The Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS) is a research bartol area of the Free University of Berlin, implemented in June 2009. The goal is to establish in Berlin-Dahlem, a site with a strong history in plant science research, an internationally visible plant science centre, including the Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem, one of the world's largest botanical gardens and collections. The Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences covers a wide spectrum of plant science disciplines, provides a platform for interdisciplinary collaborative research initiatives and supports a variety of outreach activities. Members of the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences are involved in teaching plant biology at different levels including programs for the general public.
The Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences is a new modern centre for plant sciences at Freie Universität Berlin. As a Freie Universität Berlin research focus area, it is supported by funds from the university’s future development strategy (International Network University) that proved so successful in the Excellence Initiative launched by the federal and Länder governments. The Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences brings together different research areas, largely separately previously, and provides them with a platform to open up new research fields. It comprises a wide spectrum of plant sciences including molecular and cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, plant physiology, developmental biology, systematics and taxonomy, plant geography, ecology and pharmaceutical biology. Founding the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences in June 2009 implemented a close and productive cooperation between these disciplines. The Berlin-Dahlem location was already the site of an internationally renowned plant science centre in the early 1900s. The centre is building on this historical foundation. Research aims to play its part in a comprehensive understanding of plant diversity, preserving that diversity and facilitating the sustainable use of plant resources. Since sustainability is also a main concern in promoting the new generation of scientists in this area, the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences sets out to promote young scholars and researchers as they start their career. At present, seven independent groups of young scientists are conducting research here. Doctoral students currently can study at the Plant Sciences graduate school under the umbrella of the Dahlem Research School. One of the key objectives is to create and leverage synergies. The concentration of resources in research and collections in the southwest of Berlin is unique throughout Germany. As a result, the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences is also an important hub for plant research networked on the regional, national and international levels. Through the links between research groups with an organismic orientation and those working in molecular biology, as well as partner institution cooperations in the region and across the world, the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences is set to become a centre with a strong national and international profile.
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