We are pleased to welcome you at the 14th Plant Science Student Conference (PSSC), taking place from June 19th to June 22nd 2018 at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben, Saxony-Anhalt.


As in previous years, the conference will comprise of three days full of fascinating talks, poster sessions and social activities. The scientific program will be enriched by the participation of keynote speakers, who will not only introduce you into various fields of scientific research but also into science communication and some basic social skills, we all need for our scientific work.


The best talks and posters will be awarded through voting by the audience, so every participant is encouraged to give a great talk or design a spectacular poster!


In addition to PhD students from the IPK Gatersleben and the IPB Halle, PhD students from throughout Germany are invited to take part in the conference. As this is a PhD student conference, first year students who do not yet have final results are also invited to present their topic and introduce into the planned approaches of their research. Other PhD students may have valuable suggestions for you!


A hiking trip to the nearby Harz-region is planned to provide an opportunity to network and to enjoy this beautiful part of Germany. The social program will be completed by what will hopefully be an amazing conference closing party!



We hope that this year’s scientific and social program will make the 14th Plant Science Student Conference and exciting and memorable event!!




During the registration you will be asked to choose between talk or a poster or if you don't mind. After the abstract submission period is closed the organizing team will review all submitted abstracts. We will try to take into account your preference regarding talk or poster. In case there are not enough students who signed up for a talk we will randomly pick the missing number of abstracts for talks from the group of participants who had no preference regarding talk or poster. If necessary, we will continue picking from the ones who have chosen the poster option. And of course in case there will be too many participants who signed up for talks we will do the whole process the other way around.


You can register here:









Registration fee: 70,- €


Details for the bank account:


IBAN DE76 8005 5500 3062 0013 63



Reasons for payment: Name of participants, registration ID, PSSC2018





Abstract submission

EVERYONE who wants to participate in the conference is asked to submit a short abstract (max. 300 words).


All abstracts should comprise Title, Name, Affiliations and should not exceed more than 300 words (abstract body). Please abandon citation in your abstract for the sake of length. 


All abstracts will be published in a printed abstract book!





Oral session instructions

Talks should be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes for discussion (= 20 minutes) and will be held in English. You can present your current project or any other scientific topic you feel comfortable with. No problem if you are at the beginning of your PhD, a description of your project and your future research plans are just as interesting.



Poster session instructions

Posters will be presented by the authors and displayed during poster sessions. The materials for posters mounting will be provided by organizers. The maximum size of portrait posters is A0 format (118,9 cm length × 84,1 cm width).



Directions and travel info

Biotech Campus in Gatersleben lies almost in the heart of Germany and can easily be reached from nearby cities and airports by public transportation and car.


Further information can be found here:




1) Self accommodation

2) Room in a shared apartment (approx. 10euro/night)

3) Single room in a guest house (approx. 30euro/night)


Please indicate whether you require an accommodation during the registration process. Accommodation can be provided on a flat share basis (up to three people sharing a flat with single rooms). The price for the accommodation depends on the provided room (bed linen and towels included, breakfast not included). Breakfast is available in the Casino of the IPK Gatersleben.


Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. 


In case of questions please contact the PhD Student Board via [link]PSSC2018(at)



[link]program for download


Tuesday, 19th June

10:00 – 12:30        Registration

13:10 - 13:30         Welcome and Opening Remarks

             PhD Student Board and Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner

13:30 – 14:30        Session I        Genome Modification

13:30 – 13:50         T-01                Christian Hertig

13:50 - 14:10          T-02                Iris Koeppel

14:10 – 14:30         T-03                Moddassir Ahmed

14:30 – 14:50        Coffee Break

14:50 – 16:10        Session II       Plant Physiology

14:50 – 15:10         T-04                Zhongtao Jia

15:10 – 15:30         T-05                Dema Alhajturki

15:30 – 15:50         T-06                Henrikje Smits

15:50 – 16:10         T-07                Kathleen Helmstedt

16:10 – 16:30        Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30        Poster Session I            odd numbers

17:30 – 18:15        Guided Tours:

            PD Dr. Andreas Börner: Genebank

            Dr. Astrid Junker: Phenotyping facilities

18:00   Dinner


Wednesday, 20th June

08:30 08:50        Special Talk            Prof. Dr. Ingo Schubert

08:50 – 10:30        Session III      Plant Genetic Resources and Crop Breeding Research

08:50 – 09:10         T-08                Zahra Nemati

09:10 – 09:30         T-09                Mona Schreiber

09:30 – 09:50         T-10                Daniela Impe

09:15 – 10:10         T-11                Philip Rabenau

10:10 - 10:30         Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:30        Plenary Session I         Dr. Melanie Lynn Conrad

12:30 – 13:30        Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:10        Session IV     Plant Pathogen Interactions

13:30 – 13:50         T-12                Micha Gracianna Devi

13:50 – 14:10         T-13                Krishna Mohan Pathi

14:10 – 14:30         T-14                Robert Eric Hoffie

14:30 – 14:10         T15                 Maria Pogoda

14:50 – 15:10        Coffee Break

15:10 – 16:50        Session V      Mapping and Phenotyping

15:10 – 15:30         T-16                Alexander Feiner

15:30 – 15:50         T-17                Dalia Z. Alomari

15:50 – 16:10         T-18                Julia Kretsch

16:10 – 16:30         T-19                Lalit Saini

16:30 – 16:50        Coffee Break

16:50 – 17:50        Poster Session II           even numbers

18:00 – 18:30        Traktor pulling game

18:30                    Raclette night


Thursday, 21st June

Hiking Trip

07:45                      Meeting at the main gate

08:00                      Start

18:00                      BBQ


Friday, 22nd June

09:00 – 10:00        Plenary Session II        Dr. Tobias Maier

10:00 - 10:30        Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:50        Session VI: Chromosome Structure and Function

10:30 – 10:50         T-20                Dandan Wu

10:50 – 11:10         T-21                Stefan Steckenborn Diaz Coria

11:10 – 11:30         T-22                Solmas Khoshravi

11:30 – 11:50         T-23                Phuong Thi Nhu Hoang

11:50 – 12:30        Voting for the best talk and poster

12:30 – 13:30        Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30        Plenary Session III       Prof. Dr. Dorothea Bartels

14:30                   Awarding and Closing Remarks