OUTREACH AND PUBLIC DIALOGUE
Carmel Edwards – EPSO
The most important public activity of this working group is the international Fascination of Plants Day.
The goal of of the Fascination of Plants Day is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainability producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.
Four official Fascination of Plants Days have already taken place in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017, with thousands of events taking place across the world. The event takes place every two years, however events are encouraged on the non-official years too. Read the success stories from 2015 and 2017.
The next official Fascination of Plants Day will take place around 18th May 2019.
EPSO news developed by this WG:
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...
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...
The Fascination of Plants Day 2015 is launched today, with 39 countries who have already confirmed their participation | See success stories from 2013,
Tristan Bunn – JIC, UK
Manuela Dahinden – ETH Zurich, CH
Trine Hvoslef-Eide – UMB Norway, NO (Global Coordinator of the FoPD)
Martin Kater – University of Milano, IT
Karin Metzlaff, EPSO – (Global Coordinator of the FoPD)
Heike Mikschofsky – Univ Rostock, DE
Dee Rawsthorne – JIC, UK
Emma Timewell (& Lynley Brown) – PFR, NZ
Sylvia Martinez – Univ Basel, CH