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 theme for this year's conference is 'Communicating Science-Connecting Worlds'. It will take place on September 11-12, 2017. Besides our scientific program where speakers from both academia and industry will share their research with us, we have also invited professionals from the field of science communication. As PhD students we feel that it is crucial to communcate science, not only to our colleagues and fellow scientists, but also to non-experts such as stakeholders in politics, economy and the general public. 

Our inaugural 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. 'Future Plan[t]s' in 2015 brought together academic researchers and industry professionals to discuss their science and career paths, offering new ideas and career outlooks to young scientists.

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!