Hoboken, N.J.— March 12, 2013— Eva Wille, Vice President and Executive Director for Global Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, has been awarded the 2013 Carl Duisberg Medal by Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), the German Chemical Society, the leading continental European chemical society.
The Carl Duisberg Medal is awarded by the GDCh board to a chemist who has contributed to advancing chemistry and the objectives of the GDCh. Wille is being honored for her outstanding service to scientific publishing including her involvement in the founding of the journal Chemistry-A European Journal in 1995. Additionally, she was recognized for consolidating 14 traditional national chemistry society journals into ten new pioneering and uniquely successful European journals with authors and readership from around the globe. She was also instrumental in founding and growing the ChemPubSoc Europe (CPSE) consortium, an organization of sixteen European chemical societies, which owns these journals and in launching ChemistryViews.org, an online portal for the global chemistry community. A similar organization, Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES), was launched with GDCh support in 2005 and has grown to encompass thirteen Asian chemical societies, under her management.
"I would like to thank the board of GDCh for this high and unexpected honor," said Wille. "Innovative high quality publishing serving the chemical communities and beyond has been my leading mission since my start in marketing and even more in my publishing director roles for books and journals. I'm grateful to have had an excellent group of colleagues from all over the world who share my visions and made our success possible."
"I would like to congratulate Eva for receiving this prestigious award," said Steve Miron, Senior Vice President, Scientific, Technical, Medical and Scholarly, Wiley. "For many years Eva has played a key role in making Wiley-VCH one of the world's leading publishers of chemistry journals. I am very pleased she is being honored by the German Chemical Society for her achievements."
Wille joined VCH-Verlagsgesellschaft (now Wiley-VCH) in 1985. She studied chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where she received her PhD in 1983 for work supervised by Gerhard Binsch and held various lecturing positions; she performed her postdoctoral work with Dieter Ziessow at the Technische Universität Berlin. Since 1988 she has been part of the management of the company which expanded its STMS publishing program vastly during her leadership. Wille is a board member of many professional bodies, including the Deutsche Fachpresse (German Business Media), where she served as Chair from 2006 to 2009.
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