Synergy Forum
Synergy Forum

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... to the Synergy Forum, the platform for an international discourse on state-of-the-art synergy research which is still a young field within the life sciences.


On this website you will find announcements of upcoming Synergy Forums or Synergy Symposia as well as abstracts, posters or presentations of past Synergy Forums and some information about fundamental principles of synergism  and  synergy research.

Synergy Forum 2020


We are pleased to announce that we shall convene the next international Synergy Forum (again) in Bonn on May 16 and 17, 2020. Please save this date.


The Synergy Forum 2020 will take place again at the University Club Bonn which in 2018 all participants appreciated for its good location and facilities, personal atmosphere and great food. In 2020 Bonn will also celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (who was born and raised in Bonn) with the International Beethoven Festival that will become a major international cultural event. We shall therefore plan to include a "Beethoven event" into the programme of the Synergy Forum 2020.


You will find more information on the Synergy Forum 2020 from early 2019 under the tab "Forum 2020".

In March 2018 we conducted the Synergy Forum 2018 in Bonn which was perceived by those who participated as an inspiring starting point for a contemporary and holistic discourse on synergism at international level.


For those who missed it (and for those who are keen to remember), here is a brief report on the Synergy Forum 2018:

Synergy Forum 2018: Inspiring lectures and vivid discussions


Around 50 scientists from 11 countries discussed the current state of the art of synergy research at the Synergy Forum convened on March 9 and 10, 2018 at Bonn, Germany. Upon invitation of organizer Dr. Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich of University Hospital Bonn, AG Synergy Research and Experimental Medicine, many of the internationally leading scientists in this still young field of life sciences delivered high-calibre lectures covering the entire gamut of synergy research: from the historical and methodical evolution of the definition(s) and quantification(s) of synergy  to contemporary preclinical and clinical applications of synergistic and combinatory therapy approaches, from natural medicines to „hightech“  treatments and from novel bioinformatic and system biologic methods for the assessment and prediction of synergistic effects of compounds to the challenges of creating appropriate regulatory framework conditions for future routine applications of combinatory or synergistic drug therapies.


The active participation of speakers and participants from the fields of Medicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics created an interdisciplinary, holistic and vivid discourse which was also favoured by the intentionally limited size of the Synergy Forum.


After two days of inspiring interactions at the Uniclub Bonn the participants concluded that the Synergy Forum 2018 was a highly  successful and valuable starting point towards an „inventory“ of the current understanding and activities of synergy research. It was advocated to establish – in addition to the Synergy journal – the Synergy Forum as platform for personalised exchange and discourse. So further Synergy Forums will take place in the near future.

The Synergy Forum is coordinated by

AG Synergy Research and Experimental Medicine

University Hospital Bonn / Medical Clinic III

PD Dr. Gudrun Ulrich-Merzenich

Building 26, Laboratories UG 65/69

Sigmund-Freud-Street 25

53127 Bonn / Germany


Phone +49 - (0)228 - 287 16288

Synergy Forum

May 16-17, 2020

Bonn / Germany

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