Early in the summer 2018 Tim Beissinger (https://plantsciences.missouri.edu) accepted the call of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for the professorship of Plant Breeding Methodology (Zuchtmethodik der Pflanze, W2 with tenure track to W3). We are very much looking forward to welcoming him here in late fall 2018. Tim Beissinger will join the new “Center of Integrated Breeding” and thus contribute to the new MSc program “Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding” as well as to the traditional BSc and MSc and PhD study programs of our faculty. At this position, Tim Beissinger will be the successor of our highly esteemed current teacher and supervisor Heiko Becker. Heiko Becker succeeded Gerhard Röbbelen in 1994. Röbbelen was the first professor for plant breeding at Göttingen (from 1970-1994). It is very fortunate and inspiring to anticipate Tim Beissinger beginning here and to see him continuing this series of eminent scientists and teachers of plant breeding and applied genetics at Göttingen.

Slightly later, in end of June of 2018, Stefan Scholten (https://www.uni-hohenheim.de) accepted the call of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for the professorship of Crop Plant Genetics (Nutzpflanzengenetik, W3). He will start here in April 2019, and we are as well very much looking forward to welcoming him. The new “Center of Integrated Breeding” and the MSc program "Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding" will be strengthened by him. He will as well contribute to the traditional study program of our faculty. This position is new, Stefan Scholten will realize a major reinforcement of the genetics and breeding team at Göttingen. We are extremely happy and lucky about such renewal and uplift for our plant breeding group.

In the first days of July 2018, Nils Stein (http://www.ipk-gatersleben.de) accepted the call of Georg-August-Universität Göttingen for the professorship of Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources (Brückenprofessur Genomik pflanzengenetischer Ressourcen, W3), a collaboration between Georg-August Universität Göttingen and Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben. Nils Stein and his team will operate their research facilities at Gatersleben. As a member of the new CiBreed and the study program „Integrated Plant and Animal Breeding“ he will be responsible for the master module “Genetic Resources”. His current research focus is on the development of high quality genome sequences of small grain cereal crops: barley, wheat and rye. We are very much delighted to soon see him joining our team, not least to generate synergies in capacity building of students in modern plant breeding and plant genetics.