The Scientist

The launch of Science Europe in Berlin on 21 October 2011
At the occasion of the launch of Science Europe in Berlin on 21 October 2011, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and the ERC's Secretary-General, Prof. Donald Dingwell met five ERC grantees based in the Berlin area. They discussed in particular the encouraging trend of top researchers moving back to Europe. » more

Peter H. Seeberger studied chemistry and biochemistry in Erlangen (Germany) and Boulder (USA). After completing his PhD and performing research at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Research in New York he built an independent research program at MIT where he was promoted to Firmenich Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure after just four years. After six years as Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich he assumed positions as Director at the Max-Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and Professor at the Free University of Berlin. In addition he serves as Affiliate Professor at the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (La Jolla, USA) and honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam.

Professor Seebergers research on the chemistry and biology of carbohydrates, continuous flow chemistry and automation of chemistry, carbohydrate vaccine development and abroad range of topics from engineering to immunology has been documented in over 260 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, more than twenty patents, over 100 published abstracts and more than 500 invited lectures. This work was recognized with more than 25 international awards from the US (e.g. Arthur C. Cope Young Scholar Award, Horace B. Isbell Award, Claude S. Hudson Award from the American Chemical Society), Germany (e.g. Körber Prize for European Sciences), Holland (Havinga Medal), Israel (Honorary Lifetime Member Israel Chemical Society), Japan (Yoshimasa Hirata Gold Medal) and Switzerland (“The 100 Most Important Swiss”).

Peter H. Seeberger served the scientific community in many functions. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, was the Editor of the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry and serves on the editorial advisory boards of many other journals.