African Research Network

Background and General Information

The African continent features areas with extremely high biodiversity and high levels of endemism, indicating that many of the continent’s plant resources are uniquely African. African traditional medicine is therefore based on a broad ethnomedicinal knowledge and represents a major socio-cultural heritage, which has accumulated during the last millennia and features valuable and unique ethnomedicinal information.

The GA aims to foster the scientific development of African research pursuits by establishing an African Research Network among members of the GA and thus expanding and improving research capacity. Therefore, a working group was established to stimulate and facilitate the interaction of African researchers within the GA. The working group consists of five members of the GA’s advisory board including Deniz Tasdemir, Michael Heinrich, Andreas Hensel, Emerson Ferreira Queiroz and Cica Vissiennon (chair).

As a working group of the GA we provide a regular platform for scientific exchange by establishing a sustainable communication channel between the members of the network and organizing regular scientific symposia during the annual conference.

Mission statement and goals of the Working Group

The Mission of the African Research Network Working Group of the GA is to stimulate and facilitate the interaction of African researchers within the GA with the intention to foster the regional scientific development of the continent by expanding and improving research capacity via networking between African researchers and thus improving the quality and relevance of the continent’s scientific output.

To achieve the mission of the working group, the following specific goals are pursued:

I. Implementation of a member’s profile collection with an index of all interested African GA-members (including information such as name, location, research interests, lab equipment etc.). join the network and register here

II. Providing a regular platform for scientific exchange by organizing regular symposia during the annual conference where African researchers can present their recent research results.

III. Training workshops organized by different African scientists/research institutions for young researchers taking place in varying regions of Africa

IV. Joint proposals for collaborative research projects initiated by network members

Join the Network

„Let’s connect” – African Research Network of the GA

All interested researchers are welcome to join the network. Please fill out and sign the registration form and send it to africanresearch_ga@gmx.net!

Or join our LinkedIn group African Research Network on Medicinal Plants and Natural Products Research by GA and ISE.

 

Past Events

The First African Research Workshop on medicinal plant and natural products research took place in Innsbruck on 01 September 2019.

African Research Network

Upcoming Events

Joint African Research Workshop 2021 to take place during the 20th International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology virtually, April 18-20, 2021!

We are excited to announce, that the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE) and the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research (GA) are jointly organizing an African Research Workshop during the 20th International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology online. The workshop will take place as a virtual event with a view to stimulate the dialogue between African scientists to present and discuss their scientific findings related to natural products research and ethnopharmacology.

At the beginning of the workshop an impulse lecture will be given by Dr. Bertrand Graz, Fondation Antenna, Switzerland, who will discuss reverse pharmacology and traditional medicine. The following short lecture session with researchers working in the field of medicinal plant and natural products will provide an overview on diverse topics related to natural products research conducted in Africa. Two keynote lectures on “Innovative strategies for the efficient isolation of natural products and discovery of potential new leads” (Dr. Emerson F. Queiroz, University of Geneva, Switzerland) and “Regulatory aspects and challenges for the commercialization of natural products” (Prof. Namrita Lall, University of Pretoria, South Africa) will stimulate the scientific discussion. (see detailed program)

All interested researchers are cordially invited to join the workshop. We particularly encourage members of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology (ISE) and the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research (GA) to join us in Thessaloniki, share their research and become part of the African Research Network!

The workshop itself is free of charge, however registration to the congress via the registration portal of the congress is mandatory. Reduced registration costs apply for ISE- and GA-members. Please refer to the congress website for more information.