The interuniversity Graduate School ‘Experimental Plant Sciences’ (EPS) is a collaborative research and teaching institution of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), VU 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 candidates 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 candidates in these fields by organizing PhD courses, seminars, symposia, meetings, workshops and summer schools.