About our Society

The German Society for Plant Sciences (literally "German Botanical Society", Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) is the largest organisation for plant scientists in the German speaking area and was founded more than 125 years ago. The DBG unites more than 900 scientific botanists and plant scientists, ranging from molecular and genetic biologists to vegetation sociologists and ecosystem scientists.


The DBG represents plant sciences in the German speaking area and promotes scientific botany and plant sciences in the framework of biology on national and international grounds. DBG has only non-commercial purposes as declared in its statutes.


The main activities of the German Botanical Society DBG are:

  • Providing a strong network for plant scientists of all science disciplines and botanists
  • Promotion of the plant and botanical sciences
  • Bienally the DBG holds a scientific congress of about one week in duration the international "Botanikertagung" which is organized by a university in the German-speaking area. The meeting comprises oral presentations, poster-sessions, excursions and is held together with the general assembly (the "plenum") of the society. During the conference, the prizes of the society are presented to further the career of young scientists. In the years between the Botanikertagung the Sections organise conferences and workshops with topics concerning their field of science.
  • The promotion of young scientists is one of the focal points of the German Botanical Society. The DBG recognizes meritious research by presentation of prizes. It also enables young scientists to attend the meetings by awarding travel funds to deserving individuals. Moreover the DBG invites young scientists to organize a conference – the Eduard Strasburger-Workshop - to foster the scientific exchange of expertise and facilitate networking. The Society also awards excellent master theses with a prize.
  • Scientific publications, especially the Society's science journal "Plant Biology".
  • Notifications and informations of the society are published in the "Actualia".
  • Congresses in specialized botanical fields are financially supported by the Society to enable young scientists to attend the meeting.
  • The DBG carries out own and supports other campaigns to strengthen plant sciences, the interests of its members and freedom of research.
  • In 2012 the DBG established working group entitled „The Arabidopsis Functional Genomics Network (AFGN)". It bundles the differnet approaches in this research area.
  • Five to six times a year members receive the DBG's newsletter in which the Society informs about its recent activities.


The German Botanical Society (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft e.V, DBG) was founded in 1882 at Eisenach, Germany. It is one of the oldest botanical societies worldwide which is still active. On the occasion of its 125th anniversary it published a booklet.

Organs of the DBG

Organs of the DBG are the general assembly, the executive committee and the extended board. The four members of the executive committee and the additional six members of the board of trustees are elected by the general assembly every two years. The respective responsibilities of the individual board members are detailed in the constitution of the Society (published in Plant Biology Vol. 1, pages: N9 - N12, 1999).

Membership in Umbrella Organizations

The Society and its Sections are maintaining a vivid network with other scientific organisations: The DBG is member of national as well as international umbrella organisation, like VBIO, DNK, FESPB and EPSO. The Phycology Section also is founding member of an Europaean umbrella organisation.

International Collaboration

Members of the DBG are collaborating internationally. Many of the plant biologists who participated in DBG's survey regularly work together with scientists from abroad and many other countries.


Besides the prizes for young scientists mentioned above the DBG honors persons who supported the society and / or its objectives with an honorary membership or the Simon-Schwendener Medal.


The DBG unites about 920 individual members and persons working or interested in plant science (status September 2019). Members support plant sciences and scientific botany and enjoy several advantages.