Plants and People (P&P) Conferences are organised by the PhD students at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and occur every second year.
Our conferences aim to bring together a unique mixture of high-profile international speakers, to speak not only on their specific research within the plant science field, but also to discuss wider aspects of life and growth within the scientific research world.
Our inaugral conference in 2011, themed 'On Roots and Fruits of Plant Biology' looked into the history and present day applications of plant research, while our 2013 conference, titled 'Challenges in Biology- Big Data and Ethics' focused on advances in biology and addressed ethical challenges that we as scientists have to consider.
This year's conference, 'Future Plan[t]s' (September 7-9) will once again feature an extraodinarily varied line-up of experts from the plant science field. Our talks, given by both academic researchers and industry professionals, will be augmented by discussions on 'the future of science, and the future of the scientist'.
Much of our financial support comes from the Max Planck Society, within the funding for the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) ‘Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth’, with additional contributions by sponsors.
The conference has always been free of charge and is open to all those interested!