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.

Activities 2019

Workshop 5

Presenting yourself - in talks and defense

Presenting yourself - in talks and defense

March 12-13 2019, Potsdam

Self-presentation is the focus of Workshop No. 5.

We will train effective presentation and argumentation, address stage fright and learn strategies to deal with difficult questions.

Emphasis will be laid on the defense of your PhD theses.

The workshop starts on March 12th at 1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Venue is the "Konferenzhotel am Templiner See" in Potsdam.

Registration is open now!

Register by sending an Email to the PLANT 2030 Managing office:

Registration deadline is February 12th, 2019. Capacity is limited.

Online Course: Poster Design

February 4 - 20, 2019

Online Course: Poster Design

We are happy to announce that you can now sign-up for the online course on poster design taking place February 4th to the 20th!

At conferences and meetings, posters are a great way to communicate your findings and ideas. However, it can be challenging to design an appealing poster in an efficient way. 

Join the online course of the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY on poster design and learn how to select content for your poster, best practices for poster design and presentation, and lots of tips and tricks for an attractive poster. The course focuses on using Microsoft Publisher (part of most Microsoft Office bundles), but the design principles can be applied to many other software solutions as well.

Topics that are covered in the course:

  • How to select exciting content for your poster
  • How to write compelling text
  • How to choose the best figures
  • How to layout your poster
  • Do’s and Don’ts of poster design
  • Document setup, design and export using Microsoft Publisher
  • Set up your own poster and receive feedback
  • And more!

The course is separated into two parts:

  • Feb. 4-10: Theoretical input on poster design (2-4 h of work)
  • Feb. 11-20: Practical training including own poster set-up and peer review (3-5 h of work)

You can choose yourself when and how you work on the lessons. In the end you will be able to submit your own poster and receive feedback on it.

Members of the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY recieved an Email with registration details. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact Joram Schwarzmann (


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 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

All doctoral students and postdocs involved in the funding initiative Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy 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. 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.

Young, innovative and creative

Elevator Pitch at PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2017

Elevator Pitch Awards 2017. © PLANT 2030/M.Arlt

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

Dr. Carl Bulich (GFPi), Dr. Frank Ordon (Julius Kühn-Institut Quedlinburg) und Dr. Hanna Berger (PLANT 2030) handed over the prices to:

  • Mascha Brinkkötter (Universität Göttingen; Projekt ChitoPop),
  • Mo Awwanah (Universität Göttingen; Projekt ChitoPop) and
  • Stefan Hiekel (IPK Gatersleben; Projekt HaploTools)