For 2022, 56 countries joined the 6th edition of the worldwide event Fascination of Plants Day to offer over 358 plant-based outreach activities for all interested people from toddlers to grandparents. More events will come as they can be organized six months around its peak on 18 May 2022.  

All information about this plant scientists’ initiative can be accessed via

Fascination of Plants Day is supported world-wide by a network of National Coordinators who voluntarily promote and disseminate the activity within their countries and turn it into a success.

To organize an event in your country, contact its National Coordinator on the FoPD country page. Scientific institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, will open their doors. To enjoy the interactive events, check the same country page.

To read the full press release click here.

The 13th European-wide seminar of the series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders.


TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET).


On 19th May 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring the “Variation and Sustainability in Forestry”

  Dr Ivan Scotti, INRA, Avignon, France – “Scales of genetic variation in forest tree populations: from continent to stand level”

  Prof Markku Keinänen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland – “Intraspecific and within-tree variation in in silver birch leaf spectral reflectance and chlorophyll a fluorescence transients”


 The seminars will be hosted on Zoom and last approximately 1.5 hours. Numbers will be limited to 300 attendees and therefore please register early if you would like to join. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and join the debate. So please join us to support this new and exciting initiative for European Plant Science by following this link just prior to the start of the seminar.


EPSO members register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


In the coming months we will be on the lookout for talented plant scientists among the EPSO membership to present their findings and perspectives to the EPSO seminar series. If we approach you to talk, we hope you will be happy to support the initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for both eminent world leaders and talented up-and-coming early career researchers to present their research to an international audience and to network with potential collaborators. If you wish to suggest a theme for one of the autumn seminars and / or nominate yourself or one of your colleagues to give a seminar, we most welcome your suggestions. Please contact Tim George ([email protected]) to provide your name and potential talk title.


We look forward to seeing you all for the 13th EPSO seminar on the 19th May 2022


Tim George, Alan Schulman and Marie-Theres Hauser

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee



Click here to read: Full EPSO news item



  • Tim George, Hutton / UK & EPSO Board
  • Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI & EPSO President
  • Marie-Theres Hauser BOKU / AT & EPSO Board

EPSO highlights three funding programmes supporting research and policy implementation : 1) Weave , a bottom-up, cross-European initiative by national funders to support excellent collaborative research; 2) COST, providing networking for researchers, for which you are invited to the EPSO-COST webinar on 29.4.2022 at 10 am (CET); and 3) LIFE supporting policy implementation in the fields of environment and climate . The respective briefings are updated on the Members’ Only section.

Weave is a bottom-up, cross-European initiative by national funders to support excellent collaborative research

It aims to simplify the submission and selection procedures of collaborative research proposals that involve researchers from up to three European countries or regions. Proposals go through a single evaluation procedure followed by coordinated but autonomous decision processes of the involved funding organisations.

Weave currently comprises 12 national and regional research funders from 11 European countries: FWF / AT; FNRS & FWO / BE; HRZZ / Croatia; GACR / CZ; DFG / DE; FNR / LUX; RCN / NO; NCN / PL; ARRS / SV; FORMAS / SE; SNSF / CH.

WEAVE is presented in the spring EPSO newsletter on the members only website.


COST, providing networking for researchers, for which you are invited to the EPSO-COST webinar on 29.4.2022 at 10 -11:45 am (CET)

COST is part of Horizon Europe under the Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area. The COST open call aims to fund pan-European research networks in all science fields through bottom-up networking activities. Collection dates are once a year, this year on the 20.10.2022.

To develop your proposal, check the EPSO COST briefing (1.03.2022) and register to the EPSO-COST webinar with EC colleagues on 29 April 10-11.45 AM with presentations and Q&A.

Up to 70 new COST Actions are expected to be approved under the 2022 call, subject to available budget. COST does not fund research itself but only COST Actions (networking) for a period of four years


LIFE support policy implementation in the fields of Climate en environment

LIFE is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It is not part of the Horizon Europe programme, but under the same EU multi-annual financial framework. LIFE projects support policy implementation. Research is not the main focus but should be part of a LIFE project. LIFE projects only provide co-financing. Thus, you always need another financial source for the remaining amount.

Access the EPSO updated briefing on the LIFE Work Programme 2021 at the EPSO Members-Only Website. As LIFE Calls 2022 are expected to be published on the EC’s Funding & tender opportunities portal on 17.5.2022, EPSO will update its briefing shortly afterwards.


EPSO Members, except external Personal Members, can contact Sofia Ciravegna [email protected] for access to the EPSO Members’ Only website.

Content of the full version


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EPSO activities

  • Plant Health Working Group: Healthy Plants for a sustainable production – 1st meeting on 5.7.2022
  • 6th Fasci-nation of Plants Day around the 18th May – join the initiative!
  • EPSO Plant Science Seminar starts a second year as a feature in the Plant Science calendar
  • Stick to Science campaign – Put science collaboration before politics
  • Meeting of the EPSO WG Agricultural Technologies 23.11.2021
  • EPSO 5th informal science – policy meeting on genome editing in Europe, online, 4.11.2022
  • The Outreach and Public Dialogue Working Group welcomes your contributions
  • Weave – supporting excellent collaborative research projects across borders
  • Joint Call on Agrobiodiversity by SusCrop ERA-Net and FACCE-JPI
  • SusCrop seminar on sustainable crop production & workshop on innovation – 10-12.05.2022
  • The Future Proofed Crops Working Group will meet first in Brussels in October 2022
  • EPSO workshop linking Diverse Crops, Cropping Systems and Diets for Food and Nutritional Security, 26.10.2021

Members’ news

  • The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany – welcome as member
  • CHIC will release videos to better understand the project in 8 languages!
  • Austrian initiative ‘Medicines for Future’ launches development of COVID-19 therapy
  • Towards an increased efficiency of photosynthesis in field food crops within the next decade
  • CropBooster-P assesses the economic, social, and environmental impact of identified strategies
  • The International Barley Hub is looking for collaborators
  • Discover InnCocells’ progress through its podcast and Academy events
  • Engineering betalain biosynthesis in tomato for high level betanin production in fruits
  • Blue light inhibits immune response of potato to late blight disease
  • ASTER – Agroecology-inspired Strategies and Tools in tomato
  • Grant opportunities within the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) for plant science
  • StressKnowledgeMap compile global knowledge on plant responses to stress
  • Join the 7th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, IPPS 2022, 26-30.09.2022

National, European and global funding

  • National Research Funding Opportunities in Sweden
  • National Research Funding Opportunities in Austria
  • Apply to COST open call by 20.10.2022 and attend the EPSO-COST Info session on 29.04.2022
  • LIFE Calls 2022 are expected to be published on 17.05.2022

Career opportunities and meetings

About EPSO

The EPSO Nutritional Security Working Group will discuss and contribute to defining new paths and solutions for resilient and sustainable production systems using innovative solutions in the food and nutrition area.

Plant-based foods have received remarkable attention during recent decades in nutrition research, due to the biological activities recognized for many classes of phytochemicals and the relevance that food nutritional security topics are finding in European countries. The availability and accessibility to nutritionally-rich food sources are hallmarks for human health and wellbeing. That is why many efforts are being directed towards both traditional and new crops.

The workshop will be carried out as a hybrid event 27 – 28 May 2022, with physical presence of a limited number of participants in Lecce / IT as well as live streaming (up to 500 participants, through the Gotowebinar platform).

To participate in Lecce, please email Marina Korn [email protected] until 29.4.2022.

 To participate online, please register at the following the link until 20.5.2022:

The meeting intends to increase collaborations between the working group members both bi-and multi-lateral. In addition, it will provide information to finalise the EPSO statement on Nutritional Security, including recommendations on R&I as science advice to policy to the European Commission as well as national authorities.

The workshop will be held 27 May (10 am – 6pm) – 28 May 2022 (10 am – 1pm).


Workshop sessions

  • Improving the nutritional value of major and minor (neglected) crops, moderated by Katia Petroni
  • Recovery and stabilization of primary/secondary metabolites from food matrices & side-products, moderated by Marina Korn
  • Environmentally friendly and valuable alternatives to traditional food sources, moderated by Monika Schreiner
  • Assessing the nutritional value and safety along food chains, moderated by Angelo Santino,


We very much look forward to welcoming you at the workshop.

Angelo Santino, Monika Schreiner & Marina Korn, Chiara Tonelli & Katia Petroni, and Karin Metzlaff


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Contacts: Angelo Santino (CNR, chair), Marina Korn (co-organiser)


EPSO is pleased to announce the start of its new Working Group ‘Plant Health’. It will focus on the impact of pathogens and pests onto plants and plant protection in agriculture, forestry and the natural (non-human made) environment. It encompasses the continuum from basic to applied research.

It will link for instance to our Future Proofed Crops WG regarding abiotic stress, water and nutrient use efficiency and photosynthesis, to our Nutritional Security WG on crop nutritional quality and the Tree and Forestry Biology and Biotechnology WG.

The WG will meet first time online on 5th July 2022 to discuss the draft statement on plant health and next steps.

Pls discuss this in your organisation and reply to Karin, cc Sofia and the chairs to become a member of this WG best by end April 2022 (we suggest 1-2 expert scientists per organisation interested in this subject). To enrol an expert, please provide the name, function in the institute, 1-3 keywords on the expertise and contact details. Pls confirm as well if the expert(s) will join the 1st meeting on 5.7.2022.


Interested in the other EPSO WGs?

Discuss in your organisation all EPSO Working Groups (see and let Karin know if you want to add expert scientists to the other WGs.

EPSO members start and coordinate EPSO Working Groups to collaborate on science advancement, networking, strategy and provide science advice to policy. We suggest that 1-2 expert scientists per member organisation join a WG relevant to them.

Membership in EPSO WGs is restricted to experts from EPSO Institutional members. Others can apply to become and observer of a WG


Looking forward to collaborating with you in the Plant Health WG

Beat, Tina, Maria, Gian Paolo, Andreas and Karin

Plant Health WG co-chairs: Beat Keller, Tina Romeis, Maria Jose Pozo, Gian Paolo Accotto and Andreas Voloudakis.

EPSO Executive Director: Karin Metzlaff


Click here to read: Full ‘EPSO Plant Health WG announcement’ and the ‘EPSO Plant Health Draft statement’


  • EPSO Plant Health WG co-chairs:
  • Beat Keller, Uni ZUR, CH
  • Tina Romeis, IPB, DE
  • Maria Jose Pozo, CSIC, ES
  • Gian Paolo Accotto, CNR / IT
  • Andreas Voloudakis, AUA, GR
  • EPSO:    Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director
  • Sofia Ciravegna, EPSO Executive Assistant