The Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) annual conference is organized for and by young scientists at the Julius Kühn Institute. English 10-minute talks and 2-minute poster pitches accompanied by a poster session are the key parts of the meeting, where young scientists practise and perfect their skills in presenting scientific results. They meet challenges such as talking in English, keeping the talk targeted and short, presenting in front of a large audience or answering questions concerning the presented research findings. Furthermore, the YSM gives young scientists the opportunity to meet scientists of the same stage in their career, to share their expertise and get connected.

Unfortunately, the 13th YSM cannot take place in presence this year. However, we do not want to postpone it for another year and offer it online instead.

Participants will look forward to an exciting keynote held by Prof. Dr. Henryk Flachowsky, Head of the Institute for Breeding Research on Fruit Crops. His keynote will address "Future challenges in fruit breeding":

Fruit production is heavily affected by climate change and the consumer’s desire for ecofriendly production systems. New cultivars which show tolerance to abiotic stresses and increased resistance to pathogens can help to reduce part of these problems. Breeding of such cultivars is not easy, because fruit breeding is time consuming and expensive. The talk will address the challenges in fruit breeding and how they can be overcome.

A second keynote will be given by Prof. Dr. Andreas Börner, head of the research group Resources Genetics and Reproduction at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). The title of his keynote is "Plant Genetic Resources for Future Breeding and Research":

Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) play a major role for global food security. The most significant and widespread mean of conserving PGRFA is ex situ conservation. With a total inventory of 150,000 accessions the ‘Federal ex situ Genebank of Germany’ in Gatersleben holds one of the most comprehensive collections worldwide. It comprises wild and primitive forms, landraces as well as old and more recent cultivars of mainly cereals but also other crops. The presentation will give an overview about the conservation and utilisation of plant genetic resources.


Do not miss the opportunity to participate in such a great event and register now for the Young Scientists Meeting 2021!