Gerhard Bringmann studied chemistry and biology in Gießen und Münster, spent a postdoctoral stay at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique near Paris, got his habilitation in 1984, and has been a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Würzburg since 1987. His field of research is natural products chemistry – the search for new agents from nature, their structural elucidation, biosynthesis, synthesis, and the optimization of their bioactivities. From 2003 to 2015, he was the coordinator of the research network SFB 630 "Agents against infectious diseases". He received numerous awards for his research and teaching, but also for his humanitarian contributions, e.g. the Gusi Peace Prize, and the Civic Medal First Class in Gold of the Congolese People, and honorary doctorates at four Congolese Universities and honorary professorships at two Chinese universities.
Connection with/to Africa
Gerhard Bringmann has been collaborating with scientific partners from several African countries for decades. His goal is the interdisciplinary search for new lead structures to fight against neglected tropical infectious diseases. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Foundation Speaker of the Africa Circle at the University of Würzburg (today "Forum Afrikazentrum"). He is a member of the Directory Board of the Bavarian Research Institute for African Studies (BRIAS) founded in 2014.Together with his Congolese partner Virima Mudogo (associated member of the Africa Center), he initiated the worldwide unique excellence scholarship program BEBUC in order to give to the Congo a new generation of brilliant young professors. At present 165 scholars are being supported at 16 universities and eight schools; all of these institutions are, simultaneously, also contracted partners of the University of Würzburg.
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