Actualia (engl.) · DBG

Successes and strategies for the DBG

The members of the Board, the Sections and other committed members discussed the DNA of our scholarly society (f. l. t. r.): Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller (DBG’s Secretary General), Prof. Dr. Jutta Ludwig-Müller (Editor of our Actualia), Prof. Dr. Edgar Peiter (Conference chair), Prof. Dr. Christian Zörb (Board member of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology, FESPB), Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber (DBG’s President), Prof. Dr. Raimund Tenhaken (DBG’s Treasurer), Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier (DBG’s Board Member), Dr. Thomas Leya (Phycology Section), Dr. Sophie de Vries (Section for Interactions) und Prof. Dr. Ute Wittstock (Section Natural Products). Photo: Esther Schwarz-Weig

Advancement of early career researchers (ECR), opportunities for members to participate in shaping our organisation, workshops for professional development and the topic of outreach into politics and society were just some of the points that were discussed during a workshop of our board meeting. With the moderation of our communicator, Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig, the participants compiled what excites them about our DBG. They also developed solutions to respond to the challenges that scientific societies face due to changes in research, publishing, science policy, networking and communication. In order to inform everyone about these topics and to enable active participation, there will soon be a digital town hall meeting.

Representatives of the Executive Board, three of our six Sections, a representative of the FESPB and the editor of our Actualia came together for the above-mentioned workshop. The strategy meeting had directly followed the board meeting, which traditionally took place at the location of our next interntaional conference Botanik-Tagung (2024 in Halle/Saale, Germany) and to which its conference chair, Prof. Dr. Edgar Peiter, had invited.


Dr. Esther Schwarz-Weig, Science editor at WissensWorte and trainer in science communication at Spicy Science