The initiative for a Summer School in Pharmacognosy was carried out for the first time from 22nd to 31st July 2018 at MU-Varna. Organizers are the Department of Pharmaceutical Technologies, headed by Assoc. Prof. M. Pharm. Kaloyan Georgiev and TS Pharmacognosy at the same Department, headed by Assoc. Prof. M. Pharm. Iliya Zhelev. Lecturers from MU - Varna and their colleagues from the National University of Pharmacy - Kharkov (Ukraine) took part in the Summer School.
A variety of laboratory tests were performed within the programme. The differences between the methods for analysis of plant substances in Ukraine and Bulgaria were also discussed. The lecturers from Ukraine shared their experience by presenting outcomes of their own scientific research.
During the second part of the programme there was also a visit to the University botanical gardens in Balchik and the one in the eco-park in Varna. Part of the tour included the regions around Cape Kaliakra and the Kamchia River, where the attention was focused on the characteristic for the respective territory and climatic conditions medicinal plants. In addition, material for future phytochemical studies was collected.
All participants received their certificates at an official ceremony on Tuesday - 31st July 2018.