News Archive 2012

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18 May 2012 | From Jodrell Bank Observatory to Stonehenge, 90 organisations took part in events in the United Kingdom.

Schools, nationwide organisations, botanic gardens, research institutes and many universities took up the challenge to fascinate people with plants. Individuals or groups of organisations linked together locally to combine forces all led by UK spokesperson Tim Smith of the Eden Project and coordinated through The John Innes Centre.

Many people are tweeting UK photos and you will find some here:
http://news.jic.ac.uk/2012/05/fascination-of-plants-day/

18 May 2012 | More than 40 000 unique visitors at "Fascination of Plants Day" website

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 40 700 unique visitors since its launch in November 2011, over 6 000 new visitors only in the last three days. There are more than 580 followers on twitter. Over 580 participating institutions from 39 countries – 29 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia – with over 570 events are posted online. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

18 May 2012 | is the First International "Fascination of Plants Day"

Press release with facts and figures on the FoPD

16 May 2012 | Petr Bendl, Czech Minister of Agriculture will plant a Czech national tree on the 'Fascination of Plants Day'

As one of the starting events of "Fascination of Plants Day" in the Czech Republic, Dipl. Ing. Petr Bendl, Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, will visit 17.5.12 the Research Institute of crop Production in Prague. As a highlight on the occasion of the "Fascination of Plants Day", he will personally plant a Czech national tree, Tilia Cordata.

15 May 2012 | Plants are fascinating in every aspect - Italian video on youtube

Plants are fascinating in every aspect - this is what Italy compiled in a 12 min video which everybody should watch on Youtube at http://youtu.be/BbFRO2rY9-4. Have fun, send to your friends and feel free to use it in events and media reports on the Fascination of Plants Day – May 18.

15 May 2012 | More than 560 institutions world wide signed in to attend at "Fascination of Plants Day". Thirty-nine countries participate.

Three days in advance of the first Fascination of Plants Day, 568 institutions are going to perform different kinds of public or media events, related to plant science, agriculture, environmental conservation, biodiversity, education and arts, and others. Altogether, 39 countries – 29 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa participate at Fascination of Plants Day. Simply look up the country pages for all details of institutions and events. Any further info can be provided by Karin Metzlaff, CEO of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO), or Jan-Wolfhard Kellmann, Master Coordinator of Fascination of Plants Day 2012.

15 May 2012 | More than 34 000 unique visitors at "Fascination of Plants Day" website

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 34 000 unique visitors since its launch in November 2011, over 10 000 new visitors only in May 2012. There are more than 537 followers on twitter.

14 May 2012 | Dr Heinz Fischer, the Austrian Federal President about to plant a European chestnut tree

Dr Heinz Fischer, the Austrian Federal President will visit the School for Horticulture in Langenlois (Gartenbauschule Langenlois) about 75 km nortwest from Vienna right in the famous wine growing centre of Lower Austria, Wednesday, 16th May, 11:00 to 12:15 hours. As a highlight of the occasion of the "Fascination of Plants Day", Dr Heinz Fischer personally will plant a European chestnut tree at site. His wife, Margit Fischer is delighted of the choice of the tree's cultivar "Margit". The pupils of the Langenlois school for horticulture will have a chance to ask a lot of questions to their Head of State.

10 May 2012 | Kick-off of the "Fascination of Plants Day" in Brussels 9 May 2012

The "Fascination of Plants Day" kick-off event in Brussels in the European Parliament, one week ahead of the actual Fascination of Plants Day (18 May 2012), was a great success! Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as well as guests to the parliament from academia, industry, farmers and policy visited the interactive exhibition throughout the day. Three discussion sessions with MEPs Giles Chichester, Britta Reimers, Mairead McGuinness and Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl were the highlights. Visit the EPSO website for more details on the kick-off event.

10 May 2012 | Last Minute Events: Tunisia, Pakistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina and USA lately joined the "Fascination of Plants Day"

D e t a i l s: Last-minute_events.pdf

08 May 2012 | Annette Schavan (Federal Minister of Education and Research - BMBF) and Ilse Aigner (Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection - BMELV) are patrons of "Fascination of Plants Day" in Germany

Today the coordinators of the Fascination of Plants Day 2012 in Germany were informed that both German ministers fully support the Fascination of Plants Day initiative due to "its importance for the future challenges of mankind facing climate change and population growth", as stated in their letter.

07 May 2012 | More than 23 000 unique visitors at "Fascination of Plants Day" website

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 23 400 unique visitors since its launch in November 2011, over 9 000 new visitors only in April 2012. There are more than 480 followers on twitter. Already over 500 participating institutions from 39 countries – 29 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia – with over 470 events are posted online. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

19 April 2012 | More than 450 institutions world wide signed in to attend at "Fascination of Plants Day". Thirty-nine countries participate.

Four weeks in advance of the first Fascination of Plants Day, 454 institutions are going to perform different kinds of public or media events, related to plant science, agriculture, environmental conservation, biodiversity, education and arts, and others. Altogether, 39 countries – 29 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa participate at Fascination of Plants Day. Simply look up the country pages for all details of institutions and events. Any further info can be provided by Karin Metzlaff, CEO of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO), or Jan-Wolfhard Kellmann, Master Coordinator of Fascination of Plants Day 2012.

02 April 2012 | Welcome to Croatia, the 39th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Boris Duralija, PhD, from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Zagreb, Department of Pomology, now serves as the national coordinator of the Fascination of Plants Day.

30 March 2012 | Czech Minister of Agriculture officially supports "Fascination of Plants Day"

In the Czech Republic, "Fascination of Plants Day" is officially supported by Petr Bendl, Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. Tomas Vanek, Czech representative in EPSO, told Karin Metzlaff ‘This is very good news for better cooperation of plant research and agriculture, as well as proof of understanding how plants are important for all people.’

30 March 2012 | More than 15 000 unique visitors at "Fascination of Plants Day" website

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 15 000 unique visitors since its launch in November 2011, over 5 000 new visitors only in March 2012. There are more than 420 followers on twitter. Already over 290 participating institutions from 38 countries – 28 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia – with over 110 events are posted online. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

24 March 2012 | Welcome to Nigeria, the 38th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Isaac O.O. Aiyelaagbe, Professor at the Department of Horticulture, College of Plant Sciences (COPLANT), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, contacted Jan Kellmann (FoPD coordinator): ‘Prof. Noga [Univ Bonn, DE] just sent me information on the FoPD. I am interested and would like to get involved focusing on medicinal plants and indigenous vegetables and spices.’

23 March 2012 | More than 14 000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 14 000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04, more than 4 000 new visitors only in March 2012. There are more than 400 followers on twitter. Already over 280 participating institutions from 38 countries - and over 100 events posted online. Already 180 institutions from 33 countries – 28 from Europe and 10 from North- and South America, Africa, Asia and Australasia. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

19 March 2012 | Welcome to Argentina, the 37th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Edith Taleisnik– scientist from CIAP, a research center from the National Institute for Agricultural Technology in Argentina, devoted to plant physiology and pathology, contacted Jan Kellmann (FoPD coordinator): ‘We have read in the SPPS newsletter about the FoPD and would very much like to explore the possibility of launching this initiative locally.’ Now Edith confirmed ‘I am happy to inform you that we are already organizing our FoPD for May 18, here in Córdoba, Argentina…I can be your contact person and will send you an outline of our activity in English.’ SPPS is the Scandinavian Society for Plant Physiology that already supports the FoPD.

16 March 2012 | More than 12 000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 12 000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04, more than 2 000 new visitors only in March 2012. There are more than 380 followers on twitter, already over 260 participating institutions and the first 57 events posted online.

15 March 2012 | Already over 260 institutions from 36 countries signed in for "Fascination of Plants Day"

Already 261 institutions from 36 countries – 28 from Europe and 8 from North- and South America, Asia and Australasia plan events on the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2012. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

14 March 2012 | 27 Polish insitutions signed in for "Fascination of Plants Day"

'27 organisations/research units/botanical gardens in Poland now announced their will to participate in the Fascination of Plants Day in Poland' says Przemyslaw Wojtaszek from the Adam Mickiewicz University and national FoPD coordinator for Poland. 'I would also like to inform you that we are now working on our national webpage - when it will be ready, I will provide a link to be introduced at the FoPD page for Poland.' Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

05 March 2012 | Welcome to India, the 36th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Indian scientists confirmed to join the FoPD: ‘We can start the India page at the Fascination of Plants Day website and I will be happy to be the coordinator for the same. I shall do the needful regarding organization of events.’ Neera Sarin, Dean School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, told Karin Metzlaff. They met at the kick-off meeting of a Europe-India partnering initiative project ‘SAHYOG’ in January in Brussels in which both participate

05 March 2012 | Welcome to Israel, the 35th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Yuval Sapir, Director of the Tel Aviv University Botanical Garden, contacted Jan Kellmann (FoPD coordinator): ‘The Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants at Tel Aviv University is planning to participate in the FoPD in May 18th. This will be a day for promoting plant sciences and botanical education…around the Botanical Garden and other plant research facilities in our department.’ Yuval will be the national coordinator for FoPD in Israel and ‘soon we [Israelian colleagues] will set the ideas for the country's activity in this day’. This follows from discussion among the EPSO member institutes in Israel.

02 March 2012 | More than 10 000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 10 000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04, more than 4 000 visitors only in February 2012. There are more than 350 followers on twitter, already over 220 participating institutions and the first 35 events posted online.

29 Feb 2012 | CEO and Co-Founder of the Eden Project, Tim Smit, will be UK spokesperson of the Fascination of Plants Day

We are delighted to announce that Tim Smit, KBE, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of the Eden Project, will be UK spokesperson for the Fascination of Plants Day and lend his support to this wonderful initiative.
Tim says: “"The problem with plants is that they don't sing or dance and in an age of low concentration levels and great background noise it would be easy to think of them as the green canvas against which we lead our lives - an accessory. Without plants there is no significant life on earth - other than microbes,, From the air that we breathe to the water and food that sustain us, we owe it all to plants, other than that they are completely unimportant. I am proud to support this programme because it is essential (and I don't use this word lightly), that we inspire respect and awe in plants and excite the spirit of enquiry into as many people as possible so that they may become growers and farmers, scientists and artists as well as engineers and architects who learn from natural form and the weight of millennia of adaptation to a planet on which we are relatively new arrivals."
The Eden Project is known of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling, as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. For more information, please see www.edenproject.com

21 Feb 2012 | Already over 200 institutions from 34 countries signed in for "Fascination of Plants Day"

Already 201 institutions from 34 countries – 26 from Europe and 8 from North- and South America, Asia and Australasia plan events on the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2012. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

20 Feb 2012 | Welcome to Chile, the 34th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Scientists from Chile join the FoPD: Haroldo Salvo from the Agriaquaculture Nutritional Genomic Center (CGNA) in Chile confirmed to Jan Kellmann: 'we will be happy to be a national coordinator in Chile. Our contact will be Loreto Moya, loreto.moya@cgna.cl'.

17 Feb 2012 | First coordination meeting of "Fascination of Plants Day"–China held in Shanghai

The 1st meeting for the coordination of Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) in China, hosted by the Chinese Society of Plant Biology (CSPB), was successfully held in Shanghai on February11, 2012. Fourteen delegates from eight institutions, including research institutes, botanical gardens and associations, participated and discussed the issues related to the organization of FoPD in China. The first “Fascination of Plants Day” in China will be launched under the CSPB coordination and co-organized by five botanical gardens that include Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Wuhan Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiang Shan Beijing Botanical Garden and South China Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences. During the FoPD, all the gardens will be organized various activities to show how the importance of plants to our society, for example, plant-related seminars, plant exhibition, TV shows, and so on. To encourage teenagers learning more about plants, a prize competition for plant-related articles will be organized in Shanghai by Shanghai Society for Plant Biology. Each botanical garden will also have their detailed programs for FoPD before March 1. It is time for China to take action!

13 Feb 2012 | Already over 180 institutions from 33 countries signed in for "Fascination of Plants Day"

Already 180 institutions from 33 countries – 26 from Europe and 7 from North- and South America, Asia and Australasia plan events on the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2012. Look up the country pages for more details. Contact us at jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to add your event as well!

08 Feb 2012 | Welcome to Brazil, the 33rd country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Brazilien scientists confirmed to join the FoPD: ‘My colleague António Costa de Oliveira, Professor at UF Pelotas, Brazil, will coordinate the FoPD in Brazil’ Nelson Saibo, the Portugese FoPD coordinator, told Karin Metzlaff from EPSO. Already in 2011, Ricardo Enrique Bressan-Smith, Associate Professor at North Fluminense State University and President of the Brazilian Society of Plant Physiology, told Karin he ‘contacted the Botanical Society of Brazil (SBB)’, being connected to ‘most of the botanical gardens, plant nurseries, museums etc in my country’. This follows the invitation of EPSO to all Global Plant Council members to join in the Fascination of Plants Day on 20 December 2011.

07 Feb 2012 | Flyer and poster files for you at "Fascination of Plants Day" toolbox to help you organize and announce your FoPD events

To help you organize and advertise great events on the FoPD, as well as to encourage more events from your city, region, country and way beyond, you can print the online flyer and 13 posters. In addition, you can use the graphic files to exchange the text (with your national language, coordinator and event) in the flyer and poster, and use your favourites among 13 images for the poster.

03 Feb 2012 | More than 6000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 6000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04

02 Feb 2012 | EMBO Encounters article on Fascination of Plants Day

EMBO encounters Issue 20 Page 12

30.01.2012 | Welcome to Slovenia, the 32nd country joining the “Fascination of Plants Day”

The Slovanian member cluster to EPSO decided to join the FoPD also in Slovenia. Marusa Pompe-Novak, the EPSO representative from Slovenia and Head of the Infrastructural Center National Institute of Biology, Ljubljana, said 'the activity in Slovenia will be run by the Slovenian Society of Plant Biology in collaboration with the Slovenian Botanical Society, Botanical Garden at the University of Ljubljana and the Slovenian publishing house Mladinska knjiga that is publishing the journal Pil.’

27.01.2012 | More than 5000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 5000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04

23.01.2012 | Plants for the Future sponsors the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The European Technology Platform “Plants for the Future” (Plant ETP) decided to sponsor the Fascination of Plants Day. The decision followed an invitation by Karin Metzlaff (EPSO) and was taken at Plant ETP Executive Committee meeting last Friday, 20 January 2012. Plant ETP is a European Partnership for research, development and innovation, bringing together industries, farming communities and academia in the plant sector www.plantetp.org

19.01.2012 | Indian scientists support the "Fascination of Plants Day"

‘Indian scientists will join the Fascination of Plants Day initiative’ Neera Bhalla Sarin, Dean School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehry University New Delhi - informed Karin Metzlaff and Jan Kellmann. This follows the invitation of EPSO to Indian scientists discussed aside a Europe-India partnership initiative (SAHYOG) kick-off meeting in Brussels on 12-13 January 2012.

16.01.2012 | More than 4000 visitors

The "Fascination of Plants Day" web site has been visited by more than 4000 unique visitors since its launch on Nov 04. The most recent countries that joined the initiative are Lithuania, Turkey, China and Canada and we look forward to welcome more!

13.01.2012 | Welcome to China, the 31st country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Chinese scientists now confirmed to join the FoPD: ‘Peng Zhang, will be our FoPD coordinator and we will organize several activities on "Plant Sciences and Better life" in some big cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Hangzhou.’, Zuhua He, Director of the Chinese Society of Plant Biology (CSPB) told Karin Metzlaff from EPSO. ‘Dr. Zhang, with a team, will coordinate the activities, and our CSPB office will provide all help.’ This follows the first confirmation from CSPB in December last year to support the FoPD.

11.01.2012 | Welcome to Canada, the 30th country joining the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Plant Canada supports the Fascination of Plants Day initiative, President Shahrokh Khanizadeh informed Karin Metzlaff. Shahrokh is the national FoPD coordinator and already invited all Plant Canada Board members to inform their society Boards and members and encourage them to participate – or get involved in organizing this event. This follows the invitation of EPSO to all Global Plant Council members to join in the Fascination of Plants Day on 20 December 2011.

06.01.2012 | Already over 150 institutions from 29 countries signed in for "Fascination of Plants Day"

Already 153 institutions from 29 countries – 26 from Europe and 3 from Asia and Australasia plan events on the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2012. Look up the country pages for more details.

28.12.2011 | 3000 visitors on the "Fascination of Plants Day" web site

Today we welcomed the 3000st visitor at www.plantday12.eu web site. By December 28 the web site was visited more than 3000 times by unique visitors since November 05.

22.12.2011 | Australia prepares YouTube Competition for the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The Australian Center for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) decided to start a national YouTube competition for the Fascination of Plants Day. Monica Ogierman, national coordinator for FoPD in Australia, said ‘ACPFG has committed 3000 Australian Dollar for prices already and more Australian sponsors are welcome. More countries are encouraged to follow this example and start national FoPD YouTube competitions as well.

21.12.2011 | Chinese Society supports the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The Chinese Society of Plant Biology (CSPB) supports the Fascination of Plants Day initiative, Secretary Bing Leng and Executive Director Zuhua He, informed Karin Metzlaff. This follows the invitation of EPSO to all Global Plant Council members to join in the Fascination of Plants Day on 20 December 2011.

15.12.2011 | Welcome to Turkey, the 29th country joining the “Fascination of Plants Day”

Following a meeting of Nihan ERYILMAZ from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Karin Metzlaff from EPSO, on 16 November 2011 in Brussels, scientists in Turkey decided to join the Fascination of Plants Day with Hikmet Budak from Sabanci University as national FoPD coordinator.

14.12.2011 | Lithuania, the 28th country to join the "Fascination of Plants Day"

Vida Mildažienė, Professor and Director of VMU Kaunas Botanical Garden, will be the national coordinator of Lithuania.

29.11.2011 | 2000 visitors on the "Fascination of Plants Day" web site

Today we welcomed the 2000st visitor at www.plantday12.eu web site. By November 29 the web site was visited more than 2000 times by unique visitors since November 05.

24.11.2011 | CHRONICA HORTICULTURAE. Join..

CHRONICA HORTICULTURAE • VOL 51 • NUMBER 4 • 2011 • page 25
calls to join the "Fascination of Plants Day"
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24.11.2011 | ISHS meets EPSO

Jozef Van Asche, Executive Director of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), and Karin Metzlaff, Executive Director of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), met at the EPSO office in Brussels on 19 October to get to know the two societies and discuss how to best collaborate.
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24.11.2011 | Heard it through the grapevine

Inga Vesper (Research Europe Today) asked Karin Metzlaff, how she has managed to launch this global initiative just by spreading the word.
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22.11.2011 | Already 41 institutions signed in for UK

Already 41 institutions signed in for UK to plan events on the Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2012. Look up the UK country page for more details - and also check the other countries, where the list of participants starts to evolve.

18.11.2011 | Everybody is welcome to join in

Everybody is welcome to join in and organize an event for the "Fascination of Plants Day" 18 May 2012. Contact us to get involved:
Jan-Wolfhard Kellmann jkellmann@ice.mpg.de or Karin Metzlaff Karin.metzlaff@epsomail.org or the respective national coordinator (click on your country).

15.11.2011 | 1000 visitors on the "Fascination of Plants Day" web site

Today we welcomed the 1000st visitor at www.plantday12.eu web site. By November 15 the web site was visited more than 1000 times by unique visitors since November 05.

10.11.2011 | Japan joins the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists (JSPP) is very committed to supporting the Fascination of Plants Day Initiative and will play an active role in coordinating events in Japan and promoting participation throughout their membership. That was decided on the initiative of the JSPP International committee and the Riken Institute – an EPSO member from Japan.

10.11.2011 | The "Fascination of Plants Day" is officially launched to the public worldwide

Sending out press information all over the FoPD participating countries, the media started to report on the planning of this event. Please check the "Press-Review link on this webpage to follow selected articles or broadcasts which have been published so far.

07.11.2011 | Plant breeder society becomes partner in the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The European Association for Plant Breeding Research (EUCARPIA) decides to become partner in the Fascination of Plants Day at its Executive Committee meeting.

04.11.2011 | The "Fascination of Plants Day" website goes public

This webpage provides from now on everybody information on the idea and events that will take place on May 18, 2012, worldwide. You can contact the organisers to get involved, have access to the material and tell everybody else about your own event for the day.

26.10.2011 | Over 25 Countries are on board of the first "Fascination of Plants Day"

The "Fascination of Plants Day" has been already adopted by more than 25 countries worldwide and the number is growing. The initiative, launched by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), is supported by a network of national coordinators who volunteer their time to promote and disseminate the activity within their countries. More than 60 scientific institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums have already announced that they will open their doors.

19.10.2011 | Horticultural society becomes partner in the "Fascination of Plants Day"

The International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS) decides to fully support and participate the “Fascination of Plants Day” at a joint meeting of EPSO and ISHS in Brussels.

30.09.2011 | The first "Fascination of Plants Day" got its corporate design

Making the initiative as attractive as possible, the professional designer Stefan Pigur (www.pigurdesign.de) prepared a full set of design files to create the corporate identity - as well as the design of this webpage - for advertising and announcing all activities which finally shall take place on May 18, 2012, worldwide. The organizers are grateful having the professional application developer and web designer Ronald Hirt (www.web-design-4u.de) on board to keep www.plantday12.eu up to date for you!

15.06.2011 | very first, concerted, and international "Plant Day"

The European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) decides to launch a very first, concerted, and international "Plant Day" appreciating the key role plants have on this plant for any kind of life - including mankind
At their annual General Meeting in Paris the members of EPSO decided concordantly to support and organize the initiative called "Fascination of Plants Day", as a result of an international workshop on outreach activities taking place at the EPSO Congress in Olos, Lapland, in August 2010.