History

Overview

The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Crop Plant Research was founded in 1943, incorporated into the GDR Academy of Sciences in 1948 and re-established as IPK in 1992. Over the course of the Institute’s 75 years existence, it has developed into a world-leading plant research centre. Its current population of 180 scientists and 60 PhD students come from more than 30 countries.

 

Chronology

1943Founded as the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Crop Plant Research in Tuttendorf (near Vienna), with Hans Stubbe as its first director.
1945Relocated to Stecklenberg/Harz due to war exigency, and settled in Gatersleben in October of that year.

1946

 

1948

Affiliated with the University of Halle-Wittenberg, while retaining the name Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Crop Plant Research.

Incorporated into the German Academy of Sciences in Berlin (DAW) as the DAW Institute for Crop Plant Research.

1948-1964Construction of the Gatersleben campus buildings.
1970Renamed as the DAW Central Institute for Genetics and Crop Plant Research (ZIGuK); in 1972 its affiliation was changed from DAW to the GDR Academy of Sciences (AdW).
1992Re-constituted as the Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK).

2003

Merger with the Braunschweig Gene Bank to form the Federal Ex situ Gene Bank for Agricultural and Horticultural Crops, based at IPK.
2006Renamed as the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research.
2019The Leibniz Association Senate certified the Institute's excellence, in recognition of it status as one of the world's leading plant research institutes.
2021Plant Cultivation Hall for creating controlled but field-like conditions becomes fully functional

 

Directors of the Institute

1943 - 1969Prof. Dr. Drs. h. c. Hans Stubbe
1969 - 1983Prof. Dr. Helmut Böhme
1983 - 1989Prof. Dr. Dieter Mettin
1990 - 1991Prof. Dr. Klaus Müntz
1992 - 2007Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wobus
since 2007Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner