JOIN EPSO AS A PERSONAL MEMBER

What are the benefits of a personal member?

Exclusive for personal members:

  • Access to members only information on the EPSO website (restricted to EPSO personal members from institutional members) – including research programme profiles and briefings, a fact collection and searchable database.
  • Access to EPSO News – the bi-annual newsletter – an excellent source of information on EPSO activities, EPSO members’ activities, EU funding and national funds open to foreign applicants.
  • Eligibility for students and for New Member States’ scientists to apply for a conference support grant for an EPSO conference.
  • Discounted registration fee to EPSO conference.

More activities important to personal members:

  • Apply to participate in the EPSO workshops (restricted to EPSO personal and institutional members; travel and accommodation covered by member)
  • Submit job adverts for publication on the EPSO website

Who can become a personal member?

EPSO offers membership to individual persons interested in plant science. This opportunity is open to all nationalities, professions, career stages and age groups worldwide.

Who decides about your application?

The executive director grants preliminary approval which has to be confirmed at the next board meeting.

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How to proceed:

Please, complete the form hereafter as much information as you have already and submit to us so that we can contact you and start with the admission.
You may add any question you have in your comments.

To find out more about how to become EPSO member, please contact us.

Class of membership?

The class for all personal members is P.

A small fee according to the career test applies to individuals working in other institutes/universities:

  • Professionals are people working in their profession (this is not limited to scientists);
  • Post-docs are people with a PhD or Dr degree not working independently yet;
  • Students are PhD students approaching a PhD or diploma degree, and undergraduate students approaching a bachelor, Master or Diploma degree; and school students.

Professionals : 110 €
Post-docs :         65 €
Students :           40 €

The personal membership fee is waived for individuals working in EPSO member institutes or universities.

Conditions of Personal Membership

Eligibility
Individual persons interested in plant science supporting the vision of EPSO and fostering its implementation are invited to become a Personal Member to EPSO. This invitation is open to all nationalities, professions, career stages and age groups world wide.

Benefits
EPSO’s activities with exclusive access to Personal Members are the Bi-monthly Newsletter (only pages 1-2 are public), eligibility to apply for an EPSO conference support grant. Other activities important to Personal Members include the Online Portal – specifically Plant Science Activities, the e-directory of EPSO members, e-job listings. EPSO’s activities for institutional members will ultimately benefit Personal Members. Personal members benefit from being part of the worldwide EPSO network of over 3.000 personal members and about 28.000 persons at the EPSO institutional members institutes. Personal members can apply to become a member of one EPSO working group.

Contribution
Personal Members contribute the Personal Membership Fee to EPSO. This is an annual fee according to the career state. Personal members are allocated to one of currently three categories: Professionals are people working in their profession; Post-docs are people with a PhD or Dr degree not working independently yet; and students are PhD students approaching a PhD or diploma degree, and undergraduate students approaching a bachelor, Master or Diploma degree; and school students. The Personal Membership Fee for Personal Members working in a members institute or university is waved.

Representation in Decision making bodies
Personal Members will have at least one representative to the General Meeting – the Annual Assembly of EPSO members subject to 500 Personal members not belonging to one EPSO institutional members.

Related clauses in the EPSO bylaws
• the applicant must be an individual person with an interest in plant science;
• a request for membership must be sent to the Executive Director of the organisation, who can grant a preliminary approval for membership which will be confirmed by the next Meeting of Board of Directors;
• the Board of Directors has full and final discretion to decide whether to admit a new member if an ordinary majority of the votes of the present or represented members agree.

Resignation and exclusion of members:
• A member can resign after giving 3 months notice to the Executive Director by registered mail. Notice starts on the date of the registered letter.
• The Board of Directors can exclude a member, if financial obligations are not met or a conflict of personal interest of the member to that of the organisation appears.
• Resigning or excluded members have no rights to the equity of the association.