February 27 & 28 - TUtheSky - TU Wien

Celebrating Heterocyclic Chemistry @TU Wien

200 Years Symposium on Heterocyclic Chemistry @ TU Wien

On the occasion of the birthdays of Prof. Fritz Sauter (90), Vice-Rector Prof. Johannes Fröhlich (60) and Dean Prof. Marko Mihovilovic (50), this 1.5 day symposium will take place to celebrate and recognize the field of heterocyclic chemistry with emphasis on its development and history at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry (IAS) at TU Wien.

Therefore, it’s our pleasure to finally announce the Program of the symposium with speeches and scientific talks from colleagues and friends of the jubilarians, including former and current researchers of the IAS, and renowned scientists from other institutions.

The symposium will be held on February 27-28, 2020, at TUtheSky (Campus Getreidemarkt).
Before the gala dinner on the first day, there will be a special show of the Science Busters in the Radinger lecture hall.

We kindly ask all invited guests to briefly Register for the symposium and/or the gala dinner. In addition, registration for the symposium and the dinner is open for all faculty members and students on a first-come first-serve basis. So please just register and we’ll get back to you shortly!

We look forward to a great, exciting and, above all, entertaining symposium!

Prof. Dr. Fritz Sauter

Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Johannes Fröhlich

Vice Rector for Research & Innovation

Prof. Dr. Marko Mihovilovic

Dean of the Faculty of Technical Chemistry


Opening speakers:

Rektorin Prof. Dr. Sabine Seidler

Thursday, 10:10 - 10:20

Thursday, 10:20 - 10:40

Plenary speakers:

Prof. Dr. Laurence Harwood

Thursday, 11:30 - 12:15, Plenary Lecture

Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, UK

Laurence Harwood pursued his PhD studies at Manchester University and gained his doctorate in 1978. After postdoctoral work at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris from 1978 to 1980 he returned to Manchester becoming a member of the chemistry faculty. From 1983 to 1996 Laurence was a Fellow of Merton College Oxford and in 1996 he moved to the Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Reading. He has published more than 180 scientific articles and communications, and over 20 review articles, book chapters and patents. He has been SYNLETT Associate Editor since 2001 and became Editor-in-Chief of SynOpen in 2017. His research focuses on the development of new synthetic methods and their application to the synthesis of natural and unnatural products. In addition, his group is active in the areas of nuclear reprocessing and soil remediation.

Thursday, 13:45 - 14:30, Plenary Lecture

Head of Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis, Greifswald University, Germany

Uwe Bornscheuer is a very active and leading scientist in the field of biocatalysis. He received his PhD from the University of Hannover in 1993. After a postdoctoral research stay at the University of Nagoya, he moved to the University of Stuttgart and finished his Habilitation in 1999. In the same year he became professor at Greifswald University and Head of the Department of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis. Since 2018, he is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Uwe Bornscheuer received several awards and has published over 480 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he authored >40 book chapters and >40 patent applications, and is a member of several editorial boards and professional societies.

Dr. Peter Nussbaumer

Thursday, 14:30 - 15:15, Plenary Lecture

Managing Director at Lead Discovery Center GmbH, Dortmund, Germany

Peter has about 35 years of industry experience in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Since 2008, he is Managing Director and Head of Medicinal Chemistry at the Lead Discovery Center GmbH (LDC) in Dortmund, Germany and since 2019 also Managing Director of the wings4innovation GmbH in Vienna. Both organisations operate at the interface between academia and industry. Before joining LDC, Peter was Executive Director at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Vienna, Austria, heading the Chemistry Department. During his 23 years at Sandoz/Novartis, he held various positions in the area of medicinal chemistry and interdisciplinary project leadership. Peter is member of several international scientific advisory boards and serves as advisor to private and public funding bodies. He is (co)author of more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and more than 30 patent applications, referee to various journals, and holds a Dr. degree in organic chemistry from the TU Wien, Austria.

Friday, 10:10 - 10:50

Head of Institute of Bioanalytics and Agro-Metabolomics, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Tulln, AT

Rudolf Krska is a leading scientist in the research area of mycotoxin chemistry and (bio)analytics. He did his undergraduate and PhD studies at TU Wien and then became Head of the Working Group for Molecular Analysis at the Center for Analytical Chemistry (IFA Tulln). In 1996 he became head of the IFA Tulln and finished his Habilitation in 1999. In 2008, he became Professor of Bioanalytics and Organic Trace Analysis at BOKU. Rudolf Krska is author of over 370 SCI publications and has been identified as a top 1% Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science) since 2015. He has been guest professor and researcher at several institutions in the USA and UK, and acted as Division Chief of Health Canada´s Food Research Division from in 2009/2010. In 2018, Prof. Krska has become jointly appointed Professor within the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen´s University, Belfast, UK. In addition, he is a member of several editorial boards and professional societies, and currently acts as president of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry.

Friday, 11:30 - 12:10

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Michael J. Fink is a research associate with George M. Whitesides at Harvard University. His research interests include information in molecular systems, microbial biotechnology and health-and-disease-related microbiology, forensic analysis, and the functional design of small molecules. He received his undergraduate and graduate education in chemical engineering from TU Wien (B.Sc. 2008, M.Sc. 2009), holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (TU Wien, 2013), and has also studied at TU Berlin. Michael serves in the leadership of various professional societies to communicate science accessibly to the public.

Invited speakers:

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Jordis

Thursday, 10:45 - 11:30, Invited speaker

Thursday, 16:30 - 16:50, Invited speaker

Prof. Dr. Michael Schnürch

Thursday, 16:50 - 17:10, Invited speaker

Dr. Brigitte Holzer

Thursday, 17:10 - 17:30, Invited speaker

Dr. Christian Stanetty

Friday, 10:50 - 11:10, Invited speaker

Dr. Christoph Denk

Friday, 11:10 - 11:30, Invited speaker

Organizing Committee

HetChem200 is organized by Hannes Mikula and Florian Rudroff

Hannes Mikula

Organizing committee

Florian Rudroff

Organizing committee

Peter Gärtner

Session chair

Karl Kirchner

Session Chair

Peter Weinberger

Session chair

Register now

Registration open to participate in the Symposium 

Special Event

Science Busters will be presenting between 18:00 and 19:00 Hrs
on Thursday, February 27th, 2020.

Science Busters

Frequently Asked Question

Here we cover some of the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer please feel free to contact us. 

Participation is free of cost and subject to confirmation by the organizers

Science Busters show is open to all but limited to max. 250 participants only. Participation is free of cost but registration is mandatory. Registrations will close automatically once the number is reached. 

We do not provide details of other attendees to scholars except for the speakers information which is made public for the schedule announcement. 


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Getreidemarkt 9/163, 1060, Wien.

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