Konrad Reinhart is recognised as an international champion of sepsis. He is chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance and one of the key initiators of World Sepsis Day. He is a member and was chairman of the International Sepsis Forum and a member of the Council of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive & Critical Care Medicine from 2008-2013. In Germany he is member of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina and Chairman of the Sepsis-Foundation. He was funding President of the German Sepsis Society and its president from 2001- 2009. As speaker of the nation-wide German research network SepNet he initiated landmark studies on the efficacy and safety of therapeutic approaches in sepsis as well as on the epidemiology of sepsis in Germany. He was initiator of the Center for Sepsis Control & Care (CSCC) at Jena University Hospital. His research activities in the field of sepsis and intensive care medicine led to more than 750 peer reviewed publications and the Research Award of the Federal State of Thuringia/Germany. As Senior Professor at the CSCC, his publicly funded research is focused on quality improvement of sepsis management and long term sequelae of sepsis.