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 and balanced among the three pillars. The analysis of the framework programme presented in the position paper takes into account its impact on many sectors, disciplines, and geographies

The ISE Horizon Europe Task Force has been conducting a long reflection on the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with a focus on the areas it deems of highly strategic importance to the development of the European R&I system.

The three main areas that need more consideration to further enhance the effectiveness and pan-European societal impact of the programme are:

  • foster interdisciplinary approaches within the programme
  • increase the efforts towards supporting EU-13 countries improve their R&I system
  • strengthen the R&I cycle in pillar 2.

Read the full news item here.
Read the full position here
Or click below:

ISE is interested in getting feedback from members in different EU countries to better understand the perspective of local research communities. Send your comments on the paper to Marco Masia, ISE.

Marco Masia (Executive Coordinator ISE, Initiative for Science in Europe),
Karin Metzlaff (Executive Director EPSO & co-chair ISE Task Force Horizon Europe)

See the programme. You can still register at 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, Plant evolution and development, Trafficking and transport in plants, Chloroplast biology (incl. molecular and cellular organization of the photosynthetic systems), Carbon fixation and productivity, From plant defense to plant immunity, Plant epigenetics, The plant microbiome, Plant nutrition, Translating plant research from lab to field, Genomics and genome editing for crop design.

As you can see from the programme, EPSO is not only involved in the science sessions, but as well in several other sessions we highlight hereafter for you and link the respective files:

Su, 27.6.

18:00                Art & Science virtual exhibition incl. CHIC project opening (Karin Metzlaff in opening) – public access

Mo, 28.6.

9:00 – 9:30       Conference Opening (LOC, FESPB, EPSO – Alan Schulman)

17:30 – 19:00    Art & Science Cooking Workshop CHIC project part 1 (plenary)

Tu, 29.6.

10:30 – 11:00    Ann-Katrin Beuel – EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award (YPSA)
for applied plant research (chair: Ernst van den Ende; plenary – news item page 3)

15:00 – 16:30    Nagoya Protocol panel discussion on access to genetic resources
(GPC & EPSO – Nils Stein; parallel)

17:00 – 18:30    Art & Science Cooking Workshop CHIC project part 2 (parallel)

We, 30.6.

13:00 – 14:30    ‘Plant Research – European Green Deal – Global Future’ science policy session
(organised by EPSO; incl. Alan S & Ulrich Schurr as experts; Karin M, Aldo Ceriotti & Josef Glössl as moderators; plenary – news item page 4)

16:20-16:50      Apolonio Huerta – EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award (YPSA)
for fundamental plant research (chair: Alan S; plenary – news item page 3)

17:00 – 18:30    ‘The ERC – European funding for frontier research in plant science’
(organised by ERC and EPSO; including Dirk Inze; plenary)

Find full information and the YPSA award announcement and the science policy session in the full news item:

Further attached are the A&S exhibition file, the A&S Cooking workshop file, and the ERC info session poster.


Looking forward to engaging with you at the conference!

Alan, Andrea and Karin

Alan Schulman (EPSO President), Andrea Schubert (Conference organiser), Karin Metzlaff (EPSO Executive Director)

Contacts: Karin Metzlaff, Andrea Schubert

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 call text in the EC published WP without having to read it in full.

Most relevant are:

We will work on an update EPSO Brief in the coming weeks and we will upload this on the Members only website too.

For further insights for your proposals, join the online EC Info Days on 28.6. – 9.7.2021. No prior registration needed. Cluster 6 is on 7-8 July (Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture & environment).

We encourage scientists to enter / update their profile in the EC expert database. This is used by the EC for instance to select evaluators for proposals as well as for ongoing projects.

Have a look at the Horizon Europe Rules of Participation and proposal procedure from KoWi.

More details will be forthcoming in our EPSO news page.

 Find complete call list and more details in the full  news item:

Sources: KoWi news items; EPSO Brief 5.5.2021, EPSO News items

Contact: Karin Metzlaff

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 & 30 June: Digital, industry & space (cluster 4)
  • 30 June: Civil security for society (cluster 3)
  • 1 July: Culture, creativity & inclusive society (cluster 2)
  • 1 July: The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: what is new under Horizon Europe
  • 2 July: Health (cluster 1)
  • 5 & 6 July: Climate, energy & mobility (cluster 5)
  • 7 & 8 July: Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture & environment (cluster 6)
  • 9 July: European Research Area (ERA) & Widening

There will be exclusive discussions and hands-on sessions.

The Info Days will be open for participation without prior registration.

Further information on the event website
Source: KoWi: – contact: Katharina Spannhake

MSCA: Opening of first calls in 2021 again postponed

The opening dates for the MSCA funding schemes Doctoral Networks, Postdoctoral Fellowships and European Researchers’ Night have been again postponed.

Current dates indicate that the Doctoral Networks 2021 will open on 22 June 2021 and close on 16 November 2021. The call for the Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021 will also be published on 22 June 2021, with deadline on 12 October 2021. The call for the European Researchers’ Night 2022/2023 is postponed to open on 22 June 2021 with deadline on 7 October 2021.

Source: KoWi – Contact: Dr. Kristina Wien

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 “Post pollination development”:

Prof Maria Von Korff, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

 “Barley spike development under abiotic stress”





 Dr Sarah McKim, University of Dundee, UK

 “Growing against the grain”





Prof John Pannell, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 “A rapid transition between combined and separate sexes in flowering plants”





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 4th EPSO seminar on the 17th June 2021

Tim George, Alan Schulman and Emily Breeze

EPSO Plant Science Seminar Series Organising Committee

Click here to read: Full EPSO news item 26.5.2021

Tim George, Hutton / UK & EPSO Board
Alan Schulman, LUKE / FI & EPSO President
Emily Breeze, Warwick University / UK & EPSO Representative

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 new cultivars that combine improved taste, nutritional value and human health benefits with climate-resilient qualities and increased carbon sequestration that achieve sustainable yields with fewer agricultural inputs.

DivSeek is a global community of practice committed to unlocking the potential of crop biodiversity so that it can be used to enhance the productivity, sustainability and resilience of crops, agricultural systems and supply chains.

Several EPSO members are active in DivSeek: Nils Stein & Andreas Graner (IPK / DE), Jean-Christophe Glaszmann (CIRAD / FR), Roberto Tuberosa (UniBol / IT), Theo van Hintum (WUR / NL) and Eva-Maria Sehr (AIT / AT).

Read more:

DivSeek media Release, Click below to download the media release in PDF.

Strategy to improve the Generation and Sharing of Information about Global Plant Genetic Resources



Graham J King, DivSeek, [email protected] ,

Nils Stein, IPK Gatersleben / DE,  [email protected]