Brussels, 02 Jun 2006
Academic and industry scientists from Europe are invited to contribute to a survey on current and future collaborative research in plant science, commissioned by the European Technology Platform 'Plants for the Future'.
The survey's broad scope covers technology development, basic and applied plant research in molecular biology, biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics through to population biology, ecology and environmental science.
Plants for the Future believes that the survey's outcome will be of great importance for determining both the socio-economic relevance of plant research, and how prepared plant scientists are to conduct breakthrough research that will enhance European competitiveness.
The Technology Platform's Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) formulates a set of long-term objectives for European plant research, reviewed through national consultation. Comparison of the feedback from this survey with the SRA template will identify areas of relative strength and weakness in European science.