SusCrop- ERA-NET

Cofund on Sustainable
Crop Production


Advisory Group

The work of the SusCrop Consortium is constantly supported by several experts, who provide advice and facilitate networking opportunities with external stakeholders during the lifetime of the Cofund action. These experts are Prof. Dr. Ir. Luisa M. Trindade (Professor in Bioresources Breeding and Genetics and leader of the Biobased Economy Group at Wageningen University & Research and member of the FACCE-JPI Scientific Advisory Board), Dr. Amrit Nanda (Representative of Plants for the Future and member of the FACCE-JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board) and Dr. Karin Metzlaff (Executive Director of the European Plant Science Organisation).

Source: Luisa M. Trindade

Luisa M. Trindade is a Full Professor in Bioresources Breeding and Genetics and leader of the Biobased Economy Group at Wageningen University & Research. She is a member of the Scientific advisory board of FACCE-JPI. Prof. Trindade is part of the scientific committee of the European Bioeconomy University (EBU) Alliance.


Her research has a main focus on the genetics and breeding of (new) crops that are better suited for a Circular and Biobased Economy. Specific areas of her interest include designing plants that are more efficient in the use of natural resources and crops for whole biomass use. She has coordinated several national and international consortia and participated in many EU projects, mostly focusing on crops for a biobased economy. Prof Trindade is often advisor of public and private organizations, in The Netherlands, Europe and Worldwide, on different issues related to breeding of emerging crops.

Dr. Amrit Nanda is a representative of the European Technology Platform (ETP) ‘Plants for the Future’ and member of the FACCE-JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board.

The European Technology Platform (ETP) ‘Plants for the Future’ is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector with members from industry, academia and the farming community.

The Plant ETP members come from industry, farmer organisations, and academia stakeholders groups.

It serves as a platform for all stakeholders concerned with plants to provide their views and represent their interests in an open discussion process. It provides a 20-year vision and a short-, medium- and long-term Strategic Research Agenda for Europe’s plant sector setting out a consensus on the research needed to fulfil the vision.

In addition, the platform brings key issues to the attention of European bodies such as the European Commission and the European Parliament. These issues include the growing importance of plants and plant sciences to tackle the future challenges for our societies and the crucial support for efforts to give plants an adequate standing and importance in the public view and the political perception. This future role of plants is best expressed in the vision of a Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), in which plants are a main pillar.

Dr. Karin Metzlaff, Executive Director of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

EPSO is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 220 research institutes, departments and universities from 30 countries in Europe and beyond. EPSO's mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe, to advice on research strategies (incl. UN SDGs, Bioeconomy, Food 2030, Agricultural Research and Innovation), to provide science advice to policy (incl. agricultural technologies, Nagoya protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity), to promote education of the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs in the plant sector (breeding, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, ecology, food and non-food sectors) and to engage with society (fostering Responsible Research and Innovation, coordinating the Fascination of Plants Day).

Karin has been the Executive Director of EPSO since its creation in 2001. She works with the EPSO members and partners, including the EPSO Working Groups, to provide advice and recommendations on science strategy and policies to policy makers at European, multinational and national level. Karin is elected member of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) Executive Committee and represents EPSO in the Global Plant Council (GPC). She is also one of the global coordinators of the Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) and member of the Steering Council and Executive Committee of the ‘Plants for the Future’ ETP.