Technology Platform “Plants for the Future”

TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM Plants for the Future

Launch of the "Stakeholders Proposal for a Strategic Research Agenda" in Strasbourg, 5th July 2005



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What research will Europe need to increase competitiveness of agri-food, forestry and related industries? Over the last year scientists and experts have set out a research agenda to meet this need.  The "Plants for the Future" research agenda was unveiled on July 5th  during a Press Conference at the Hilton Strasbourg from 10:30 to 11:30am. Click here for a report on the press conference.
There were key-note addresses from Commissioner Potočnik, Commissioner for Science and Research and Mr. Giles Chichester MEP, Chairman Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and personalities from industry, research and agriculture.


EuropaBio Announcement

EC Announcement


 EPSO and EuropaBio Press Release:  ENFRDE ATITNO

COPA COGECA press release

Media Coverage

1. Programme 
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Press Conference: 'Plants for the Future':
Announcing the new Strategic Research Agenda for plant genomics and biotechnology
July 5th, 2005

Mr. Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research
Mr. Giles Chichester MEP, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Mr. Pierre Pagesse, Presidium Member of COGECA, General Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives in the European Union, President of Limagrain (FR)

Mr. Marc Zabeau, President of EPSO, the European Plant Science Organisation.
Mr. Hans Kast, President and CEO, BASF Plant Science and Chairman EuropaBio – the European Bioindustry association


2. Webcast
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3. Download a Press Pack

Press conference programme  

Press Release
BIO Giles Chichester no presentation available
BIO Hans Kast presentation Hans Kast & Marc Zabeau
BIO Pierre Pagesse presentation Pierre Pagesse
BIO Janez Potočnik presentation Janez Potočnik
BIO Marc Zabeau presentation Hans Kast & Marc Zabeau



4. History
Launch of the Vision “Plants for the Future” by Research Commissioner Busquin in Brussels, 24 June 2004