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Plants are amazing – join us to celebrate their fundamental contribution to our lives, on the fourth international “Fascination of Plants Day”

"Fascination of Plants Day" was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plant science. Building on the success of previous years – botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farmers will open their doors on 18th May 2017 with plant-based activities for the whole family. This will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks, designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are vital to our health and our environment – not only for sustainably producing food, but also in ‘hidden’ ways such as the production of medicines, fuel, chemicals, paper and timber. We want to share our enthusiasm with others and inspire people to think about plant science and conservation in new ways.

Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to get involved by organising a public event or activity for Fascination of Plants Day. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events organised in 2013. Events could include hands-on activities, talks, debates, nature walks or visits to farms or research facilities. Just look at the “Success Story” link or contact your national coordinator for ideas.

Most events will take place on 18th May 2017; however they may run any time from 2nd to 31st May.

For guidelines and to register an event, contact your national coordinator, Dario.Breitel@jic.ac.uk or the EPSO Coordinators,

The Fascination of Plants Day corporate logo and designs can be used to prepare, advertise and report on this day. They can be downloaded for free from the PR-toolbox under the Main Menu.

The media are invited to meet with scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists, to learn about the latest cutting-edge research and breakthroughs in the world of plant science, and to explore the new applications plant science can offer.

Plants are fascinating. From the moment the sun hits them each morning, plants capture light rays which have reached them from outer space, transforming them into living, growing matter. They are critical to our social and environmental landscape now and into the future – join us to sow a seed of inspiration in the minds of others.

● Aberdeen: Fascination of Plants Day - Aberdeen
● Cambridge: Festival of Plants 2017
● Ceredigion: Fascination of Plants @ Ceredigion Garden & Craft Festival
● Coventry: Celebrating Fascination of Plants Day 2017
● Dundee: Fascination of Plants Day- Plant Power
● Liverpool: Fascination of Plants day
● London: State of the World's Plants Symposium
● London: Gaea's Room
● London/ Richmond: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
● London: Fascination of Plants Day
● Loughborough: Teach First Plant Discovery Day
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Food For The Future
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Nature's Chemists
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Crops, Crystals & Computers: Technology For Food Security
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Eating In The Year 3000
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Medicinal Viruses: From Foe To Friend
● Norwich: JIC, Pint of Science- Plants: Hidden Movements
● Oxford: Inside the Plant Cell
● Oxford: Botany Live!
● Richmond Surrey: State of the World's Plants Discovery stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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These institutions will take part at the Fascination of Plants Day 2017. If you would like to join this initiative, please contact your national coordinator, Dario.Breitel@jic.ac.uk

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
London
www.kew.org/

  • -- State of the World's Plants Symposium
    The State of the World's Plant Symposium coincides with the publication of a cutting-edge annual report highlighting our current knowledge of the Earth's plant diversity, the global threats that plants face and the policies dealing with them. This two-day event provides a platform to discuss issues raised in the report and to engage the scientific community, policymakers and public alike.
    - seminar or lecture
    - Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017
    - Jodrell Laboratory, RBP Kew, Kew Road, London, TW9 3DS
    Organizer: Mimi Tanimoto sotwp@kew.org
    www.kew.org/sotwp-symposium

Swiss Cultural Fund UK, Blattler Ltd., Ambit projects
London
www.swissculturalfund.org.uk/
http://blattler.com/
www.ambit.design/

  • -- Gaea's Room
    Can the merging of illustration and photography suggest new ideas about design and its relationship with nature?
    Taking plants , the golden ration and repetition of the number 3 as a stepping stone to explore this question, Matteo Patocchi's site-specific installation aims to raise awareness of our relationship with the environment by surrounding the viewer with a visual abstract landscape composed of linear graphics and flower photography. We are encouraged to engage with the opposition between organic and digital, self and surrounding, interior and exterior.
    - Art Exhibition
    - 5 May – 28 May 2017
    Opening: 4 May, 6.30-8.30pm
    - "umlaut"
    53 Fashion Street
    London E1 6PX
    Target audience: everybody, children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students, professionals
    Organizer: Matteo Patocchi matteo.patocchi@gmail.com 07951854193
    www.ambit.design/event . .

World Museum, Ness Gardens
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/

  • -- Fascination of Plants day
    Family Friendly, 13 May 2017, Wliam Brown Room; 11:00-16:00.
    See plants, touch plants and learn all about plants.
    Scientists from World Museum, Ness Gardens and Liverpool John Moores University are leading a range of exciting events for all the family.
    - open day
    - hands on activities
    - exhibition
    - 13 May 2017; 11:00-16:00
    - World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN
    Target audience: Children and families
    Organizer: Geraldine Reid; DrGeraldine.Reid@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/ . . . EventId=32518

University of Warwick
Coventry
www2.warwick.ac.uk/

  • -- Celebrating Fascination of Plants Day 2017
    an evening of talks and demonstrations to showcase several fascinating aspects of our research on plants - focusing on food production and protecting the natural environment. Free Public Event, 6-8 PM; Recommended age 16+
    - presentation
    - May 18th, 6-8pm
    - University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
    Target audience: students, professionals, Recommended age 16+
    Organizer: Rosemary Collier; Rosemary.collier@warwick.ac.uk
    www2.warwick.ac.uk/ . . . /fascinationplantsday/

SCI Horticulture Group
London/ Richmond
www.soci.org

  • -- Behind the Scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
    A special opportunity to see behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. During the visit we shall meet experts who will guide us through the Tropical Nursery, Herbarium and Economic Botany Collection. Numbers are limited so please book your place.
    - guided tour
    - Thursday 18 May 2017, 10:30
    - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    Richmond
    Surrey
    TW9 3AE
    Target audience: students, professionals, Teachers, Journalists
    Organizer: Peter Grimbly; petergrimbly@btinternet.com
    www.soci.org/Events/ . . .

The Linnean Society of London and Royal Society of Biology
London
www.linnean.org/

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day
    Monique Simmonds FLS, Deputy Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will speak about the traditional and economic uses of plants and fungi, their potential as cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical and agrochemical leads, and as sources of sustainably-harvested products.
    - Lunchtime lecture
    - 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 10 May 2017
    - "The Linnean Society of London Burlington House Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF"
    Target audience: everybody, children 8 - 10, learners 10 - 14, students, professionals, Journalist, general public
    Organizer: Alicia Fernandez; alicia@linnean.org
    www.linnean.org/fascination-of-plants

John Innes Centre
Norwich
www.jic.ac.uk/

  • -- Pint of Science- Food For The Future
    Purple tomatoes, golden rice, blood-sucking lettuce? Join us for an exciting and thought-provoking evening as we discuss what the food of the future could and should grow, look and taste like. Two plant biologists from the John Innes Centre will introduce you to the cutting-edge scientific techniques they are using to meet the challenges of agriculture and the food industry in a rapidly changing world. How will bulking up wheat grains and colouring in tomatoes help to feed a growing population, conserve the environment and improve our quality of life?
    This event is part of the "Pint of Science" festival: https://pintofscience.co.uk/about/
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 16th, 19:00-21:30
    - St Andrew's Brewhouse
    41 St Andrews Street
    Norwich NR2 4TP
    Target audience: students, professionals, General public
    Organizer: Dr Colette Matthewman colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk
    https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/food-for-the-future

John Innes Centre
Norwich
www.jic.ac.uk/

  • -- Pint of Science- Nature's Chemists
    Think humans have the edge on chemistry? Think again! Plants produce a bewildering array of potent drugs and chemicals. And with over 390 thousand species of plant worldwide, their chemical prowess and diversity could help to solve some of our major health, food and industrial challenges. Want to know how? Scientists explain how they are putting plants to the test, tapping into their chemical tool-kits to make more and even new chemicals. Also, find out how the chemistry in your morning coffee could actually be keeping you healthy, as well as awake!
    This event is part of the "Pint of Science" festiva: https://pintofscience.co.uk/about/
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 17th, 19:00-21:30
    - St Andrew's Brewhouse
    41 St Andrews Street
    Norwich NR2 4TP
    Target audience: students, professionals, General Public
    Organizer: Dr Colette Matthewman colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk
    https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/natures-chemists

The Earlham Institute and The John Innes Centre
Norwich
www.earlham.ac.uk/;
www.jic.ac.uk/

The John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory
Norwich
www.jic.ac.uk/
www.tsl.ac.uk/

  • -- Pint of Science- Eating In The Year 3000
    Join local scientists as they journey into the future of our food industry, exploring how cereal crops can be made healthier and how local researchers may save the banana we know and love from extinction.
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 15th, 19:00-21:30
    - The York Tavern
    1 Leicester Street
    Norwich NR2 2AS
    Target audience: students, professionals, General Public
    Organizer: Dr Colette Matthewman colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk
    https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/eating-in-the-year-3000

The John Innes Centre
Norwich
www.jic.ac.uk/

  • -- Pint of Science- Medicinal Viruses: From Foe To Friend
    Norwich-based researchers are developing new approaches to healthcare using…viruses?! See how understanding the structure of viruses is helping scientists build nanomachines to fight disease, and learn how engineering plants to produce virus lookalikes could be the future of fighting viral threats such as Zika and Ebola.
    This event is part of the "Pint of Science" festiva: https://pintofscience.co.uk/about/
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 16th, 19:00-21:30
    - The York Tavern
    1 Leicester Street
    Norwich NR2 2AS
    Target audience: students, professionals, General Public
    Organizer: Dr Colette Matthewman colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk
    https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/medicinal-viruses-from-foe-to-friend

The John Innes Centre
Norwich
www.jic.ac.uk/

  • -- Pint of Science- Plants: Hidden Movements
    How exactly do microscopic buds grow into the beautiful array of plant shapes we see around us? The secret is their hidden cellular movements! Local scientists offer an insight into the enticing cup-shaped traps of carnivorous plants, and investigate how complex signals are relayed along molecular highways from root to shoot without any nervous system or blood stream.
    This event is part of the "Pint of Science" festiva: https://pintofscience.co.uk/about/
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 17th, 19:00-21:30
    - The York Tavern
    1 Leicester Street
    Norwich NR2 2AS
    Target audience: students, professionals, General Public
    Organizer: Dr Colette Matthewman colette.matthewman@jic.ac.uk
    https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/plants-hidden-movements-

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge
www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

  • -- Festival of Plants 2017
    Saturday 20 May 2017, 10am-5pm. Focusing on plant science with Pop-up Science marquee, talks, tours of the Garden, plant stalls, children's activities and entertainment throughout the day. Normal Garden admission applies.
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - children's activities
    - plant stalls
    - talks
    - 20th May, 10am-5pm
    - University Botanic Garden
    1 Brookside
    Cambridge
    CB2 1JE
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Wendy Godfrey; weg22@cam.ac.uk
    http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/ . . .

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey
www.kew.org

  • -- State of the World's Plants Discovery stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
    Our exhibit will showcase three key themes which have emerged from Kew's collaborative annual horizon-scan of global plant status, the State of the World's Plants:
    New plant discoveries, Madagascar and Plants in extreme environments.
    - presentation
    - Horticultural Show
    - 23-27 May, 2017
    Tuesday-Friday- 8am-9pm
    Saturday- 8am-5:30pm
    - London Gate
    Royal Hospital Road
    Royal Hospital Chelsea
    London
    SW3 4SR
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: James Wearn j.wearn@kew.org
    www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee
Dundee
www.hutton.ac.uk
www.dundee.ac.uk

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day- Plant Power
    As part of a Europe-wide celebration, the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are taking part in Fascination of Plants Day. The event will highlight how amazing plants are on all sorts of levels. Activities include woodturning, face painting, flute-making workshop, scientific workshops, badge making, plant printing, live music, meeting beekeepers, garden trail and birds of prey.
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    workshop workshop
    - 21 May 2017, 11.00am - 4.00pm
    - Botanic Garden Dundee
    Riverside Drive
    Dundee DD2 1QH
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Sarah.McKim@hutton.ac.uk
    www.hutton.ac.uk/events/fascination-plants-day-0

University of Oxford Botanic garden
Oxford
www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/

  • -- Inside the Plant Cell..
    Posters, microscopes and plant scientists to take visitors on an interactive journey into the plant cell
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - seminar or lecture
    - Fri April 21st, 2017
    - The University of Oxford Botanic Garden
    Rose Lane
    Oxford OX1 4AZ
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Chris Thorogood; chris.thorogood@obg.ox.ac.uk
    www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk/ . . -fascination-plants-day

Aberystwyth University
Ceredigion
www.aber.ac.uk/en/

  • -- Fascination of Plants @ Ceredigion Garden & Craft Festival
    Plant research (serious but fun) at Aberystwyth University.
    • A homebuilt Raspberry Pi camera set-up monitoring plant growth (Hannah Dee, Computer Science, AU).
    • Plant roots are normally hidden, now on view.
    • Microscopes will reveal secrets of hedgerow plants.
    • Aberystwyth bred grasses will provide the hair for grassheads!
    - Interactive stand in marquee
    - 28-29 May, 10:00-17:00
    - The square Field, Aberaeron, Ceredigion, SA46 0QA
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Dr Fiona Corke; fic5@aber.ac.uk
    www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/

Oxford Brookes University
Oxford
www.brookes.ac.uk/

  • -- Botany Live!
    We want the whole world to know about the fascination of plants. Therefore, we are launching ‘Botany Live’, an online science communication initiative for Fascination of Plants Day 2017 (FoPD). For this, we are asking scientists, science communicators, educators and anyone who feels passionate about plants to live-stream a short peek into their lives. ’Botany Live’ will take place from 18th -21st May (Thursday - Sunday) 2017. This means that you will be able to capture activities during the week and normal work hours, as well as special FoPD events on the weekend.

    How to participate!
    You can participate in ‘Botany Live’ by running a live-stream session, using the free app ‘Periscope’ . Live sessions could be a tour through a lab, herbarium, field site, a walk through a Botanic Garden, a behind-the-scenes tour of places that usually aren’t open to the public, interviews, a reportage from a FoPD event, an ‘experiment-along’… There is no limit to your creativity, but we recommend that your session should be short - between 5 and 15 minutes.
    We will curate a central website (to be launched soon), at http://botany.live . On this site, we will promote the schedule of all announced live sessions in the run-up to the event, and will pull together all content posted under the hashtag #BotanyLive to be displayed on it. We will also provide an archive of all content as a legacy. For this, we will ask you to send us URLs of your video, if you uploaded it you your organisation’s website or social media channel. Alternatively, we will be able to upload your video for you in a special ‘Botany Live’ YouTube channel.
    Please use this form to register your live-stream session:
    https://goo.gl/forms/cA9GQ6JxxbaPZX5Y2
    competition live-stream session
    - 18th – 21st May
    - Online
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Anne Osterrieder; a.osterrieder@brookes.ac.uk

University of Nottingham
Loughborough
www.nottingham.ac.uk

  • -- Teach First Plant Discovery Day
    On 15 May 2017, the University of Nottingham Teach First cohort of trainee science teachers will be visiting the School of Biosciences at Sutton Bonington Campus to learn about cutting edge plant and crop research, then travel back to the teaching labs to try out plant practicals that they can use in the classroom.
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - seminar or lecture
    - May 15th, 2017
    - Sutton Bonington Campus
    Loughborough LE12 5RD
    Target audience: Teachers
    Organizer: Susie Lydon; Susannah.Lydon@nottingham.ac.uk

Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen City Council (Duthie Park)
Aberdeen
www.rgu.ac.uk
www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_. . . .

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day - Aberdeen
    Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen City Council will host pupils from several local primary schools for a series of events to mark the world-wide Fascination of Plants Day. The event, which is taking place in Aberdeen's Duthie Park, will involve ~100 youngsters who will participate in sessions including the science of pizza, extracting DNA from strawberries, perfumes, and a Duthie Park trail.
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - seminar or lecture
    workshop workshop
    - Thursday 18th May, 10-3pm
    - Duthie Park, Polmuir Road, Aberdeen
    Target audience: local primary school children
    Organizer: Dr Morag CE McFadyen; m.mcfadyen@rgu.ac.uk Dr Myra MacKenzie; m.mackenzie3@rgu.ac.uk
    Alan Findlay; AlanFindlay@aberdeencity.gov.uk