European Infrastructure for Plant Phenotyping

EMPHASIS will enable researchers to use facilities, resources and services for plant phenotyping across Europe.





EMPHASIS Infrastructure

Why do we need EMPHASIS?




EMPHASIS aims to address the technological and organisational limits of European plant phenotyping to make the most of genetic and genomic resources available and essential for crop improvement in times of a changing climate.


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We want to enable scientists to improve plant production in order to secure future food supplies and agricultural business in Europe in a changing climate. EMPHASIS will develop and provide access to facilities and services that address multi-scale plant phenotyping in different agro-climatic scenarios in Europe.

In 2016, EMPHASIS was listed in the ESFRI Roadmap, and in 2017, the Preparatory Phase of EMPHASIS started within the framework of the H2020-supported project EMPHASIS-PREP.

EMPHASIS aims to enter the Implementation Phase in 2020 and become operational in 2021 building on competences such as the Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership that was awarded to EMPHASIS within the RITrain Programs.

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Sixth and final call for transnational access to European plant phenotyping facilities



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The EMPHASIS Photo Competition in Plant Phenotyping


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  • 10  Jun  2020

    Interdrought 2020 congress proceedings now online

    Interdrought 2020, organized by CIMMYT and the University of Queensland, was scheduled to take place in Mexico City in March 2020. As it was not possible to proceed with face-to-face meetings due to the travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee delivered the scientific program online.

  • 09  Jun  2020

    Sixth and final call for application for transnational access to European plant phenotyping facilities

    EPPN2020 has just launched its sixth call for application for transnational access, open to European groups but also open (to a limited extent) to groups originating from emerging countries or international research centers. The call closes on 26th of October 2020.

  • 11  May  2020

    UK: Malcolm Bennett elected Fellow of Royal Society

    The plant biologist from the University of Nottingham who is pioneering research to reveal how root systems work has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

  • 05  May  2020

    Discussions with ministries on strategic options for EMPHASIS

    During two web-based ministry meetings held in February and April, the newly established Interim General Assembly discussed specific steps for moving EMPHASIS into implementation.

  • 05  May  2020

    Launch of Phenomics Webinars

    To compensate for the cancellation of many scientific conferences and opportunities to discuss latest developments in the field, the plant phenotyping initiatives IPPN, EPPN2020 and EMPHASIS are launching a webinar series on plant phenotyping. We are looking for contributions from researchers from all phenotyping-related fields.

  • 29  Apr  2020

    EMPHASIS Digital Flyer

    We are happy to present our new digital flyer providing a brief introduction to EMPHASIS. Please feel free to download, share and present it at any occasion.


  • 26  Mar  2020

    Increasing the visibility of research infrastructures? There’s a toolkit for that.

    The Communication Toolkit for European Research Infrastructures provides an easy and useful set of tools, guidelines and resources to improve the communication strategy and activities of research infrastructures. Its common use is expected to increase the individual and collective visibility of research infrastructures, by aligning key-messages and improving how different stakeholders perceive them.

  • 24  Mar  2020

    The EMPHASIS Photo Competition

    It’s competition time: EMPHASIS is launching a photo competition in plant phenotyping in collaboration with IPPN and sponsored by LemnaTech and DPPN. Send us your best plant phenotyping photos and be in for a chance of winning a high-end camera!

  • 23  Mar  2020

    3rd EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting

    As the preparatory project EMPHASIS-PREP will be finalised towards the end of 2020, EMPHASIS progresses in developing its business plan in discussion with national ministries. 

  • 23  Mar  2020

    First General Assembly of RI-VIS Project

    EMPHASIS is collaborating with partners from eleven other research infrastructures in the H2020-funded RI-VIS project to increase the visibility of European research infrastructures (RIs) to new communities in Europe and beyond.

  • 20  Mar  2020

    First Annual General Meeting of EOSC-Life Project

    The implementation of a digital space for the life sciences in Europe is moving forward with EMPHASIS contributing as part of the EOSC-Life project.

  • 13  Mar  2020

    Czech Republic: Survey on new device for plant phenotyping

    A team at Palacky University Olomouc is developing a stand-alone, high-throughput indoor phenotyping device for seedlings and small plants and is asking the community to take part in a short survey to optimise its use.

  • 11  Mar  2020

    Serbia: Recent progress of the EPPN2020 collaboration TrichoTOL

    The EPPN2020 project “Trichoderma-Plant interaction for improvement of drought tolerance” (TrichoTOL; ID 159) was carried out by a research team from Educons University in Sremska Kamenica, Serbia, with strong support from the host institution Slovak University of Agriculture, in Nitra, Slovakia.

  • 10  Mar  2020

    Glowing Plants at School

    In February, we supported the science week of a German primary school with some exciting experiments and insights on plants and their importance to humans.

  • 06  Mar  2020

    ENVRI Community publishes statement to the Horizon Europe Framework Programme

    In February 2020, the ENVRI community published a joint statement on Horizon Europe in order to engage in a dialogue with the European Commission on the upcoming Framework Programme.

  • 02  Mar  2020

    Special issue on Statistics, Bioinformatics, and Machine Learning Methods in Phenomics

    Plant Phenomics is pleased to announce a special issue on Statistics, Bioinformatics, and Machine Learning Methods in Phenomics.

    Submission Deadline: April 1st, 2020

  • 06  Feb  2020

    Call for papers: "Plant Phenomics And Precision Agriculture"

    PLOS ONE is calling for papers on plant phenomics and precision agriculture research. The deadline for submission is 5 June 2020.

  • 28  Jan  2020

    Germany: Government proclaims Science Year 2020 – Bioeconomy

    On 16 January, Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, inaugurated the Science Year 2020, which will focus on the bioeconomy. The aim of the dedicated Science Year is to raise public awareness for the importance of a bio-based economy.

  • 05  Dec  2019

    European Parliament Declares Climate Emergency

    In advance of this week’s UN COP25 Climate Change Conference, the European Parliament has approved a resolution declaring a global climate and environmental emergency.

  • 27  Nov  2019

    Finland: Data Makes the Difference

    The Research Data Alliance (RDA) 14th Plenary Meeting in Helsinki in November was followed by an evaluation of the interoperability of image-based data of the Finnish National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure (NaPPI) with the PHIS information system for plant phenomics.

  • 26  Nov  2019

    Modelling Portal “Quantitative Plant” Now Online

    The modelling pilot Quantitative Plant is now operational. The online portal offers image analysis software tools, image data sets and plant models. 

  • 25  Nov  2019

    Call for Contributions to Special Issue

    The International Plant Phenotyping Network is inviting contributions for a Plant Phenomics special issue on "Phenotyping for Sustainable Agriculture”. 

  • 18  Nov  2019

    5th Call for Transnational Access

    The next call for access to European plant phenotyping facilities via EPPN2020 is now open.

  • 13  Nov  2019

    Second EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting

    Representatives of nine countries discussed the next steps for moving EMPHASIS into the Implementation Phase.

  • 31  Oct  2019

    New Corporate Identity

    We are excited to present our new logo as part of our recently developed corporate identity.

  • 22  Oct  2019

    Germany: Recent Developments in Plant Phenotyping

    During a workshop at Botanikertagung in Rostock, Germany on 17 September 2019, most recent developments in plant phenotyping in Germany and Europe were presented.

  • 04  Oct  2019

    New Ambition for European Science: Towards the ESFRI Roadmap 2021

    Launching the call for proposals for the ESFRI Roadmap 2021, Jan Hrušák, Chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, called for a new ambition for European science to go beyond the existing frontiers of knowledge and find sustainable solutions to growing global challenges. 

  • 30  Sep  2019

    Uncovering the Secrets of Plants

    EMPHASIS participated with an interactive booth in the Science is Wonderful! exhibition of the European Research and Innovation Days in Brussels. 

  • 12  Sep  2019

    The 11th European Plant Science Retreat 2019

    The 11th European Plant Science Retreat was hosted this year at the University of Nottingham from 8 to 10 of July. The annual conference is targeted at PhD students studying at European universities and aims to bring together early career researchers working in plant sciences. The meeting was hosted and organised by PhD students from the University of Nottingham with the generous financial support of the European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020 (EPPN2020) and other funding bodies.

  • 14  Aug  2019

    Poland: Application for National Network of Plant Phenotyping Research Infrastructure

    The network may form the basis of Poland’s participation in EMPHASIS.

  • 30  Jul  2019

    France: New Installations

    Recent additions to the plant phenotyping infrastructure PHENOME-EMPHASIS

  • 25  Jul  2019

    Transnational Access Enabling Excellent Science

    EPPN2020 provides access to 31 phenotyping facilities in Europe researchers from academia and industry by the Transnational Access projects.

  • 25  Jul  2019

    UK: PhenomUK, UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Progress Report and International Research and Innovation Strategy

    The national phenotyping network PhenomUK was formally launched in February 2019 with first projects to start in autumn. In other news, phenotyping is highlighted as a key emerging theme in the UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Progress Report, and the UK reaffirms its commitment to a strong research partnership with Europe in its International Research and Innovation Strategy.

  • 23  Jul  2019

    Portugal: Plant Phenotyping Community Benefits from EMPHASIS

    The Portuguese plant research community is highly engaged with phenotyping initiatives. Participation in EMPHASIS and access to EPPN2020 transnational calls is a major breakthrough as high-throughput platforms are unavailable within the country.

  • 17  Jul  2019

    EMPHASIS at the ENVRI Dissemination Day

    EMPHASIS participated in the ENVRI-Plus dissemination conference

  • 16  Jul  2019

    Cyprus: Climate Change Initiative for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Region

    On 22 May 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus approved the action plan submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, regarding the initiative by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades to address Climate Change on a regional level.

  • 15  Jul  2019

    Estonia: Plant Biology Infrastructure Now Listed in National Roadmap and New Collaboration for Use of Big Data in Agricultural Research

    The Plant Biology infrastructure (TAIM) is listed in the Estonian Research Infrastructure Roadmap 2019, and Estonia now has a long-term programme for the use of agricultural big data – a collaboration between Agricultural Research Centre, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonian Crop Research Insititute, Tieto Estonia AS and E-Agronom OÜ.

  • 15  Jul  2019

    Serbia: Researchers Gain Transnational Access via EPPN2020

    Several Serbian institutes actively engage in the EPPN2020 for transnational access. 

  • 12  Jul  2019

    Netherlands: Summer School Imaging & Phenotyping in Wageningen

    Training for scientists from industry and academia

  • 11  Jul  2019

    Norway: Plans for a National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure and Virtual Reality in the Field

    Three of the leading plant science research institutions in Norway have joined forces to develop a roadmap for a national plant phenotyping infrastructure called PheNo. In other news, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has teamed up with the plant breeding company Graminor, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and Boston University in the USA for an innovative project combining high-throughput field phenotyping with genomic selection and virtual reality.

  • 10  Jul  2019

    Belgium: Second Official Belgian Plant Phenotyping Network Meeting

    On 27 March, the second official BPPN meeting took place at KU Leuven. 

  • 09  Jul  2019

    EMPHASIS at the FZJ Open Day

    As Forschungszentrum Juelich opened its gates for 28,000 visitors on 7 July, EMPHASIS used the opportunity to explain to the general public why plant phenotyping is essential for crop breeding, adaptation to climate change and sustainable crop production.

  • 03  Jul  2019

    Workshop on Monitoring Research Infrastructure Methodology and Key Performance Indicators

    EMPHASIS participated in an ESFRI workshop on 'Monitoring Research of Infrastructures Methodology and Key Performance Indicators' in an advisory capacity.

  • 19  Jun  2019

    Italy: International Collaboration for Training in Plant Phenotyping

    Basilicata Agency of Development and Innovation in Agriculture (ALSIA, Italy) and Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALMA, Peru) team up for a training course in imaging for plant phenotyping

  • 11  Jun  2019

    1st EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting

    Concrete steps for the formal implementation phase

  • 18  May  2019

    EPPN2020 – Transnational Access Testimonials

    First testimonials on EPPN2020 transnational access experiments are published.

  • 16  May  2019

    EMPHASIS Supporting CATRIS: Aiming at Online Catalogue for RI Services

    EMPHASIS has been invited to participate in the CATRIS validation workshop in Brussels.

  • 02  May  2019

    4th Call for Transnational Access to the European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020

    Application deadline: 8th of July 2019

  • 02  May  2019

    IBISBA – Second Call for Research Projects

    The 2nd call for research projects within IBISBA is now open.

  • 10  Apr  2019

    ENVRIplus Report on Identification and Citation Service Case Studies

    The report 'Inter RI data identification and citation services' from ENVRIplus provides a summary of three use cases related to data citation.

  • 26  Mar  2019

    EMPHASIS at the Kick-Off Meeting of the Integrape COST Action

    EMPHASIS discusses data management for phenotyping with the viticulture community.

  • 20  Mar  2019

    EOSC-Life Project Kicks Off

    EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures (BMS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology.

  • 19  Mar  2019

    EMPHASIS Support Group Meeting: Integrating National Plant Phenotyping Communities Across Europe

    EMPHASIS-Prep has met with representatives of 24 national plant phenotyping communities in Europe.

  • 15  Mar  2019

    EMPHASIS Awarded Certificate of Excellence

    EMPHASIS was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership

  • 05  Mar  2019

    The EMPHASIS Italian Node Phen-Italy Organized Workshop

    The EMPHASIS  Italian node Phen-Italy organized the workshop "New technological approaches to enhance plant phenotyping – Experiences of CNR Institutes" at ALSIA - Metapontum Agrobios Research Center.

  • 27  Feb  2019

    Kick-Off Meeting of RI-VIS

    EMPHASIS joins forces with twelve European Research Infrastructures (RIs) to increase the visibility of RIs.

  • 12  Feb  2019

    Launch Meeting of PhenomUK

    The newly-formed UK plant phenotyping network PhenomUK held its inaugural meeting at Rothamsted Research.

  • 27  Jan  2019

    MIAPPE version 1.1

     New version of MIAPPE published

  • 09  Jan  2019

    EMPHASIS as the EGU2019

    EMPHASIS and Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures at the ENVRI community booth at EGU 2019

  • 29  Nov  2018

    2nd CzPPN Meeting - Environmental simulation and indoor phenotyping

    The Czech Plant Phenotyping network held a second annual meeting at CEITEC in Brno.

  • 16  Oct  2018

    Corbel: 3rd Annual General Meeting, (16 - 17 October, 2018)

    CORBEL, the cluster of biological and medical research infrastructures in Europe, held its 3rd Annual General Meeting, providing a platform to reflect the progress made so for and discuss and decide on next steps in further joining scientific capabilities and sharing services to understand and translate biological mechanisms.

  • 08  Oct  2018

    3rd Call for Transnational Access to the European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020

    Application deadline: 28th of January 2019

  • 27  Sep  2018

    EMPHASIS collecting the viewpoint of the plant phenotyping modelling community

    Emphasis held a modelling workshop Sep 24 – 26 in Brussels, discussing the potential benefits to be generated by Emphasis for the modelling community and potential future roles of the modelling community for plant phenotyping experiments in the Emphasis framework. The results of this workshop will form a basis for the on-going discussion with modellers, data scientists and experimental plant phenotypers in Europe.

  • 17  Sep  2018

    Training Course: High-throughput wheat phenotyping,  Bologna, 17-18 Sep, 2018

    Phen-Italy co-organized with the Wheat Initiative, CREA and University of Bologna  a training course Training course on High-throughput wheat phenotyping in Bologna t the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

  • 13  Sep  2018

    Plant phenotyping forum, Austria

    The role of Austria and Eastern Europe in agricultural production.

  • 13  Sep  2018

    Strategies of the European infrastructures EMPHASIS and ELIXIR

    Data standards and Information Systems: strategies of the European infrastructures EMPHASIS and ELIXIR

  • 12  Sep  2018

    EMPHASIS exhibiting at the International Conference for Research Infrastructures (12 - 14 Sep, 2018)

    EMPHASIS has been exhibiting at the “International Conference for Research Infrastructures 2018” in Vienna, Austria.

  • 12  Sep  2018

    The 3rd ESFRI Exchange of Experience Workshop

    EMPHASIS representatives have participated on invitation in the 3rd ESFRI Exchange of Experience Workshop on “Effective use of Preparatory Phase Funding”.

  • 07  Sep  2018

    EMPHASIS moderating discussion on the future of field plant phenotyping

    How will the future of field phenotyping in (pan-)Europe look like? This was THE topic of the EMPHASIS Field Phenomics workshop on the 6th of September 2018.

  • 07  Sep  2018

    Greece joins the EMPHASIS Support Group

    EMPHASIS welcomes Greece within the Support Group

  • 05  Sep  2018

    The Italian plant phenotyping landscape (5. - 6. Sep, 2018)

    The Italiano Emphasis node Phen-Italy organized the workshop:  The Italian plant phenotyping landscape and the other international initiatives

  • 26  Jun  2018

    Third UK EMPHASIS Workshop

    A third UK EMPHASIS Workshop was held at the University of Nottingham to further increase understanding of EMPHASIS and discuss potential UK capability in relation to the EMPHASIS infrastructure requirements and services. Conclusions from all UK workshops have led to an BBSRC leading on an in-depth consultation exercise with the UK plant/crop phenotyping community and stakeholders to inform future strategy and engagement.

  • 23  May  2018

    2nd EPPN2020 General Assembly (23 - 25 May, 2018)

    EMPHASIS partner project EPPN2020 held a second General Assembly of Members in at the University of Nottingham addressing transnational access to plant phenotyping facilities in Europe.

  • 14  May  2018

    PhenoHarmonis, Montpellier (14 - 17 May, 2018)

    Working group to organize the collaboration between Elixir and Emphasis project,

  • 19  Apr  2018

    EMPHASIS at the 7th ERIC-Forum , Oxford (19 - 20 April, 2018)

    EMPHASIS were represented at the 7th ERIC-Forum meeting which took place in Oxford, UK hosted by INSTRUCT-ERIC. The meeting covered a wide range of issues including recommendations from the OECD on an impact assessment for RIs and an update on the 2nd ERIC Implementation Report by the EC.

  • 10  Apr  2018

    EMPHASIS providing strategic advice on European Environmental Research Infrastructures

    EMPHASIS is from now on participating in the Board of European Environmental Research Infrastructures (BEERI), providing strategic advice and guidance to the cluster project of environmental infrastructures. In that role, EMPHASIS will help to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable environmental research infrastructure landscape in Europe, tackling grand challenges facing human society (e.g. food security, climate change mitigation).

    Further information on BEERI is available here:

  • 05  Apr  2018

    EMPHASIS joining forces with European environmental research infrastructures

    Emphasis is now associated partner of the ENVRIplus cluster,

  • 22  Mar  2018

    Conference: Research Infrastructures beyond 2020, Sofia 22 - 23 March, 2018

    EMPHASIS representatives participated in the high-level conference “Research Infrastructures beyond 2020 – sustainable and effective ecosystem for science and society” taking place in Sofia,

  • 14  Mar  2018

    EMPHASIS integrating European plant phenotyping

    Representatives from 22 European countries that have been mandated by their national community (and form the so-called Support Group) met at IBG-2 (Forschungszentrum Jülich) between March the 12th – 13th.

  • 19  Feb  2018

    2nd UK EMPHASIS Workshop

  • 15  Jan  2018

    InRoad Workshop- Priorisation, Evaluation and funding; Brussels (15 - 16 January, 2018)

    InRoad works towards a better synchronisation of RI roadmapping procedures and thus contributes to a sustainable and efficient RI landscape in Europe. EMPHASIS was present at this important event which looked to address issues around long-term sustainability around RIs based on recommendations from the EC and feed into shaping these recommendations further.

  • 02  Jan  2018

    Support for EMPHASIS grows to twenty national plant phenotyping communities

    We are happy to welcome the Swedish community as 20th plant phenotyping community committed to support the development of the pan-European initiative EMPHASIS.

  • 28  Nov  2017

    EMPHASIS representatives participated in the EOSCpilot (28 - 29 November, 2017)

    1st Stakeholder Engagement Event in Brussels, contributing to the first phase of the development of the future European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

  • 22  Nov  2017

    Joint Catalogue of Services published,

    The biological and medical research infrastructure cluster CORBEL has published a joint Catalogue of Services

  • 22  Nov  2017

    Plant Phenotyping Forum: integrating European plant phenotyping community in Tartu, Estonia (22 - 24 November, 2017)

    This forum, organised under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, attracted nearly 120 participants to discuss the need to further development of EU-based technologies that can be applied for characterization of plant form and function in shifting climate.

  • 16  Nov  2017

    1st ERIC Forum, Graz (16. - 17.11. 2017)

    16 - 17 November, 2017

    1st ERIC Forum, Graz

  • 25  Oct  2017

    Biological and medical research infrastructure cluster CORBEL holds it 2nd Annual General Meeting (25 - 26 October, 2017)

    Within the last two days, thirteen research infrastructures from the biological and medical cluster met for their 2nd Annual Assembly in Amsterdam in the framework of the cluster project CORBEL (

  • 12  Oct  2017

    First official Belgian Plant Phenotyping Network meeting

    The purpose of the meeting was to discuss further actions on the formation of the Belgian Plant Phenotyping Network (BPPN), similar to national plant phenotyping networks as they exist in Germany (DPPN), France (Phenome-FPPN) and many other that starting to exist.

  • 11  Oct  2017

    EMPHASIS contributing to innovation frameworks at research infrastructures

    EMPHASIS exchanged concepts and best practices with several ESFRI infrastructures today for the establishment and maintenance of an innovation framework and its ecosystem at research infrastructures on invitation by the Technical University of Denmark.

  • 10  Oct  2017

    First UK EMPHASIS Workshop

    The first UK EMPHASIS Workshop was held in the UK to introduce relevant stakeholders to EMPHASIS.

  • 05  Oct  2017

    Towards an European research infrastructure on sustainable agriculture

    The European infrastructures EMPHASIS and AnaEE aim to collaborate in bringing innovative solutions for a sustainable intensification of agriculture.

  • 20  Sep  2017

    MBA course on Research Infrastructure Management has started with participation of EMPHASIS

    Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures programme (EMMRI) has been started with its first face-to-face module “Governance and Organisation”, with two member of the EMPHASIS-Prep Coordination and Support Team participating.

  • 15  Aug  2017

    15th national plant phenotyping community in Europe has expressed its interest to support EMPHASIS

    We are happy to welcome the Estonian community as 15th plant phenotyping community committed to support the development of the pan-European initiative EMPHASIS.

  • 24  Jul  2017

    CORBEL publishing framework for quality management with the contribution of EMPHASIS

    A framework for quality management in the field of biological and biomedical research infrastructures (BMS)has been developed and published with the contribution of EMPHASIS.

  • 21  Jul  2017

    EMPHASIS admitted to MBA course on Research Infrastructure Management

    Two members of the EMPHASIS-Prep Coordination and Support Office have been admitted to the Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures programme (EMMRI) at the University of Milano-Bicocca ( ).

  • 07  Jul  2017

    EMPHASIS fostering community building of plant phenotyping in Northern Europe

    After having successful two regional mapping conference in Portugal in March 2017 and Austria in April 2017, EMPHASIS held a third meeting in Gothenburg as Satellite Meeting next to the SEB (Society for Experimental Biology) conference.

  • 26  Jun  2017

    EMPHASIS joining biological and medical infrastructure consortium CORBEL

    EMPHASIS has been approved to join the CORBEL consortium, an initiative of currently thirteen new biological and medical research infrastructures, which together will create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, data and related services.

  • 20  Jun  2017

    EMPHASIS stipulating innovation at research infrastructures

    11 Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures including EMPHASIS explored how they could stimulate innovation in Europe through providing open access to their key assets,

  • 19  Jun  2017

    Belgian Plant Phenotyping Network (BPPN) formation

    Plant phenotyping researchers of the public sector in Belgium united for the first time, in campus Plant Systems Biology (VIB) Ghent,

  • 12  Jun  2017

    Tenth national plant phenotyping community in Europe has expressed its interest to support EMPHASIS

    We are happy to welcome the Danish community as tenth plant phenotyping community committed to support the development of the pan-European initiative EMPHASIS.

  • 22  May  2017

    18 May, Fascination of Plants Day 2017: EMPHASIS addressing the broader public about plant phenotyping

    Partners from the EMPHASIS-Prep consortium organised multiple activities in the framework of the Fascination of Plants Day 2017, an initiative initiated by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO; and intended to increase the understanding about plant science importance with the broader public.

  • 08  May  2017

    EMPHASIS exchanging experience on innovation

    EMPHASIS contributed to the discussions and experience exchange at the “2nd RICH Symposium: Fostering the innovation potential of research infrastructures”. This workshop organised by RICH ( ), the network of National Contact Points for H2020-Research Infrastructure Programmes, aimed at  showcasing approaches to innovation taken by Research Infrastructures and projects in all scientific domains, as well as to provide a floor for the discussion of policies and incentives for innovation.

  • 03  May  2017

    European Maize meeting ( 03 - 05 May, 2017 )

    EMPHASIS was present during the European Maize meeting and the EMPHASIS-prep project was presented for the first time to the European Maize community. Conference took place in the city center of Ghent in the campus of Ghent University

  • 02  May  2017

    EMPHASIS exchanging experience on service provision (02 - 05 May, 2017)

    The EMPHASIS-Prep Coordination and Support Office participated successfully in a staff exchange programme on service provision of European research infrastructures, organised by the RiTrain project ( The programme was highly tailored to the individual needs of the participants allowing them to take full advantage of their time at EMBL-EBI to gain insight into the working practice of an established and successful research infrastructure.

  • 21  Apr  2017

    EMPHASIS continuing mapping activities of plant phenotyping in Europe

    After a successful first regional mapping conference in Portugal in March 2017, EMPHASIS held a
    second meeting in Vienna as a Satellite meeting to the International Wheat Genomics Symposium.
    The meeting attracted over 70 participants and focused on the phenotyping landscape in Austria,
    Serbia, Hungary, Switzerland, Romania, Czech Republic, Cyprus and Slovakia. This meeting helped to
    further exchange knowledge about plant phenotyping activities in the respective countries and to
    foster collaboration across national borders in Europe. Specific breakout sessions enabled to identify
    needs and demands for support by EMPHASIS to generate benefit for the community once it
    operates. This mapping conference will be followed by two further meetings in Gothenburg in July
    2017 and Tartu in November 2017.

  • 10  Apr  2017

    EMPHASIS exchanging experience on Strategic Vision, Governance and Business Development (10 April - 11 April, 2017)

    The EMPHASIS-Prep Coordination and Support Office participated successfully in a staff exchange programme on strategic vision, governance and business development organised within a framework of the RiTrain project (  ) by the ESFRI project EATRIS ERIC.

  • 30  Mar  2017

    EMPHASIS kicking off mapping of European plant phenotyping

    EMPHASIS started a series of regional conferences, intended to map the European plant phenotyping landscape and foster the knowledge exchange within the community. We started this process with a conference in Lisbon that took place on March 29 as side event to a 3rd general meeting of the COST action FA1306. The meeting introduced the EMPHASIS project to more than 70 participants from academia, industry, politics and funding agencies.

  • 10  Mar  2017

    First Meeting of the Austrian Plant Phenotyping Network (APPN)

    The Austrian Plant Phenotyping Community held its first meeting at BOKU - Vienna, organised by the Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities and supported EMPHASIS. This meeting had great success in fostering information exchange about plant phenotyping activities in Austria and in Europe and was an adequate starting point for the building of an Austrian plant phenotyping community as part of the European landscape.

    Find further information about the event here:

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  • 14  Aug  2020

    PhenoRob Seminar Series with Prof. Ulrich Schwaneberg and Mark Hoffmann

  • 28  Aug  2020

    ECCV 2020 Workshop: Computer Vision Problems in Plant Phenotyping (CVPPP 2020)

    Due to Covid-19 ECCV and its workshops will be held online.

  • 06  Sep  2020

    POSTPONED - World Soybean Research Conference XI

    Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, this event is postponed to 5-10 September 2021.

  • 08  Sep  2020


  • 11  Oct  2020

    POSTPONED - 11th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology

    Due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, this event is postponed to 2021.

  • 20  Oct  2020

    World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit

  • 01  Nov  2020

    DIGICROP 2020 - International Conference on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Crop Production

  • 11  Nov  2020

    Plant Biology And Biotechnology 2020

  • 01  Feb  2021

    Winter School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping

  • 02  Jun  2021

    International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI)

  • 21  Jun  2021

    20th International Sunflower Conference

  • 29  Jun  2021

    SEB Annual Meeting 2021

  • 05  Sep  2021

    World Soybean Research Conference XI


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