The PLANT 2030 ACADEMY fosters the professional and personal development of doctoral students and early stage postdocs involved in BMBF plant science funding initiatives. The aim is to facilitate their qualification and establishment as renowned researchers within the applied plant science community.

The activities within the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY are adapted specifically to the needs of plant scientists and complement existing offers. Online activities as well as selected events are open to the public premising registration.

Young plant scientists share their experience with the PLANT 2030 ACADEMY in this video.

Online Learning

Online courses, lectures and training material give the opportunity for self-paced learning.


During workshops and summer schools, early career scientists come together for specialized trainings and excursions.


Mentoring provides stimuli for personal and professional development in exchange with a more experienced mentor.

Upcoming activities and news

Social Media in Science

Online Course, 23rd of November - 4th of December 2020

How can young scientists use social media to increase the reach of their work and at the same time build a network to boost their future career? This online course provides an introduction to the use of social media in science communication.

Legal Basics for Plant Scientists

Online Course, 05. - 30. October 2020

Plant scientists are faced with numerous laws and regulations in their work environment. This course aims to provide a general introduction on European- and federal legislation and a compact overview of the most important legislations from the viewpoint of a plant scientist.

Summer School "Hands-on plant breeding"

May 2021

Taking place at the renowned breeding company NPZ, the next summer school gives in depth insights into the work routines of plant breeding and hands-on training.

Plant assessment, crossing and resistance testing on a variety of crops are only few of the topics covered.

Controversial discussions are good if they are contructive

Interview with Robert Hoffie

Working with green genetic engineering and talking about it publicly is a great challenge for many researchers.

Robert Hoffie faces up to it and has made is mark in particular as @ForscherRobert. He has now been awarded with the #scicomm award for his science communication.

"Mentoring broadened my horizon"

Successful mentoring phase

During the mentoring phase 2018, twelve mentor-mentee-tandems took the chance for a trustful exchange in order to find answers to questions on the professional and personal development.

Highly positive feedback reveals a successful start of the mentoring program.

Young, innovative and creative

Elevator Pitch at PLANT 2030 Status Seminar 2019

Young, innovative and creative

The elevator pitch session was a highlight at the PLANT 2030 Status Seminar of 2019. Nineteen early stage scientists took up the challenge to present their work in a clear and creative way in only two minutes.

Three outstanding presentation were awarded by the German Federation for Plant Innovation (GFPi) for their excellent science communication.

Dr. Stefan Lütke Entrup (GFPi) and Dr. Hanna Berger (PLANT 2030) handed over the prices to Isabel Keller und Cristina Martins Rodrigues (Team), Daniel Krenzer und Krishna Mohan Pathi.