Main Conference

An overview of the Main Conference, and the main topics of the conference are given in the Overview.


The interactive browsable agenda of the conference is available at


Plenary lectures by

Prof. Elisabeth Joubert, Agricultural Research Council, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Rooibos and honeybush phenolics as drivers of product development – impact on a sustainable South African herbal tea industry

Prof. Jürgen Drewe, Zeller Medical, Romanshorn, and University of Basel, Switzerland
Translational research – an integral part of rational herbal drug development

Prof. Jan Frank, University of Hohenheim, Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, Stuttgart, Germany
Dietary antioxidants – misconceptions, challenges, solutions, and opportunities

Dr. Frank Petersen, Natural Products Unit, Novartis, Switzerland
Natural products based molecules for target and drug discovery in pharmaceutical research

Prof. Heribert Warzecha, Plant Biotechnology and Metabolic Engineering, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
Opportunities and challenges of plant biotechnology for the production of active substances


Award Lectures

Egon-Stahl-Award in Gold
Prof. Robert Verpoorte, Natural Products Laboratory, Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
From Egon Stahl to Metabolomics

Egon-Stahl-Award in Silver
Prof. Attila Hunyadi, Institute of Pharmacognosy and Interdisciplinary Centre for Natural Products, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary
Ecdysteroids: from insect molting hormones to potent chemo-sensitizers in cancer

Bionorica Phytoneering Award
Prof. Anna K. Kiss, Sebastian Granica, Jakub P. Piwowarski, Department of Pharmacognosy and Molecular Basis of Phytotherapy, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Re-emergence of medicinal plant materials rich in ellagitannins?

Planta Medica Best Paper Award
Pasco David 1, 2, Pugh Nirmal D. 1, Haron Mona H. 1, Jackson Colin R. 3, Tyler Heather L. 4, Maddox Victor R. 5, Moraes Rita M. 1, 1 National Center for Natural Products Research, University, 2 Department of BioMolecular Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University, United States, 3 Department of Biology, The University of Mississippi, University, United States, 4 Crop Production Systems Research Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University, United States, 5 Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Starkville, United States
Activities and Prevalence of Proteobacteria Members Colonizing Echinacea purpurea Fully Account for Macrophage Activation Exhibited by Extracts of This Botanical

Dr. Willmar-Schwabe Research Scholarship
Y. Duah Boakye 1, Elke Heiss 2, Christian Agyare 3, 1 Department of Pharmaceutics and, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana, 2 Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 3 Department of Pharmacology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
Bioactivity screening for xylopic acid, geraniin and its gut metabolites, ellagic acid and urolithin A, in cell based assays