Political Communication

Agriculture of the future is facing numerous challenges: an increasing need for food products due to population growth, changing climate conditions implicating an adjustment of cultivation conditions, sustainable production to protect and conserve resources and changing requirements for the quality of food and plant raw materials. 

Plant sciences can contribute towards a sensible and responsible management of resources. However, agricultural value chains and the quality of food are discussed controversially in politics and society. Therefore CEPLAS seeks dialogue with policy makers and stakeholders and informs about latest developments, methods and results from plant research and the arising opportunities to cope with agricultural challenges of tomorrow. 

Our activities include personal exchange with politicians at various levels, contributions to political conferences and statements on various topics. Furthermore, we offer information material, e.g. about new breeding methods and provide contact to experts from different fields of plant sciences.


Past acitivities:

  • Parliamentary breakfast Berlin 2018: Folgen des EuGH-Urteils für Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft in Deutschland (cooperation with Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V.)
  • CEPLAS at "Sitzungswoche Agrar", June 2017
  • Parliamentary breakfast Berlin 2016: Lösungsräume: Innovative Pflanzenwissenschaften (cooperation with Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V.)
  • Parliamentary breakfast Berlin 2015: Pflanzenwissenschaften 2025 – strategische Vision für die nächste Dekade (cooperation with Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft)
  • Multiple individual meetings with Members of the German Parliament
  • Participation in expert discussions
  • Guest commentary on genome editing
  • Info letter 2017: Pflanzenforschung für uns alle!
  • Info letter 2016 : Pflanzenwissenschaftliche Lösungen für globale Herausforderungen
  • Info letter 2016: Warum wir diskutieren müssen!
  • Information leaflet on New Breeding Technologies


Dr. Céline Hönl

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Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf