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EPSO’s strategy is implemented by its members and staff:

Karin Metzlaff – Executive Director

  • Science and science policy (EPSO, GPC, ISE, Plant ETP), members, observers, association relations

Karin MetzlaffKarin has been the executive director of EPSO since its creation in 2001. She works with the EPSO members and other partners to promote plant research in the European science and science policy arena by overseeing the EPSO Working Groups, providing advice and recommendations to politicians at European, multinational and national level. Karin represents EPSO in the Initiative for Science in Europe, ISE and the Global Plant Council (GPC). She is a member of the European Commission High Level Steering Board on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability and of the Steering Council and Executive Committee of the European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ and. Karin is responsible for all member, observer and association relations of EPSO.

Before creating EPSO, Karin has been project manager of twelve EU-funded plant research projects for two years. Karin has postdoctoral experience in various areas of plant sciences at the John Innes Centre Norwich (United Kingdom), the Federal Health Office (Germany) and the Martin-Luther University Halle (Germany). She obtained her PhD in plant genetics at the Martin-Luther University Halle.

Sofia Ciravegna - Executive Assistant

  • Personal membership, office, accounts, meetings

Sofia is responsible for the day-to-day management of the EPSO office, personal membership and any administration and general queries. Sofia administers the EPSO and EU project accounts. In addition she supports Karin with the organisation of our workshops and brainstorms, as well as the joint EPSO-FESPB Conferences.

She speaks Portuguese, English, French and Italian. Prior to joining EPSO in August 2018  she  has worked as an Administrative Assistant in Companies, Financial Institution,  European Trade Association, and European Commission.

Marina Predic - Publications Officer Marina is our publications officer. Her main responsibilities include the management of the EPSO website and social media activities, writing and editing articles for the EPSO newsletter and creation of visual content. She is also responsible for drafting briefings and internal documents for the EPSO members and acts as one of the Global Coordinators of "Fascination of Plants Day".

Marina holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering and a MSc in Viticulture and Enology from the VINIFERA EuroMaster programme which she carried out in France, Spain, Italy and the United States. She started off her career in the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in Paris, then moved to Belgium to undertake the Blue Book Traineeship in European Commission in the Organic Farming Unit (DG AGRI). She was afterwards recruited by Copa-Cogeca as a Policy Advisor. She is fluent in Serbian/Croatian, English, Spanish and French.


Internship Expert - Expert from an EPSO Institutional Member

Each EPSO Institutional Member can offer an Internship Expert to EPSO for a stay of at least 6 months. See the EPSO call for internship experts from institutional members and the ‘Internship Agreement’.

Find out about our former Internship Experts on Internship Expert Alumni Page.

Traineehip offer for PhD students in biological, agricultural or food sciences

EPSO is conitnuosly looking for PhD students for a remote or on-site (scholarship/grant holders) traineeship in EPSO for a stay of minimum 3 to maximum 6 months. See the EPSO Call for Trainees.

Contact EPSO to join our activities!

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EPSO is an independent academic organisation currently representing 61 institutional members bringing together more than 204 research institutes, departments and universities from 29 countries in Europe and beyond.