NNPC2023 programme starts on June 14 at noon with lunch (opening ceremony at 1 pm) and finishes on June 16 at 3 pm. All lectures are held in Lecture Hall 2, Biomedicum 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8). Poster sessions, lunch and coffee breaks are held in the lobby area outside the lecture hall.

The NNPC2023 book of abstracts has now been published: NNPC2023 Programme & Abstracts

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

9.00-  Registration and poster area opens

12.00-13.00 Lunch


Opening session

Welcome, prof. Päivi Tammela, NNPC2023 Organising committee


Opening lecture

Relevance of pharmacognosy in post-pandemic era

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Judith Rollinger, University of Vienna


14.15-14.30 Short break


Session 1: Natural product analytics

Chair: Prof. emer. Heikki Vuorela, University of Helsinki


IL1-01: New opportunities for the discovery of novel bioactive natural products through the exploration of massive metabolomics and bioactivity extract datasets guided by computational methods

Prof. Jean-Luc Wolfender, University of Geneve


SL1-01: Integrating analysis and automation in natural products research

Dr. Thomas J. Booth, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


SL1-02: Untargeted metabolomics predicts plant genotypes: an example of Lycopodium alkaloids in Icelandic Huperzia selago (Lycopodiaceae, Lycopodiophyta)

Dr. Maonian Xu, University of Iceland


SL1-03: Correlation of activity and chemistry – how NMR-based biochemometry can help to optimize anti-infective mulberry extracts

Dr. Ulrike Grienke, University of Vienna


SL1-04: Investigation of amino acids composition of Prunus domestica polysaccharide complex

Prof. Larysa Lenchyk, University of Oslo


Flash presentations (3 min) from posters

Moderator: Dr. Karmen Kapp, University of Helsinki

P1-05: Plants used against diabetes in Cambodia and their alpha glucosidase activity, Chansorphea Srey, Uppsala University

P3-07: Changes in the nutritional combination of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) leaves as affected by habitat: Implications for human dietary needs and health, Abdelhakam Esmaeil Mohamed Ahmed, University of Debrecen

P3-17: Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as tool for discovery of antimicrobial agents from environmental sources, Paola San-Martin-Galindo, University of Helsinki

P4-25: Polysaccharides derived from Norwegian and Brazilian medicinal plants interact with pattern recognition receptors on macrophages, Håvard Hoel, University of Oslo


Poster session 1 with coffee (posters with odd-numbered ID, e.g., P1-01, P4-19, presented)


Welcome reception in the City Centre, hosted by the City of Helsinki

Thursday, 15 June 2023


Keynote lecture (Chair: Prof. Anders Backlund, Uppsala University)

GenoChemetic diversification of natural products (Blending SynBio+SynChem - the best of both worlds)

Prof. Rebecca Goss, University of St. Andrews


10.00-10.30 Coffee break


Session 2: Sustainable sourcing in natural product drug discovery

Chair: Prof. Ulf Göransson, Uppsala University


IL2-01: Synthetic biology towards circular manufacturing of high value natural products through harvesting solar energy and CO2

Prof. Birger Lindberg Møller, University of Copenhagen 


SL2-01: Network-based modeling of herb combinations in traditional Chinese medicine

Assoc. Prof. Jing Tang, University of Helsinki


SL2-02: Cyclotides in defense mechanisms against herbivorous pests

Dr. Błażej Ślązak, Uppsala University


SL2-03: Willow bark-derived fiber bundles as bioactive component for antibacterial yarns and wound dressings

Dr. Polina Ilina, University of Helsinki

12.00-13.00 Lunch break


Session 3: New sources for natural product discoveries

Chair: Prof. Helle Wangensteen, University of Oslo


IL3-01: Potentials of new natural products from African Croton genus

Prof. Moses. K. Langat, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew


IL3-02: Exploring the chemical diversity of bioactive microbial natural products

Dr. Olga Genilloud, Fundación MEDINA


IL3-03: Depsipeptides produced by Baltic cyanobacteria as new anti-SARS-CoV-2 agents

Prof. Hanna Mazur-Marzec, University of Gdańsk


SL3-01: Discovery and characterization of a new peptide toxin from the benthic ribbon worm Lineus viridis

Quentin Laborde, Uppsala University


SL3-02: Selected strains of Ganoderma sp. from Finnish forests have excellent broadly acting antiviral properties

Dr. Dhanik Reshamwala, University of Jyväskylä


Flash presentations (3 min) from posters

Moderator: Dr. Inés Reigada, University of Helsinki

P1-04: Annotating the willow metabolome: Salix triandra, Salix cordata and Salix babylonica, Dr. Clarice Noleto-Dias, Rothamsted Research

P3-10: Bioactive peptides from Nostoc edaphicum CCNP1411, Robert Konkel, University of Gdańsk

P3-12: Characterization of anti-inflammatory constituents from the herbal supplement Lito® Hyben (Rosa canina pseudo fruits), Dr. Chao Liang, University of Southern Denmark

P4-20: Minor Amaryllidaceae alkaloids as inspiration for development of highly selective butyrylcholinesterase inhibitors, Prof. Lucie Cahlíková, Charles University

P4-24: Antimalarial potential of polyphenols from fermented and unfermented sugar apple (Annona squamosal L.) seeds, Dr. Cristianah Adebimpe Dare, University of Helsinki/Osun State University

P4-30: Unveiling the parasitic properties of bio-refined red clover (Trifolium pretense) and identifying its active compounds, Dr. Geng Pan, University of Copenhagen


Poster session 2 with coffee (posters with even-numbered ID, e.g., P1-02, P4-20, presented)


Session 4: New targets and biological activities for natural products

Chair: Dr. Leena Hanski, University of Helsinki


IL4-04: Use of in silico phytochemical and biological profiling to valorise natural resources

Dr. Quoc-Tuan Do, GreenPharma S.A.S.  



SL4-01: Derivatives of Amaryllidaceae alkaloid ambelline as selective inhibitors of hepatic stage of Plasmodium infection in vitro

Dr. Kateřina Hradiská Breiterová, Charles University


SL4-02: In vivo anti-chlamydial effect of the methanolic extract of Schisandra chinensis berries

Dr. Inés Reigada, University of Helsinki


Conference dinner, Restaurant Sipuli          

Friday, 16 June 2023


Keynote lecture (Chair: Prof. Päivi Tammela, University of Helsinki)

Natural products as warheads not only for cancer but other diseases as well

Dr. David J. Newman, Retired Chief, Natural Products Branch, NIH/NCI

10.00-10.30 Coffee break


Session 5: Ethnopharmacology and traditional medicine

Chair: Prof. Elín Soffía Ólafsdóttir, University of Iceland


IL5-01: From traditional knowledge to evidence-based approaches: the case of herbal remedies for the treatment of diabetes in Rwanda

Prof. Gabriele Costantino, University of Parma


IL5-02: High throughput screening and hyphenated analytical technologies for accelerated identification of biologically active compounds from South African plant biodiversity

Dr. Dashnie Naidoo-Maharaj, University of Pretoria


SL5-01: Fetotoxicity and subacute toxicity of some plants involved in the treatment of infectious diarrhea in Benin

Assoc. Prof. Victorien T. Dougnon, University of Abomey-Calavi


SL5-02: Gentiana purpurea, a bitter medicinal plant from Norway

Prof. Helle Wangensteen, University of Oslo

12.00-13.00 Lunch break


Session 6: Natural product research – From the past to the future

Moderator: Prof. Anders Backlund, Uppsala University

Panel discussion

Best poster award, closing remarks

Welcome reception, June 14, 7-8 pm

Location: Bock House, Empire Room, the Old Town Hall of Helsinki at the Senate Square, Aleksanterinkatu 20

Hosted by the City of Helsinki

Registration free-of-charge

Bock House, the Old Town Hall is located in the Senate Square side of the "Lion Block" in the Empire-style city centre. It is the oldest of the merchant houses and dates to 1763. As Helsinki's new centre was under construction, the Bock House was expanded and raised into a three-storey building in 1816-1819, according to C. L. Engel's design. The turquoise coloured Empire Room is Helsinki's most beautiful reception space.

Conference dinner, June 15, 7-10 pm

Location: Restaurant Sipuli, Kanavaranta 7

Price (120€) includes 3-course menu and drinks