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, 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 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 about the wide range of plant sciences.

The seminar takes place after 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 "Resilience and self-motivation in research work".

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!

How many participants can attend the conference or seminar?

Since the YSM has to be conducted as an online event, the number of conference participants is no longer limited. However, 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.

What guidelines schould 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 login to the conference website and upload your abstract for your poster or for your talk. Abstract submission deadline is 15 August 2021.

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 15 August 2021. 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, please send an email to


If the number of papers submitted exceeds 20, 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 20 August 2021.


Who can I contact if I have any questions?

The Organizing Team of the YSM 2021 consists of PhD students at the JKI Quedlinburg, namely Lars Böge, Laura Draack, Veronic Grätz, Maria Kern, Anna Marthe and Anne-Kathrin Pfrieme. You can contact them via email:



Which important dates have I to remember?

Open Registration: 4 Juni 2021

Deadline registration: 15 August 2021

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 August 2021

Confirmation of chosen presentation and format: 20 August 2021

Acceptance/ Cancellation waiting list: 20 August 2021


How to travel?

·        Since the YSM will be conducted as an onlien event, no traveling is necessary.


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.