The call aims to generate knowledge on how agrobiodiversity can improve resilience of agroecosystems, especially those most at risk, reinvigorate farming practices to increase ecological connectivity and improve biodiversity at landscape level, and to monitor and identify the opportunities and obstacles to diversification.

Proposals submitted to the Call must address one of the three following topics:

1) Agricultural genetic resources:  it includes research aiming to broaden the genetic base of crops to improve functional traits fit to sustainable food systems, and to increase tolerances to environmental conditions related to the climate change.

2) Agricultural practices and farm models: it includes research leading to new agricultural practices, technologies, decision support systems and business models that improve agricultural production and soil quality, creating economic, social, and environmental value through greater diversity of plant species and wider functional and response diversity.

3) Agrobiodiversity and territorial systems: it includes research leading to an increased agrobiodiversity at landscape level contributing also to the regeneration of low-quality agricultural habitats, to the enhancement of ecological connectivity and to a better understanding of the links between farm diversity and landscape complexity.

 

See the Pre-Announcement for timeline and participating countries.

 

The Call will be published in March 2022 at https://www.suscrop.eu/2022-joint-call.

The link for the webinar for applicants on 5th of April 2022 will be published on the submission homepage.

 

Read the full EPSO SusCrop news item 

Contacts:

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The 11th 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 17th March 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring “Plants and Microbiomes”

 

Dr Angela Sessitsch, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria – The plant microbiome: from rhizosphere to seeds and applications to improve crop performance

Prof Marcel van der Heijden, Agroscope, Switzerland – “Microbiomes, Pesticides and Sustainable Plant Production – Challenges for a Next Generation Agriculture.”

 Assoc Prof Simona Radutoiu, Aarhus University, Denmark – Establishment of nitrogen fixing symbiosis and its impact on microbiota assembly at the root-soil interface of Lotus japonicus

  

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:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcuutqD4qGtwtR8N-DSTvABFoKcjbgVrG

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 11th EPSO seminar on the 17th March 2022

 

Tim George, Alan Schulman and Marie-Theres Hauser

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee

 

 

Click here to read: Full EPSO news item

 

Contacts:

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

 

The Bayer Foundation is seeking exceptional young scientists who see collaboration as an opportunity to increase the impact of their research and are seeking to build a global scientific network.

Master & PhD students from all fields of the natural sciences or data science whose research has fundamental or applied relevance to the crop science industry are eligible for up to 10,000 € in funding for an international placement or research projects of up to six months that are complimentary to current or future scientific studies.

People studying in Germany must undertake placements in a second country & those studying outside Germany must undertake their fellowships at a German research institution.

The application portal https://www.bayer-foundation.com/apply-here-our-2022-fellowships-program opened 28.2.2022.

The foundation also has fellowships available in Drug Discovery Sciences & Medical Sciences.

For any questions, please contact [email protected].

 

EPSO collaborates with the Bayer Foundation towards the 6th International Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) 18th May 2022 https://plantday18may.org/ .

 

Click here to read: Full ‘Jeff Schell Fellowships announcement’

 

Contacts:

  • Karl Collins, Director Science Program, Bayer Foundation
  • Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

In the last few days, we have witnessed the incomprehensible and unimaginable descend on Europe for the first time in more than 80 years: an unprovoked, brutal, full-scale war on one of the European family of nations, Ukraine, and its people by its neighbour, the Russian Federation. While violating several international treaties securing Ukraine’s border, it also violates international law:

Article 51(2) of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions:

“The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence, the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population, are prohibited.”

The UN convention, article 2, paragraph 4:

The Organization and its Members, in pursuit of the purposes stated in Article 1, shall act in accordance with the following principles….

  1. All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

 

We as scientists wish to contribute to building a better Europe and world. At this critical moment, our immediate goal it to do our best to alleviate the suffering we are witnessing daily in Ukraine.

 Concrete actions you as scientists can take:

An international, grassroots initiative is underway to help scientists in harm’s way due to the war in Ukraine. The effort was begun by Andrew Kern, Univ. Oregon, @pastramimachine. The idea is to facilitate refugee scientists in finding a host lab abroad. Given EPSO’s commitment to pan-European plant science, this initiative seems highly relevant to us.

One simply lists the relevant information in the online Google spreadsheet. It is getting a lot of traffic, so you may have to try several times, or at off-hours, to get your listing in. The list:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jGFCqP2kj1ZAN6xy6EoRN1bozaggk9VEsbzYaIkkYcQ/htmlview#gid=0

In the Annex we list further initiatives across Europe we will update in the coming days. Send us such information to add there.

 

The EPSO Board and Executive Director on behalf of the EPSO members

  

Click here to read: Full ‘EPSO UKR statement’

 

Contacts:

  • Alan Schulman, EPSO President
  • Marie-Theres Hauser, EPSO Board
  • Przemysław WOJTASZEK, EPSO Board
  • Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

The IACGB is an independent think tank of forty high-level policy experts and drivers of the bioeconomy worldwide.

As members of the International Advisory Board on Global Bioeconomy and of EPSO, we want to inform EPSO members about the new IACGB homepage http://www.iacgb.net/. It provides broad information on the goals, activities and members of the IACGB, as well as on bioeconomy strategies and developments worldwide and on upcoming events. In this way, it will support the international exchange on the development of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

Three scientists involved in EPSO are member of the International Advisory Board on Global Bioeconomy: Elspeth MacRae / NZ is co-chair, Josef Glössl / AT and Ulrich Schurr / DE. In addition, the IACGB office is hosted at the Institute for Plant Sciences of the Julich Research Centre and Peter Wehrheim / DE (European Commission) is member of the IACGB as well.

The International Advisory Board on Global Bioeconomy is looking for new youth ambassadors for the IACGB. Please see notification and application form and directions on how to apply at http://www.iacgb.net.

EPSO will support the IACGB and help disseminate its activities. To this end, bioeconomy actors across the globe are welcome to organise interactive events for the public under the International Fascination of Plants Day 2022, around the 18th May 2022 https://plantday18may.org/ . The FoPD is coordinated by EPSO jointly with over 54 National coordinators from over 54 countries

 

Elspeth MacRae (co-chair IACGB), Josef Glössl (BokU) and Uli Schurr (FZ Jülich)

  

Click here to read: Full ‘EPSO IACGB announcement’ and the ‘IACGB ambassador application form’.

 Contacts:

  • Elspeth MacRae, co-chair IACGB
  • Ulrich Schurr, member IACGB
  • Josef Glössl, member IACGB
  • Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

The 10th 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 17th February 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring the “Potential of Plants as Bio-Farming Factories”

Assoc Prof Heiko Rischer, VTT, Finland – “Plant cell cultures as food – concept and applications”

Prof Herta Steinkellner, BOKU, Austria – “COVID-19: Plant produced novel antibody variants open up therapeutic approach”

Assoc Prof Johannes Buyel, Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Germany – “Product and process development in plant molecular farming”

  

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: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcuivrTouGteGmh68VuJZ7olcqyQF3b0K

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 spring 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 10th EPSO seminar on the 17th February 2022

 

Tim George, Alan Schulman and Marie-Theres Hauser

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee

 Click here to read: Full EPSO news item

Contacts:

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