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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pflanzenernährung (DGP) – Annual conference in Berlin, 25 – 27 September 2019

`Plant Nutrition meets social expectations of sustainable plant production´


Social expectations concerning agricultural and horticultural plant production are subject to constant change. Current priorities include environmental friendliness, resilience to the adverse impacts of natural and man-made stresses, and healthiness of food.


This year´s Annual Meeting of the German Society of Plant Nutrition (DGP) will take place from September 25 – 27 in Berlin, Germany.

Conference venue: Invalidenstraße 42, 10115 Berlin


Lecture Program (Invited Speakers)

September 25 (Wed) from 1pm to September 27 (Fri) 1pm

On Friday afternoon, an excursion will be offered to the Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) in Großbeeren (ending at 5.30pm).

Both oral and poster presentations are welcome which show findings of Plant Nutrition in three main research fields:


I. Environmentally friendly plant nutrition (e.g. nutrient efficiencies, rhizosphere processes, symbioses, fertilizer and fertilization technology, etc.)

  • Keynote speakers:

(1) Knut Ehlers (Umweltbundesamt, GER) `Plant Nutrition and Social Needs: In Line with Each Other?´

(2) Tim S George (The James Hutton Institute, GBR) `Roots and Rhizospheres for Global Sustainability´

(3) Celine Masclaux-Daubresse (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, FRA) `Nitrogen Management at the Whole Plant Level for Better Nitrogen Use Efficiency´


II. Yield stability (e.g. resilience to nutrient deficiencies, salinity, acidity, climate change, etc.)

  • Keynote speakers:

(4) Wolfgang Bokelmann (Humboldt University Berlin, GER) `The Role of Agriculture to improve Food Security and a Healthy Nutrition´

(5) Matthew Gilliham (University of Adelaide, AUS) `Modifying „Gatekeeper Cells“ to Regulate Crop Physiology, Stress Tolerance and Yield´

(6) Richard Bélanger (University Laval, Quebec, CAN) `Si „Nutrition“ in higher plants: mechanisms and misconceptions´


III. Healthiness of food (e.g. biofortification, toxic minerals, bioactive compounds, etc.)

  • Keynote speakers:

(7) Suzan Fiack (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, GER) `Undesirable Substances in Food and Feed: Challenges for Risk Communication´

(8) Janneke Balk (John Innes Centre, GBR) `Genetic Approaches to Increase the Iron Content in Bread´


Closing lecture

  • Keynote Speaker:

(9) Ismail Cakmak (Sabanci University, TUR) `Plant Nutrition Research for Better Yield Stability and Nutritional Quality´


In these fields, we expect a wide range of contributions, which cover the diversity of Plant Nutrition´s experimental approaches to study processes from the subcellular to the field level.

Please follow this link to find the preliminary conference program with all speakers and further information.

We are looking forward to your contributions!



Information on Deadlines and Registration


Deadline for Abstract Submission: July 31st 2019

The conference language is English. Abstracts must be submitted using the online form. A panel of referees will decide on acceptance of an abstract as a poster or an oral contribution. Acceptance of abstracts will be send by August 15, 2019.



Early bird – before June 30th

In Time – June 30 to July 31

Late – after July 31st


Registration form:

Please fill the registration form provided here and send it by E-Mail to:


Registration fee:

Early (before June 30th*) In time (June 30 – July 31) Late (After July 31st*)
Postdocs and Senior Scientists 70€ 90€ 110€
(PhD) students 35€ 45€ 60€
Conference dinner** 30€ 30€ 30€

* Please note that deadlines refer to the date the fee is booked on the account below.

** Dinner is not included in the participation fee.


Please transfer your conference fee to the following account:

Account holder: Christof Engels

Purpose: Annual conference DPG + „Your Name“

IBAN: DE22 1001 0010 0027 1091 34



Scientific committee

Christof Engels (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin),

Eckhard George (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, IGZ)

Christoph-Martin Geilfuß (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)



In this section all form sheets from this website are collected for download.

NEW – Preliminary Conference Program September 25-27, 2019

DGP 2019 Registration form

DGP 2019_Template for Abstracts

DGP 2019 Second circular, hotel list included

DGP 2019 First circular with hotel list included


The Berlin-Marathon will take place from September 28-29. Therefore, it is necessary to book hotel rooms as early as possible (a list of hotels is included in the download documents `1st and 2nd circular´).


Photographs will be taken at the conference. By taking part in this events you grant the organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity or other non-commercial purposes.