Valentin Hinterberger

I am a doctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK Gatersleben). I completed my bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 2016 at HSWT in beautiful Triesdorf, Bavaria. I subsequently moved to Halle (Saale) where I obtained a Master’s degree in Plant Sciences at MLU, and developed a fascination for plant genetics and breeding.

In 2019, I began work on a PhD project at the IPK, focusing on the genetics of pathogen resistance in wheat, as well as hybrid breeding. When I am not coding or on the phone, I enjoy tending my vegetable garden and baking.

Since I started at the IPK I chaired the PhD-Student Board at my institute. To see what difference teaming up can make for the working conditions and also the social environment among my peers was a really great experience. I like a polite and direct communication style and looking forward to continuing my engagement in the frame of the Leibniz-PHD-Network.

As a spokesperson, my main focus lies on ensuring the scientific independence of young scientists and the encouragement of good scientific practices in the next generation of scientists. As important as this is the improvement of the representation all doctoral researchers at all Leibniz-Institutes by elected representatives, where this in not yet the case.

This is in my view our best chance to increase the effort that is put into our qualification, were needed, and ensure a mentally healthy work environment for us.

Contact: spokesperson@leibniz-phd.net