John Fitzgibbon



This working group brings together the EPSO PR network to support communication and dissemination on Plant Science, and the organisation and animation of Fascination of Plants Day.

Fascination of Plants Day is the most important public activity of this working group on the international stage. 

Its goal is to stimulate as many people as possible around the world to become fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainable food production, as well as  horticulture, forestry, and non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

Six official Fascination of Plants Days have already taken place in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2022 with thousands of events taking place across the world.  The event takes place every two years, and events are encouraged on the non-official years too. Read the success stories from 2015, 2017 and 2019.

In 2022 Fascination of Plants Day took place on 18th May with events still possible through to November.



EPSO news developed by this WG:

Relevant news from other sources:



Marc Andrey – Agroscope, CH

Muriel Arimon Bedós – CRAG, ES

Paula Bergqvist– VTT, FI

Janne Karin Brodin – NMBU, NO

Mia Cerfonteyn – TSL, UK

Manuela Dahinden – ETH Zurich, CH

Sascha Falkner – FIMBAE IME, DE

Maria Flores –  ITQB, PT

Erwin Grill – TUM, DE

Ike de Haan –  AFSG, WUR, NL

Anne Honsel – UPSC, SE

Trine Hvoslef-Eide – UMB, NO (Global Coordinator of the FoPD)

Sophia Jahns – MPIDB, DE

Martin Kater – Univ. Milano, IT

Reetta Kettunen – Univ. Turku, FI

Tina Kissinger – HGU, DE

​Michaela Klement – BOKU, AT

Alina-Louise Kramer – HGU, DE

Susana de Lucas – CSIC, ES

Concepción Meneses – INIA-CSIC, ES

Karin Metzlaff, EPSO – (Global Coordinator of the FoPD)

Joaquim Miguel Costa – Univ. Lisboa, PT

Antonio Molina, CBGP (UPM-INIA/CISC), ES

Ana Morais – IGC, Oeiras, PT

Silvana Moscatelli – CNR (DISBA), IT

Andreas Müller – FZ Juelich, DE

Gintarė Naujokienė – LAMMC, LT

Colin Nosworthy – IBERS, UK

Vicky Passingham – Univ. Essex, UK

Aneta Piechalak –  PAS, PL

Christophe Plomion – Univ. Bordeaux, FR

Renata Ramalho – ITQB, PT

Alexandre Reteau,  Univ. Bordeaux, FR

Ursula Ross-Stitt – MPI, DE

Mia von Scheven- MPIPBR,DE

Marie-Jeanne Sellier – INRAE, FR

Aarón Seyller – CBGP (UPM-INIA), ES

Sonia Socaci – USAMV, RO

Diana Soldo – Univ. Lausanne, CH

Gillian Stirton – JHI, UK

Cathrine Strømø – NMBU, NO

Federica Tenaglia – CNR (DISBA), IT

Johanna Torkkel – LUKE, FI

Ingrid Vleghels – Graduate School EPS, NL

Marike van Woerkom – WUR, NL

Inês Zêzere – IBET, Oeiras, PT


Sylvia Martinez – Univ Basel, CH

Heike Mikschofsky – Univ Rostock, DE

Emma Timewell (& Lynley Brown) – PFR, NZ