processes while maximizing output?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Cancer Unmasked

A future where new approaches use your own immune cells to help defeat cancer?
We can imagine it.

Can you?
Making Sense of MS

MS therapies that give patients greater freedom to live their lives the way they deem fit?
We can imagine it.

Can you?

Our Anniversary Events in 2018

May 3, 2018: Official Ceremony Europe

May 3, 2018: Official Ceremony Europe

Colleagues, partners, and invited guest will join us in celebrating curiosity and our 350th Anniversary. During an official ceremony we’ll look back at our past achievements, celebrate today’s successes, and catch a glimpse of what the future has in store for science and technology.   

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Link: https://www.emdgroup.com/en/company/350anniversary/ceremony350.html

May 24-27, 2018: Jugend forscht Bundeswettbewerb (Young Researchers Competition)

May 24-27, 2018: Jugend forscht Bundeswettbewerb (Young Researchers Competition)

In time for our 350th anniversary, we’re excited to host the 53rd “Jugend Forscht” (Young Researchers) National Competition, Europe’s largest contest for young aspiring scientists. Click the link for more information.

Location: 
Darmstadtium Wissenschafts- und Kongresszentrum Darmstadt
Schlossgraben 1
64283 Darmstadt, Germany    

Link: https://www.jugend-forscht.de/ 

May 31-June 3, 2018: Schlossgrabenfest Music Festival

May 31-June 3, 2018: Schlossgrabenfest Music Festival

Catch top act Nena perform live on our stage at this this year's Schlossgrabenfest festival in Darmstadt city, the largest event of its kind in the Hesse region. Enjoy free admission to experience over 100 acts as we celebrate 350 years of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany and the 20th anniversary of the annual Schlossgrabenfest festival.

Location: Darmstadt (City Center), Germany

Link: http://www.schlossgrabenfest.de/

June 2018: Official Ceremony Asia-Pacific

June 2018: Official Ceremony Asia-Pacific

Colleagues, partners, and invited guest from across the Asia-Pacific region will join us in celebrating curiosity and our 350th Anniversary. As part of the festivities, guests will attend an official ceremony to look back at our past accomplishments, celebrate today’s innovations, before taking an inspirational peek at the future of science and technology.   

Location: Shanghai, China

July 16-18, 2018: Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference

July 16-18, 2018: Curious2018 – Future Insight Conference

The Curious2018 Future Insight Conference brings together some of the brightest minds in science, technology and entrepreneurship to imagine, develop, and present their visionary solutions for the future. Personal attendance is on an invitation-only basis with participation slots awarded via an application process starting in January 2018. Space for exhibitors is available upon request.

Location:
Darmstadtium Wissenschafts- und Kongresszentrum Darmstadt
Schlossgraben 1
64283 Darmstadt, Germany

Link: http://www.curious2018.com/

July 19-24, 2018: Anniversary Edition Innovation Cup

July 19-24, 2018: Anniversary Edition Innovation Cup

Some of the brightest students from across the globe are meeting for an anniversary edition of the Innovation Cup at our HQ in Darmstadt. In a one week summer camp with coaching from professionals they develop new ideas for breakthrough innovation and present their  business plan on July 24th. The best team wins the Innovation Cup and €20,000. 

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Link: http://innovationcup.emdgroup.com

February 1 - August 15, 2018: 350 open innovation

February 1 - August 15, 2018: 350 open innovation

In celebrating its 350th anniversary, Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany offers a series of research grants and other open innovation activities to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Apply for a grant and register to participate from February 1st to August 15th (deadline).

Link: http://350openinnovation.emdgroup.com

September 12, 2018: Historic Chemical Landmark

September 12, 2018: Historic Chemical Landmark

In a formal ceremony the sites of major achievements by notable chemists are being designated as Historic Chemical Landmarks (Historische Stätte der Chemie). In 2018, our Pützer tower, the iconic entrance to our manufacturing facilities, will be honored with a prize from the German Society of Scientific Chemists (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker).

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Link: https://www.gdch.de/gdch/historische-staetten-der-chemie.html

September 22, 2018: Open-House

September 22, 2018: Open-House

Our Open-House event, initiated by the Association of German Chemical Industries (Verband der chemischen Industrie), is the perfect occasion to grab a fascinated glimpse of the people, products, and facilities behind our many innovations.

October 9, 2018: Official Ceremony North America

October 9, 2018: Official Ceremony North America

To commemorate 350 years of Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany, we’ll invite colleagues, partners, and special guests from the North American region to celebrate a very special milestone in our company history. During an official ceremony, we’ll look back upon past achievements, celebrate today’s successes, and look forward to what the next 350 years have in store.

Location: Boston, USA

October 8-14, 2018: HUBweek

October 8-14, 2018: HUBweek

We’re a proud partner of Boston’s annual HUBweek, a festival where art, science and technology collide. This year’s theme “We, the Future” is a call to action and an invitation: It brings together innovators, artists, curious minds and change makers to explore the ways in which together we can shape a more inclusive and equitable future for all. 

Location: Boston, USA

Link: https://hubweek.org/

October 30, 2018: Hall of Fame (der deutschen Forschung) & Curious Minds Award

October 30, 2018: Hall of Fame (der deutschen Forschung) & Curious Minds Award

As part of our three-year cooperation with “Manager Magazin”, we will induct a researcher to the German Research Hall of Fame for the positive impact his/her work has had on the German economy. This year we’ll also honor the work of two young researchers with an award and monetary prize to support their research and continue the contribution their projects have made to the German economy.

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

November 26, 2018: TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2018

November 26, 2018: TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2018

TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a multi-year collaboration that features a TED-curated banner event with a diverse group of internal and external speakers from across the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, community. The event gathers leaders from science, technology, academia and society who have been always curious and at the forefront of breakthroughs and innovation. The event will take place in Darmstadt, Germany, in 2018.

 

Throughout 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in collaboration with top tier journals (Nature, Science AAAS, Harvard Business Review, etc.)
is publishing a series of articles, studies, and survey results around the global future of science, technology, and business.

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