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Life Sciences

Working Group

Chair: Pierre-Antoine Bonnet

Pierre-Antoine Bonnet PharmD, PhD is Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Montpellier University and coordinates the research group Pharmacochemistry & Biomolecules, Faculty of Pharmacy, F16 Pharmacotoxicology team, IBMM, UMR CNRS 5247. He is author of 80 scientific papers and several patents in oncopharmacochemistry and manages a Master Programme in Medicinal and Health Products Sciences. He acted for 15 years as Scientific Director at the French Health Products Safety Agency, Control Laboratory Department. He is full member of the French National Academy of Pharmacy. Within the Coimbra Group, he is Representative of Montpellier Universities and member of the LSWG since 2016 and was elected as Chair in March 2018.

Vice-Chair: Aloïs Palmetshofer

Alois Palmetshofer, Priv.-Doz. Dr., is coordinator BioCareers at the University of Würzburg and is active in teaching, study program development, student support and quality management. He was habilitated in Pathobiochemistry and Cell Biology, and is author of 30 scientific papers in the biomedical field. Since 2013, he has been chair of the German Conference of Biological Faculties. Since the initiation of of the Coimbra Group Life Sciences, he has been active as vice chair.


Focus of Working Group

CG LSWG main objectives:

  • Raise young people´s interest in life sciences research
  • Develop strategies to promote scientific vocations
  • Further develop vividly active networks in the bioscience research area
  • Increase networking activities in relation to H2020 program
  • Facilitate mutual exchange of students and teachers, share teaching and training activities, technologies, equipment and infrastructure all to boost the quality and competitiveness of bioscientific education and training within the CG network
  • Further develop and harmonize educational systems to attract and keep high potential bioscientists with differing educational background at Degree, Master, Doctoral levels, and beyond
  • Exchange and train bioscience students and professionals for awareness and responsibility for bioethical issues including potential adverse effects, harm or misuse of knowledge or technologies arising from novel insights and developments in the Life Sciences
  • Develop actions of scientific dissemination
  • Communicate science-oriented education and training policies


Recent highlights 

  • Coimbra Group Infection Biology: Project coordinated by the University of Montpellier. The universities of Montpellier, Göttingen, Granada, Barcelona, Padua, Salamanca and Würzburg are involved.
  • Coimbra Group Cancer Biology: Project coordinated by the University of Salamanca: The universities of Montpellier (France), Barcelona (Spain), Koln (Cologne, Germany), Wurzburg (Germany), Turku and Abo Akademi (Finland), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Salamanca (Spain) are involved.
  • Study programs have been collected and compared in order to improve the visibility of courses for exchange students at partner universities. The harmonization of Master programs in the Life Sciences are based on two major pillars: (i) the identification of complementary research efforts that may help to further focus student´s choice of topics, (ii) the better harmonization at the master entry level to further increase the overall quality and competitiveness within the master program platforms.


Current/forthcoming activities

  • In scientific domains, i.e. Infection Biology, Cancer Biology and Biomedical Engineering, CG LSWG members agree to intensify efforts to identify and match powerful research teams who are working on the same or complementary issues in order to facilitate cooperation between them and the establishment of competitive projects susceptible to funding from the H2020 Program. This will also provide a richer training of our students, mainly at the Master’s and Doctoral levels via actions aimed at enhancing mobility among research teams of excellence.


  • A pre-master training program should be established, as both master entry qualification and the duration of master programs vary among the universities (even within Europe) especially with regard to experimental laboratory based training. Courses may be offered at different universities and include both general laboratory training and an experimental project.


  • Online lectures intend to exchange and further develop common CG identity. These and other efforts will be undertaken to increase CG visibility within the universities. A lecture series on Mechanisms of Human Disease/Aging might be anticipated under the coordination of the University of Köln.


Contact person at the CG Office: Catarina Moleiro (moleiro@coimbra-group.eu)