Nachwuchsförderung in der angewandten Pflanzenforschung

Im Herbst 2016 sind die 22 Forschungsvorhaben der Fördermaßnahme Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung für die Bioökonomie des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) gestartet. In dem Progamm unterstützt das BMBF insbesondere die Ausbildung und Etablierung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses. Die Weiterentwicklungsangebote der PLANT 2030 ACADEMY sind speziell auf die Bedarfe der Promovierenden und Postdoktoranden der angewandten Pflanzenforschung zugeschnitten. Aufgrund der Internationalität des Programms werden die Angebote auf Englisch durchgeführt.

PLANT 2030 ACADEMY: Support Program for Early Career Plant Scientists

PLANT 2030 ACADEMY: Support Program for Early Career Plant Scientists

The PLANT 2030 ACADEMY will foster the professional and personal development of doctoral students and early stage PostDocs involved in the funding initiative Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy in the course of three years. The aim is to facilitate their qualification and establishment as renowned researchers within the applied plant science community. As there are already excellent development measures at universities and research institutes, the activities within the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY are adapted specifically to the needs of plant scientists and complement existing offers. Promoting young academics also contributes to the overall success of the research initiative and strengthens the applied plant science network.

The PLANT 2030 ACADEMY offers activities focusing on plant science related knowledge and skills (1), as well as network and career development (2).

(1) During workshops, the early career scientists come together for specialized trainings as well as excursions to relevant companies and institutes. Online courses give the opportunity for self-paced learning. In summer schools, knowledge is provided in a condensed way and practiced in a hands-on manner.

(2) In a one-year mentoring phase, the early career scientists will receive stimuli for their personal and professional development in exchange with the more experienced and independent mentor. Peer-coaching offers a forum where the doctoral students and early stage PostDocs get to know each other and exchange their ideas confidentially on self-chosen topics.

Enrollment and Certification

A registration is required in order to participate in the activities. For enrolment, please send an email to the PLANT 2030 Managing office ( including full name, institution, email-address, status (PhD or PostDoc) and project involved in. Doctoral students and early stage PostDocs who start delayed may still participate in the subsequent activities. The participation might be limited by available capacities – there is no legal claim.

The early career scientists participating in the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY will receive a certificate outlining the individual achievements during the program.

Activities 2017

Workshop 1
February 21 in Potsdam
During the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2017, the first meeting of the young scientists involved in the program will take place. Besides a get-together, the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY activities will be introduced in more detail. Time will also be provided for a first peer-coaching.
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Workshop 2
June 8-9 in Einbeck and Hannover
Excursions to the renowned breeding company KWS SAAT SE and the Bundessortenamt will give fruitful insights into the development and release of new crop varieties. A seminar will focus on useful tools to set own career goals.
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Summer School
September 25-27 in Gatersleben
The Summer School is organized in collaboration with the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (deNBI). The participants will gain insights into Bioinformatics and Statistics in Plant Sciences and will practice the use of R.
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Elevator Pitch at PLANT 2030 Status Seminar

The three winners of the Elevator Pitch 2016 © M. Arlt

In the Elevator Pitch session, early-career scientists take the opportunity to present their work to a broad audience in a condensed, clear and creative way. At the same time, the short talks are an advertisement for the following poster session.

The participants of the Elevator Pitch cannot only gain attention but also win considerable prizes. Our partners from the GFPi (Gemeinschaft zur Förderung von Pflanzeninnovation e. V.) award € 500 each for the three best presentations. The judgement takes place democratically by all participants of the Status Seminar.

The winners 2016 are:

Theresa Thiele (Universität Koblenz-Landau; IPAS-NOVISYS),

Christina Feiler (Universität Tübingen; PLANT-KBBE 4-PATRIC) and

Hendrik Albrecht (Forschungszentrum Jülich; DPPN-TP Shoot).