Welcome at Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Plant research with tradition in the centre of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The IPK is working as an internationally renowned plant research center on the problems of biology in fundamental and applied research by focusing on cultivated plants. The Institute is a catalyst for the transformation into a bioeconomy, which aims on an efficient and sustainable supply of food, energy and raw materials. 

The research creates solutions that are based on conservation, exploration and exploitation of the biodiversity of crop plants. The IPK has a longstanding history in plant research. The Institute comprises four departments: Breeding Research, Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Cell Biology and the Federal Ex situ Gene Bank (harboring one of the ten largest germplasm collections in the world). The research topics at the IPK include all branches of biology for model and crop plants as well as for their wild relatives, and since 2014 also cytogenomics on duckweeds.  


Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
OT Gatersleben
Corrensstrasse 3
06466 Seeland, Germany


Nearby airports
Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg (TXL, 204 km/ SXF, 211 km)
Halle-Leipzig (LEJ, 113km)
Hannover (HAJ, 167km)
From the airports you can travel by train or by car. 

Travelling by train
Deutsche Bahn offers to and from Gatersleben from any German city. 
The train station in Gatersleben is about 1 km from IPK. 
Travel information can be found on the website of Deutsche Bahn

Travelling by car
The IPK can easily be accessed via highway A36. From A36 use exits Hoym or Quedlinburg-Ost. Coming from Berlin travelling time may be about two hours but might be more depending on traffic. Parking lots for visitors can be found in front of the gate and on campus.

The regular bus transfer between hotels and the conference venue will be organized. 

stay in UNESCO World Heritage Quedlinburg

Be our guest at the 6th ICDRA Conference and get to know the beautiful destination of the Harz Mountains. Stay overnight in the UNESCO World Heritage Quedlinburg. 

Learn here more about the Harz Mountains 
and the exciting historic UNESCO World Heritage City of 



We will announce our hotel options in early 2022.