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 complementary 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/science/fellowships-stipends#ForMaster opened 13.2.2023.

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 on the 7th International Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) around 18th May 2024 https://plantday18may.org/ .

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

Contacts:

Bayer Foundation

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO Executive Director

The 20th European-wide seminar of the series 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 16th February 2023 at 15:00 (CET) we will present two talks exploring “Development of Plant Pan Genomes”

Dr Martin Mascher, IPK Gatersleben, Germany: “From genebank genomics to pan-genomics”

 

 

 

Prof  Mark Chapman, University of Southampton, UK Domestication: “Why we eat what we eat, and the need for pangenomic-scale data”

 

 

 

 Agnieszka Golicz, Justus Liebig University, Germany:  ‘Towards plant pangenomics – are we there yet?’

 

 

 

 

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://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdOGtrj8sH9CAlZzh6uTpXUXom_mVn4xA

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 20th EPSO seminar on the 16th February 2023

 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 & Advisor EPSO Board

Marie-Theres Hauser BOKU / AT & EPSO Board

The CBE Joint Undertaking allocates €215.5 million in its 2023 WP to advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe across 18 topics.

Europe’s climate targets for 2030 and increasing Europe’s strategic autonomy are the twin objectives of the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU) in the annual Work Programme for 2023 published recently. Approved projects from 18 topics will further circular and sustainable production in accordance with the European Green Deal.

An Info Day in Brussels is planned for 20 April 2023 and will also be available online. On the Info Day, the call for proposals will open with a deadline of 20 September 2023. Further details are provided in the link.

The call covers three broad areas of intervention: (i) innovation actions – flagship; (ii) innovation actions and (iii) research and innovation actions. Topics for submission will be published on the EU’s Funding and tenders portal.

Horizon Europe funds CBE JU with private investments supplementing each Euro of public funding committed.

Other partnerships that started already and are relevant to Plant Scientists include, for example, Biodiversity (the Biodversa+ call was published in 2022) under Horizon Europe cluster 6.

ERA4Health (https://era4health.eu/ ), a new European Partnership under Horizon Europe in cluster 1, has recently started its activity, launched the first calls and its website. On 13 January 2023, ERA4Health has published its second call for proposals: Increasing health equity through promoting healthy diets and physical activity (HealthEquity), relevant to plant scientists – e.g. our Working Group on Nutritional Security. The submission deadline will be 14 March 2023. An info webinar on the call will be organised on 26 January.

More partnerships relevant to EPSO members are in preparation, such as the European Partnership accelerating farming systems transition: agroecology living labs and research infrastructures, and European Partnership on Safe and Sustainable Food Systems for people, plant & climate.

Whenever new Horizon Europe Work Programmes and calls are published, EPSO updates its Horizon Europe Briefing document for members.

Link: EPSO updated Brief on Horizon Europe Work programmes 2023-24, updated 17.1.2023

Contact:

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO BE

The 19th European-wide seminar 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 January 2023 at 15:00 (CET) we will present two talks exploring “Role of plants in carbon capture and mitigation of climate change”

Dr Thomas Parker, The James Hutton Institute, UK: “Going Underground: Understanding the Carbon Cycle Impacts of Tree Planting on Organic Soils”

 

 

 

Prof. Leena Järvi, University of Helsinki, Finland: “Improving our understanding on carbon sinks and storages of urban green areas by using different observation and modelling methods”

 

 

 

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: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrfuyopjsoHtOdd28MqaNXCCfo1oMtOXJc

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 19th EPSO seminar on the 19th January 2023.

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 & Adviser to EPSO Board

Marie-Theres Hauser BOKU / AT & EPSO Board

Calls for proposals for Horizon Europe 2023 are open! EPSO encourages its members to apply, especially to calls under the European Research Council (ERC) and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) of Pillar I (Excellent Science), and Cluster 6 ‘Food, bioeconomy, natural resources, agriculture and environment’ of Pillar II (Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness).

EPSO published its updated EPSO briefing on Horizon Europe Work Programmes 2023-24 on the Members’ only Website* on 22.12.2022. It contains all the information plant scientists need in one document. It also provides additional researched information, useful tips and available final call texts published by the European Commission for 2023/24.

*Access to the Members’ only Website is restricted to EPSO active Members (not sleeping members, not external Personal Members) – please contact Sofia to get access.

Work Programmes covered in the briefing and open/opening for submission are:

Excellent Science

  • MSCA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action 2023-24
    • MSCA-SE-2023: opening on 5.10.2023, closing 28.2.2024
    • MSCA-SE-2024: opening on 10.10.2024, closing 5.3.2025
    • MSCA-COFUND-2023: opening on 10.10.2023, closing 8.2.2024
    • MSCA-COFUND-2024: opening on 8.10.2024, closing 6.2.2025
    • MSCA-PF-2023: opening on 12.4.2023, closing on 13.9.2023
    • MSCA-PF-2024: opening on 10.4.2024, closing on 11.9.2024
    • MSCA-DN-2023: opening on 30.5.2023, closing on 28.11.2023
    • MSCA-DN-2024: opening on 29.5.2024, closing on 27.11.2024

Global Challenges & European Industrial Competitiveness – Thematic clusters

Missions

Innovative Europe

Widening Participation and Strengthening the European Research Area 2023-2024

Further Work Programmes are available on the Funding & Tenders portal

Wishing you success with your proposals

Karin Metzlaff, John Fitzgibbon and Odd Arne Rognli

Contact: Karin Metzlaff

Yesterday afternoon’s official publication contains the WPs for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Research Infrastructures; Clusters 1-6; Missions; the European Innovation Ecosystems, and widening participation and strengthening the ERA.

The published Horizon Europe Work Programmes 2023-24 are the legally binding versions replacing the pre-published versions released last week. Horizon Europe Work Programme & call documents

Cluster 6 – most relevant to EPSO members – has a budget of c. €1.92 billion for 2023-24: Please find the Work Programme 2023-24 of cluster 6 (food, bioeconomy, agriculture etc.)

Depending on the call, single or two-stage application procedures are foreseen. The opening and closing dates of the 2023 calls are as follows:

  • opening 22 December 2022, deadline depending on the call 23 March, 28 March or 12 April 2023
  •  2nd deadline for two-stage procedures 26 September 2023

In some Cluster 6 calls for proposals, the “blind evaluation pilot” is implemented as part of a two-stage application procedure. Applicants submitting a pre-proposal for the topics marked in this way are not permitted to include the names, acronyms, logos, etc. of their institutions or names of persons involved in the proposal in part B. Details on the pilot can be found in the General Annexes to the work programme (parts E and F).

For 2023/2024, a larger share of the topics in the thematic clusters will be advertised with lump-sum funding for the first time and for which special conditions apply, including a higher page limit for proposals.

We strongly advise you to register for the cluster 6 EC information days on 13-14 December 2022.

Applications must be submitted via the Funding and Tenders portal for which prior registration is necessary.

The ERC WP 2023 was published in July: The ERC announced its Work Programme 2023 – around €2.2 billion supporting over a thousand top researchers across Europe. Calls have already opened and there are rolling deadlines.

EPSO will now update its Horizon Europe Briefing for our members which will be available in the coming weeks. Until then please use the hints in our Briefing for the 2021-22 WP on the Members’ only website.

Wishing you every success with your proposals,

Karin Metzlaff

Contacts:

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO

John Fitzgibbon, EPSO