PROF. DR. Gerd Folkers

Professor of science studies at ETH Zürich and former professor of pharmaceutical chemistry
PRESIDENT OF THE SWISS SCIENCE AND INNOVATION COUNCIL (SSIC)

FACTS

professor in pharmaceutical chemistry

Gerd Folkers has been a full professor in pharmaceutical chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) since 1994. From 2004 until the end of 2015 he has served as Director of the Collegium Helveticum. Jointly sponsored by ETHZ and the University of Zurich, this research institute explores new scientific perspectives through transdisciplinary processes.

founding member of the Center of Pharmaceutical Sciences Basel-Zurich

Gerd Folkers was a founding member of the Center of Pharmaceutical Sciences Basel-Zurich, which he headed until 2003. His research was centred on the molecular design of ingredients and the use of such designs in personalised therapies to treat tumours and diseases of the immune system.

President of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council

Gerd Folkers, ETH Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and long-serving Chair of Collegium Helveticum, was appointed the new President of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council in 2016, a post that he will hold for four years. The SSIC advises the government on policy matters relating to science, higher education, research and innovation. Gerd Folkers has been a member of the SSIC since 2012 and previously served as its Vice President

UNIVERSITY OF BONN

Gerd Folkers studied pharmacy at the University of Bonn and obtained a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1982.

BIOGRAPHY

Gerd Folkers studied pharmacy at the University of Bonn and obtained a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1982.

After research visits in Berne, London and in the USA, he took his Habilitation in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in Tübingen in 1989, focusing on Structure Based Design of virostatics, cancerostatics and immunotherapeutics.

He was appointed Professor for Pharmaceutical Chemistry at ETH Zürich in 1991. Gerd was founding member of the Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences Basel-Zürich and its director until 2003.

In his research he specialized on the molecular design of bioactive compounds and their application to a personalized therapy for tumors and diseases of the immune system.

Gerd was a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2003-2011), and he has been a member of the Swiss Science and Technology Council since 2012.

From 2004 to 2015 he was Head of the Collegium Helveticum, a joint think-tank of ETH Zürich and University of Zürich, dedicated to the study of new transdisciplinary scientific perspectives.

Gerd Folkers has been professor for sciense studies with particular focus on chemistry and pharmaceutics since 2016.