Center for Integrated Breeding Research

New managing director for CiBreed: Henner Simianer hands over to Tim Beissinger

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The executive board of the Centre for Integrated Breeding Research (CiBreed) has elected Prof. Dr. Tim Beissinger as the new managing director of the Center at its meeting on December 1st, 2020.


More than 40 members and affiliates from different faculties and research institutions have joined together under the roof of the center to bring together the expertise of crop, tree, and animal breeding and genetics with findings from natural and social sciences in order to bring about advances in all of these fields. The Center is financially supported by five leading companies in plant and animal breeding.
Since its foundation in 2018, Prof. Dr. Henner Simianer (Chair of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences) has held the position of managing director and was responsible for the initialization and development of the center.
At the board meeting, Henner Simianer thanked all members, affiliates, staff and partners of the CiBreed for their confidence and their great support in establishing the center.
"It is time to place this function in new hands. The center is now well established, we have already achieved a lot and I am sure that CiBreed will continue to develop very dynamically under a new management,” he stated. The members of the executive board then elected Tim Beissinger as the new managing director and are looking forward to seeing what he brings to the center.
Beissinger has held the Chair of Plant Breeding Methodology in Göttingen since 2018. His research and teaching involves studying plant breeding from an evolutionary perspective. He places a special emphasis on statistical and computational approaches to breeding questions.
Beissinger stated, “It is with great pleasure that I take over as Managing Director for CiBreed. Prof. Simianer’s leadership from the founding of the center until now has left me with a strong example to follow. I look forward to working with all center members and partners in the interest of bringing together scientists from all sectors of crop, tree, and animal breeding for a brighter future.”


CiBreed Seminar Series in winter term 20/21

This semester we continue the CiBreed Seminar Series of our center as an additional intersection of animal and plant breeding.
The seminars will take place on several Fridays during the semester at 10:15 am online by ZOOM (exceptionally, on Friday, January 15th the seminar will start at 2:15 pm).
Here you can find the Zoom link and the program of the Seminar Series.


The CiBreed - Centre for Integrated Breeding Research

The Center for Integrated Breeding Research at the University of Göttingen aims to bring together the expertise of plant and animal breeding and forest genetics with findings from natural and social sciences in order to establish an internationally visible position in this field.
The integration of plant and animal breeding opens up synergies and enables the fast and efficient development of new methods. Breeding is not reduced to classical, quantitative-genetic or genomic breeding methods, but important aspects such as sustainability, economy and social acceptance are also considered.
The Center is financially supported by international leading companies in plant and animal breeding, allowing the funding of four additional professorships in the field of animal and plant breeding.
The CiBreed is coordinating the new master program "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding" (iPAB) which will help to meet the strong demand for well-educated breeding specialists in industry and science.