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EPSO’s strategy is defined by the representatives at the General Meeting and further elaborated by the elected Board: PAST AND CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

Profiles of current Board Members

Aldo Ceriotti, CNR, Italy, EPSO President

The academic world should support and speak in favor of integration of national efforts and I think that as EPSO members we are in the ideal position to stimulate this discussion and put forward new ideas in this direction, both in our own countries and at the EU level.  As an EPSO member from a Research Institute in Milan, I would like to disseminate at the EXPO 2015 exhibition, which will gather stakeholders from more than 140 countries to present their products and their views on the future of agriculture.

Cathie Martin, John Innes Centre, UK, EPSO Vice-President

Having been involved in many European projects I see the clear value of working in networks across Europe. I am very keen to extend the idea that plant science can contribute to other disciplines, such as nutritional and health studies.  I am working hard to ensure that plant science is recognized by other disciplines in their programmes.

Carole Caranta, INRA, France

My aim will be to promote translational research to make findings from basic research, chiefly from model species, useful for practical applications in agriculture, environment and food. To address the biggest challenges in agriculture, we need to improve the interaction and collaboration between private and public research.  I also aim to work on interdisciplinarity and close the gap between disciplines in plant science, for example between genetics and agronomy.

Svend Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

I will work on maintaining and increasing the impact of EPSO on EU policy and societal impact. European research is challenged by the demand for innovation, interdisciplinary initiatives and cross cutting research. I will support the unique position that EPSO has in addressing this challenge within the plant science area.  I see a great need to develop translational plant research between public and private stakeholders i.e. stimulate basic research from applied challenges or perspectives and vice versa.

Antonio Leyva, CSIC, Spain

I strongly believe that plant science will become a strategic technological sector in the near future and will therefore make key contributions not only to food security or safety but to other areas such as water quality, and environmental sustainability. As a promoter of public-private-platforms, my aim is to encourage and strengthen the interaction between public and private sectors in Europe, while maintaining the excellence of basic science as the keystone for knowledge generation.

Alan Schulman, LUKE, Finland

My goal is to help EPSO achieve public and governmental recognition that from basic science in crop and model plants transformative innovations emerge and that plants are the basis for human health and social stability. The wellbeing of Europe and the world depends not only on a few strategic crops but also on many regionally important “orphan” species that have received insufficient attention or funding. In the face of a shifting climate and decreasing inputs, the EU needs both a bottom-up plant research agenda and science-driven crop improvement. 

Ulrich SchurrForschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. 

imageEPSO needs to be a key driver for plant sciences in Europe. We all, in the board and beyond, should work together to improve the basis for plant sciences in Europe and beyond. This requires emphasising the enormous importance of plants sciences (based on facts, not fiction), adequate funding and collaboration options within the science community, with industry and society, state-of-the-art infrastructures as well as technology-open perspectives to implement plant sciences and, last but not least, communication with politics, industry and society. We need to mobilise effective channels to communicate at the European and the national level.

Ernst van den Ende, Wageningen Plant Research, Netherlands

I believe that there is a strong need within Europe to stress the importance of fundamental and applied plant sciences in relation to the great challenges the world is facing. My aim is helping to bridge the gap between the needs of society, government and industry and innovations from plant science. I would like to further strengthen collaboration within the plant science community to increase our visibility and influence in Europe.

Tomas Vanek, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

As the only board member from a “new member state”, my main effort is to promote EPSO and its activities, as well as to help EPSO to understand the special problems with (plant) science and science policy in these countries. We should aid better cooperation between plant scientists from “old” and “new” member states with a special focus on young colleagues, e.g. by supporting larger involvement in H2020 projects. Furthermore I aim to establish closer cooperation with Water JPI  and continue to be involved in Plant Day event organization.

Przemysław Wojtaszek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Polandimage


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EPSO is an independent academic organisation currently representing 61 institutional members bringing together more than 204 research institutes, departments and universities from 29 countries in Europe and beyond.