Keynote 1 (9.11.2022, 11:30 - 12:30): Dr. Elke Diederichsen (FU Berlin)

Mendel’s legacy in modern plant breeding

Gregor Mendel was the first to analyze and describe the laws of inheritance back in 1866. The value of his work was not understood during his life time, but is still of great relevance for genetic implications in modern life sciences. Most obvious is the fundamental role that Mendel’s findings have in plant genetics and breeding. Classical genetics (or Mendel genetics) give the basis for the understanding of trait inheritance, genetic mapping, breeding strategies, and did lead to modern tools like marker-assisted selection. The presentation will highlight how Mendel’s genetics did change plant breeding from an intuition-based approach to a modern, science based and sophisticated institution, that has a significant impact on agricultural productivity and thereby on societal development.


Keynote 2 (10.11.2022, 10:45 - 12:00): JKI-Alumni

Career pathways & Networking

This keynote is a special keynote on career pathways and networking. We will have a panel discussion with five to six JKI-Alumni. They will talk about their current careers and the pathway from doing a doctorate at Julius Kühn-Institut towards their current position. You are invited to ask all kinds of questions on how to network and how to establish a research profile. We will also discuss how the JKI could improve its supervision of doctoral students and how the exchange between them could be intensified.


Keynote 3 (11.11.2022, 10:30 - 11:30): Max Küsters (Gut&Bösel)

Multifunctional, regenerative land use – facilitating the complexity of nature for resilient and climate positive forms of agriculture and forestry 

At Gut&Bösel soil is the focus of all our work. We are a 3000ha big farm and forestry company with 25 employees located one hour East of Berlin focusing on agriculture and forestry while researching and developing different methods of regenerative land use models. For the scientific monitoring of everything we do, we built our own independent foundation in 2021, the Finck Stiftung.

Our work goes „beyond farming“: We truly believe that healing the soil with multifunctional land use systems can directly address the most pressing issues of our time – from climate change and loss of biodiversity to global hunger, equality and health. Therefore, all our work is dedicated to benefit the soil and create healthy and resilient eco systems: Our innovations in agriculture and forestry range from mob grazing to compost, and from syntropic agroforestry, tree nursery and forest transformation projects to the development of new software and technology.

Furthermore, we are working on collecting data to better understand both the ecological effects of our land use systems as well as the contribution margin, costs and externalities of multifunctional agriculture and forestry. We are certain that we need to take into account the effects on biodiversity, carbon build-up, water absorption capacity and others in order to make the right decisions about our land use in Germany and the world. If we just keep in mind that 80% of German Land is used for agricultural production and forestry, and we are facing an ecological crisis with climate change and loss of biodiversity, there is a strong need for us as a society to find ways of combining nature conservation with land use. Our setup in Alt Madlitz of both long-established companies, startups, involvement of universities and the newly founded foundation with a focus on research and education allows us to test, innovate, measure and scale promising innovations for a sustainable food system.