18 countries with which association negotiations are being processed, or where association is imminent: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and UK. The EC aims for ratification of the association agreements on Horizon Europe association giving third countries access to […]

These three aspects are strongly interconnected and tackling them together will improve European R&I capabilities well beyond the time span of this framework programme. Considering the relatively low funding budgeted for Horizon Europe (i.e., no substantial increase with respect to H2020), it is important to address from the beginning structural features to make it effective […]

See the programme. You can still register at https://europlantbiology2020.org/registration/ and best notify the organisers by email [email protected] to get quick access. Science themes include for example: Plant performance under abiotic stress (incl. adaptation to climate change), Cell signaling in plants, Plant Metabolism and bioactive compounds (incl. crop improvement for healthy diet), Plants in extreme environments, […]

These official calls, in combination with hints from the EPSO Brief on the Draft Work Programme which was published on the members only website 5.5.2021, can further advance your proposals. You find in the EPSO Brief on pages 39-43 the cluster topics relevant for plant scientists – this will help you to find the full […]

The Info Days will be open for participation without prior registration. During the event, prospective applicants and stakeholders of EU research and innovation get information and can ask questions about main funding instruments and the first Horizon Europe calls for proposals. During the 10 Info Days nine topics will be addressed: 28 June: Infrastructures 29 & […]

The 4th European-wide seminar of the new 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 17th June 2021 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring […]

The Strategic Plan outlined for 2021-2026 will help accelerate access to and benefit sharing from these resources that include seed and other plant collections, along with provenance and characterization data, so they can be used for the sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, medicines, and renewable natural products. Available variation can be harnessed to deliver […]

Research on carotenoids is crucial to solve the global challenge of producing health-promoting sustainable foods. The article, published in Progress in Lipid Research (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plipres.2018.04.004), reviews the biosynthesis of carotenoids in plants and other organisms, highlights their importance in agro-food and health and outlines further research needs. It is one of the outcomes of the COST […]

The EPSO Briefing on the Horizon Europe Draft Work Programmes 2021-22 has been published on the Members’ only Website*.  It contains all information for plant scientists already available in one document, It provides you as well additional researched information and final call texts already available.  *Access to the Members’ only Website is restricted to EPSO active Members (not sleeping members, […]

The 3rd European-wide seminar of the new 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 20th May 2021 at 15:00 (CET) we will present talks exploring ‘New […]

The study cites the substantial link between innovation in plant science and the ambitious goals of the EU claimed in The Green Deal and its Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, which is greatly supported by EPSO. The use of NGTs in plants can support the transition to a resilient, sustainable and secure agriculture for […]

EPSO presents its offer to contribute to developing and implementing the Biodiversity Partnership, as well as its new Plant Science Seminar Series launched first quarter 2021. We showcase EPSO’s activities  in different working groups such as Nutritional Security, Plants and Microbiomes and Tree Biology and Biotechnology, and science support. Make best use of our series […]

This is the joint conference by EPSO and FESPB. EPSO members can register as full member. Poster abstracts have to be submitted until April 30 too. Preliminary program, registration details and deadlines, and abstract submission information is available on the Congress website https://europlantbiology2020.org/ . Please disseminate through your networks to make this a unique meeting […]

On 21 April 2021 the European Commission will organise an open information session on Horizon Europe “A successful proposal for Horizon Europe: Scientific-technical excellence is key, but don’t forget the other aspects”. This webinar provides details on the preparation of a proposal for Horizon Europe, like open science, gender dimension or dissemination, exploitation and communication […]

Top European researchers will present state-of-the-art microbiome research in human and animal health, antibiotic resistance, environmental sustainability, and circular economy. Policy advisors to EFSA and OECD will inform about the safety and regulatory pathways of microbiome innovations. The workshop “Health and economic benefits of microbiomes ”, run by the  European Parliament`s STOA panel (Panel for […]

The EPSO Nutritional Security Working Group will discuss about the latest (bio)technologies which can contribute to define a new roadmap focused on `How to achieve the Nutritional Security issue in Europe´. The meeting intends to increase collaborations between the working group members both bi-and multi-lateral. In addition, it will provide a report including recommendations on […]

The 2nd European-wide seminar of the new 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). In the coming months we will be on the lookout for talented plant […]

On 24 March 2021, the European Commission (EC) published a call for expressions of interest seeking experts for EU programmes in the 2021-2027 programming period. The experts will be called on to support the EC and other European institutions in the implementation of the programmes, e.g. the evaluation of project proposals in the EU Framework […]

The first webinar on ‘How to prepare a successful proposal in Horizon Europe’ will focus on Submission & Evaluation and Model Grant Agreement on 24 March 2021 from 10 AM onwards. It will be available on YouTube only. The agenda will include two main points: “Submission and Evaluation” and “Model Grant Agreement” Check the agenda […]

For the ERC Starting Grant, the submission system is now open on the ECs funding and tenders portal. This call closes on 8 April 2021, 17.00h. Please note that the date is different from the one indicated in the EPSO briefing on ERC 2021 calls published on 26.02.2021 for Members only. Members have thus more […]

The Call: “Circularity in mixed crops and livestock farming systems with emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation” is about research on (re-) integration of crop and livestock farming systems with the aim to enhance circularity between these systems and thereby improve the sustainability of farms. The 2021 Joint Call follows a one-stage submission procedure with a deadline […]

We start with two senior scientists exploring the role Genome Editing has to play in modern plant sciences and its potential to help tackle some of the most pressing global issues facing people today. TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET). In the coming months we […]

ERC 2021 is the first Work Programme under Horizon Europe, Europe’s new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2021-2027 to be published. It includes three main calls for proposals for frontier research actions for a total amount of €1.9 billion. Over the entire long-term EU budget 2021-2027 of €95,5 Billion in current prices (accounting […]

On 3 November 2020 EPSO member-scientists and policy makers from ten countries across Europe held the third open-minded, informal meeting to assess the situation for research and development on New Plant Breeding Technologies (NPBTs) after the ruling of the ECJ in July 2018. They exchanged views on the current situation of genome editing (GE) in […]

This interactive event aims to exchange about farmers’ needs and upcoming practical solutions to soil health problems and to discuss what needs to be done for farmers to take them up. The target audience includes farmers, land managers and researchers. In addition, the event can serve to expand your networks and to discuss future collaborations. […]

The Plant Biology Europe conference 2021 is turning 100% virtual. From June 28th, 2021  to July 1st 2021 the full virtual congress with keynote speakers, oral communications, posters and sponsors will be available on-line for all the registered participants. IMPORTANT DATE: 30 MARCH 2021: End of the early bird registration 30 APRIL 2021: Deadline for […]

EPSO particularly supports the ambition that ‘R&I in the biodiversity domain will recognize that ecological, social and technological changes go hand in hand and co-evolve, and to focus on this alignment and breakdown of silos.’ EPSO appreciates that the draft SRIA links environmental sustainability, food and nutritional security, and human health. EPSO urges application of […]

The European Commission announced today, 26.1.2021, that further to the announcement of the delays of ERC calls, a pre-publication on the ERC website of relevant DRAFT documents for 2021 ERC calls is in preparation. The ERC is aiming to have these documents online by the end of January or beginning of February. In response to […]

This third workshop of the EPSO Working Group on Plants and Microbiomes has two aims. First, we will hear first highlights from (multi-)national plants and microbiomes research and innovation from our Working Group members to present. Second, we will discuss in more detail two themes which need further elaboration by the Working Group: ‘Advancing from […]

In February 2020, The ERA-Net Cofund on Sustainable Crop Production (SusCrop) launched a 2nd transnational call for proposals. Following the Co-funded Call in 2018 (1st call), the aim of this 2nd call is to support scientifically excellent transnational research, development and innovation projects that contribute to the improvement of sustainability (environmental, economic and societal) and […]

The EPSO Working Group on Plants and Microbiomes has the pleasure to announce its third workshop to take place online on 13-14 January 2021, 09:00 – 12:00 and 09:00 – 13:15 respectively. This third workshop has two aims. First, we will hear first highlights from (multi-)national plants and microbiomes research and innovation initiatives – to […]

The plant phenotyping initiatives IPPN and EMPHASIS have recently launched the Global Plant Phenotyping Survey 2021, which addresses participants from all geographic regions and in all professional disciplines in any way related to plant phenotyping. The survey is open until 9 February 2021. For the past six years, IPPN and EMPHASIS IPPN and EMPHASIS have carried out their bi-annual Plant Phenotyping Surveys covering basic and advanced […]

This international conference will be held on 18 – 22 January 2021 in a virtual format. It is  hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) an will tackle key issues regarding the future of the global agri-food industry. The programme is available at: https://www.gffa-berlin.de/en/fachveranstaltungen-2021/ Participate to the Science Slam on 21 […]

EPSO presents its work on the contributions of plant science to the Farm to Fork and the Biodiversity strategies, EPSO’s activities in different working groups such as Agricultural Technologies, Plants and Microbiomes and Nutritional Security, and science support. Make best use of our series of national plant research structure and funding for your bilateral collaborations, […]

To hold the fascinating events about the world of plants, which hundreds of colleagues organise across the world, as physical interactive events, the Global and National Coordinators of the international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) decided to postpone the next FoPD from 2021 to 18th May 2022. The Fascination of Plants Day, initiated and coordinated […]

The award honours a discovery made in basic research on bacteria, which has led to transformative applications in the plant and medical sciences. It is the first Nobel prize to be shared by two women. In plant science, genome editing enables scientists and breeders to improve the whole range of plants, from fruit, fibre, and […]

Topics on farm to fork, biodiversity and ecosystem services, zero-pollution and toxic-free environments, wildfire prevention, end-user products and citizen information could be relevant to plant scientists to team up with other disciplines and sectors. The EPSO briefing on the EU Green Deal Call will help our members navigating this new call which differs in important […]

EPSO welcomes the Concept and proposed actions towards a new ERA published by Commissioner Gabriel on 30.9.2020 and offers to collaborate in further shaping and implementing these. EPSO is focusing regarding the ERA for instance on critical mass investments in research and innovation, balancing basic, applied research, demonstration and innovation action support; widening participation; creating […]

On the occasion of the German Presidency of the European Union Council, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina kindly invite you to the international scientific advice conference “Genome Editing in Europe: New Agenda or New Disputes?”. The conference deals with genome-edited and genetically modified organisms (plants), and associated […]

Deforestation of tropical rainforests causes irrecoverable damage to biodiversity in terms of ecosystem and species loss and has long-term negative impact on global and regional climate through increased carbon release into the atmosphere. It is therefore crucial to stop deforestation. In this context, EPSO welcomes the initiative, taken by the European Parliament, to explore the […]

Does a point mutation look different when it is made by one process or another? No! One cannot tell from the mutation itself whether it was spontaneous or triggered by genome editing, and additional information on the history of the genetic material is needed as a precondition to evaluate from which breeding process it originates. […]

The CHIC project aims to develop sets of new chicory varieties to produce, on one hand, more and healthier inulin food fiber and, on the other hand, identify and produce medicinal terpenes in sufficient amounts. These varieties are developed via genome editing. Safety, socio-economic and environmental impact as well as stakeholders’ needs and concerns when […]

  At the mid-term meeting, project consortia will provide a status update of their ongoing research in the field of sustainable and resilient crop production. The meeting will bring together the research projects of the first transnational co-funded call (see list at https://www.suscrop.eu/call-information/1st-call. It will be held digitally on September 15 from 13:00 to 17:00 […]

On 20 May 2020, the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies were released by the EC. Both are at the heart of the EU Green Deal for which an EU Green deal call for proposals will be opened by Mid-September 2020. Areas of interest for plant scientists in the EU Green Deal call for proposals […]

Therefore, we ask European leaders for an increase of the Horizon Europe budget in general and a specific allocation of additional 5Bn€ to Pillar I. The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE), published today its statement on the EU Council’s President proposal on MFF and Horizon Europe, stating it is perplexed by the downward spiral […]

Promoting diverse crops and livestock with a variety of farming systems for diverse diets, human health and resilient production, is a joint responsibility of policy makers and actors in many areas: agriculture, health, education, environmental and R&I services. Experts from three Technology Platforms developed the following R&I recommendations to address climate change, biodiversity loss, consumer […]

EPSO urges the European Commission to take action to prevent the French draft legal proposal from being enacted. The European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) is concerned about the draft legal proposal on the genetic modification techniques mentioned in Article L531-2 of the French Environment Code, which would modify the list of techniques of mutagenesis exempt […]

EPSO agrees with the general statement of EFSA that risk-assessments should be done in a case-by-case manner and that the suggested procedures for risk assessment of SDN-3 that pertain to risk assessments of transgenes do not apply to SDN-1, SDN-2 and oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis, and should be simplified for these. Furthermore, EPSO suggests clarifications in the […]

CHIC is an Horizon 2020 project aiming to develop with genome editing sets of new chicory varieties to produce more and healthier inulin food fiber as well as to identify and produce medicinal terpenes in sufficient amounts. These varieties are developed via genome editing. Safety, socioeconomic and environmental impact as well as stakeholders’ needs and […]

EPSO welcomes the EC First Draft Implementation Strategy for Horizon Europe and offers to collaborate with the European Commission, the Member States, and stakeholders to finalise and implement it.  EPSO congratulates the EC for defining expected impacts (goals), but not the path to get there, inspiring innovative comprehensive solutions. EPSO fully supports including the UN […]

EPSO welcomes the EC Farm to Fork Strategy and offers to collaborate with the European Commission, the Member States and stakeholders to implement it. EPSO appreciates that the strategy links Food and Nutritional Security, environmental sustainability and human health. EPSO urges to apply this approach across the strategy as a whole. Concepts like diverse crops […]

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) committee of Senior Officials has approved the funding of 45 new COST actions on 24 March 2020. They are expected to start in the late Summer and Autumn of 2020. All scientists are welcomed to participate through the management committee or getting involved in a working group […]

The European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) welcomes the ongoing European Commission (EC) study on new genomic techniques (NGTs). These are defined as techniques capable of changing the genetic material of an organism, which have emerged or have been developed since 2001. In this statement, EPSO refers specifically to genome editing leading via mutagenesis (point mutations […]

The Research and Technology Organisation Association Lithuania (RTO Lithuania) and The Lithuanian Research Development and Innovation Liaison Office in Brussels (LINO). would like to invite you to the webinar: Post-COVID Green Deal Technology-Powered Recovery in Europe, which will take place on the 2nd of June 2020, 14-15 CET. How COVID-19 pandemic will affect European Green […]

TOMRES is a Horizon 2020 project offering “A novel and integrated approach to increase multiple and combined stress tolerance in plants using tomato as a model”. It aims to reduce N and P application by at least 20%, water input by 40%, while granting environmental sustainability and economic viability of the solutions proposed through novel […]

ERC Advanced Grant support established, leading principal investigator who can demonstrate a ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. The call is open to any field and nationality. It offers up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years. Up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 […]

EPSO presents its work on the contributions of plant science to Food and Nutritional Security, Human Health and environmental sustainability, EPSO’s activities in science advice to policy towards the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan and on Agricultural Technologies, and science support. Make best use of our series of national plant research structure and funding for your […]

Plant research and innovation can contribute through three main paths to achieve Nutritional Security (NS): Underutilised nutritious fruit and vegetable crops: improve their economic performance and further increase their nutritional quality – emerging over the past years and providing co-benefits in terms of NS and sustainable environment – the focus of this statement. Biofortification: increasing […]

The University of Cologne Competence Area “Food Security” and the Institute of Geography invite you to the “2nd Cologne Conference on Food for Future” to be held between 13-14 September 2021 in Cologne, Germany (initially scheduled for 14 – 15 September 2020) The general objective of the conference is to bring together scientists with different expertise to discuss […]

The ISDC has a mandate for: Foresight work to inform CGIAR’s longer term research strategy; Horizon scanning to provide analysis on how emerging trends and developments can be taken into account in CGIAR’s work; Priority setting exercises and analyses integrating both ex-post and ex-ante analyses; Guidance for periodic proposal assessment processes; and Other functions, on the strategic direction of CGIAR […]

The CHIC project aims to develop sets of new chicory varieties to produce, on one hand, more and healthier inulin food fiber and, on the other hand, identify and produce medicinal terpenes in sufficient amounts. These varieties are developed via genome editing. Safety, socio-economic and environmental impact as well as stakeholders’ needs and concerns when […]

CGIAR, the world’s largest public research network on food systems, is changing identity to One CGIAR with a sharpened focus to 2030, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It will integrate management, policies, and services; finding new, more impactful ways of doing research; sharing and investing more, pooled funding; and unifying its governance, […]

Genome editing: Improving legislation and starting flagships to better address climate, environmental, food and health challenges 2nd Informal meeting in Brussels 24.1.2020 Brussels, 24.4.2020 On 24 January 2020 EPSO invited tandems of member-scientists and policy makers from a dozen countries across Europe to a second open-minded, informal meeting to assess the situation for research and […]

RESPONSE DP is offering 7 early-stage researcher’s positions for 36 months (100%) at the interface of science and policy, as well as science and innovation at one of the three world-leading academic host organization – ETH Zurich, University of Zurich or University of Basel. RESPONSE DP will train ESRs to reflect on their role as […]

The majority of Norwegian consumers are positive about sustainable and societally beneficial use of gene editing in Norwegian agriculture and aquaculture – this is the main conclusion from the population survey performed and published by the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board early April  2020. However, many consumers are concerned about risk, although they have fairly high […]

This science advice will inform the development of the ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy to be published this year (originally in spring) and all actions related to sustainable food systems under the ‘European Green Deal’ and beyond. The group ‘urges the European Commission to take the lead and drive change towards a sustainable food system in […]

The European Commission has published a Question&Answer on Covid19 and food safety. It presents answers on the following areas: Risk of infection through food; Food production; Food at home, Member States recommendations, and Other sources of information. Two examples What is the risk of COVID-19 infection from food products? Despite the large scale of the […]

The European Commission is reviewing its 2020 work programme in light of the coronavirus crisis and is expected to publish in the coming weeks, possibly on April 29, 2020 its updated work programme 2020. According to Euractive, indications are that although climate policies remain broadly on track, it might include delays for some initiatives of […]

EFSA has launched a public consultation on the draft scientific opinion “Applicability of the EFSA opinion on site-directed nucleases type 3 for the safety assessment of plants developed using site-directed nucleases type 1 and 2 and oligonucleotide-directed mutagenesis”. The deadline for submitting comments is 27 May 2020. EFSA would appreciate if you could share this information with your […]

Further modifications to the calls under Horizon 2020 Work Package 2020 are happening. They are available on our website for Members only in the updates to the WP2020 briefing. However, in addition we encourage scientists to regularly check the European Commission call pages to be exhaustive. As example the following calls are concerned: H2020 collaborative […]

  Due to the coronavirus, the next joint conference by FESPB & EPSO Plant Biology Europe 2020 is postponed to 28th June to 1st July 2021, in Turin (Centro Congressi Lingotto).  Save the date!   Important dates Please check the website regularly for updates and official announcements regarding new Abstract and Registration deadlines.   EPSO Young […]

FoPD 2020  will be ongoing in some countries, led by the respective National Coordinators, while respecting  the regulation and restriction regarding the coronavirus. We invite you to post your FoPD news on Twitter with #FoPD and #PlantDay. FoPD also has a new Instagram account @fascinationofplantsday. You can follow us for updates on FoPD as well […]

Strasbourg: 8 April 2020 The European Research Council (ERC) Scientific Council has made a clear statement on 8 April about the reasons that led to their unanimous vote of no-confidence in Mauro Ferrari as ERC President on 27 March. Mauro Ferrari announced his resignation on April 7, three months after starting in his new position. […]

The European Commission invites European scientific and research community organisations to nominate high-level candidates to be put on the short-list of candidate-members for the Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. The Group of Chief Scientific Advisors consists of seven members who provide high-quality independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners on specific policy […]

The European Commission has awarded a contract for the setting up of an open access publishing platform for scientific articles from all disciplines (as well as to host pre-prints) as a free service for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries. Publications via this platform will undergo a peer review process and will meet all open […]

As the current restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic severely affect the preparation of project applications, the European Commission has extended the submission deadlines for all Horizon 2020 calls with original deadlines before 15 April at least until this date. The topic IMI2-2020-21-01 is excluded from this regulation. The deadline for submitting proposals for the […]

The European Commission has published a new article on the FAQ website of the Funding & Tenders Portal, which addresses possible disruptions of the implementation of H2020 projects, additional costs and travel cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission refers to the possibility of applying Article 51 of the H2020 Model Grant Agreement (MGA), […]

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is postponed from April 9 to April 28 2020, 13:00h (CEST) due to the current public health situation in Europe. Following the Co-funded Call in 2018 (first call), the aim of this second call is to support scientifically excellent transnational research, development and innovation projects that contribute to the improvement […]

Due to the impact of the corona virus, the EPSO Board decided last week to hold the 2020 General Meeting as simultaneous regional General Meetings in 9 different regions across Europe, each one chaired by one Board member. Though an unforeseen change, this can foster engagement of the EPSO Representatives, of EPSO Supporting Scientists and […]

EPSO welcomes the EC’s ‘Orientation paper’ and looks forward to actions across clusters and pillars to better address the Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal including the farm to fork and the biodiversity strategies. To this end, EPSO makes the following key recommendations to policy makers at European and national level:  1-Combine genetic, […]

Today, the European Commission publish its Farm to Fork Strategy as part of the EU Green Deal policy. EPSO welcomes this publication and invites you to submit feedback to the European Commission’s public consultation on the “Sustainable food – ‘farm to fork’ strategy” Roadmap. This strategy can create more efficient, climate-smart systems that provide healthy […]

EPSO submitted key recommendations towards the Strategic programming to the European Commission including: 1 – Clusters 1 (Health) and 6 (Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment (FBNRAE)) should jointly address Food and Nutritional Security (FNS) and Environmental sustainability and human health: EPSO welcomes the link between Food and Health Clusters: 1) Crops without diseases, […]

Informal meeting in Brussels 19.9.2019 Brussels, 4.11.2019 On 19 September 2019 EPSO invited tandems of member-scientists and policy makers from a dozen countries across Europe to an open-minded, informal meeting to assess the situation for research and development on New Plant Breeding Technologies (NPBTs) after the ruling of the ECJ in July 2018. The difficulties […]

Diverse crops with diverse microbiomes for diverse diets for human health and resilient production – the main message from the 2nd EPSO workshop on Plants and Microbiomes held in Vienna October 2018. Diversity matters increasingly and is fundamental towards achieving the UN Sustainability Goals, such as SDG 2 ‘Zero hunger’, SDG 3 ‘Health and wellbeing’, […]

48 participants representing 200 research institutes and universities from 31 countries will discuss at the EPSO General Meeting their short, medium and long term activities towards science strategy and science advice to policy, focusing on the transition from Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe and how better to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals with […]

This year’s Fascination of Plants Day, a plant scientists’ initiative, has been already adopted by 47 countries worldwide. All information about this initiative can be accessed via www.plantday18may.org and is supported world-wide by a network of National Coordinators who voluntarily promote and disseminate the activity within their countries. A variety of over 468 plant-based outreach […]

EU health Commissioner Andriukaitis stated in his interview with EURACTIV on 27.3.2019 (link) “From my point of view, we need a new legal regulatory framework for these new techniques,”, adding that it should be dealt with by the new European Commission after the EU elections in May. He added  “We are currently analysing the ruling […]

EPSO publishes its statement to the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on organisms obtained by mutagenesis (case C-528/16) stating that the ruling disregards scientific evidence. Genome editing is not the only answer to current challenges of agriculture and society, but it represents an important tool for harnessing plant science knowledge toward a […]

Following the European Court of Justice ruling, that plants obtained by recent techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome editing mutagenesis are regulated as GMO, the VIB statement addresses the huge problems Europe will face in plant breeding in the future. EPSO anticipates the same problems as depicted in the statement, which is in line with our […]

European Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap 2018 published, identifying 8 projects with ESFRI Landmark status and 6 new projects entering the roadmap.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2018 setting out actions to achieve the goal by 2030 and confirming a rise in world hunger: the number of people who suffer from hunger has been growing over the past three years, returning to levels from almost a decade ago. Multiple forms of […]

High level event: Sustainable and circular Bioeconomy Conference on 22.10.2018 in Brussels. Online registration opened. See more information.

2018 IPBO Conference: “Scientific Innovation for a Sustainable Development of African Agriculture”, 30-31 August 2018, Ghent, BE

EPSO publishes a first reaction to the Court of Justice of the EU ruling regarding mutagenesis and the GMO Directive in which European Plant Scientists express their disappointment on the ruling which classifies plants obtained by recent techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome editing as GMO that are subject to extensive pre-market risk evaluations. It is […]

Announcement: EPSO is looking for a PhD student in life sciences to do either a remote or an on-site three months traineeship in EPSO starting September 2018. Applications by 9th September. For more information, see the Call for Trainee.

Access to Digital Sequence Information must remain open; calling upon the convention of parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), national and EU decision makers to maintain Open Access to Digital Sequence Information as part of the ‘Open Science’ principle and therefore NOT to include this in the Nagoya Protocol as this would substantially […]

Funding opportunities for Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) at PAEPARD Blog covering areas such as: 1. Agriculture; 2. Agribusiness; 3. Bio-diversity, environment, climate change; 4. Fellowships/scholarships/grants; 5. Awards.

‘Plants for Human Health’ report on the European Parliament – Plant ETP workshop held on 23.5.2018 at the EP in Brussels.

Plant Biology Europe Congress, Copenhagen 18-21.6.2018 – Join lively debates in the Science Communication Workshop on Mo, 18 June 13:15 – 14:15 and in the Open Science – Science policy Panel Discussion on Tu, 19 June 13:15 – 14:45. Program on the Official conference page. EPSO Information. One day and full registration open.

Proposal for the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9) – for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council. Specific Programme proposal, Annex to SP proposal. Provide feedback to EC until 2 August 2018 to be summarised to EP and Council.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9), laying down its Rules for Participation and Dissemination. Regulation proposal, Annex to Reg proposal. Provide feedback to EC until 2 August 2018 to be summarised to EP and Council.

Plant Biology Europe FESPB/EPSO 2018 Congress, Copenhagen 18-21.6.2018 – complete program at Official conference page. EPSO Information. One day registration open in addition to full registration.

Announcement: 2nd Workshop of the Working Group on Plants and Microbiomes “Implementing a Plants and Microbiomes Strategy in Europe” will take place in Cologne on 12 Oct 2018. Register by 2nd October.

Welcoming the Advice of the British Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) on genome-edited camelina plants with increased levels of oleic acid, Opinion.

Proposed ‘Science and Innovation Pact’ as framework for the UK-EU partnership on science, research and innovation aiming at full association to Horizon Europe (FP9) around structure, influence and contribution to FP9 as core part of the UK-EU future partnership.

The unofficial Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) 2018 is held today across the world as a warm up for the next official Fascination of Plants Day in May 2019. Follow up on Twitter via the #PlantDay.

A renewed agenda for research and innovation – Europe’s chance to shape its future – Urging EU leaders to adopt the EU budget 2021-27 including proposed innovation funding, increase investments in R& I to meet the 3% target, make regulations fit innovation, create synergies between EU programmes, modernise public research with an open science label, launch […]

AgriResearch – Innovating for the future of farming and rural communities – conference presentations online, following up the Strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation, 20.7.2016.

Register for the “Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems” conference in Plovdiv / BG on 14-15.6.2018, continuing the Food 2030 EU R&I policy response.

Proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 (MFF) including 97.9 Bill € for Horizon Europe (vs 70 Bill € for H2020). Commissioners Moedas and Hogan announced on 3 May a 10B€ budget proposal for the Horizon Europe (FP9) Global Challenge Food and natural resources (successor of H2020 SC2 which had 3.85 Bill €). MFF […]

EPSO Newsletter – Spring 2018 public shortened version has been published. The full version of the EPSO Newsletter – Spring 2018 is available exclusively to the EPSO members.

Booklet on New Plant Breeding Techniques in a new era in which Scientists of Wageningen University & Research gives new insights into plant breeding techniques such as genome editing.

The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) Call for proposals 2018 (H2020-BBI-JTI-2018) is now open. Call closure forseen: 6 September 2018. To view the topics and submit proposals visit the Participant Portal.

Manifesto “More funds for research and innovation” launched by CNR, CNRS, CSIC, Leibnitz and Helmholtz to highlight the need of more funds to research and innovation in the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). Heads of organizations, institutes, companies as well as individuals are invited to endorse this online so the initiators can bring it to […]

Submission to the EC consultation on EU research and innovation missions (FP9), based on the Mazzucato report, welcoming the mission concept and offering to help further develop and implement it as it highlights similar principles we proposed in the EPSO position on FP9(19.9.2017). EPSO suggest three mission ideas: 1) 1001 Crops – diverse crops for diverse diets and human […]

Comment on the report of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology: The report was commissioned under the UN Environment programme (UNEP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). See here original report of the AHTEG and all submitted comments.

Use the new partnering tool at suscrop.eu/call1 to help find suitable partners. It can be used to Post a Partner Offer/Request and / or to Search List of Partner Offers/Requests posted by others . See SusCrop-ERA-NET: Announcement first transnational Call in the field of sustainable crop production, 17.1.2018 Deadline pre-proposals 4.4.2018, full proposals 31.8.2018

Submission to EC consultation “EU funds in the area of investment, research and innovation, SMEs and single market”, highlighting Research and Innovation across the EU as top priority for the EU funds post 2020 to bring European scientists and societies closer together to help build an inclusive, collaborative Europe and world and help achieving the UN […]

Launch of the Horizon 2020 project, CHIC (Chicory Innovation Consortium), studying chicory as a multipurpose crop for dietary fibre and medicinal terpenes. Press release.

LIFE Multiannual Work Programme 2018-2020: In 2018 proposals to the LIFE’s sub-programme for environment will, for the first time, follow a two-phase submission procedure of pre- and full proposals. Call publication mid-April 2018.

Updated Fascination of Plants Day Success Stories 2017. Over 1000 fascinating events were organised in 52 countries, inspiring worldwide interest in plant science. EPSO welcomes scientists, farmers, industry and educational institutions to join the next official FoPD around 18 May 2019.

Pre-announcement of PRIMA Calls, a new Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, including sustainable farming. Participating States: DZ, HR, CY, FR, DE, EL, IL, IT, LU, MT, PT, SL, ES, TR. Section 1 (18M€ budget) calls for Research & Innovation Actions (RIA) as defined by H2020, pre-proposal deadline 17.4.2018. Section 2 (32M€ budget) calls for […]

First reaction on the Advocate General’s Opinion regarding mutagenesis and the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive, welcoming this as an important step in clarifying the GMO directive. EPSO awaits the decision of the Court of Justice of the EU foreseen for 2018.

Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-528/16 (regarding mutagenesis and the Genetically Modified Organisms Directive). – Press Release in EN; Opinion in EN

Announcement first transnational Call in the field of sustainable crop production; Deadline pre-proposals 4.4.2018, full proposals 31.8.2018; participating funders are from DE, FR, NO, IE, TK, EE, UK, PL, BE, FI, LV, NL, ES, AT, DK, IT, RO, HU and CAN. The ERA-NET-Cofund on Sustainable Crop Production (SusCrop) started on 1.1.2018. under Horizon 2020.

Scientists call for GMO opt-in option: The EC should “develop a Directive for individual member states to authorize cultivating a GM crop in their territories after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that the GM crop in question is as safe as the organism from which it is derived” to overcome problems of the […]

EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award – Winners are Shumei WANG (fundamental plant research) and Andreas CARSTENSEN (applied plant research). EPSO encourages the development of ideas and imaginative thinking in the plant sciences; Shumei and Andreas will present their research at the Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB joint congress in Copenhagen 17-21.6.2018.

EASAC: Report from European science academies calls for urgent action on food and nutrition security.

Briefing on EC Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-20 on the members’ only website. All information for plant scientists in one document and additional researched information e.g. evaluator database, hints on ERC, partner search.

Erasmus+ 2018 Call for Proposals published, 2.7 billion euro budget includes support for mobility and cooperation in education. Additional info in the Members Only section.

Cofund ForestValue – Innovating forest-based bioeconomy: Transnational call for joint European research projects. The indicative total budget is €25 million, deadline for pre-proposals 23 January 2018

Position on the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, FP9, welcoming the continued inclusion of the successful Excellent Science pillar in FP9, and setting out our position for research priorities and mechanisms to engender a mission-based approach to close the research and innovation cycle through increasing support for collaborative basic research, encouraging increased […]

Opinion on the SAM Explanatory Note on New Techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology welcoming the science based view on applications and implications including risk and benefits. EPSO calls for urgent action to promote progress in plant science and commercial breeding in Europe to meet challenges for agriculture in due time. EPSO encourages the European Commission to […]

Synthetic Biology should not be confused with the application of new breeding techniques, updated statement, reemphasizing that the techniques themselves do not define whether an organism or product is of synthetic origin just by their mere application; and that a synthetic organism should be substantially different from any organism that can occur in nature.

Implementing the Nagoya Protocol by national legislation in the countries of Europe, statement, asking the European Commission and the Member States to support the adoption of uniform legislation across Europe for the exchange and use of Plant Genetic  Resources by applying the multilateral system enshrined in the FAO International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for […]

Registration opened for the EC high-level conference on “Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation” in Brussels on 28.9.2017. EPSO provides science advice to policy including Agricultural Technologies which play a key role to address the challenges we face today and in future. EPSO advices to support the development and use […]

The 4th international Fascination of Plants Day took place around the world in 52 countries around 18th May with over 830 interactive events celebrating the fascination and manifold uses of plants for food and nutritional security, paper, medicine, chemicals, energy and enjoyable landscapes. Find all you need to promote the event in the PR toolbox, […]

FoPD Success Stories 2017

Genome editing: scientific opportunities, public interest and policy options in the EU, report launch in Brussels, Explanatory Note from EC’s High Level Group of Scientific Advisors

Announcement call for pre-proposals. ERA-Net co-fund invites consortia (min. 4 research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from 1 African + 2 European* partner countries) to submit pre-proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Deadline will be in June 2017 shortly […]

Synthetic Biology is much more than the application of new breeding techniques, statement.

TempAg: a new international research network to facilitate cross-country collaboration on sustainable agriculture in the world’s temperate regions. The foresight workshop 5-7.10.2016 identified emerging priorities and research challenges for policy & industry (blog posts by Global Food Security and GPC)

European research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) – FOOD 2030 Conference background document, 13.10.2016, comprising the FNS priorities NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets, CLIMATE smart and environmentally sustainable food systems, CIRCULARITY and resource efficiency of food systems, and INNOVATION and empowerment of communities. More on Food 2030 policy. See EPSO submission […]

Fact sheets on New Breeding Technologies, including: Site-Directed Nucleases (e.g. genome editing), Oligonucleotide-Directed Mutagenesis, RNA-directed DNA-Methylation, Cisgenesis, Grafting using GM plants, Reverse breeding, and Agroinfiltration.

Updated Statement: Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies

Updated Statement: Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies, EPSO welcomes the majority opinion of the Member States “New Techniques Working Group” report and asks the EC to follow these recommendations and provide legal certainty for science and industry regarding application and exploration of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) to allow the plant sector addressing the Grand Challenges […]

Updated Statement: Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies

Submission to EC consultation on the Role of Research in Global Food and Nutrition Security (summary reply). Completed online questionnaire here.

EC-EPSO EXPO Conference on ‘Crop genetic improvement technologies’ on 14 July 2015 at the CNR headquarter in Milano was a major success with excellent and well balanced presentations and very open discussions – see discussion on twitter hashtag #expocrops. Read the background information here.

FoPD Success Stories 2015

Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies, Statement

Plant breeders’ rights and patent rights, Statement

GMO cultivation – national opt-out, Statement

Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change in ‘Coping with climate change: the roles of genetic resources for food and agriculture’ book release, 19.1.2015. Calling to improving knowledge, conservation and use of crop wild relatives, locally adapted varieties and breeds, plants, animals and microbes living inside of these and in the soil; […]

The Fascination of Plants Day 2015 is launched today, with 39 countries who have already confirmed their participation | See success stories from 2013,

Working Group Meeting ‘Towards longer term partnerships of scientists from Europe and Developing Countries’, 16.10.2014, Meeting report.

Towards longer term partnerships of scientists from Europe and Developing Countries for sustainable intensification of agriculture, statement.

Meeting 1 – report

Submitted input to EC consultation on Science With and For Society, suggesting support for ‘Science with society snowball initiatives that are directly bringing scientists together with society, are interactive, regular and long-term and give the research community the capacity to build their communication activities to the society at large’.

Biotech Week begins today, a weeklong series of events celebrating biotechnology.

New communication adopted on international cooperation for Horizon 2020.

EPSO Draft White Paper: Horticultural Research in Europe – to 2020 and beyond.

J-C Juncker to MEPs ‘A new start for Europe: My agenda for jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change’.

Submission to EC consultation on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2

Action needed to safeguard genetic diversity of the world’s forests.

EPSO Green Paper (November 2013): Horticulture Research in Europe. EPSO Workshop ‘Horticulture for the 21st Century’ was held in 11-12th November 2013 in Berlin, DE.

Science Based Policy

Proposal for an International Society for Plant Molecular Farming – Expression of Interest – deadline 31.7.2013

FoPD Success Stories 2013

Summary FAO EPSO joint workshop.

Plant Sciences for Sustainable Crop Production: Strengthening Partnerships between Europe and Developing Countries. Report joint workshop, April 2013.

Submitting input to the EC’s consultation on Organic Agriculture in Europe

Comment to editorial A Glover: Is there opportunity in risk and uncertainty?

H. Hirt: Science first in GM debate

10.09. 2012 Plant ETP: Statement on New Breeding Technologies

Workshop page on the joint Workshop, Rome, 25-17.6.2012

Statement on agricultural technologies

Europe has an enormous potential and responsibility to be one of the leading science forces globally. There is an urgent need to enable European scientists to join and lead longer term global partnerships. International Cooperation

EPSO statement on Plant breeders’ rights and patent rights

Plant Research to Save the Planet.