Join us in September 2019 for the 5th Plants and People Conference!


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 the 5th Plants and People Conference is '(M)PIMP Future Foods - Challenges for Global Food Security'. It will take place on September 3rd and 4th, 2019. Besides our scientific program which will feature talks on various topics relating to plant stress biology, breeding and synthetic biology with regard to food security, we have invited speakers from the field of social sciences and politics to give insight from a different perspective. As members of society we think that it is crucial to understand both social and scientific aspects of future challenges with regard to food security. 

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. In 2017, 'Communicating Science - Connecting Worlds' brought the communication and dissemination of scientific knowledge, not only to scientists but also to non-experts, into focus. 

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.