As the 2018 organization team we are happy and proud to continue this exciting meeting series and to invite you to the 11th International PhD School on PLANT DEVELOPMENT! This year we will cover again a range of aspects important for plant development and the career development of young scientists:

 - Shoot and Root Development
 - Reproductive Development
 - Phytohormones in Development
 - Cellular Signaling in Development
 - Evolutionary Development and Modelling
 - Live Cell Imaging and Signaling in Development
 - Genome Editing in Plant Systems
 - Career Development

The meeting will take place October 10-12, 2018, in Retzbach (Benediktushöhe), close to Würzburg in Germany. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested, but mainly invites PhD students and early career scientists in the first two to three years after their PhD. Attendance is restricted to 60 participants. The organizers reserve the right to select participants based on the submitted abstracts if the meeting is over-subscribed.

The International PhD School consists of 10 thematic sessions that are each introduced by an internationally renowned plenary speaker. Additionally, two PhD students or early career scientists will present their research data in each of these sessions.  Also the session chairing will be taken over by PhD students or early career scientists. It will be their responsibility to initiate fruitful discussions and guide constructive conversations. Two poster sessions will provide extra time and informal opportunities for scientific discussions.

We have tried to keep the costs for the meeting at a minimum and acquired extra funding from academic funding bodies and industrial partners. The meeting will cost approx. €199,- per person, including boarding and lodging as well as a wine tasting and dinner at a historical wine cellar in Würzburg.

After registration you'll receive a confirmation and a bank account number to pay the attendance fee.

The organizers will take care that this PhD school will be both scientifically rewarding as well as socially enjoyable, and might be a starting place for future meetings and collaborations. We are looking very much forward to seeing you in Retzbach in October 2018!

Moritz Nowack, Angela Hay, and Arp Schnittger