Teaching and Knowledge Transfer



Designed to meet the needs of the future

The issues facing agricultural research in light of global environmental, economic and demographic change call for more effective strategies in teaching and knowledge transfer. The IAPN addresses these needs in a number of ways to ensure that research, teaching and practical work at the institute are methodically interconnected in a vital and sustainable manner.


Teaching at the IAPN: research-based, application-oriented and with a global perspective

One of our most important tasks is to offer students a good education in nutrition- physiology of plants. In addition to traditional lectures, seminars and internships, the IAPN offers innovative forms of teaching which are closely related to current international research and practice. Due to the active involvement of research staff in the design and the implementation of teaching activities, new methods and research results are directly mediated by lectures and tested in practical training. The courses at the IAPN typically comprise 20 percent of practical work. We encourage contact and the exchange of ideas between our students and visiting scientists thus giving students a heightened awareness and understanding of global agricultural practices. more


Our visiting scientists – knowledge transfer to young multipliers

Young scientists from abroad regularly work as interns at the IAPN. Usually with their specialist degrees in agricultural science, they conduct further research and studies with the IAPN team either on a specific issue related to their home country or on one of IAPN's own specialist subjects. In this way, locally acquired knowledge is transferred to young agronomists, who will in turn be able to pass it on in their home countries later on. more


Interdisciplinary discourse: the International Symposium on Magnesium

Global and interdisciplinary cooperation between science and practice on a broad scale is essential if we are to meet the challenges facing world nutrition in the future. The Symposium on Magnesium in 2012 and the Symposium in 2014 offered fruitful forums for intensive exchange about this mineral across all disciplines of agricultural sciences and beyond. Participants from a large number of countries and international speakers - leading researchers and experienced practitioners – discussed the importance of magnesium for human health as well as the health of animals and plants. The IAPN hosted the Symposium in 2012 and co-organized the event in both 2012 and 2014.


Science first-hand at "IAPN in Dialogue"

"IAPN in Dialogue" gives researchers and practitioners from around the world an opportunity to report about their projects. The series of events, organized as a public forum, is attended by researchers, students and interested specialists. Lecturers and participants alike exchange knowledge across their various disciplines and gain insights into relevant issues affecting neighbouring disciplines. more

Annual Report 2017

Titelblatt: Research on sustainable plant nutrition - Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2017 (pdf-Document, 11,4 MB)

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