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

EPSO members value the EPSO career page as they often find their final succeeding candidates through the EPSO career page. With this success in mind, EPSO encourages all its members to disseminate their job offers through the EPSO jobs page to find their next team members at all career stages – from PhD students to director.

In 2021, thanks to its members, EPSO was offering on its career page almost 100 jobs related to plant sciences. Since 2018, the EPSO website has welcomed more than 12,000 unique visitors. The EPSO career page aggregates one fourth of the 48,718 unique page views turning this page in the second most visited page of EPSO website.

Job offers are also advertised on EPSO Twitter to more than 5,600 Followers, on Linkedin and in the bi-yearly EPSO newsletter. Next one will be released in Spring 2022, do not hesitate to share your new opportunities with EPSO.

To submit a job offer for publication, please send the completed job template to EPSO [email protected]. This is free for EPSO institutional Members. For outside submission a small fee applies.

The 2nd round of Mission Boards will have the role of advising on the implementation of the EU Missions under Horizon Europe 2021-2027. The five Mission Boards will have up to 15 independent top experts for each Mission. The European Commission (EC) published the call for experts on 5.1.2022. The deadline for applications is 02 February 2022, 17h00, CET. Interested individuals are invited to submit their application in the online survey-management system (EUSurvey).

EU Missions support Commission priorities, such as the European Green DealEurope fit for the Digital AgeBeating Cancer and the New European Bauhaus

The main tasks of the new Mission Boards will be to promote the EU Missions by raising awareness of the citizens and advice on the actions of the Mission’s implementation plan. The Mission Boards resulting from this call for application will build on the work of the first round of Mission Boards (ending their mandate in December 2021).

The Mission Boards advise on the full implementation of the five EU Missions working on:

EPSO encourages its members to apply particularly as expert for the Soil Deal Europe Mission Board.

Further information:

Source: EC, 05.01.2022

The 9th 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 20th January 2022 at 15:00 (CET) we will present three talks exploring the “Potential of Plants as Alternative Protein Sources”

 

 Dr Paolo Annicchiarico, CREA, Italy: “Legume crop improvement: challenges and opportunities”

 

Prof Nesli Sözer, VTT, Finland: “Challenges and opportunities with plant based ingredients as alternative protein sources”

 

 Assoc Prof Stig U Andersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark: “Faba bean genomics and diversity – improving a globally adapted protein crop”

 

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/tJEpc–qpjwiH9RFhVQiEJMZvTKVZfQhHpvX

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 8th EPSO seminar on the 20th January 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