OUTREACH AND PUBLIC DIALOGUE
Alexandra Barnoux – 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.
Five official Fascination of Plants Days have already taken place in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, 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, 2017 and 2019.
The next official Fascination of Plants Day will take place around 18th May 2021.
EPSO news developed by this WG:
The Fascination of Plants Day 2015 is launched today, with 39 countries who have already confirmed their participation | See success stories from 2013,
Submitted input to EC consultation on Science With and For Society, suggesting support for ‘Science with society snowball initiatives that are directly bringing scientists together with society, are interactive, regular and long-term and give the research community...
Relevant news from other sources:
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