Technology Platform 'Plants for the Future'


Latest News:

BECOTEPS Project gets under way: To learn more follow the link

15 September 2008: Partnering event - FP7 calls on KBBE and Biorefinery

Plants for the Future established as membership based ETP

Strategic Research Agenda (June 2007)
 - summary

 - part II+III

Launch of the Final Strategic Research Agenda in the European Parliament in Brussels on 25 June 2007

ETP Plant Steering Committee Meeting, Cologne, Germany (May 2007)

Survey on future plant research activities in Europe
(Survey June 06 ; Final report Oct 06)

Stakeholders Proposal for a Strategic Research Agenda 2025 (Aug 2005):
 - part I Summary
 - part II SRA
 - part III Draft Action Plan 2010

Launch of the "Stakeholders Proposal for a Strategic Research Agenda" in Strasbourg (July 2005)

Member State Consultation on the “Stakeholder proposal for a Strategic Research Agenda”  (status on May 2007)

Scientists contribute to the discussion on the Strategic Research Agenda with the paper “European Plant Science: a field of opportunities”, J Exp Bot, July 05

Plants for the Future

About TP Plants for the Future (members of groups and committees, 1 page goals and TP code of conduct)

Documents and Publications (incl. Vision 2025, EC project)

General Information on Technology Platforms and Information on related Technology Platforms and initiatives (incl. ERA-PG)

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.

The Plant ETP has produced a Strategic Research Agenda. The final version was launched at the European Parliament in June 2007.

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


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