Leibniz President Prof. Dr Martina Brockmeier visits the IGZ

17. Mai 2023
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The President of the Leibniz Association, Prof. Dr Martina Brockmeier, visited the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) in Großbeeren on 16 May 2023. 

One focus of her inaugural visit was the exchange on strategic initiatives and science policy issues that are of great importance for the future development of the Institute. The aim was, among other things, to strengthen strategic networks and further promote cooperation between the IGZ and other Leibniz research institutions.

An important part of the visit was a tour of the IGZ with a focus on the topics of climate change and bioeconomy, during which Prof. Dr Brockmeier provided insights into research on the effects of climate change on plant production and on innovative solutions for sustainability in production and plant protection. In conversation with the scientists from the various projects, she showed great interest in their findings and results .A special highlight was the exchange with our young scientists, where the President took the opportunity to talk to the up-and-coming research talents about their work, among other things, and to answer their questions about the promotion and organisation of young researchers in the Leibniz Association. The exchange between the President and the young scientists was considered very important, as the promotion and support of young talents is an important task of the Institute and the Leibniz Association. Afterwards, the president and the IGZ colleagues were invited to a barbecue and further exchange.

Prof. Dr. Martina Brockmeier's visit was perceived as very positive and will help to further advance the Institute's strategic goals. The intensive discussion about networks, addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting young research talents are important building blocks for the future of the IGZ and its positioning as an internationally recognised institute in the field of agrifood research.