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We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Inga Mohr on passing their doctorate and wish her all the best for the future!



There will be an Online-Talk on Tuesday, 14.12.2021 at 18:00.

Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer speaks on the topic of "Die Bedeutung von Eisen für Ernährung und Ökologie". More information can be found here.

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As already reported in the HHU News , this year a project from Biology on the topic of "Plants in the urban environment" was selected alongside applications from Cultural Studies and Health Research.

Projectmanagers: Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer (Institut für Botanik), Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising (Institut für Pflanzengenetik)

More detailed information on the topic of "Citizen's University in Research" as well as an overview of all projects funded so far can be found on the webpages of the Bürgeruniversität.



The CEPLAS Graduate School offers a multi-year doctoral program, organised in collaboration with several universities and institutes. The PhD students work in one of the CEPLAS member laboratories on a research topic. Various training programs complete the training.

We are pleased to have Mary Ngigi, a participant in the CEPLAS Graduate School, join our institute.

"I am glad to have joined the CEPLAS Gradschool program where I have gained invaluable experiences on plant science. During the one-year qualification phase I have acquired theoretical knowledge on topics within CEPLAS research areas. I have also been exposed to various experimental techniques through the lab rotations in form of internships. Additionally, the monthly early career researchers’ seminars have offered me a platform for productive exchanges and networking with other multi-diverse scientists as I grow into a scientific career." 

In a new issue of "CEPLAS Faces On Air" Mary Ngigi provides insights into her everyday work:

Here you can find more information about the CEPLAS Graduate School:


Our first relaxed social event in the kitchen of our new research building, a cozy get-together with high vaccination rate and all-vegan healthy food during a nice summer day.


21. August 2021 von 14-18 Uhr in Köln, Rudolfplatz


Teilnehmende Wissenschaftlerinnen u.a.

  • Kathrin Dorn, PhD student, HHU Düsseldorf
  • Ekaterina Ponomareva, PhD student, HHU Düsseldorf
  • Wibke Schumann, PhD student, HHU Düsseldorf
  • Dr. rer. nat. Sabrina Bennstein, ITZ Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Adélaide Raguin, CEPLAS HHU Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Alisandra K. Denton, CEPLAS HHU Düsseldorf

Weitere Informationen unter https://twitter.com/Soapbox_Rhld oder Soapbox Science sowie unter HHU News.

"Soapbox Science is a public platform where women present their research in an easy-to-understand way. Without technical equipment, at eye level with the audience, they convey the fascination of their work. In this way, they want to reach people who otherwise have little to do with science and who may have a false image of science."

(Arne Claussen, HHU Wissenschaftskommunikation)

Due to corona, the Soapbox Event 2020 in Düsseldorf could only take place virtually. Prof. Dr. Bauer was one of the four HHU participants at this event last year. A video of the German session of the event can be found on YouTube.

HHU DIVERSITY-Week 17.-23. Mai 2021


"Diversity" at Heinrich-Heine-University stands for a variety of attitudes, perspectives and lifestyles. This year, Diversity Day is being expanded into an entire - virtual - week of action. 14 HHU institutions present themselves and their activities as part of the Diversity week.

What is the concret value of gender equality and diverstiy in research and teaching?

  • The Bio120 (Botany) short lecture from WS 2020/21 for Bachelor Biology students contains contributions to draw attention to this topic. It is now available as a video series "Bio120 Biologie Botanik_Interessantes in Kürze" in the media library for the Bio120 Botany lecture >> Videos by Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer on ILIAS.
  • The seminar "Women Pioneers in Plant Biology" in the summer semester 2020 was not only about fascinating findings and methodological approaches from research of the past and present, but also about the lives of women scientists in the course of time.

PUBLIKATION "Rice adaptive tolerance to iron toxicity"


"Iron is a crucial micronutrient, however, lowland rice cultivated in acidic paddy soil environments rather suffers from iron toxicity. Kar et al. investigated the contrasting abilities of two lowland rice varieties to cope with iron excess stress and revealed metal homeostasis genes that are part of an adaptive tolerance mechanism selected during rice domestication. These findings can be used for breeding targeted excess iron tolerance in rice crop varieties."

Die Veröffentlichung "Comparative Transcriptomics of Lowland Rice Varieties Uncovers Novel Candidate Genes for Adaptive Iron Excess Tolerance" erfolgte in der Ausgabe Plant and Cell Physiology, Vol. 62, Issue4, April 2021 https://doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcab018

Co-first author spotlight von Saradia Kar & Hans-Jörg Mai: Research Highlights April 2021.


Interview Dr. Hans-Jörg Mai


In the interview series "Webgeext und zoomgedreht" of HHU's e-learning portal, teachers at the university talk about their experiences with online teaching.

Following Dr. Walla (Institut für Pflanzengenetik), Prof. Dr. Schmitt (Institut für Physikalische Chemie) and Dr. Bahr (Institut für Philosophie) Dr. Hans-Jörg Mai, Institute of Botany, reports on how the Bio 120 practical course - both laboratory practice and written exam - was implemented in digital format in the Bachelor's degreee programme in Biology. This was a great challenge for Dr. Mai and his team as well as for the almost 500 students.

The whole interview (German version) can be found at "Neuigkeiten" im E-Learning-Portal.



Dr. Anna Sergeeva, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin des Instituts für Botanik sowie ehemaliges Mitglied der CEPLAS-Graduiertenschule, hat nun ihre Arbeiten veröffentlicht:

Ihr Autorenprofil findet sich auf den Seiten von  Plantae.org




We are pleased to congratulate Dr. Daniela Lichtblau and Dr. Anna Sergeeva on passing their doctorate and wish them all the best for the future!

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