Second EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting
Representatives of nine countries discussed the next steps for moving EMPHASIS into the Implementation Phase.
The European Infrastructure for Plant Phenotyping is currently in the Preparatory Phase (EMPHASIS-PREP) and aims to become operational in 2021. On 31 October 2019, during the 2nd EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting, representatives of nine countries discussed strategies and activities moving the infrastructure closer towards implementation in 2020. Topics included the EMPHASIS service portfolio, pilot services, potential funding models and the selection of host countries. The meeting was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin. The 3rd EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting will take place as a web conference in February 2020 followed by a meeting in Rome in April 2020.