PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019

Potsdam, March 13-15, 2019

The PLANT 2030 Status Seminar is the annual meeting of plant research initiatives funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The research initiatives

  • Crops of the Future
  • Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy
  • Innovative Plant Breeding in the cultivation system (IPAS)

present their latest progress. 

The venue is the Kongresshotel Potsdam on the shore of Lake Templin.

The agenda includes oral presentations by project consortia and other invited speakers, a poster session, an elevator pitch, a conference dinner and much more.

The PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019 will start on March, 13th at 1.30 pm, registration and lunch will be possible from 11.30 am. The seminar will end March 15th at noon, lunch will be available before you leave.

The registration fee of € 350 includes the seminar documents, lunch on all days of the seminar and the conference dinner as well as soft drinks during plenary lectures and the coffee breaks.

If you register after February 13, 2019, an increased registration fee of € 380 will be due.


Registration for the seminar is open now including

  1. Registration
  2. Poster abstract submission
  3. Secrecy agreement submission

Important Deadlines

  • January 30, 2019 - Room contingent in hotel (€ 84,00 per night incl. breakfast)
  • February 13, 2019 - Early-bird registration (fee of € 350 instead of € 380)
  • February 21, 2019 - Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
  • March 06, 2019 - Submission of Elevator Pitch presentations
  • March 06, 2019 - Submission of Secrecy agreement & registration

Plenary Presentations, Posters and Elevator Pitch

Each project of the ongoing research consortia in Crops of the Future, Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy and Innovative Plant Breeding in the cultivation system (IPAS) has to be represented at the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019. More specifically, a project consortium must be represented by an oral presentation (if selected, see below) and, regardless of whether the presentation has been selected by the program board, by one poster per sub-project. 

Due to time constraints, unfortunately not every consortium can be selected for an oral presentation this year! The responsible coordinators were asked in advance to submit an abstract outlining the progress of the entire project consortium. These abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated according to scientific criteria. Individual projects will be selected from this pool and invited to give a presentation. 

Plenary Presentation (Invited speakers)

All speakers are kindly asked to adhere strictly to the given time frame. Presentations should give an overview of the progress made in all subprojects of the consortium. Emphasis should be laid on scientific results and not on the project proposal or consortia structure.  

A LC-projector and a laptop (MS Windows) will be available in the meeting room. Please upload your presentation during the last break before your time slot the latest. Due to time restrictions the use of your own laptop is not possible. If you like to use your own presenter or laser pointer please contact the technical staff when you upload your presentation.

If you are using MS PowerPoint we strongly recommend to use the "pack & go" function to avoid problems resulting from compatibility differences. It is also possible to use Adobe Acrobat, however using this form is discouraged. Other presentation software cannot be accepted. 

Poster Session & Poster Submission

Poster presentation is a key element of the evaluation procedure in PLANT 2030 projects. The authors are kindly requested to stand next to their posters during this event. Additionally, posters will be displayed throughout the whole seminar. Especially the coffee breaks are ideal chances to meet your colleagues and discuss the work done within the sub-projects.

If you like to contribute to the poster session it is crucial to upload an abstract for your poster by February 21, 2019.

Posters should not exceed the size of DIN A0 (portrait), which equals 841 mm x 1189 mm or 33.1 inch x 46.8 inch, as it is limited by the size of the movable walls. Please notice that we will not print your poster.

Posters are sorted by number referring to program and project affiliation. Poster set-up may be accomplished on March 13, 2019. Pins will be available at the hospitality desk. Posters should be removed latest at lunch break on March 15, 2019.

Elevator Pitch

The elevator pitch will be a teaser for the following poster session. Young researchers are encouraged to present their work in a condensed, clear and creative way in only two minutes.

Presenters should be PhD-students or Postdocs. The presentation should focus on the main idea or result of a poster presented within the poster session.

If you like to participate in the pitch, please indicate this with your poster abstract upload (tic box). 

If there are more participants than spaces for the pitch, a selection board will make a pre-selection based on scientific excellence of the work presented in the abstract.  

The presenters can use MS PowerPoint slides (4:3 format) or any other creative aid. If MS PowerPoint slides are used, they have to be handed in to the PLANT 2030 Managing Office by March 06, 2019, to ensure a smooth session. It is encouraged to be creative to leave an impression.

The presentation will be granted an award. The presentation will be judged democratically by all participants of the seminar.

Who may participate?

The Status Seminar is an internal conference and is not open to the public. Therefore please check if you are eligible for attending the conference.

Attendance compulsory

Each principal investigator (PI) of ongoing PLANT 2030 related projects (i.e. Crops of the Future, Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy, IPAS) has to participate and present the progress made in the respective projects. If you are not able to attend the seminar personally you must find a substitute.

Attendance encouraged

Scientists (Postdocs, PhD-students etc.) involved in the abovementioned PLANT 2030 related projects are welcome to attend the seminar. They are strongly encouraged to present their work on a poster.

Members of related and former programs are also welcome to join the seminar. These include BoNaRes and GlobE projects as well as finished projects of Plant Biotechnology for the Future, PLANT-KBBE, AgroClustEr and BioEnergie 2021, to mention a few. Participants are invited to actively take part in the seminar. Poster presentations on the further results of the projects are highly appreciated.


Under certain circumstances interested guests may also participate. However this has to be approved by the PLANT 2030 Managing Office for public partners and the Gemeinschaft zur Förderung von Pflanzeninnovation e.V. (GFPi) for private partners. If you are not sure if you are allowed to register for the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019, please contact the PLANT 2030 Managing Office (