EPSO working groups
EPSO’s strategy is defined by the representatives at the General Meeting and further elaborated by the elected Board.
Profiles of Current Board Members:
José Pío Beltran, CSIC, Spain, EPSO President
Pío believes that EPSO should consolidate as the voice of plants in the European Union and is convinced of the central role that plants will play in a European Knowledge Based Bio Economy. He is committed to continue EPSO’s strong role as one of the three stakeholders in the ‘Plants for the Future’ European Technology Platform — with industry and farmers. Pío will devote special attention to the participation of young plant scientists in the activities undertaken by EPSO.
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.
Aldo Ceriotti, CNR, Italy
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.
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.
Cathie Martin, John Innes Centre, UK.
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.
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.
Mark Stitt, MPI Golm, Germany.
My main aim will be to continue and channel the efforts of EPSO to improve funding for (basic) plant science at the level of the EU. A second would be to develop methods to support plant science in the New Member states plus economically less developed states in the south of Europe
Ernst van den Ende, Wageningen Plant Research, Netherlands
Tomas Vanek, Academy of Sciences of the 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.
Robbie Waugh, James Hutton Institute, UK.
I am passionate about the possibilities of doing excellent science in crop plants. I aim to provide leadership and input to the development of strategic visions for crop science and promote translational research through interaction with public and private partners. I would also like to improve the way EPSO interacts with the broader plant science community.