A warm welcome to the annual meeting of plant research initiatives funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

This year, the conference will take place as virtual event on March 28-30, 2022.

The meeting comprises three days of exciting scientific exchange on applied plant research. The agenda includes keynote lectures, project presentations as talks, posters and videos, and a poster video award session.

Please check the agenda below or the conference schedule for more detailed information.


The registration is open now and free of charge.

You need to log in / create a user account to be able to enroll for the meeting.

Please check in the last section of this page whether you are eligible to attend.

Presenter instructions

Every project consortium of ongoing and new funding initiatives has to be represented by an oral presentation. Every sub-project should be represented by a poster.

Please find detailed instructions for abstract submission and the presentation of talks, posters and poster videos in the presenter instructions section.

Important deadlines

February 28, 2022:

  • Submission of abstracts for talks and posters


March 20, 2022:

  • Poster (PDF) submission
  • Poster video submission (to be considered for the award)



Three keynote lectures will complement the meeting, giving overview and insights into cutting-edge plant research and stimulating fruitful discussions:

  • Claudia Köhler, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam; Topic: Epigenetics in plant research
  • Sebastian Kruss, Ruhr University Bochum; Topic: Nano tools for plant sciences.
  • Andreas von Tiedemann, Georg August University of Göttingen; Topic: Plant insect interactions

The keynote lectures will be accessible via the online conferencing tool Webex.

The keynotes section provides more detailed inforation on the speakers an lectures.

Project talks

The oral project presentations cover a broad range of topics related to applied plant sciences. The project consortia funded by the BMBF will present their latest progress and outline the work planned in six sessions:

  • Traits & Mechanisms
  • Data Tools & Infrastructure
  • Double Haploids & Hybrid Breeding
  • Omics for Breeding
  • Pest Protection
  • Biomass & Content

The talks will be held via the online conferencing tool Webex.

Poster sessions and video awards

The poster session is a core element of the meeting, giving the opportunity for networking and individual discussions on the research shown. The online conferencing tool HyHyve will be used for the virtual presentations and chats.

As we got very positive feedback on the poster videos implemented in last year’s online conference, we decided to take the format along. Every author of a poster may record a short video presentation which is available for all conference attendees and allows to spread the research shown independent of place and time.  Please find detailed instructions and tips in the presenter instructions section.

The best three videos will be granted an award! The GFPi kindly provides € 500 each. The winners will be announced in the award ceremony on March 30.

Lunch and coffee breaks

The lunch and coffee breaks offer a great opportunity to meet you colleagues. We provide a virtual socializing environment via the conferencing tool HyHyve during the conference.

Who may participate at the conference?

The PLANT 2030 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 of principal investigators and further scientists

Each principal investigator (PI) of ongoing PLANT 2030 and related projects 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.

Each project consortium of the following ongoing research initiatives has to be represented at the conference: 

  • Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy II
  • Bioeconomy International (selected plant science projects: Bio-Fun, Thio-As-Rice, TEOSINTE, InFuProts, Tomaitech)
  • German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure de.NBI  min discussion
  • German Plant Phenoytyping Network DPPN ACCESS

The project coordinators of the following new research initiative are strongly encouraged to present their project proposal at the conference:

  • Epigenetics – Chances for Plant Research

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

Members of other related and former programs are also welcome to join the seminar. These include BoNaRes and GlobE projects as well as finished projects of Crops of the Future, IPAS, Plant Breeding Research for the Bioeconomy I, 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 these 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 2022, please contact the PLANT 2030 Managing Office (info@statusseminar.de).