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Welcome to 2021 – reflection and outlook

What is a society’s impact without bringing together its members? Without fruitful personal discussions, inspiring conferences, without social events and get-togethers with colleagues and friends? 2020 was an exceptional and demanding year for all of us. Let’s briefly condense and reflect what happened over the past year in our society, and share with you some forthcoming endeavours. We wish you happiness and health for 2021!

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Mahabir Gupta, 1942-2020

Mahabir Prashad Gupta, born on October 3, 1942 in Gajsinghpur, India passed away on December 14th as a consequence of Covid-19. He was admitted to hospital in early November, had tested negative a week before he died and was out of the Covid ward. He then tested positive again and passed away following complications of the disease. Since 1972 he was a professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Panama, Republic of Panama with many roles and responsibilities associated with it for nearly fifty years.

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Egon Stahl Award in Bronze to Dr. S. Vlad Luca from GA

The prestigious Egon Stahl-Award 2020 with Bronze Medal is bestowed to Dr. Simon Vlad Luca from Technical University of Munich, Germany, in recognition of his valuable contributions to pharmaceutical biology and analytical phytochemistry, in particular his studies on bioactive metabolites from Verbascum  ovalifolium Donn ex Sims and Verbascum blattaria L.

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Dr Willmar Schwabe Award 2020 to Dr Nadine Kretschmer from GA

The prestigious Dr. Willmar Schwabe Award 2020 is bestowed to Dr. Nadine Kretschmer, University of Graz, Austria, in recognition of her interdisciplinary phytochemical and pharmacological research of plants traditionally used to treat cancer and related diseases, identifying new lead compounds and their target pathways or proteins.

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