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Plant Science Student Conference in Halle (Saale)

Some of the 60 participants of the PSSC 2024 gathered in front of the Leibniz-Institute for Plantbiochemistry in Halle (IPB). Photo: IPB

The 19th Plant Science Student Conference (PSSC 2024) took place at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) from June 17th to 20th in 2024. The conference represents almost two decades of tradition between the IPB and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), in which students at the institutes invite other students of the plant sciences to share their knowledge, build connections and experience an academic conference in a student-friendly atmosphere. Approximately 60 PhD students participated this year, joining not only from IPB and IPK, but also from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). In addition, the conference invited Prof. Dr. Gabriel Schaaf from the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University Bonn, Dr. Marie Barberon from the University of Geneva and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Ranf-Zipproth from the University of Fribourg as keynote speakers. As part of the organizing team Max Jonas Paulmann, Lilly Eger, and Jolina Marx from IPB report participants spent four exciting days full of inspiring science, fruitful interaction and – of course – delicious food.

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Actualia (engl.) · DBG

Please bring in your suggestions for our statutes

Recently our Secretary General, Prof Dr Caroline Müller, has sent you an e-mail to ask our members for suggestions to update our statutes (written in German), on which will be decided at our next member assembly during our Botanik-Tagung on 17th September 2024 in Halle, Germany. The update and decision of our status was announced at our town hall meeting earlier this year and in the latest newsletter. All members are invited to bring in their suggestions until 30th June 2024 the latest.

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Invited speakers: hot topic workshop on chloroplasts for ECRs

Logo of the workshop "co- and posttranslational control in chloroplasts" by Jens Mühlenbeck

The speakers invited to DBG's second Eduard Strasburger Hot Topic Workshop "Co- and posttranslational control in chloroplasts" (#DBGHotTop2024) in Münster, Germany, from 18 – 20 November 2024, are

  • Carmela Giglione, University of Paris-Saclay
  • Bernhard Grimm, HU Berlin
  • Manajit Hayer-Hartl, MPI Martinsried
  • Georg Hochberg, MPI Marburg
  • Paul Javis, University of Oxford
  • Matt Johnson, University of Sheffield
  • Dario Leister, LMU München
  • Paula Mulo, University of Turku
  • Klaas J. van Wijk, Cornell Universit

Registration is planned to start in June 2024. Attendance to the workshop is free for ECRs. The workshop will be organised by Dr Jürgen Eirich and Jens Mühlenbeck from the Institute for Plant Biology and Biotechnology at Münster University. More to come on the workshop's website soon.

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Actualia (engl.) · DBG

Invitation: DBG Member Assembly and board elections in September

You are invited to take part in our upcoming member assembly on Tuesday, 17th September 2024, within our International Conference of our German Society for Plant Sciences at Martin-Luther University Halle. The member assembly will take place in Lecture Hall XXII, Universitätsplatz 1, D-06108 Halle, Germany from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; a lunch packet will be served. All members received the invitation together with the latest newsletter. Our board is looking forward to meeting you in Halle.

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Actualia (engl.) · Event · SciComm

May 18th is international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD)

The seventh international “Fascination of Plants Day” (#plantday) will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), in which our DBG is an associated member. The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. Activities can happen from 1st March to 30th November 2024, with a peak around 18th May. In 2022 a total of 810 events in over 54 countries were held (for more details see power-point file as well as facts and figures 2024). If you would like to add your activity or event, please submit it to the organisers. The password to do so will be send to our members in the next DBG newsletter. The organisers also provide a PR toolbox with Logos, Posters and things like that to help you in promoting your event. 

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First International PlantACT! Conference: how plant sciences can tackle climate crisis

Part of the more than 100 participants of the first PlantACT! Conference in Düsseldorf. Photo: Brigitte Haumann, CEPLAS

More than 100 scientists discussed how plant science on crops can contribute to mitigate climate crisis at the first international PlantACT! Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany. Co-Organiser Andreas Weber summarizes three approaches of science based strategies. The report also suggests other scientific disciplines the plant sciences should collaborate with. Workshops on how to communicate research results and a public panel rounded off this first meeting of its kind, which will be continued next year in Spain.

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Molecular Biology of Plants Conference 2024

190 scientists shared and discussed their discoveries at the 2024 “Molecular Biology of Plants” conference (MBP2024) at Sportschule Hennef. Photo: José Ugalde

The 37th Molecular Biology of Plants conference (MBP2024) took place at the Sportschule Hennef (close to Bonn, Germany) from 4th until 7th March 2024. Conference chair Ute Höcker (University of Cologne) shares both scientific and non-scientific highlights of this annual meeting. This includes the two keynotes on male-female interactions during endosperm development and how potato plants prevent above-ground tuber formation. She also reports the winners of the awards for best talks, best posters and for science communication, as well as about the career session and the outcome of the traditional soccer game between PIs against PhD students and PostDocs. The new venue, Sportschule Hennef, has once again proven to be a first-rate replacement for our previous long-term venue in Dabringhausen.

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22nd Central German Plant Physiology Meeting 2024

Group photo from the conference. Photo: Julie Zedler

This year’s “Mitteldeutsche Pflanzenphysiologietagung” took place for the 22nd time and was hosted by the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. More than 70 researchers - the majority were early career scientists (BSc, MSc and PhD students) - convened in Jena to discuss their latest findings and network with fellow early career researchers. A wide range of plant research topics from Dresden, Halle, Leipzig and Jena were discussed. In total 16 oral presentations and 9 posters were presented, which gave insights into a diverse range of research from fundamental characterization to applied aspects and from unicellular cyanobacteria to higher plants. The guest speaker Julia Kehr (Universität Hamburg) reported about recent work on long-distance RNA signaling in plants in her keynote lecture which could also be followed online in a live-stream. The organisers around Alexandra Furch and Julie Zedler look back on a lively conference which initiated many discussions and thank the DBG for supporting the early career researchers to attend this meeting.

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Nachruf: Professor Dr. Friedrich Ehrendorfer (1927 – 2023)

Friedrich Ehrendorfer, honorary member of our society since 2000. Photo: private

Sorry, in German only

Unser Ehrenmitglied, der Evolutionsforscher, Pionier der Karyotaxonomie, Lehrbuchautor und Initiator der Florenkartierung Mitteleuropas, Professor Friedrich Ehrendorfer, ist am 28. November 2023 im 97. Lebensjahr gestorben. Ehrendorfer klärte an der Universität Wien nicht nur die komplexe Evolution und Verwandtschaft unter Labkräutern und Rötegewächsen mit multidisziplinären Ansätzen auf, sondern verfasste mehr als 200 Publikationen und zwei Kapitel in Strasburgers Lehrbuch der Botanik. Er vertiefte sich bereits in taxonomische Fragestellungen auch wenn diese Fachrichtung seinerzeit als unseriös galt und erst später Anerkennung erfuhr. Die Exkursionen des Pflanzenkenners waren bei den Studierenden beliebt, erinnert Ehrendorfers Mitarbeiter, der Taxonom Prof. Manfred A. Fischer in seinem Nachruf. Ehrendorfer erhielt mehrere Auszeichnungen für sein wissenschaftliches Werk, das in seinen zahlreichen Publikationen und in den von ihm ausgebildeten Taxonominnen und Taxonomen weiterlebt.

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Nomination call for DBG's three awards

The nominations for the three prestigious awards for aspiring early career plant scientists are open now. DBG members and others, please nominate suitable candidates for the Eduard Strasburger Prize, the Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize and the Horst Wiehe Prize. Also read "Übersicht der Wissenschaftspreise der DBG". Application deadline is 1st May 2024 for each of them.

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Invitation to the international Botanik-Tagung (BT2024)

Prof. Dr. Edgar Peiter and his organizing committee invite all plant scientists to take part in Botanik-Tagung, the International Conference of the German Society for Plant Sciences, at Halle/Saale, Germany, from 15th until 19th September 2024. The programme brings together 29 internationally leading plenary and keynote speakers, who span the entire field of plant sciences - from molecules to ecosystems. This year’s motto Growing Solutions for Growing Challenges reflects the potential of plant sciences to counter existential problems of our planet, such as carbon sequestration and the adaptation of crops to climate change challenges. The Botanik-Tagung furthers scientific exchange to improve our fundamental understanding of plants and to translate it into resilient crops and ecosystems. Workshops, the programme, and the city of Halle stimulate to socialize and to continue scientific discussions until late

> read Welcome Note on conference website

> Conference Website: Botanik-Tagung.de

> To Conference Poster including all Plenary and Keynote Speakers as well as all Sessions (pdf)

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Actualia (engl.) · Internat. Botanik-Tagung · Promoting young researchers

BT2024: 60 Travel Grants for ECRs

Update 08 April 2024: all 60 grants have already be allocated.

To support participation of early career plant scientists (ERC) in our International Conference of the German Society for Plant Sciences (BT2024: Botanik-Tagung 2024 15th to 19th September 2024 in Halle a.d.S., Germany), DBG provides a maximum of 60 travel grants up to 400 Euro each for members, who actively take part in the conference with a talk or a poster. DBG reimburses traveling and accommodation costs as well as registration fees. Grants will be allocated according to the order in which applications are received; until 25th May the latest. It therefore is advantageous to apply rapidly.

Details are in our intranet (login required)

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Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Promoting young researchers

DBG awards 18 Master theses with prizes

Some of the images in the awarded master theses as well as handing-over of the certificates at the Universities of Bonn, Hannover, Oldenburg, Heidelberg, Aachen, Erlangen-Nürnberg as well as Leipzig. © Graphs, photos and further information: see link to summary page

The topics in the master theses ranged from parasite defence over a hands-on model for teaching, an interactive database to help people protecting endangered plants, the search for resistances in crops up to the effects of microplastics as well as drought stress, just to name a few. They received the prizes for best master theses which were awarded by DBG last year. The 18 awards at the participating universities were given to eight female and ten male students for their excellent studies. The following summary provides their names and research details.

To list of awardees and research topics

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Virtual Meeting: participation opportunities for ECRs and established members announced

Graph: Alexandra Koch, Pixabay, edited

During the so-called Town Hall Meeting on January 9th, members were invited to give their feedback on the further development of our scientific society. President Prof. Andreas Weber presented the results of the Presidium’s strategy workshop and invited the meeting’s participants – among them two former DBG presidents - to comment on them. These comprised the inclusion of early career researchers (ECR) in the DBG’s executive committee (incl. a change of the DBG’s statutes) and in the many activities of our society. Proposals from the audience included having a meeting of ECRs during the upcoming Botanik-Tagung, International Conference of the German Society for Plant Sciences as well as introductory seminars of newly appointed researchers – in addition to the already existing Strasburger-(Hot-Topic-)Workshops. Weber also asked the participants to apply for the two positions on the DBG board, which will be up for re-election during the Botanik-Tagung this summer. He also asked for nominations for the DBG’s upcoming science prizes awarded to ECRs. The editor-in-chief of our science journal Plant Biology, Prof. Christiane Werner, highlighted the publication possibilities and the opportunity to organize special issues. Weber thanked all meeting participants for their ideas and feedback, which will now be implemented by our board. Everyone who has further ideas and suggestions is invited to contact one of the board members.