13th Plant Student Conference in IPB (Germany) and Open Day in IPK

by Karolina Słomińska-Durdasiak | Leibniz-Institut fuer Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung

13 June 2017 10:18 | 13 June 2017 10:21


Last week (06.06.17-09.06.17) I had an opportunity to attend the 13th Plant Science Student Conference at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle (Saale), Germany. It was an event organized by PhD students where I could present my poster. Apart from poster session, there were also talks given by students and keynote speakers and workshops, from which one could choose two most interesting topics to attend.

During poster session I met some people working on Host-induced gene silencing, which is mine main topic of interests and we had a chance to discuss about our work and results.

The conference was not only focused on plant-pathogen interaction but I had a chance to listen the talks from the other fields such as regulatory and signaling processes or plant breeding. I participated at the workshop, in which I could learn more about CRISPR/Cas Systems and its applications in plant science.

Next year Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) will be the organizer of the 14th Plant Science Student Conference so I hope not only to attend but also to help with the organization of this event.


After the Student Conference, on Saturday (10.06.17) there was Open Day in IPK, where the visitors had an opportunity to see our laboratories, greenhouses etc., but not only! They could also get to know more about us, the employees of the IPK. As a member of the Polish community at IPK I was involved in representing our country and culture. Together with my Polish colleagues, we made a poster with interesting and sometimes funny facts about Poland. What more, we prepared leaflets with some basic Polish words and sentences with their German explanation and pronunciation. We also organized delicious food from Poland (pickled cucumbers, sweets and meat), which attracted a lot of visitors to our stand. It was a very nice Saturday where people outside the IPK had a chance to know more about foreigners working in the IPK, their culture and their homeland which I think was great opportunity for all of us.

Karolina is originally from Poland and is now working in Germany on a project looking at host-induced gene silencing (HIGS) as a biotechnological and natural tool for controlling barley diseases.