Plant Phenotyping Forum: integrating European plant phenotyping community

 Event within the framework of the Estonian EU presidency

22th - 24th of November 2017


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Participation is for free, participants cover their travel and accomodation costs

Abstract: Deadline 15th of October, 2017
Registration: Deadline 30th of October, 2017

Livestream of food security session
Thursday, November the 23rd, 11:30 am -1:30 pm
(Estonian Time)

This session will bring together food security experts from science and policy making. They will present and discuss their view on plant sciences and the contribution to this complex major global challenge. The livestream enables an online participation by adding written questions to the panel which will be picked up for the panel discussion.

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Plants develop by a complex interaction of genotypes with the environments. The need to characterize the phenotype is essential to understand fundamental processes which determine the structure and function of plants in particular in times of climate change. While significant progress has been made in molecular methods in recent years and the genomes of several plants have been sequenced this knowledge is not sufficient to simulate the phenotype of a plant without knowing the history and the dynamic interaction of the plant with its environment. Thus, plant phenotyping - quantitative analysis of structure and function of plants - has become the major bottleneck and, quantitative information on genotype-environment relations is the key to address future challenges. Increasing the plant biomass production quantitatively and qualitatively can provide major contributions to grand challenges like food security on a global level, at the same time reducing a major driver for migration movements.

Beyond fostering scientific progress plant phenotyping requires a community effort. In this context EPPN2020, a EU funded project provides access to key plant phenotyping facilities in Europe while EMPHASIS, a ESFRI listed project aims at the development of a long term sustainable pan European plant phenotyping infrastructure that addresses the needs of the diverse users from academia and industry including the operation and development of a pan-European e-infrastructure to effectively collect, process and provide data for the community.

With this meeting we aim to provide:

  • discussion about the relevance of agriculture for the perspective of politics, users, scientists
  • overview of recent development for a long term operation of pan European plant phenotyping infrastructure, including information systems within the project EMPHASIS
  • opportunities to enable access to key plant phenotyping facilities within the EPPN2020 project
  • demonstrations of case studies that illustrate different aspects of plant phenotyping and its applications for breeding and basic plant science
  • opportunities for close interaction with phenotyping experts to discuss the needs and requirements for crop improvement,

Confirmed speakers:

Ülo Niinemets, Tartu University, Estonia

Clement Atzberger, BOKU, Austria

Uli Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Francois Tardieu, INRA, France

Kristiina Laanemets: Estonia,

Pawel Krajewski, PAN, Poland

Saoirse Tracy  , University College Dublin, Ireland

Onno Muller, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Jörg-Peter Schnitzler, HMGU, Germany

Marek Zivcak University of Nitra, Slovakia

Kristiina Himanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Francesco Cellini, ALASIA, Italy

Carl-Otto Ottosen, Aarhus University, Dennmark

Thomas Roitsch, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Yves Gibon, University of Bordeaux, France

Stijn Dhont, VIB, Belgium

Tony Pridmore, University of Nottingham, UK

Hannes Kollist, Tartu University, Estonia


  • Discussion with policy makers – the role agriculture in Europe
  • EPPN2020/EMPHASIS - building European plant phenotyping community

Open For Abstracts:

  • Plant performance in future climate:
  • Breeding for novel traits
  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Data management and integration
  • Novel technology


Organisation Committee: 
Kristiina Laanemets (
Hannes Kollist (
Roland Pieruschka (
Ulrich Schurr (
Sven Fahrner (
Erkki Truve (
Ylo Niinemets (
Maris Nuhkat (







EMPHASIS is an ESFRI listed project supported by the European Union

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