Alan Schulman, Professor at Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and Group Leader at the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Helsinki, has been elected as President of EPSO (European Plant Science Organisation), and began his 3-year term, renewable once, on 1 December 2018.
EPSO is an independent organisation that represents more than 220 research institutes, departments and universities from 31 countries in Europe and beyond. These include 26.000 researchers and other staff working in plant science. In addition EPSO now has over 3.300 personal members.
EPSO is governed by a president and two vice presidents serving on a board of ten, elected by the member organisations from among their representatives at large. Member organizations in Finland include Luke, VTT, and a university cluster comprised of the Universities of Helsinki, Turku, Eastern Finland, and Oulu.
Founded in 2000, EPSO’s mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe. EPSO's top priorities are to facilitate the understanding of plant science, to boost funding for plant research and to coordinate research activities at national, European, and global levels. EPSO interacts with the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, and national politicians, providing recommendations on European and global science policy.
EPSO co-founded (2004) one of the first European Technology Platforms, 'Plants for the Future' (Plant-ETP), where it today works alongside the European Seed Association (ESA), and individual companies from industry, and Copa-Cogeca, representing the European farmers.