Pre-meeting workshops (9:00-17:30, August 26)

Young Researchers’ Workshop

Regulatory Affaires Workshop

Traditional Chinese Medicine Workshop

Young Researchers’ Workshop

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This special workshop for young researchers offers the unique opportunity to present own data and to discuss these data, including practical problems during the daily lab work, in a free and relaxed atmosphere. Special emphasis is laid on the problem-solving discussion between all participants. The YRW is mainly for PhD students, but presentations by post-docs within their first year will also be considered.

The YRW will start with an impulse lecture by a young but established scientist emphasizing important aspects of research, such as troubleshooting or good practices in planning and making selections and decisions (e.g. the right assay system).


The main part of the workshop will be dedicated to short lectures on medicinal plant and natural products research. A closing discussion will end up the session.


Only high-quality abstracts can be considered for oral presentations. All young scientists presenting a short lecture during the YRW are asked to contribute these data also as a poster during the main poster sessions.


The 2 best presentations will be awarded:

·       Innovation Award sponsored by Prof. Gertsch

·       Bionorica YRW Award sponsored by Bionorica SE

Both awardees will get the great chance to give their presentation also in a special slot of the main congress.


We are very much looking forward to your participation!

Regulatory Affaires Workshop

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The workshop will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Knöss, BfArM (Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices), Bonn. The workshop „Regulatory Affairs“ is an integral part of the annual meetings of GA. It is providing a platform to focus on selected topics in the field of regulatory affairs related to herbal medicines. Moreover, the workshop offers options to establish networks and bring together regulators, industry representatives and scientists.

The objective is to stimulate an extensive dialogue on issues related to globalization of traditional medicines. At this year´s workshop presentations will address different regulatory frameworks for herbal and traditional medicines including of course the situation of TCM in the hosting country. An introduction to the workshop will shortly present current examples for harmonization of requirements set for herbal and traditional medicines. Following each presentation the audience is invited to discuss questions. The final part of the workshop is an interactive part involving the audience to address the following questions:

What is the impact of globalization of traditional medicines on regulation and vice versa?

Is there a chance and is there a reasonable way forward towards a partial convergence of regulatory frameworks for herbal and traditional medicines?

Which contributions can be given by the scientific community?

Participants shall understand different regulatory frameworks and perspectives. They shall be willing to be an active part of the workshop and contribute to the discussions.