National Coordinators
Karen Sims-Huopaniemi
University of Helsinki, Viikki Plant Science Centre
Fascination of Plants Day

The sixth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

May 18
May 26

Be the director, leading actor/actress, camerman & producer of your own movie and win one of our cash prizes!

The ERA- Net SusCrop is launching a video contest to actively involve EVERYBODY from across the world to reflect, communicate and inspire on ‘what sustainable crop production means to you?’.

The competition is open to EVERYBODY and is supposed to activate multiple groups: school children, students, scientists, farmers/farmer-groups, and any person/group of random enthusiasts, artists (film, circus, music, digital/installation art, …), architects, social media/communication workers, etc.

KEYWORDS to inspire: sustainability, resilience, agriculture, forestry, ecology, crop production, crops, plants, science, nature, climate change, the future

However, we invite any kind of video: be original, think out-of-the-box! What does sustainability in the area of crop production mean to you? How should agriculture look like in the future? Do you practice sustainability procedures in growing crops or ornamental plants in your environment (e.g. your garden or balcony)?

More information on the different categories, prizes, eligibility conditions and selection criteria can be found on:

We look forward to receiving your video!


ERA-Net SusCrop
Nikki De Clercq
[email protected]
May 16
May 22
Walking quiz around the Viikki campus
Kävely tietovisa Viikin kampuksella
Viikki campus, University of Helsinki, Finland

How well do you know the Viikki campus, how about the plant species growing there? Can you follow the clues to find some special plant specimens?

Take a break outside with your colleagues and friends, or explore at your own leisure. Will you find the answers to the quiz?

The quiz will be open all week 16-22 May 2022!


Miten hyvin tunnet kampuksen ja sen kasvit?

Hyödynnä vihjeitä löytääksesi kasvit kampukselta. Vihjeiden avulla suunnistat kasville, jolta löydä tietovisan oikeat vastakset.

Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS)
Viikki campus, University of Helsinki, Finland
Karen Sims-Huopaniemi
[email protected]