The first half of 2019 has been a productive period for EMPHASIS: Earlier this year, EMPHASIS joined forces with other European research infrastructures in two H2020-funded projects to increase the visibility of research infrastructures (RI-VIS) and to develop an open collaborative digital space for life sciences (EOSC-Life). In March, EMPHASIS met with representatives of 24 national plant phenotyping communities – the EMPHASIS Support Group – to discuss the next steps in developing this pan-European initiative. And in June, the 1st EMPHASIS Ministry Meeting took place, where representatives of six countries discussed and agreed upon concrete steps for the formal implementation of EMPHASIS. Last but not least, EMPHASIS was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership.
In this issue of the EMPHASIS newsletter, we also report on the new phenotyping network PhenomUK and other recent developments in the Belgian, British, Cypriot, Dutch, Estonian, French, Italian, Portuguese and Serbian plant phenotyping communities.
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