The Graduate School Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS)



Rens Voesenek receives royal decoration


On January 11, 2023, Rens Voesenek received a royal decoration ‘Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau’ for his exceptional contribution to society and more specifically, the sector Biology in the Netherlands. The decoration was awarded [...]

NWO Open Competition grant for Emilie Wientjes


  Wientjes receives the M-grant of the NWO Open Competition Domain Science. M-grants are intended for realising curiosity-driven, fundamental research of high quality and/or scientific urgency.   Mapping photosynthetic light harvesting and light acclimation in three [...]

Daan Swarts appointed EMBO Young Investigator


Biochemist Daan Swarts of Wageningen University and Research has been appointed EMBO Young Investigator, which means that he is now part of a group of promising young scientists within molecular biology. Together with 23 other [...]

Daan Weits receives ERC Starting Grant


Daan Weits from Utrecht University is one of 408 the successful applicant for the ERC grant 2022. His research proposal "Low oxygen, key ingredient of the plant stem cell niche?" was granted with 1,5 million [...]

EPS 2nd year PhD meet-up


The first edition of the meet-up for 2nd year EPS PhD candidates in November was experienced as a good event to get to know other PhD candidates better and to exchange experiences and tips on [...]

Harro Bouwmeester receives ERC grant


Harro Bouwmeester, Chair of Plant Hormone Biology at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Amsterdam receives for the proposal  "The Engineering of low germination stimulant production to control witchweed infection in maize in Sub-Saharan Africa" [...]

Three EPS members receive NWO-VIDI grants


Antony van der Ent (Wageningen University and Research), Marnix Medema ( Wageningen University and Research) and Daan Weits (Utrecht University) received 800 000 € to develop their own innovative line of research and set up [...]

New EPS Theme 1 coordinator


We are very happy to announce that Kaisa Kajala from Utrecht University will be the new coordinator for Theme 1 and are looking forward to organize plenty of interesting meetings with her. The recent Theme 1 [...]

Retirement of Prof. Sjef Smeekens


On the 19th of April 2022 the farewell symposium of Sjef Smeekens in honor of his retirement took place in Utrecht . Sjef Smeekens is a valued, supported and highly appreciated member of the graduate [...]

NWO Vici for Merijn Kant, University of Amsterdam


Merijn Kant works as associated Professor at the Department of Evolutionary and Population Biology. He received the Vici  to investigate "Anticipating pest formation using smart resistance genes". Pest formation is elusive. With this VICI project [...]

EPS PhD council announce new chair and secretary


Alejandro Thérèse Navarro (left) from Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research will be the new chair and Martha van Os (right) from Plant Physiology, Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam the new secretary of [...]

GeneSprout talks to the EU head of Biotechnology


On the 22nd of September, board member representatives of the GeneSprout Initiative Nikita Sajeev, Juriaan Rienstra, Gwen Swinnen, and Maarten Houben, met with Irene Sacristan Sanchez, head of the Unit for Biotechnology in the Directorate [...]

2 Plant Science NWO ENW-M projects awarded


Functional dissection of transcription factor phase separation in plant hormone response Dr. Jan Willem Borst (WUR) Auxin transcription factors are involved in the regulation of plant growth and these proteins contain intrinsically disordered domains. These [...]

New member at EPS office


Anja Mosselman started to work for EPS in February. Together with Ria Fonteijn she will take care of  administrational and organizational tasks in the EPS office. We are looking forward to working with you Anja.

Five NWO VIDI’s for EPS Researcher


A great outcome for the Dutch plant scientists. Five EPS researcher received the prestigious Vidi grant: Congratulations to Kaisa Kajala from Utrecht University and  Wilma van Esse, Wouter Kohlen, Jose Lozano and Elwira Smakowaska Luzan [...]

Rubicon for Sjon Hartman


Sjon Hartman from the University Utrecht is on of the 16 starting science talents that received the Rubicon. For two years he will join the Gibbs Lab of the University of Birmingham, UK. Research by [...]

PhD Corona Impact Survey – results


The spread of Covid-19 has rapidly and strongly impacted societies all over the world. The EPS PhD Council decided to release a survey in order to evaluate the impact of the resulting crisis on the [...]

Today is Fascination of Plants Day!


Show your love of plants! Post something to your social media channels to show others how fascinating and important plants are and use #FoPD and #PlantsDay. Listen here to Radio Gelderland where Dolf Weijers, professor [...]

KNAW Early Career Award


The KNAW Early Career Award is intended to support and encourage talented PhD graduates. The Award is aimed at researchers at the start of their career who are capable of developing innovative and original research [...]

EPS @Work


Check out how your colleagues are adjusting to their new work environment or find tips on how to work well at home on the EPS @ work page, which is now online!

VICI grant for Christa Testerink


Christa Testerink, Professor of Plant Physiology at Wageningen UR, was awarded an NWO Vici Grant of 1,5 MEuro for her project 'In shape under stress': Drought and salinity of the soil present threats to plants, [...]

Call for abstracts NWO Life2020


Call for abstracts NWO Life2020 Life is the annual NWO congress for the life sciences in the full scope. The registration for Life2020 is open and the call for abstracts has been published! Scientists in [...]

Hugo de Vriesprijs 2019


Elk jaar wordt de Hugo de Vries prijs toegekend voor het beste botanische proefschrift dat verdedigd is aan een Nederlandse universiteit. Deze verkiezing wordt georganiseerd door de Koninklijke Nederlandse Botanische Vereniging (KNBV) en de Stichting [...]

Veni Grant for Charles Underwood


Charles Underwood (Wageningen U&R, Plant Breeding) received a 250,000 Euro Veni-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his proposal titled “Understanding the barriers of genetic exchange in hybrid plants”. Charles will investigate  [...]

Veni Grant for Mark Sterken


Mark Sterken received a Veni-grant to investigate the interaction between plant-parastic nematodes and their host-plants. His proposal, “The host-parasite supergenome: an untapped source for disease resistances” was awarded 250,000 euro for the coming four years. [...]

Arrival of the EPS Postdoc Council!


It has taken some time, but we are happy to announce that EPS now has its very own Postdoc Council. As EPS Postdoc Council we aim to bring the EPS postdoc community together for exchanging [...]

EPS PhD candidates visit Averis


On Friday June 7 thirty PhD candidates headed to Valthermond, a small village in the north of the Netherlands. There they visited the potato-breeding company Averis, which is a daughter of the company AVEBE. After [...]

Inaugural lecture – Prof. Yuling Bai


Date: Thursday 23 May 2019 at 16.00 Venue: Wageningen University & Research Auditorium, Generaal Foulkesweg 1a, Wageningen Prof. Yuling Bai, Personal Professor of Plant Breeding, WUR will give her inauguration speech entitled “Plant Breeding: Art [...]

ERC Grant for Dolf Weijers


Dolf Weijers (Biochemistry, WUR) has won an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 million euros for his research programme ‘DIRNDL - Directions in Development’: Multicellular organisms have a front, a back, a top and a bottom, [...]

Vici grant for Leónie Bentsink


Leónie Bentsink (Plant Physiology, WUR) was awarded an NWO Vici Grant of 1,5 MEuro for her project 'Seeds4Ever: Protection of stored mRNAs to Ensure seed survival. How do seed stored mRNA's survive?' With this funding [...]

Hugo de Vriesprijs 2019


Elk jaar wordt de Hugo de Vries prijs toegekend voor het beste botanische proefschrift dat verdedigd is aan een Nederlandse universiteit. Deze verkiezing wordt georganiseerd door de Koninklijke Nederlandse Botanische Vereniging (KNBV) en de Stichting [...]