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The UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) is a special advisory committee of the Royal Society of Biology that brings together the plant science community in the UK to create a coordinated approach to research, industry, funding, education and outreach in this vital sector of the biosciences.

The UKPSF was launched in November 2011 and is currently formed from 21 member organisations from across the plant sciences. Each member organisation is represented on our Advisory Group, which determines and sets the strategy and operational direction of the Federation. The Committee is voted from and by the Advisory Group, and functions to develop and manage the specific activities of the UKPSF.

Growing the future report

In January 2019, the UKPSF published its report, Growing the future. This report highlights to policymakers and others the excellence of plant science in the UK, and its importance to the biosciences, the economy, and society both at home and around the world.

Plant Science newsletter

UKPSF publishes a monthly round-up of plant science policy headlines and stories. You can sign up to receive this newsletter via mySociety page and view the last issue as a PDF.


Dr Geraint Parry (chair) – GARNet
Professor Dawn Arnold FRSB – Microbiology Society
Dr Alison Bentley – Monogram
Mr Richard Dale – Syngenta
Professor Murray Grant – British Society for Plant Pathology
Mr Dan Jenkins – Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme
Dr Stefan Kepinski – Society for Experimental Biology
Dr Bill Parker – AHDB
Professor Monique Simmonds – Co-opted member
Dr Julian Smith – Fera


If your organisation would like to get involved with this initiative, please email the UKPSF team.

Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentships 2018

In 2018, the UKPSF arranged nine funded undergraduate studentships in plant health to be carried out, funded by Defra, BSPP and N8 AgriFood. Applications for the next round of studentships will open in early 2019.

UKPSF website

More details about the Federation can be found at the UKPSF website:

This is a free online portal for plant scientists to keep up to date with relevant news, events, funding opportunities and related communities.

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Previous events

UK PlantSci 2016 | 11 - 12 April 2016 | John Innes Centre, Norwich

The annual UKPSF conference showcased the wealth of plant sciences in the UK. Visit the meeting website for further details and the event programme. You can also read more about the conference on UKPSF blog and see the highlights of the event on Storify.


The UKPSF operates with financial support from the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), the Biochemical Society and the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP). The UKPSF was founded with support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and SEB.


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