The interuniversity Graduate School 'Experimental Plant Sciences' (EPS) is a collaborative research and teaching institution of Wageningen University (WU), Radboud University (RU), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Leiden University (LU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), Utrecht University (UU) and University of Groningen (RUG). The mission of EPS is to organize the training of PhD students and postdocs to become self-reliant researchers in the field of basic and strategic research on healthy plants or plants affected by biotic or abiotic factors. The understanding of the functioning of plants offers new means for establishing sustainable agriculture and sustainable production of food, feed, non-food and green energy, and is also essential for the management of renewable resources.
EPS was founded in 1992 in order to organize and coordinate the fundamental and strategic plant research of the collaborating universities, aiming at the development of new principles in crop breeding, crop protection and crop growth for sustainable agriculture and horticulture. EPS also facilitates the training and teaching of PhD students in these fields by organizing PhD courses, seminars, symposia, meetings, workshops and summer schools. EPS received first accreditation as a Graduate School by the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993 and got re-accreditted in 1998, 2003 and 2010.
EPS has a staff of 30 full professors, 85 senior researchers, 10 junior researchers and 50 postdocs. About 250 PhD-students are working on a PhD-thesis.