Following its reunion on the Essen Campus and the successful allocation of several professorships, the Faculty of Chemistry in Essen has excellent chances not only of upholding, but also of improving its position in German rankings in the coming years. Particular attention must be drawn to the strong contributions from Chemistry to project proposals, and the proposal initiated by Faculty members to establish an International Graduate School on Urban Water Cycles as a foundation for the development of a national competence centre in water research.