08 June 2017

Open Day at IPK Gatersleben

On 10 June 2017, the IPK Gatersleben welcomes visitors to take a look behind the scenes of the institute.

Everybody is invited to be a plant scientist for a day!

There are lots of places to explore, such as the impressive crop seed bank, a perennial garden, state-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses and botanical reference collections. A plethora of activities is waiting for you: Isolate your own DNA, learn more about the history of your food, discover the endless applications of biotechnology or test your knowledge in a plant quiz. But it doesn’t stop there! The diverse programme offers activities for visitors of all ages to get involved via numerous exhibitions, interactive guided tours, presentations, hands on science and information desks.

On the Open Day 2017, G2P-SOL partner PD Dr. Andreas Börner will guide visitors through the institute’s world-famous ex situ gene bank that preserves enormous biological diversity. At IPK Gatersleben, Dr. Börner is heading the research group “Resources Genetics and Reproduction”. Further to this position, he was recently elected as President Designate of the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA). EUCARPIA aims to promote scientific and technical co-operation in plant breeding to foster its further development on European level. As President Designate, Dr. Börner will represent EUCARPIA at conferences and will become its President in 2020.

Dr. Börner and the fellow scientists of the IPK Gatersleben look forward to sharing the most recent developments in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology with guests on the Open Day 2017.

Visit the IPK website for more information and detailed programme.
The G2P-SOL project (Title: Linking genetic resources, genomes and phenotypes of Solanaceous crops) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 677379.