Katrin Kahlen holds a degree in mathematics with minor subject physical chemistry after studies at the universities of Oldenburg and Hannover. She obtained a PhD from the University of Hannover in 2000, followed by postdoctoral work in a Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 326). After that, she worked at the Institute of Vegetable Crops and Systems’ Modelling at the University of Hannover (2002-2011) with a habilitation in 2011 in the field of agronomy. Since August 2011, she is working as research associate at the Department of Vegetable Crops at HGU, where she is also acting as deputy head. Since 2013, she is spokesperson for the centre of viticulture and horticulture. She is a member of scientific and organization committees of several conferences with topics on modelling and simulating (e.g. HortiModel, FSPM), a member of the editorial board of Frontiers in Plant Science in the Section Plant Biophysics and Modelling and a reviewer for national and international journals and research foundations (e.g. DFG). She represents the HGU as member in the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and, since October 2017, Katrin Kahlen is the deputy vice president for research at HGU.