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Get creative with the Wild Postcard Project


Poster for Wild Postcard Project

Calling all young artists and nature enthusiasts! Kiel Plant Center is pleased to support the Wild Postcard Project, an annual nature themed art competition encouraging young people from the ages of 5 to 18 to create artworks depicting their local biodiversity. Each year the project is launched in a different country, and this year the project is coming to Germany! So why not encourage young artists you know to draw, paint and create artworks of their favourite animal, ecosystem or indeed plant! Submission can feature a single organism or two, or even an entire landscape and ecosystem, and artists are not restricted in their use of medium—a chance to get creative! After the deadline on the 24th September, 10 winning entrants will have their artwork turned into postcards that can be sent around the globe, thus sharing the artworks and Germany’s biodiversity with the rest of the world.

Read more about the Wild Postcard Project

Call for nominations for Best Master Thesis


This year’s call for nominations for the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft Prize for the Best Master Thesis in plant science at Kiel University is open until the 15 October 2021. PIs are invited to nominate their students by sending an email to Prof. Margret Sauter including a pdf copy of the thesis and the achieved grade. Eligible for nomination are plant science projects that have been completed since November 2020 at Kiel University. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of early career scientists from across the KPC network.

Kiel Plant Summer School


Collage of headshots of participants and tutors of the KPC Summer School

From the 30 August to the 2 September, 25 young scientists from across the KPC network, the Baltic region and further afield participated in the first KPC Summer School.

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Faculty prize for outstanding PhD thesis for Dr. Niharika Sashidhar


Congratulations to Dr. Niharika Sashidhar who was awarded the 2020 faculty prize from the Faculty of Agriculture and Nutritional Sciences for her PhD thesis "Random and CRISPR-Cas mutagenesis to create oilseed rape with reduced seed phytic acid content". The work was carried out in the Plant Breeding Department under the supervision of Prof. Christian Jung. Niharika was one of several awardees who were honoured during a virtual event on 9 June led by Kiel University President Professor Simone Fulda and Vice President Professor Nele Matz-Lück. 

Read more about Niharika Sashidhar's work 

Recipients announced: 2021 funding program for women scientists


Every year the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University awards funds to support female postdocs with the aim of raising the number of women in postdoc and habilitation positions at the faculty. Of the six awardees this year, we are delighted that three scientists are from the KPC network. Congratulations to everyone, and especially Carolina Sardinha Francisco and Janine Haueisen (both AG Stukenbrock) and Karin Schreiber (AG Erfmeier)! The funds were awarded based on research project proposals submitted by applicants. The total funding amounts to 20,000 Euro per year.

Read more about the recipients of this year's funding 

Introducing - Sonja Filatova

Sonja Filatova with Wellerholz in lab
Sonja Filatova studying Wellerhölzer in the lab Y. Dannath, ROOTS

Sonja Filatova is an archaeobotanist currently working as assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher within the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS at Kiel University. She is interested in what ancient plant remains can tell us about agriculture and cultivation practices from previous eras. Her current project uses achaeobotanical and genomic analysis, in collaboration with the Stukenbrock group within the KPC, to interpret the history of domestication, diversification and cultivation of rye in Central Europe. Here she talks about what she finds so fascinating about archaeobotany, what we can learn from the past, and from each other. Read more about Sonja Filatova 

Introducing - Jennifer Selinski


Head shot of Jennifer Selinski in labJennifer Selinski, head of the Plant Cell Biology Group at the Botanical Institute at Kiel University, recently joined the KPC. She spoke to us about her research and what she's looking forward to in Kiel. Read more about Jennifer Selinski

Underwater community gardening project

14.04.2021 - Opportunity for amateur divers to get involved with seagrass project
Diver studying seagrass
Angela Stevenson diving in the Kiel Fjord T.Reusch

Postdoc Angela Stevenson has been evaluating how well seagrass meadows in the German Baltic Sea capture and store carbon. A first analysis shows they are more important than previously thought. To help with planned planting and monitoring measures, Angela is keen to involve amateur divers in the underwater community gardening project. Read more about the underwater community gardening project