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Jülich Plant Science Seminars (JPSS)

This series of seminars is hosted by the institute of Plant Sciences (IBG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, on a monthly base.

For this seminar series we are inviting internationally renowned experts from different fields within plant sciences and from other research areas relevant for out interdisciplinary work.Since, at the same time, we are aiming for strengthening the integration of regional plant sciences we invite all interested persons to participate in these seminars.

On this webpage you will find an overview of the last and planned seminar dates.
If you would like to receive updates in upcoming seminars via email you have here the opportunity to register yourself for the JPSS mailinglist.

Date Title
20.01.2015Biorefinery of microalgae, Prof. René H. Wijffels, Bioprocess Engineering, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
02.12.2014Brachypodium distachyon: a useful model for root research in cereals. Dr. Vincent Cochois, Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
18.11.2014Rate-limiting Function of Phytoene Synthase in Carotenoid Biosynthesis, Dr. Ralf Welsch, Department of Cell Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
22.09.2014A systems approach to improved root traits. Philip N. Benfey, Biology Department and HHMI, Duke University, Durham, NC USA

All seminars will be held in the seminar room on the second floor of the IBG-2 institute building (Geb. 06.2) on the campus of the research center Jülich unless otherwise announced.

Please be aware that for external visitors an advance announcement will speed up the security check at the entrance of the campus considerably.

To do this please contact at least 3 days before the seminar our institute secretary Mrs. Ulbrich ( or the seminar coordinator (, giving your name, nationality and address of your home institution.

In any case it is mandatory to present a valid ID-card or passport at the security check to enter the campus.

List of passed Seminars of the Year 2014:

15.04.2014SPATIAL ECOLOGY AND EARTH OBSERVATION, Prof. Dr. Andrew Skidmore, University of Twente, the Netherlands (
18.03.2014Uncovering Root Systems Architecture: new angles and perspectives. Prof. Dr. Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK
05.02.2014Neo-functionalisation of the flowering pathway for vegetative storage-organ formation in potato, Christian Bachem, Dept. of Plant Sciences, Wageningen-UR
11.02.2014"Understanding Root Behavior" Prof.Dr.Dario Floreano, Director of the laboratory of Intelligent Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

List of passed Seminars of the Year 2013:

10.12.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Dr. Helen North, INRA Versailles France
12.11.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Röber, University of Potsdam
01.10.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series, The control of seed germination
17.09.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Asaph Aharoni - Weizmann Institute of Science
16.07.2013JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series: Michael Knoblauch, Washington State University
07.06.2013Dr. Catherine Feuillet Research Director UMR INRA-UBP 1095 Génétique
21.05.2013Michel Havaux - CEA Cadarache
16.04.2013Prof. Dr. Jose Luis Araus Ortega - University of Barcelona
15.01.2013Barbara Mazzolai

For more information, please contact Dr. Ralf Metzner, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2 (