IMPRS for Molecular Plant Science

Natural SciencesChemical sciencesBiological sciences

The International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Plant Science (IMPRS MolPlant) is a joint doctoral program at the Universität Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP). IMPRS MolPlant involves research groups from the MPI-MP and UP's Institute of Biochemistry and Biology. The facilities and faculty offer an excellent environment for research in modern plant science.


Understanding the fundamental processes of how plants grow, reproduce and interact with the abiotic and biotic environment are the focus of the IMPRS MolPlant. We conduct curiosity-driven, basic research using an interdisciplinary approach that combines molecular biology, genetics, genomics, epigenomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, biophysics and microscopy with bioinformatics and modelling.

Research is at the core of the interdisciplinary doctoral program. Seminars and courses support doctoral candidates in acquiring scientific expertise and transferable skills. The doctoral candidates have a primary supervisor and a doctoral advisory committee for guidance and support. A highlight of IMPRS MolPlant is the Plants and People Conference, organized every other year by a team of doctoral candidates.

About half of our doctoral candidates come from abroad. IMPRS MolPlant is open to candidates holding or about to obtain a Master's or equivalent degree.

programme Universität Potsdam modelling organised Prof. Dr. Claudia Köhler Dr. Ina Talke

biochemistry, biology, plant science, plant growth, plant biomass, primary metabolism

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Mark Stitt
Coordinator: Dr. Ina Talke
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Science Park Potsdam-Golm
Am Mühlenberg 1
14476 Potsdam
Telephone: +49 331 5678444
Deadlines: 5th February 2020
Places: 8-12 per year
Scholarships: 4-6 per year