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  • Generating novel opportunities

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The European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation (EMPHASIS) is a distributed Research Infrastructure with the aim to develop and provide access to facilities and services that address multi-scale plant phenotyping in different agro-climatic scenarios in Europe. EMPHASIS will establish an integrated European phenotyping infrastructure to analyse genotype performance under diverse environmental conditions and quantify the diversity of traits contributing to performance in these diverse environmental scenarios such as plant sructure and architecture, major physiological functions and output, yield and its components and quality. EMPHASIS aims to address the technological and organizational limits of European plant phenotyping, for a full exploitation of genetic and genomic resources available and essential for crop improvement in times of changing climate. EMPHASIS was listed in the ESFRI Roadmap in 2016, EMPHASIS has started the Preparatory Phase in 2017, it is expected to enter the Implementation Phase in 2019 and become operational in 2021 budling on competences such as the "Certificate of Excelence in Research Infrastructure Leadership" that was awarded to EMPHASIS within the framework of the RITrain Programs more details.


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EMPHASIS Infrastructure

Phenotyping platforms for high resolution, high throughput phenomics
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Semi-controlled field systems for high throughput phenomics
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Network of practical field experiments for lean-phenotyping
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Modelling platforms
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Joint data management and e-infrastructure
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  • 27  May  2019

    Transatlantic Summer School - Frontiers in Plant Sciences

  • 04  Jun  2019

    CORBEL Webinar: 'Genomics and clinical data at your fingertips with open-source software: tranSMART & cBioPortal'

  • 10  Jun  2019

    NordForsk supported Nova PhD course

  • 11  Jun  2019

    CORBEL Webinar: 'Towards a GDPR Code of Conduct for Health Research: where are we today?'

  • 16  Jun  2019

    Computer Vision Problems in Plant Phenotyping (CVPPP 2019)

  • 25  Jun  2019

    4th International Brachypodium Conference

  • 03  Jul  2019

    Summer School in Plant Phenotyping

    Summer School in Plant Phenotyping

  • 08  Jul  2019

    INVITE H2020 project invites you to its 1st Stakeholder workshop on Low-cost sensors and vectors for variety testing

    This workshop will focus on low-cost sensor and vector technologies for variety testing. Registration is free but mandatory before 14th June!

  • 08  Jul  2019

    Summer School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping - 2019

  • 04  Sep  2019

    Plants, People, Planet Symposium

    The inaugural Plants, People, Planet symposium will highlight outstanding plant-based research in its broadest sense and celebrate everything new, innovative and exciting in plant sciences that is relevant to society and people’s daily lives.

  • 07  Oct  2019

    XXIVth EUCARPIA Maize and Sorghum Conference

    Integrating quantitative and molecular genetics to develop new breeding methods in maize and sorghum

  • 11  Feb  2020

    Digital Breeding

    Symposium of the International Symposium of the Society for Plant Breeding


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  • 18  May  2019

    EPPN2020 - Transnational Access testimonials

    First testimonials on EPPN2020 transnati0onal access experiments are published.

  • 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 - 2 call for research projects

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

  • 10  Apr  2019

    Read the ENVRIplus report on identification and citation service case studies

    The report “Inter RI data identification and citation services” from ENVRIplus, the cluster of European Environmental Research Infrastructures, 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 with the viticulture community.

  • 20  Mar  2019

    Kick-off of the EOSC-Life project

    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 integrating national plant phenotyping communities across Europe

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

  • 15  Mar  2019

    EMPHASIS awarded a Certificate of Excellence

    EMPHASIS has been recently rewarded a Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership

  • 27  Feb  2019

    Kick-off of the RI-VIS project

    EMPHASIS joining 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.

  • 08  Oct  2018

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

    Application deadline: 28th of January 2019

  • 13  Sep  2018

    Strategies of the European infrastructures EMPHASIS and ELIXIR

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

  • 07  Sep  2018

    Greece joins the EMPHAIS Support Group

    EMPHASIS welcomes Greece within the Support Group

  • 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.

  • 09  May  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.

  • 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.

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EMPHASIS is an ESFRI listed project supported by the European Union