Thanks of the University of Basel and the Basel-Stadt government
‘Thanks to the Eckenstein-Geigy Foundation the University of Basel can now invest in a field of life sciences that is of central importance for the future’, says Prof Andrea Schenker-Wicki, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Basel. ‘The fact that the donors are consciously supporting the interdisciplinary approach of the research shows that our full-fledged university in Basel offers the right conditions for tackling the major challenges facing society’, says the Vice-Chancellor.
In the opinion of the Basel Executive Council member and Director of Education Christoph Eymann, the professorship sponsored by the Eckenstein-Geigy Foundation perfectly rounds off the programme offered by the Swiss TPH. Following the initial phase the joint sponsorship, which will now be submitted to both governments, will lay the bases for the long-term integration of the professorship into the Swiss TPH. ‘On behalf of the Executive Council I warmly thank the foundation for this donation, generous and carefully coordinated with the Swiss TPH’, says Executive Council member Christoph Eymann.
‘This endowed professorship will give us the opportunity at Swiss TPH and at the University of Basel of developing an area of research and implementation that is both innovative and promising for the future’, says Prof Marcel Tanner. As a former director of the Swiss TPH he was able to launch this initiative together with the Eckenstein-Geigy Foundation. ‘We are immensely grateful to the Eckenstein-Geigy Foundation for their generous donation, which is aimed at strengthening healthcare systems.’
The Eckenstein-Geigy professorship will be awarded through a regular appointment procedure at the Faculty of Philosophy and Natural Sciences at the University of Basel with an international call for candidates. The post is due to be filled in the first half of 2016.