As the organization team we are happy and proud to lead this exciting meeting into its tenth year and to invite you to the 10th International PhD School on PLANT DEVELOPMENT that will cover many aspects of plant development raging from stem cell control to variations of the developmental program in response to the environment. The meeting will take place October 4-6, 2017, at 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 100 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 ten successive sessions that are each introduced by an internationally renowned plenary speaker. Sessions cover vegetative development from roots to shoots, reproductive development from flowering to embryogenesis, as well as hormone signaling, cell biology, epigenetics, small RNAs, programme cell death, and synthetic biology. It is expected that two to three PhD students/early career scientists present their research data in each of the sessions that shall be chaired by other PhD students/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 discussions.

We have tried to keep the costs for the meeting at a minimum and looked for extra funding. The whole 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 are determined that this PhD school will be both scientifically rewarding and socially enjoyable, and sow a seed for further meetings and collaborations. We look forward to seeing you in Retzbach in October 2017.

Kay Schneitz, Markus Schmid & Rita Gross-Hardt