Plants for the Future
The European Technology Platform (ETP)
'Plants for the Future' is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector, including plant genomics and
biotechnology, that was initiated by the European Commission in 2003. It provides a 20-year vision and a short-, medium- and
long-term Strategic Research Agenda for Europe’s plant sector setting out a
consensus on the research needed to fulfil the vision.
Its members come from industry, farmer organisations, academia and other stakeholder groups. It was supported by the European Commission via a Specific
Support Action under FP6 until July 2007 and the major public and private stakeholders in
the field. Since August 2007 the Plant ETP is a membership based ETP where all members agreed on the aim, main tasks, structure and budget (including their own contributions) of the ETP for a three year period (2008-2010).
The next step forward
The next step in the strategic process initiated in 2003 is the
implementation phase. During 2008-2010 the Plant ETP will work with a focus on promoting and advocating strategic research and internationally competitive research. Education, communication and innovation embracement including general policy statements will be complementary tasks.
The structure of the Plant ETP consists of a Steering Council, an Executive Committee, a Coordinator and short term task forces. The ETP recently recruited a full-time coordinator for the platform, Silvia Travella.
ETP has produced a
Strategic Research Agenda. The final version was launched at the European
Parliament in June 2007.
The SRA identifies five
challenges for Europe’s society and economy to which the
plant sector can contribute:
- Healthy, safe and
sufficient food and feed
- Plant-based products –
chemicals and energy
- Sustainable agriculture,
forestry and landscape
- Vibrant and competitive
- Consumer choice and
For further information on membership, National TPs and other opportunities to get involved,
please contact the Secretariat via phone +32 2 213 62 62 or e-mail