CEPLAS Photo Exhibition: SMARTe Pflanzen für die Anforderungen von morgen 

"Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek" in Cologne until August 31

Next Generation Plant Scientists 

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Find out why plant science is really cool!

New publication about plant and animal immunity 

Together with a research team CEPLAS members Takaki Maekawa (UoC) and Jane Parker (MPIPZ) uncovered parallels in plant and animal immune systems.

Seven (seemingly un-)solvable riddles 

In a new issue of the Planter's Punch doctoral researcher Susanne Vollmer (HHU) presents her project in a series of riddles.

New position for Vera Göhre  

CEPLAS member Vera Göhre (HHU) started a professorship at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

CEPLAS members at Crop IB

Crop Innovation & Business Conference in Ghent 

From March 24 to March 26, 2024, seven CEPLAS members participated in the “Crop Innovation & Business Conference” in Ghent, Belgium

PlantAct! Conference in Düsseldorf 

The first PlantAct! Conference took place at HHU Düsseldorf from March 11 to 13 and was co-organized from CEPLAS.

International CEPLAS-IPK Summer School 2024 

The Summer School takes place from September 22 to 26 in Kloster Drübeck, Ilsenburg. Registration is open until May 12.



Special Seminar

23/04/2024, 11:00 Event HHU, Düsseldorf

Special Seminar with Julian Schroeder, UC San Diego



26/04/2024, 13:00 Event UoC, Cologne

Speakers: Silvia Ramundo, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology; Ute Armbruster, HHU; Peter Mace, University of Otago


CEPLAS Exchange Platform 2024

14/05/2024 Public Event

Exchange event for CEPLAS scientists and representatives from the private sector


CEPLAS Career Speed Dating

15/05/2024 Events

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24/05/2024, 13:00 Event HHU, Düsseldorf

Speaker: Naomi Nakayama, Imperial College London; Matias Zurbriggen, HHU


The Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (CEPLAS) is a joint initiative of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), University of Cologne (UoC), Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Cologne (MPIPZ) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ). In CEPLAS scientists are developing innovative strategies for sustainable plant production and the promotion of early career researchers.


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