PSE Natural Drug Discovery: Current approach and future perspectives
12-15 October 2023, Antalya, Türkiye



Early registration and abstract submission deadlines have been extended.
Early bird registration: August 30, 2023 – Abstract Submission: August 15, 2023



You can register for our meeting now and take advantage of early registration.



You can attend our meeting with an oral or poster presentation.



The scientific program of the meeting has been published.


Bursaries &

PSE will award a limited number of travel bursaries and Phytochemistry and Phytochemistry Letter Journals will oral/poster presentation awards.


Remaining to meeting

Thursday, October 12nd, 2023

Pre-Conference Excursion – €25

Exploration of the Phaselis Ancient City

  • 09:00 Departure from the Hotel
  • 09:25  Arrival and guided tour of Phaselis Ancient City with an English-speaking professional guide
  • 11:00   Swimming in the gorgeous Mediterranean sea
  • 12:30  Conclusion of our excursion, followed by the return trip to the hotel

Phaselis is not only a historically rich place to visit, but it’s also a beautiful national park to enjoy on a sunny day. Indeed, in the Tekirova district of Antalya, the ancient city of Phaselis is a true natural beauty, where historical ruins are waiting for you to discover under the shade of pine trees.

Phaselis was one of the most important cities of the Lycian League. The Roman ruins are well preserved and the three harbors of the ancient city are used as beaches today.

The word Phaselis means “the place protected by Gods” in Ancient Greek. Most of the ruins in Phaselis date back to the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Here are some of the different parts of the ancient city you will see.

Protection Walls: The walls surround the city from the sea to protect it from pirate attacks.

Aqueducts: The length of the aqueduct is about 450 m. The Aqueducts are the oldest structures that have survived until today in Phaselis.

Hadrian’s Arch: The harbor street connects the middle and south harbors. Hadrian’s Arch is located at the south entrance of the street. The fancy gate was built to welcome Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 131. Hadrian’s Arch’s support legs still remain in situ on the main street. There is a dedication inscription to Hadrian on the architrave blocks of the arch. There is also an agora next to the south harbor. Read our article about Hadrian’s Arch in Antalya

Roman Baths: There are two Roman bath complexes in Phaselis, one small and the other large. Both complexes date back to the 3rd century and used the hypocaust system.

Latrina: The Latrina is located to the north of the small bath and dates back to the 3rd century. Its floor is covered with mosaics

Theater: The small theater is characteristic of a typical Hellenistic Period theater. From the remains its possible to tell that the stage building was added during the Roman period. The Hellenistic theater dates back to the 2nd century, although there is a large possibility that there was a theater here before this. It has the capacity to hold about 1,500 spectators.

Basilica: Opposite the theater, you can see the remains of a small basilica that dates back to the Byzantine period. It’s controversial whether the basilica here was a congregation or an episcopal church.

Acropolis: The main goddess of the city was Athena, the Goddess of War and Wisdom. The Temple of Athena and some other important structures that have not been found yet are considered to be located on the Acropolis hill today.

Phaselis Beach: There are 3 different bays: the North Bay, the Ancient Bay, and the South Bay. The three beaches here were used as ports in ancient times.

If you dive, you can see the remains under the water. Make sure to bring a snorkel and mask when packing for Phaselis.


Natural Drug Discovery: Current approach and future perspectives

Invitation to Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Phytochemical Society of Europe and the Organizing Committee, we are delighted to invite you to join the conference on ‘Natural drug discovery: Current approach and future perspectives’, which will be held in Antalya, Turkey, 12-15 October 2023.

The conference’s main objective is to bring natural product and food scientists together to share the most recent research findings, concepts, and experiences.

The congress will focus on all main topics of natural products research:   Isolation and structure elucidation; omics-based approaches; ethnopharmacology and phytotherapy; biosynthesis and biotechnology of secondary metabolites; production, quality and regulatory aspects of herbal preparations, food supplements as well as functional foods; natural products in veterinary medicine, cosmetic and food area.

Antalya is one of the world’s foremost tourist destinations where mountains and sea meet each other. The city has many well-preserved historical sites and ancient settlements dating back thousands of years. There is history, natural beauty, and a rich variety of local lifestyles to be discovered.

We warmly invite you to this exciting conference. Please join us and have a great time in Antalya!

Professor Didem Şöhretoğlu
Chair of conference

Special Issue for our conference

Phytochemistry Letters

Natural drug discovery: Current approach and future perspectives
Guest editors: Didem Şöhretoğlu
Submission deadline: 15 June 2024

This special issue is related to the conference: “PSE Meeting 2023: Natural drug discovery: Current approach and future perspectives”.

It will be held on 12-15 October 2023, at Sherwood Exclusive Kemer Hotel, Antalya, Türkiye

Guest editors:

Didem Şöhretoğlu, PhD
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
(Pharmacognosy, structure elucidation, enzyme inhibition)

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“Writing and publishing papers – the 6 Ps – prior preparation prevents pointlessly poor performance”

Prof. Simon Gibbons (Editor in chief- Phytochemistry Letters)
Prof. Satya Sarker  (Editor in chief- Phytochemical Analysis)
Prof. Francisco Macias (Editor in chief- Phytochemistry Reviews)

Join Workshop


You can follow the important dates of our congress here.

Meeting Date
October 12-15, 2023 – Antalya, Türkiye
Meeting Venue
Sherwood Exclusive Kemer Hotel
Early Bird Registration
August 30, 2023 (extended)
End date for submission of abstracts
August 15, 2023 (extended)


De Montford University, Leicester, UK

Randolph Arroo

Title: Pharmacological potential of polymethoxy flavones from Artemisia annua L.
Università di Bari, Bari, Italy

Pinarosa Avato

Title: Bioactive Phytochemicals: Challenges In Drug Development
Universidade de Lisboa, Lizbon, Portugal

Maria José Umbelino Ferreira

Title: Targeting drug resistance in cancer by plant-derived compounds and hemisynthetic derivatives
Mainz, Germany

Thomas Efferth

Editor-in-Chief: Phytomedicine, Phytomedicine Plus
Associate Editor: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Pharmaceuticals, Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s Archives of Pharmacology, Frontiers in Pharmacology
Title: Nerium oleander and its cardenolides as profound anticancer agents
American Botanical Council, Vermont, USA

Stefan Gafner

Title: Tackling botanical ingredient adulteration – a solution looking for a problem or an urgent need to improve the outcome of herbal medicine?
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Simon Gibbons

Editor-in-Chief: Phytochemistry Letters
Title: Phytochemistry: not just for your drugs and busting bugs
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkiye

Vural Gökmen

Associate Editor: Food Chemistry
Title: Characterization of Cereal Based Dietary Fibers as Potential Functional Food Ingredients
Universidad de Cádiz, Cadiz, Spain

Francisco A. Macias

Editor in Chief of Phytochemistry Reviews
Associate Editor: Phytochemical Analysis
Title: Dereplication of mixtures of bioactive saponins from Agave species. Their potential use as bioherbicides
Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Lutfun Nahar

Managing Editor: Phytochemical Analysis
Title: The power of antioxidant-rich foods
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Kenneth Ritchie

Title: Cancer chemoprevention and the hunt for phytochemical inducers of the antioxidant response
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Satyajit Sarker

Editor-in-Chief: Phytochemical Analysis
Title: Vitexin, Isovitexin and Vicenins 1-3: Linking the Results of in silico Studies to Reported Bioactivities
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Helen Skaltsa

Editor-in-Chief: Phytochemistry
Title: Mild skin ailments and their treatment with natural products
Palacký University, Olomouc, Czechia

Miroslav Strnad

Title: Natural adenines and their derivatives as new anticancer drug candidates
Wädenswil, Switzerland

Evelyn Wolfram

Associate Editor: Phytochemical Analysis
Title: Computational Aids in Phytochemical Research and Analysis – Opportunities and Challenges from an author and editor’s perspective
Near East University, Turkiye

İhsan Çalış

Title: The phytochemical studies on the secondary metabolites from some Polygala species of Türkiye


Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Lucie Cahlíková

Title: Natural products and their derivatives as antimycobacterial agents
Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Petr Tarkowski

Title: Hyphenated techniques as tools for plant production quality assessment and monitoring of plant growth and development


The language of the congress is English. The topics of the congress are
  • Isolation and structure elucidation of natural products from biological sources

  • Omics based approaches in natural products research

  • Ethnopharmacology, phytotheraphy and bioactivity of secondary metabolites

  • Biosynthesis and biotechnology of secondary metabolites

  • Production, quality and regulatory aspects of herbal preparations, food supplements, functional foods

  • Natural products in veterinary medicine

  • Natural products in food and cosmetic area

Congress City

About Antalya

Antalya, the paradise on earth, the pearl city of the Mediterranean, and the Turkish Riviera. With its history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style, the city hosts more than 11 million foreign guests, from all over the world on a yearly basis. Antalya is one of the world’s foremost tourism destinations, offers you a peerless experience.

Things to do

Antalya has many well preserved historical sites and ancient settlements dating back thousands of years. These historical structures give you a number of options for daily activities. There is history, natural beauty and a rich variety of local life style to be discovered. Somewhere beyond your dreams. Antalya, feel the breath of Mediterranean.

Where to go

Antalya is a typical Mediterranean city, which combines ancient cities whispering tales of history, myth and legend, emerald green forests and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Antalya is the largest city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline. This great city is full of places to go and world famous seaside towns to stay for tourists.


Cinnah Cad. Alacam Sk. Tu-Ba Is Merkezi. No: 10/5
06690 Cankaya, Ankara, Turkiye
+90 312 466 70 00


Scientific Secretary
Assoc.Prof. Dr. Gülin Renda