YSM? Never heard before…

YSM stands for Young Scientist Meeting, which is divided into a seminar part and a conference part.

The conference will provide a dedicated platform for PhD students and undergrads to talk about their work, discuss results, and get insight into topics and questions you might not have been aware of before.
All presentations and poster contributions will be assessed by a JKI-internal jury and the participants. The best presentations will be awarded with a certificate at the end of the YSM. Besides talks and posters presented by the participants, the scientific program will be enriched by the participation of keynote speakers who will give you an impression of the wide range of plant sciences.

The seminar takes place before the conference this year and offers the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge; like scientific writing, communication in science, acquiring third-party funding, work-life balance, or statistics. This year's topic is "Scientific Writing: Towards Organization and Motivation".

How can I finance my participation?

The best right at the start: The YSM seminar and the YSM conference are both completely free for you.

We thank the JKI institutes that provide the financial resources for the seminar and we thank the Supporters and Friends (GFF) of the JKI, who sponsor the YSM conference!

Please be aware that you will have to pay for your food during your stay by yourself.

For the coffee breaks during the YSM conference and the buffet organized at the conference venue on Wednesday, we have to charge 15 € at registration.

How should I fill in the Business trip application form?

Go to the Business trip application form via https://reisekosten.ble.de/.

If you were able to book one of the 50 free hotel rooms and will be using an institutional car* for the trip, there will be no cost to you except for meals (15 € for break catering; at lunch and at some evenings). However, you can be reimbursed for the daily allowance (“Tagegeld”) to which you are entitled (Please note: The contribution of 15 € for the break catering is only for food and cannot be reimbursed as conference fee!). But the reimbursement must be financed from your project funds! Please check in advance of the business tripp application to see if any funds are earmarked or available for YSM in your project.

If the business trip to the YSM is not planned for your project, you must indicate in the comment field in the business trip application that reimbursement of the travel costs will be waived after the trip. Otherwise, the responsible office assistant for third-party funds at the JKI cannot approve the trip. After the meeting, you can indicate in the application for reimbursement of travel expenses ("Reisekostenabrechnung") that you waive reimbursement.

No matter what you decide, you must select the cost center and cost unit (“Kostenstelle” und “Kostenträger”) of your project from a drop-down menu in the application.

Please continue to make sure that you indicate that room and board will be provided free of charge. In the case of a free overnight stay from November 7 to 11, this will look like this later on in the application:

Breakfast will be included in the free overnight stay and the Buffet Dinner on 9th November will be sponsored by the GFF.

Since the hotel rooms are free of charge for you up to a number of 50, you can enter 0.00 € in the hotel costs in the application.
Please tick further that bed and breakfast has been booked in advance (“Übernachtung und Frühstück wurde vorab gebucht”).

*A small addition to the use of institutional cars: Unlike other business trips that you make with an institutional car as part of your project, the costs for the trips to the YSM are financed centrally. Therefore, you do not incur any costs for the use of the institutional car for your project.

How many participants can attend the conference or seminar?

The maximum number of participants of the YSM seminar is 25 since the lecturer will work intensively with the seminar group and supervises many smaller subgroups. However, we will try to offer the seminar again online at a later date if the demand is very high. The number of participants for the conference is not limited, but the number of hotel rooms is limited to 50.

What guidelines should I consider for a lecture/poster presentation?


Guidelines for talks and posters.


What guidelines should I consider for an abstract?

Once registered for the YSM conference you will receive a confirmation email by which you will be enabled to log in to the conference website and upload your abstract for your poster or for your talk. Abstract submission deadline is 9 September 2022.

Please adhere to the abstract template, which is provided here.

Please note: It is not obligatory to give a lecture or to present a poster in order to participate in the YSM conference.

Once the abstract is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. Changes and withdrawals are possible until 30 September 2022. Applying changes to your abstract will be possible by uploading a new version. The latest version only will be reviewed and the previously submitted versions will be deleted. If you wish to withdraw later than 30 September, please send an email to:


If the number of papers submitted exceeds 27, the organizing team will decide which of the abstracts submitted as talks should instead be presented as posters. The authors concerned will be informed by 30 September 2022.


Who can I contact if I have any questions?

The Organizing Team of the YSM 2022 consists of young scientists at the JKI Berlin, namely Nadine Austel, Sophie Bliedung, Jana Böttger, Fee Trau and Anna Vaupel. You can contact them via email:



Which important dates have I to remember?

Open Registration: 1 Juli 2022

Deadline registration: 9 September 2022

Deadline for abstract submission: 9 September 2022

Confirmation of chosen presentation and format: 30 September 2022

Acceptance/ Cancellation waiting list: 30 September 2022


How to travel?

by car

From A 115 (AVUS Autobahn), exit Hüttenweg in the direction of Dahlem, at intersection Clayallee turn left, then after about 500 m turn right onto Königin-Luise-Straße.

by train

At Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station) proceed to top floor and take rapid-transit train (S-Bahn) S7 destination Potsdam" or S75 destination S Westkreuz, get off at the station Zoologischer Garten, change here to the underground (U-Bahn) U9 heading for Rathaus Steglitz (right up to the terminal stop), switch to Bus X83 destination Königin-Luise-Str./Clayallee, get off at bus stop Arnimallee (= JKI Berlin-Dahlem main entrance). It takes you altogether approx. 35 minutes.


How do I become a member of the organizing team next year?

The YSM is traditionally organized by PhD students and young post-docs of the JKI. Thus, it is inherent that the organizing team changes from year to year. There is always advice available from the previous organizers so that the new team can build upon their experiences and on a collection of supporting material. If you are interested in being a part of next year’s organizing team, do not hesitate to contact any member of this year’s team.