Nachwuchsförderung in der angewandten Pflanzenforschung

In seinen Initiativen zu Pflanzenforschung unterstützt das Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) auch 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.

Activities 2020

Summer School "Hands-on plant breeding"

Summer School

May 17-20, 2020, Groß Lüsewitz/Poel Island

Taking place at the renowned breeding company NPZ, the next summer school gives in depth insights into the work routines of plant breeding and hands-on training.

Plant assessment, crossing and resistance testing on a variety of crops are only few of the topics covered.

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Activities 2019

Online Course 2 - Scientific Figure Design

October 28 - November 17, 2019

Online Course 2 - Scientific Figure Design

Scientific illustrations are at the heart of the presentation of research results. However, it can be challenging to create figures that are correct, appealing and meaningful.

The new online course of the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY was dedicated to this topic.

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Online Course 1
February 4-20
The course "Poster Design" aimed to provide skills for the efficient design of an appealing scientific poster. Design basics as well a practical tips were covered. The participants could create their own poster and received feedback.
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Workshop 5
March 12-13 in Potsdam
Self-presentation was the focus of Workshop No. 5. Eight early stage plant scientist trained effective presentation and argumentation, addressed stage fright and learned strategies to deal with difficult questions.
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Workshop 6
September 26-27 in Berlin
Career opportunities for plant scientists were the focus of workshop 6. We discussed research funding, visited the BfR and ECF Farm, and met experts from various fields, such as industrial research, public authority, sales, public relations and more.
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Activities 2018

Workshop 3
February 6 at Status Seminar in Potsdam
At the third workshop during the Status Seminar, we introduced the activities 2018, reflected the mentoring progress and there was time to discuss self-chosen topics in a confidential atmosphere.
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Workshop 4
September 17-18 in Köln and Jülich
The fourth workshop was packed with a diverse program on plant research and beyond. Excursions led to the Science Barn and Plant Phenotyping facilities, an evening seminar helped developing convincing project ideas, talks gave insight into plant breeding research and biotech companies.
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Summer School 2
September 19-21 at FZ Jülich
During the Summer School, the young plant scientists gained insights into useful plant phenotyping techniques. The course was organized in collaboration with DPPN and provided a hands-on introduction as well as ideas of applications and implementation for the own research.
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Activities 2017

Workshop 1
February 21 at Status Seminar in Potsdam
During the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2017, the first meeting of the young scientists involved in the program took place. Besides a get-together, the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY activities were introduced in more detail. Time was 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 gave fruitful insights into the development and release of new crop varieties. Seminars focused on useful tools to set own career goals as well as the development of a successful mentoring relationship.
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Summer School
September 25-27 in Gatersleben
The Summer School was organized in collaboration with the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI). The participants gained insights into Bioinformatics and Statistics in Plant Sciences and practiced the use of R.
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PLANT 2030 ACADEMY: Support Program for Early Career Plant Scientists

PLANT 2030 ACADEMY: Support Program for Early Career Plant Scientists

The PLANT 2030 ACADEMY fosters the professional and personal development of doctoral students and early stage postdocs involved in the BMBF plant science funding initiative. 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

All doctoral students and postdocs involved in BMBF plant science funding initiatives may enroll for the activities. A registration is required. 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. 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.

Young, innovative and creative

Elevator Pitch at PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019

Elevator Pitch Awards 2019. © PLANT 2030/M.Arlt

The elevator pitch session was a highlight at the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar. Nineteen early stage scientists took up the challenge to present their work in a clear and creative way in only two minutes. Three outstanding presentation were awarded by the German Federation for Plant Innovation (GFPi) for their excellent science communication.

Dr. Stefan Lütke Entrup (GFPi) and Dr. Hanna Berger (PLANT 2030) handed over the prices to Isabel Keller und Cristina Martins Rodrigues (Team), Daniel Krenzer und Krishna Mohan Pathi.