Welcome to the European Technology Platform 'Plants for the Future'
The European Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’ - A European partnership for research, development and innovation
The European Technology Platform (ETP) ‘Plants for the Future’ is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector with members from industry, academia and the farming community. It serves as a platform for all stakeholders concerned with plants to provide their views and represent their interests in an open discussion process. It provides a 20-year vision and a short-, medium- and long-term Strategic Research Agenda for Europe’s plant sector setting out a consensus on the research needed to fulfil the vision. In addition, the platform brings key issues to the attention of European bodies such as the European Commission and the European Parliament. These issues include the growing importance of plants and plant sciences to tackle the future challenges for our societies and the crucial support for efforts to give plants an adequate standing and importance in the public view and the political perception. This future role of plants is best expressed in the vision of a Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), in which plants are a main pillar.
On 24 March 2015, the ETP ‘Plants for the Future’ officially released its Action Plans on Innovation, Research and Education at an event hosted by MEP Vicky Ford in Brussels. See here for more details.
Fascination of Plants Day: 18th May 2015. Over 50 countries have confirmed for the Fascination of Plants Day, and over 160 events across the world are already listed.
13 April 2015: European Commission launches scientific debate on how to feed the planet. The consultation is available online for input from all interested stakeholders until September 1, 2015. The results of the consultation will be released on October 15, 2015. The debate is based on the discussion paper that was presented by Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, together with Franz Fischler, Chairman of the Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee.