Executive Director

Science and science policy (EPSO, GPC, ISE, Plant ETP), members, observers, association relations

Karin has been the Executive Director of EPSO since its creation in 2001. She works with the EPSO members and partners to promote plant research in the European science and science policy arena by overseeing the EPSO Working Groups, providing advice and recommendations to policy makers at European, multinational and national level. Karin represents EPSO in the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) and in the Global Plant Council (GPC). She is also a member of the Steering Council and Executive Committee of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ and  one of the global coordinators of the Fascination of Plants Day.


Executive Assitant

Personal membership, office, accounts, meetings

Sofia is responsible for the day-to-day management of the EPSO office, personal membership and any administration and general queries. Sofia administers the EPSO and EU project accounts. In addition, she supports Karin with the organisation of our events such as workshops and EPSO Conferences.


Publications Officer

Website & social media management, EPSO publications, event communication, Fascination of Plants Day coordination

Carmel’s main responsibilities include the management of the EPSO communication, website and social media activities, writing and editing articles for the EPSO newsletter and creation of visual content. She is also responsible for drafting briefings and internal documents for the EPSO members and acts as one of the Global Coordinators of the “Fascination of Plants Day”.


Internship Expert

Expert from an EPSO Institutional Member

Each EPSO Institutional Member can offer an Internship Expert to EPSO for a stay of at least 6 months. See the EPSO call for internship experts from institutional members and the ‘Internship Agreement’.

Find out about our former Internship Experts on Internship Expert Alumni Page.


Traineeship offer for PhD students in biological, agricultural or food sciences

EPSO is continuously looking for PhD students for a remote or on-site (scholarship/grant holders) traineeship in EPSO for a stay of minimum 3 to maximum 6 months.

See the EPSO Traineeship Call



LUKE, Finland

EPSO President

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.


Forschungszentrum Jülich,

EPSO Vice-President

EPSO 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.


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.


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.


University of Copenhagen,

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.


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.


Wageningen Plant Research,

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.


Adam Mickiewicz University,



University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU),



ISPA / CNR, Italy
All Board Members

2018-2020 – Alan Schulman (2019 – President)

2018-2020 – Angelo Santino

2018-2020 – Josef Gloessl

2018-2020 – Przemyslaw Wojtaszek

2018-2020 – Antonio Leyva

2017-2019 – Ernst van den Ende

2015-2020 – Cathie Martin (2015 – Vice-President)

2015-2017 – Robbie Waugh

2014-2019 – Svend Christensen

2013-2020 – Carole Caranta

2013-2018 – Tomas Vanek

2013-2018 – Aldo Ceriotti (2017-2018 – President)

2013-2013 – Maurice Moloney

2012-2017 – Jose Pio Beltran (2014-2016 – President)

2012-2014 – Eckhard George (2013-2014 – Vice-President)

2011-2016 – Ton Bisseling

2011-2016 – Bruce Osborne

2011-2013 – Heribert Hirt (2011-2013 – President)

2009-2014 – Christophe Plomion

2009-2014 – Eva-Mari Aro

2009-2011 – Raoul Bino

2007-2012 – Jonathan Jones (2012 – Vice-President)

2007-2012 – Chiara Tonelli

2007-2012 – Jacek Hennig

2007-2008 – Dirk Inze (2007-2008 – Vice-President)

2006-2011 / 2018-2020 – Ulrich Schurr (2009-2011 / 2018-2020 – Vice-President)

2006-2011 – Pere Puigdomenech

2005-2010 – Wilhelm Gruissem (2007-2010 – President)

2005-2010 – Erkki Truve

2003-2008 – Helene Lucas

2003-2008 – Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey

2003-2005, 2014-2017 – Mark Stitt

2003-2005 – Paolo Costantino

2001-2006 – Denes Dudits

2001-2006 – Pierre de Witt

2001-2002 – Chris Bowler

2001-2002 – Lothar Willmitzer

2001-2006 – Mike Bevan (2001-2006 – Vice-Chair)

2000-2006 – Marc Zabeau (2000-2006 – Chair)