Scientific program

The 2024 edition of the Tetranational Congress of the Societies of Phytotherapy of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands aims to provide an inspiring and interactive forum to share recent insights in the use of herbal products, both from a clinical and preclinical perspective. Among others, this congress will address specifically the increasing use and significance of herb-based products and phytotherapy in infection and immunity in human and animal health care.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Rudolf Bauer, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Pharmacognosy Univ. Graz (AT)
  • Prof. Sigrun Chrubasik, Dept. of Phytotherapy, Institute of Forensic Medicine Univ. Freiburg Breisgau (DE)
  • Prof. Johan Garssen, Division of Pharmacology and Immunopharmacology, Univ. Utrecht (NL)
  • Prof. Michael Heinrich, Research Group 'Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy' UCL School of Pharmacy, Univ. London (UK)
  • Prof. Andreas Hensel, Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Phytochemistry, Univ. Münster (DE)
  • Dr. Mercedes Ogal, Medical Special in paediatrics and adolescent health care, Brunnen (CH)
  • Dr. Theresa Schlittenlacher, Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick (CH)
  • Dr. Nadin Schultze. Pharmazeutische Biologie, University of Greifswald (DE)
  • Prof. Coen Smits, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen (NL)
  • Drs. Sam de Snoek, Sana novum, Rhenen (NL)
  • Prof. Ana Margarida Sousa, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho (PT)
  • Dr. Mei Wang, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)


Wed 29-5
18:30 - 20:00
Registration and Meet and Greet at the Academy Building
Thu 30-5
Opening ceremony
9:20 - 10:30
Herbal medicines in infection and immunity
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break and poster viewing
11:00 - 12:30
Herbal medicine in Infection and Immunity continued
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00
Bacterial biofilms as an emerging therapeutic challenge
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee/tea break and poster viewing
15:30 - 17:00
Synbiotics and Eubiotics and the intestinal microbiome: is there a role for herbal products?
Congress dinner at the Academy Building
Fri 31-5
8:30 - 10:30
Herbal medicines in children
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break and poster viewing
11:00 - 13:00
Infection an immunity in early life: is there a role for herbal products?
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 16:00
Collecting and reviewing knowledge Traditional Medicine, Herbal products, Food additives in a One Health Approach
16:00 - 16:30
Closing ceremony and Invitation to the next Tetranational Congress to be held in Germany