69th International Congress and
Annual Meeting of the
Society for Medicinal Plant and
Natural Product Research (GA)

September 5 – 8, 2021

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Werner Knöss (Congress President)
  • Friederike Hanswille
  • Prof. Dr. Gabriele König
  • PD Dr. Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich
  • Dr. Jacqueline Wiesner
  • Cornelia Kern

Cornelia Kern
Scientific Officer
Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research
c/o Kooperation Phytopharmaka GbR
Plittersdorfer Str. 218
53173 Bonn
T: +49 (0) 228 365 640
F: +49 (0) 228 351 390
E-Mail: congress@ga-online.org

Dear members of the global GA-network,
dear scientists interested in Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research,

The world is facing a huge challenge – the pandemic has been affecting our daily and professional life. After the GA-meeting could not take place in San Francisco in 2020, we were optimistically planning the GA-conference 2021 in Bonn. Because of the development of the pandemic, however, we decided to go for a virtual meeting. This will be a new and exciting experience. At the same moment we have the chance to communicate, to exchange science, to connect and interact from all over the world and to plan for the future.

The scientific program of the GA conference will include plenary lectures, keynote lectures, short lectures and workshops. Moreover, we offer a competition for a number of recorded contributions, which will be made available on the conference platform. Virtual poster sessions and invitations for poster flash presentations will enlarge our knowledge. Sponsors are invited to use virtual exhibitions and to interact with participants.

The objective of our society is to have four days of science, discussion and interaction. Please, take this chance to be a part of this virtual GA-meeting in a global environment of participants.

We are looking forward to meeting you online!

Scientific Committee

  • Rudi Bauer
  • Anna Rita Bilia
  • Alessandra Braca
  • Emerson Ferreira Queiroz
  • Nikolas Fokialakis
  • Robert Fürst
  • Stefan Gafner
  • De-an Guo
  • Michael Heinrich
  • Andreas Hensel
  • Attila Hunyadi
  • Oliver Kayser
  • Olaf Kelber
  • Werner Knöss
  • Gabriele König
  • Judith M. Rollinger
  • Bernd Röther
  • Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak
  • Hermann Stuppner
  • Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich
  • Cica Vissiennon
  • Jacqueline Wiesner

The 69th Annual International Meeting of the Society on Medicinal Plants and Natural Product Research is approaching. At this place we will provide information and latest news for participants.

Currently, the virtual conference environment is adapted to our conference. We intend to allow access in September before the start of the conference. Thus, you will have the opportunity to explore the platform and e. g. to upload your poster contributions, further information will be provided.

Please, take into account the following advice, when preparing your conference contribution: 


Posters should be created in format „landscape“, one page, size DIN A 0. The poster may be created using e.g. powerpoint, for upload to the conference platform the format will be pdf, maximum size 20 MB. The poster may contain text, pictures (jpeg, gif, png), tables, lists (no interactive content, no formulars, no videos, no navigation, no blend mode, no patterns or gradients, no ICC-colour profile, scripts are included and not protected, no password or encription, document will be saved as PDF/A).

You are kindly requested to follow sound scientific standards, adequate composition and readability – and of course, fulfill the scientific interest based on the abstract. Posters are available throughout the conference.

Video contributions:

The selected video contribution will be provided in a kind of mediathek. Video contributions should be recorded power point presentations with a length of about 10-12 minutes. Video contributions will be available throughout the conference.

Short lectures:

Short lectures will be presented as live-stream at the time indicated in the program. You may use a powerpoint presentation or an adequate alternative slideshow. The total time for introduction by session chairs, presentation and few questions is 15 minutes. You are kindly requested to plan your short lecture for 10-12 (maximum) minutes. Further information about the access to the livestream will be provided.

Main Scientific Topics

  • One Health, access and benefit sharing
  • Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Phytotherapy: Science and Practice: Download Program
  • Antiinfectives and epidemiology
  • Analytics, recent methodology and applications
  • Translational natural product pharmacology
  • Endophytes and microbes
  • Regulation of herbal and traditional medicines
  • Medicinal plants and natural product research on Traditional Medicines
  • Recent Advances in medicinal plant and natural product research

Young Researchers’ Workshop

In short

  • held as pre-symposium of the annual GA conference on
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021 from 11:00 to 16:30
  • Abstract submission deadline: June 15, 2021
  • Registration fee: 20 EUR

What is the aim of the workshop?

The Young Researchers’ Workshop (YRW) offers the unique opportunity to present own data as a short talk (10 min plus 5 min discussion) in a free and relaxed atmosphere. Special emphasis is laid on an intense discussion between all participants.

When does the YRW take place?

The workshop is held on Sunday, September 5, 2021 as a pre-symposium of the Annual GA Conference 2021. It will start at 10 am and end at approximately 3 pm.

Who can submit an abstract?

PhD students and early stage post-docs (only within their first year) are invited to submit an abstract for a short talk. Only high-quality abstracts can be considered. The YRW jury consisting of the Professors Alessandra Braca, Robert Fürst, Jürg Gertsch and Anastasia Karioti will review the abstracts and take the decision on whether a short talk will be granted or not. If the abstract is not accepted for the YRW, it will automatically be evaluated as regular submission for the main conference.

What happens during the YRW?

After a welcome note, the YRW will start with an impulse lecture by a young but established scientist who will give insights into his/her area of research. He or she will also highlight who to step into and advance a scientific career. The main part of the YRW will be dedicated to short lectures. The YRW jury will select the two best presentations and will bestow the prizes to the two awardees in the YRW closing session.

What do the prizes include?

The two best presentations will be awarded with two categories of prizes: The Innovation Award (1,000 EUR sponsored by Professor Jürg Gertsch) and the Bionorica YRW Award (600 EUR sponsored by the company Bionorica SE).

A registration for the YRW ist possible only in connection with a regular congress-registration.

Veterinary Workshop

The Pre-Congress-Symposium on Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Phytotherapy will take place on the 5th of September.

You can register for the Veterinary Workshop without registering for the rest of the congress.

African Research Workshop

The African Research Network will have its next event on Tuesday 09 September 2021 (12 – 13:30 CEST) during the virtual 69th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA).

Dr. Kumbukani Nyirenda, University of Malawi, will open the session by sharing his experiences during an impulse lecture on Nutraceutical Potential of Fadogia ancylantha, Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights.

A following panel discussion about Key Challenges for Natural Products Research – Perspectives from African Scientists shall provide an opportunity to highlight the problems faced by African researchers of today but also try to bring forth solutions and a way forward.

Participation is included in the congress registration fee.



before 31.05.2021
Regular, before 31.07.2021After 31.07.2021
Non GA-member170180200
Student GA-member406080
Student non GA-member7090110
Young Researchers’ Workshop202020
Veterinary Workshop606060

Registrations are processed on our conference platform Converia. Please click here to register.

Advantages for sponsoring the congress

As a sponsor or exhibitor at the GA2021 you can testify your enthusiasm to the field of natural products research. Your products and services can be presented to a motivated and well informed specialist public, including opinion leaders decision-makers and of the research centres of natural product research and medicinal plant industry from all over the world. In short, they are your present and new customers. The average participant number on GA congresses is about 700-800 persons. This congress offers an excellent place to promote your products and services to interested specialists.

If you are interested in exhibiting at GA2021, we offer sponsoring and exhibition packages as well as custom-made solutions to help you to find the connection to your partners. Please contact congress@ga-online.org.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.