In the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) you encounter like-minded scientists working in all disciplines of plant sciences. Specialists in certain fields of knowledge share ideas and opinions within the Sections of the Society.
Our more than 1,000 members (in April 2022) support the objectives of the DBG, strengthen the voice of our Society and thus promote plant sciences. They give voice to plant sciences in scientific, public, and political discussions through their membership.
Newsletter and scientific journal
Every other month the German newsletter of the DBG informs members about plant science news, trends and topics in the plant science community, and news from the DBG and its sections. Members of the DBG obtain the journal Plant Biology free of charge.
Meetings and conferences
To encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences among botanists the Society promotes scientific meetings regularly, like the biennially Botanikertagung which covers the whole range of plant science disciplines as well as conferences addressing special topics. Members profit from reduced registration fees at the Botanikertagung.
Promotion of young scientists
The DBG fosters young scientists ideally and financially. It awards several prices for young and excellent scientists to promote their careers. Moreover, the Society provides travel allowances to enable young researchers to take part in the Botanikertagung and to undertake lab visits. The DBG sponsors meetings if they provide special offers for young scientists. And DBG support the organisation of conferences about hot topics.
The board of the DBG recommends scientists for the review board, who ensure the quality of the German Research Foundation's (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) review processes.
Members and Memberships
At present, the DBG represents around 850 members from more than 15 countries. Every person working in the plant sciences or related disciplines and every person interested in supporting the aims and objectives of the Society is invited to become a member.
The annual membership fee for ordinary members is 70 Euros at present and is due by January each year. Students and not fully funded postgraduates profit from reduced annual fees of 35 Euros at present. Members who remain faithful to the DBG after retirement can ask the Treasurer via E-Mail to reduce the membership fee to 50 Euros per year. Granting of fee-reductions on application in special cases is to the responsibility of the Executive Committee, according to the constitution of the society.
PhD students and starting PostDocs (without permanent position) can join the Society as guests first: In the first two years, only 20 Euros member fees apply each year and have full access to all the benefits of full members. Guest members are also invited to join an arbitrary number of our expert's Sections for free. If test/guest members do not cancel their membership during this time span, they automatically will become full members without prior notification.