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'This is our future, and we have to engage in it'. At the 2013 EPSO AGM in Greece, EPSO representatives expressed their support in video statements. Watch the final compilation.
Spring 2017 EPSO Newsletter - members log in to read the full version with news on Fascination of Plants Day, EPSO's activities in science advice to policy, EPSO’s new President, and the latest news from the Working Groups. Public 2 page version here.
- EPSO: The Fascination of Plants Day on 18 May is fast approaching and over 50 countries have already confirmed! Find all you need to promote your event in the PR toolbox, see Press Information, follow and engage with #PlantDay online for the latest updates, 27.04.2017
- UKRO: There are no immediate changes to UK participation in Horizon 2020. UK Treasury guarantees to underwrite funding for EU projects. Please see FAQs on UK Participation in EU Funding for Research, Innovation and Higher Education – incl. e.g. “UKRO understands that eligibility for the guarantee will extend to all successful applications submitted before the exit date, and not just to grants signed.”, KoWi 31.3.2017 & EPSO: Updated Briefing on Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2017, incl. country participation (incl. UK), 24.8.2016
- EPSO: Report and recommendations on Plants and Microbiomes from the workshop in Vienna 23.2.2017, published 23.3.2017 and highlighting the concept of Diverse crops with diverse microbiomes for diverse diets and resilient production.
- LEAP-Agri: Announcement call for pre-proposals, 8.3.2017: ERA-Net co-fund invites consortia (min. 4 research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from 1 African + 2 European* partner countries) to submit pre-proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Deadline will be in June 2017 shortly announced at www.leap-agri.com . *BE, FI, FR, DE, IT, NL, NO, PT, ES, TK
- EPSO: The new Plants and Microbiomes Working Group will meet for the first time in Vienna on 23.2.2017 to develop a strategy for plants and microbiomes research in Europe and beyond, 21.2.2017
- EuroScience: 39 European science organisations call upon EU policy heads to maintain transparency, open communication and mobility of scholars and scientists across the world. Open letter (incl. EPSO as signatory), 10.2.2017; address to Commissioner Moedas.
- EMBO: European researchers across all disciplines help scientists stranded outside the US due to the recent immigration ban. Enter your name at www.embo.org/science-solidarity if you/ your lab can offer temporary bench/desk/library access; 1.2.2017
- EPSO: Updated Statement: Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies, 12.01.2017. EPSO acknowledges the interpretation of the EU GMO legislation as both process and product based and considers that this could help to clarify the legal status of the NPBTs. In its update EPSO includes recently published reports from Belgium and Italy.
- EPSO: Submission to the EC consultation on Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation, 28.12.2016, completed online questionnaire; “Horizon 2020 is a unique opportunity to bring European scientists and societies closer together to help build an inclusive, collaborative Europe and world.” and highlighting urgently needed improvements in the Societal Challenges programmes to increase the impact of Horizon 2020
- EPSO: Synthetic Biology is much more than the application of new breeding techniques, statement 7.12.2016, pointing out that the application of a certain technique or material does not lead automatically to a Synthetic Biology organism or product, and a synthetic organism should be different from any organism found in nature.
- TempAg: a new international research network to facilitate cross-country collaboration on sustainable agriculture in the world’s temperate regions. The foresight workshop 5-7.10.2016 identified emerging priorities and research challenges for policy & industry (blog posts by Global Food Security and GPC)
- FACCE-SURPLUS: Pre-announcement of 2nd call, 7 million euros available for projects in the area of sustainable intensification of food and non-food biomass production and decentralised transformation systems, in particular small scale multi-input, multi-product biorefinery concepts, 18.11.2016.
- EPSO: Science can help build an inclusive, collaborative and fairer Europe and world, EPSO Newsletter editorial, 14.11.2016
- EC: European research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) – FOOD2030 Conference background document, 13.10.2016, comprising the FNS priorities NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets, CLIMATE smart and environmentally sustainable food systems, CIRCULARITY and resource efficiency of food systems, and INNOVATION and empowerment of communities. More on Food 2030 policy. See EPSO submission towards Food 2030 initiative, 22.7.2016
- European Parliament: The Paris Agreement, a globally binding deal to limit climate change, was ratified with an overwhelming majority and will come into force next month, 4.10.2016
- Pardey et. al.: Agricultural R&D is on the move, Nature 303, 301-303. See extracted data on our fact collection page. 15.9.2016
- EPSO: 58 European and Global research organisations call upon the European Parliament to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to condemn physical attacks on scientists. Updated Open letter 7.9.2016, Press information 4.7.2016, see EP President response letter 31.8.2016
- M Schulz, President European Parliament: Such attacks can only be condemned strongly ..The European Parliament fully recognizes the crucial role of scientific research for our society and the need for independent evidence meeting the highest scientific standards, letter, 31.8.2016 response to the EPSO President and the letter signed by 58 European and national societies
- EPSO: Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB 2016 Congress 26-30.6.2016, Prague, EPSO Conference report, including information on science sessions, the science policy session (and presentations), EPSO Conference Support Grants recipients and the very active social media activity and the EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award – winners Ruie LIU and Malaika K EBERT, 05.9.2016
- LERU: H2020 should focus on innovative collaborative discovery research, not on technology readiness, 29.8.2016
- EPSO: Updated Briefing on Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2017, All information for plant scientists in one document plus additional researched information. Updated information includes country participation (including UK), final call texts, 2014 call analysis, 24.8.2016
- Swiss Academies: New plant breeding techniques for Swiss agriculture – significant potential, uncertain future, fact sheet on the new plant breeding techniques, as well in DE, FR, 18.8.2016
- ISE and EuroScience offer to engage in dialogue with the EC on the H2020 interim evaluation, at a meeting with Commissioner Moedas in Manchester, 26.7.2016 This highlights that the Societal Challenges pillar of Horizon 2020 misses out on the potential from projects that include or focus on collaborative basic research as part of the research and innovation cycle across Europe.
- EPSO: Input towards the European Commission Horizon 2020, Societal Challenge 2 strategy 2018-20, and EPSO online submission to EC consultation SC2, both 25.7.2016
- EC: Strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation, final paper, 20.7.2016, finalised after the DG AGRI conference on the issue on 28.1.2016
- EPSO: BREXIT: The necessity of avoiding the fragmentation of European Science, Open letter, 15.7.2016. Together scientists can help build an inclusive, collaborating and fairer Europe and world.
- 110 Nobel Laureates plus 4311 scientists and citizens support Precision Agriculture (GMOs): by signing an open letter Supporting Precision Agriculture (GMOs) to the Leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and Governments around the world. They criticize Greenpeace to neglect scientific facts about safety and benefit of the technology, 18.7.2016. Read the letter and sign it at http://supportprecisionagriculture.org/
- EPSO: Briefing on the LIFE Programme Call 2016 for EPSO Members, 14.7.2016
- OECD-FAO: Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025, 4.7.2016
- EPSO: Report on the Plant ETP workshop at the European Parliament and EPSO's view on "Food and Nutritional Security", 9.6.2016
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Upcoming EPSO events:
- Fascination of Plants Day 2017 - Join the bienniel global celebration of Plant Science organised under the umbrella of EPSO.
Recent EPSO events:
- EPSO: Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB 2016 Congress 26-30.6.2016, Prague, EPSO Conference report, including information on science sessions, science policy sessions (and presentations), EPSO Conference Support Grants recipients and the very active social media activity and the EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award – winners Ruie LIU and Malaika K EBERT, 14.7.2016
- EPSO: EC-EPSO EXPO Conference on ‘Crop genetic improvement technologies’ on 14 July 2015 at the CNR headquarter in Milano was a major success with excellent and well balanced presentations and very open discussions - see discussion on twitter hashtag #expocrops. Read the background information here, 16.7.2015
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