The Plant Science Research Network serves the research community by coordinating efforts to advance plant science research, education, and innovation across its members organizations (learn more). The PSRN has held a series of strategic planning workshops and disseminated the outcomes through published reports.
PSRN REPORTS: The PSRN organizes activities such as strategic planning workshops and community listening sessions. Learn more about the PSRN workshops by downloading the white papers.
RESOURCES: The PSRN invites you to explore resources created for the plant science community.
Decadal Vision: Download presentation materials and images for sharing.
Undergraduate Research: The PSRN curated Plantae Internships resource page provides information on summer undergraduate internships and research opportunities in the plant sciences.
PSRN MEMBERS: Since 2015, the PSRN has grown to include fifteen organizations, publish four three reports, and hold more than six in-person meetings with members of the plant science community! The Plant Science Research Network welcomes plant scientists from all disciplinary backgrounds.
NEWS: Press releases, blog posts, and announcements.
Plant Systems Cyberinfrastructure 10 Year Strategic Plan (2017). A 10-year strategic plan for cyber infrastructure needs for plant systems research, with goals to advance interdisciplinary training and broadening participation. Recommendations from the 2016 workshop addressing big data and cyberinfrastructure for plant systems research.
Scenarios for 2035
Imagining Science in 2035 (2016). Scenarios are different than typical projections, in that they offer alternative stories about the future that are used collectively to develop strategies. Describing 20-year scenarios for plant science, Imagining Science in 2035 is intended to provide a broad-based, plant science-oriented resource for planning research, education and training activities. Follow the career path of a fictional plant scientist named Dakota in four distinct future scenarios for the year 2035. The early indicators, strategies, and critical uncertainties for the plant sciences were identified in our 2016 Scenario Development workshop. Additional resources are available in the Plantae collection of resources.
Unleashing a Decade of Innovation in Plant Science: A Vision for 2015-2025 (2013). A second meeting, the Plant Summit 2013, consisting of a smaller cohort of plant scientists whose charge was to build upon the foundational work of the first Summit and develop a succinct compilation of recommended plant science research priorities, was convened in January 2013. The 2013 report established a need for the Plant Science Research Network and identified community priorities for plant science research and training over the 10 years (2015 – 2025).
The Green Frontier: A Unified Vision for Plant Research (2011). In September 2011, representatives from the full spectrum of plant science research – from basic to applied and industry to academia – gathered to develop a consensus plan to invigorate and guide plant science research over the next decade. The meeting marked the first time this diverse community assembled to unify their vision for the future.
The Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) was established in August 2015 to further the goals outlined in the 2013 Decadal Vision. Since then, the PSRN has organized strategic workshops around topics such as big data, training, diversity and inclusion, and plant science research. Learn more by downloading the workshop white papers.
Cite the Report: Henkhaus N, Bartlett M, Gang D, et al. Plant science decadal vision 2020–2030: Reimagining the potential of plants for a healthy and sustainable future. Plant Direct. 2020;00:1–24. https://doi.org/10.1002/pld3.252
Illustrations for each goal (Kristyn Stickley Illustration 2020). Please contact Natalie Henkhaus (email@example.com) to request hi-res images.
PSRN Exhibit Booth
Visit the PSRN exhibit booth at SACNAS 2019 and ABRCMS 2019 to connect with us! If you aren’t able to attend these meetings, we invite you to browse the resources below. Check back often – resources will be updated!
Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
PLANT SCIENCE INTERNSHIPS: More than 150 undergraduate research internships programs curated by the Plant Science Research Network. Plant science research topics span computational biology, ecology and evolution, general biology, and plant science research.
Information for Undergraduates
Conferences and Travel Awards: Check back in 2021 for more information.
Professional Development Opportunities for Life Long Learners
Career Development (Genetics Society of America): As part of our mission, GSA helps scientists develop their skills and achieve their career goals. We design programs and initiatives to provide experience, training, mentorship, and community.
PSRN Network: The Plant Science Research Network welcomes plant scientists from all disciplinary backgrounds to join and comment on PSRN reports. Join this network to stay in the loop on upcoming reports, activities, science policy, and research opportunities.
Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure: The Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure (BDCI) network is designed to serve as a hub for the bioinformatic side of plant sciences. Do you use computers to address biological questions, or do you need help from someone who does? Then welcome – we invite you to Join the BDCI network!
Science Communication:The Science Communication network is home to an online community of science communicators. Here, we can share ideas, experiences, and feedback on our science communication and outreach efforts. Our ultimate goal is to develop stronger connections between plant researchers and the broader communities to which we belong.
Student Space: Find information, resources, and discussions focused on the needs and success of undergraduate and graduate students.
Research network presents action plan for the plant science community to maximize impact on pressing global issues such as human health and climate change.
Plant science research has tremendous potential to address pressing global issues including climate change, food insecurity and sustainability.…