The European Plant Science Organisation is an independent body that represents more than 50 leading Research Institutions from 23 European countries and wants to improve impact and visibility of Plant Science in Europe.
The group was set up in 2000 and presented since then by Busquin, the European Commissioner for Research, Members of the European Parliament and national politicians with recommendations to European science policy, such as a 10-year vision plan, recommendations for Framework Program 6 and 7. EPSO coordinates together with EuropaBio a European Technology Platform “Plants for the Future” that was launched by Philippe Busquin, at a Press Conference in Brussels on the 24th June 2004.
EPSO's top priorities include facilitating understanding of plant science, boosting funding for basic plant science and coordinating research activities on national, and European levels and beyond.
EPSO has the two European consumer organisations, BEUC and AEC, the European industrial organisations, EuropaBio, and individual companies as observers. It has links to specialized organisations in the area of plant and life sciences in Europe, and plant science organisations worldwide.