Vision of a modern research institution
"Our vision is to further develop the tradition-rich institute as a modern research institution in an international network," says May. Together with the previous chairman, Tannich, the new board has presented plans for the expansion of a modern tropical institute. The historic institute building at Hamburg harbour is to be brought up to date and supplemented by a new research building. There, the researchers at the BNITM want to continue to investigate how epidemics can be better controlled, pathogen structures deciphered and poverty-related diseases increasingly combated. With support from politics, the modernised BNITM at the historic location can continue to make an important contribution to the excellent research locations of Hamburg and Germany.
Hamburg's Science Senator Katharina Fegebank: "I am very pleased that with Prof. Dr. Jürgen May we are able to bind a renowned scientist and excellent expert of the Bernhard Nocht Institute to Hamburg in the long term. Jürgen May has already been closely associated with the city for many years and has excellent networks both nationally and internationally. In the past year and a half, it has become abundantly clear how important the research areas of virology, epidemiology and infectiology are for society as a whole. I am sure that the Bernhard Nocht Institute and the new Chairman of the Board will succeed in further advancing science with their important research results. This also fits in perfectly with the Senate's plans to further develop and expand these research fields in the future. I wish Professor May a happy hand for the tasks ahead, successful projects and congratulate him warmly on behalf of the entire Senate on his new task."
Prof. Egbert Tannich, outgoing Chairman of the Board of BNITM: "It was a great pleasure for me to be able to accompany the development of the Institute in a responsible position. I always felt constructively supported by the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees and the Scientific Advisory Board. I thank them and all Institute members for the good cooperation. I sincerely wish my successor much success and all the best."
Prof. Jürgen May, Chairman of the BNITM Board: "I would like to thank the Board, the committees and our donors for their trust and I am very much looking forward to working with them. Our work in the countries of the global South is particularly close to my heart. The coronavirus pandemic at the latest has shown: Outbreaks of infection do not stop at borders. This also applies to tropical pathogens, especially in view of global warming. Research for Global Health, as BNITM has always done, will therefore become increasingly important."