Plant science organisations


The Plant Section of the SEB represents the UK plant biology community at the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB). The FESPB is Europe’s largest and most widely representative society of plant scientists. It comprises over 3,200 members drawn from 31 constituent national or regional societies of plant physiology, botany or biology. Almost all the countries of Western, Central and Eastern Europe are represented.

SEB is a member organisation of FESPB and the Journal of Experimental Botany is an affiliated journal.

SEB contact for FESPB: Professor Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, SEB Plant Section Chair


GARNet, the Genomic Arabidopsis Resource Network, was established in 2000 to provide and coordinate services and resources for functional genomics in Arabidopsis. The SEB Plant Section works closely with GARNet.

European Plant Science Organisation

The European Plant Science Organisation represents institutes and societies of Europe in policy. SEB recently signed a memorandum of understanding with EPSO to act as a UK gateway for policy matters.

American Society of Plant Biologists

SEB members can attend American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) meetings at ASPB member rates. Contact if you want to attend.

UK Plant Science Federation

The UK Plant Science Federation provides one voice for all those involved in plant science research and development, education and training. More information and reports can be found below:

• UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges
• UK Plant Science: Fascination of Plants Day 2015

Global Plant Council

The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of plant and crop science societies from across the globe. GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face. The central focus of the GPC is to define and engage in coordinated strategies and projects that will have impact on the most critical global issues: world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection.