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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
5th Call for Transnational Access
The next call for access to European plant phenotyping facilities via EPPN2020 is now open.
Second EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting
Representatives of nine countries discussed the next steps for moving EMPHASIS into the Implementation Phase.
New Corporate Identity
We are excited to present our new logo as part of our recently developed corporate identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poland: Application for National Network of Plant Phenotyping Research Infrastructure
The network may form the basis of Poland’s participation in EMPHASIS.
France: New Installations
Recent additions to the plant phenotyping infrastructure PHENOME-EMPHASIS
Transnational Access Enabling Excellent Science
EPPN2020 provides access to 31 phenotyping facilities in Europe researchers from academia and industry by the Transnational Access projects.
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.
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.
EMPHASIS at the ENVRI Dissemination Day
EMPHASIS participated in the ENVRI-Plus dissemination conference
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.
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.
Serbia: Researchers Gain Transnational Access via EPPN2020
Several Serbian institutes actively engage in the EPPN2020 for transnational access.
Netherlands: Summer School Imaging & Phenotyping in Wageningen
Training for scientists from industry and academia
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.
Belgium: Second Official Belgian Plant Phenotyping Network Meeting
On 27 March, the second official BPPN meeting took place at KU Leuven.
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.
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.
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
1st EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting
Concrete steps for the formal implementation phase
EPPN2020 – Transnational Access Testimonials
First testimonials on EPPN2020 transnational access experiments are published.
EMPHASIS Supporting CATRIS: Aiming at Online Catalogue for RI Services
EMPHASIS has been invited to participate in the CATRIS validation workshop in Brussels.
4th Call for Transnational Access to the European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020
Application deadline: 8th of July 2019
IBISBA – Second Call for Research Projects
The 2nd call for research projects within IBISBA is now open.
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.
EMPHASIS at the Kick-Off Meeting of the Integrape COST Action
EMPHASIS discusses data management for phenotyping with the viticulture community.
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.
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.
EMPHASIS Awarded Certificate of Excellence
EMPHASIS was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership
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.
Kick-Off Meeting of RI-VIS
EMPHASIS joins forces with twelve European Research Infrastructures (RIs) to increase the visibility of RIs.
Launch Meeting of PhenomUK
The newly-formed UK plant phenotyping network PhenomUK held its inaugural meeting at Rothamsted Research.
MIAPPE version 1.1
New version of MIAPPE published
EMPHASIS as the EGU2019
EMPHASIS and Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures at the ENVRI community booth at EGU 2019
2nd CzPPN Meeting - Environmental simulation and indoor phenotyping
The Czech Plant Phenotyping network held a second annual meeting at CEITEC in Brno.
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.
3rd Call for Transnational Access to the European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020
Application deadline: 28th of January 2019
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.
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.
Plant phenotyping forum, Austria
The role of Austria and Eastern Europe in agricultural production.
Strategies of the European infrastructures EMPHASIS and ELIXIR
Data standards and Information Systems: strategies of the European infrastructures EMPHASIS and ELIXIR
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.
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”.
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.
Greece joins the EMPHASIS Support Group
EMPHASIS welcomes Greece within the Support Group
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
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.
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.
PhenoHarmonis, Montpellier (14 - 17 May, 2018)
Working group to organize the collaboration between Elixir and Emphasis project,
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.
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: http://www.envriplus.eu/beeri/
EMPHASIS joining forces with European environmental research infrastructures
Emphasis is now associated partner of the ENVRIplus cluster,
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,
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.
2nd UK EMPHASIS Workshop
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.
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.
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).
Joint Catalogue of Services published,
The biological and medical research infrastructure cluster CORBEL has published a joint Catalogue of Services
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.
1st ERIC Forum, Graz (16. - 17.11. 2017)
16 - 17 November, 2017
1st ERIC Forum, Graz
Biological and medical research infrastructure cluster CORBEL holds it 2nd Annual General Meeting (25 - 26 October, 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.
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.
First UK EMPHASIS Workshop
The first UK EMPHASIS Workshop was held in the UK to introduce relevant stakeholders to EMPHASIS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EMPHASIS admitted to MBA course on Research Infrastructure Management
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.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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; www.epsoweb.org) and intended to increase the understanding about plant science importance with the broader public.
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 ( http://www.rich2020.eu/ ), 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.
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
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 (http://ritrain.eu/). 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.
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.
EMPHASIS exchanging experience on Strategic Vision, Governance and Business Development (10 April - 11 April, 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.
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: https://www.appn.at/1stappnmeeting-2/