Backer Foundation

The Hilmar Johannes Backer Foundation aims to support Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen.

This aim is achieved through providing financial support to chemistry student excursions, the annual “work week” organised by research groups in the area of organic chemistry, the annual Backer Lecture, and two annual prizes; the Backer prize (together with the Royal Netherlands Chemistry Union, the KNCV, div. of Organic Chemistry) and the Strating prize (a prize awarded for the best written colloquium within the Stratingh Institute).

In addition to these activities, individual support can be provided to students from Groningen who carry out internship as part of their Master degree in Chemistry. Requests, which should include a description of the traineeship project and a subsistence budget, can be sent by e-mail to the secretary of the board of the Backer Foundation, Prof. Dr. A.J. Minnaard.

The board of the Backerfonds:


Prof. dr. J.G. Roelfes


Dhr. J.N. Dijck RA

Prof. dr. B.L. Feringa

Prof. dr. A.J. Minnaard

Dr. M.D. Witte