The institute has enjoyed a long scientific tradition: it was founded in 1943 as Institute for Research on Cultivated Plants of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancements of Sciences. Later, it was integrated into the GDR's Academy of Science, then re-established in 1992 as the IPK. Over more than 75 years, the institute has developed into one of the world’s leading centres for plant research, employing some 250 scientists from more than 30 countries.

 

1943

 

Founded near Vienna as Institute for Research on Cultivated Plants of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Society for the Advancement of Sciences.
Founding Director: Prof Dr Hans Stubbe

1945

Relocation of seed collections to the village of Stecklenberg/ Harz and building up the institute after October in Gatersleben

1948

Integration into the German Academy for Sciences in Berlin, since 1970 as  Central Institute of Genetics and Crop Plant Research

1992

Refounded as Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

1994

Flooding in Gatersleben followed by a comprehensive restoration and modernisation programme

2003

Federal ex situ Genebank for Crop Plants.

2006

Renamed in Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK).

2018

75 years crop plant research


  Literature about the history of the institute can be found [link]here!