American Society of Plant Biologists
Primary Contact: Katie Engen
15501 Monona Drive
University of Missouri
Division of Plant Sciences
52 Agriculture Lab, Columbia, MO 65211
MU Soybean Genomics Laboratory
National Center for Soybean Biotechnology
USA / United States of America
The United States participated at the 'Fascination of Plants Day' 2013
visit the 'Success Story 2013'
Fascination of Plants Day Photo Contest 2015
The third international "Fascination of Plants Day" 2015 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!
We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2015 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2015 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organized for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organized throughout the weeks of 3 - 31 May 2015. Just contact the US national coordinator Katie Engen firstname.lastname@example.org at the American Society of Plant Biologists or the EPSO Coordinator Trine Hvoslef-Eide email@example.com or Przemysław Wojtaszek firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.
We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, schools, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012 and 2013 with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.
Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.
These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2015. If you also like to join this initiative, just contact your national coordinator
American Society of Plant Biologist (www.aspb.org) is the National Coordinator for FoPD-US. The URL for US-based events and contests, along with resources anyone can use is http://blog.aspb.org/fascination-of-plants-day/
All are welcome to participate! ASPB is serving as the US National Coordinator. And YOU are invited to:
- Clear your calendar to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) in tandem with countries all over the world on May 18, 2015.
- Catch up on who is in already with this interactive world map http://plantday.org/map.htm
- Curry inspiration to conduct an event and share resources from the FoPD toolkit at http://plantday.org/
- Compare ideas with what other US-based organizers are doing at the FoPD Fun tab on this page.
- Cultivate fascination in your community on (or close to) May 18th. Become one of many US-based individuals and organizations supporting FoPD by offering free events to create a fascination with plants.
- Contact Katie Engen (email@example.com) to learn about event ideas and resources you can use at your event to report news about an event you are curating.