Plant Science for Global Challenges

Feeding the world’s rapidly growing human population is one of the most urgent global challenges of our time. By 2050 it is predicted there will be over 9 billion people on the planet. To meet the needs of a growing population we not only need to produce more food, but more accessible, reliable, and nutritious food. We need our crops to thrive in more challenging climates, and be resilient to new pests and diseases. We need renewable energy sources to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and novel plant-based materials for industry. We need all of these things without placing more pressure on already limited natural resources. Plant science has a critical role to play if we are to meet food security and other challenges, and the Global Plant Council is here to help. The Global Plant Council was founded in 2009 to provide a body that can speak with a single, strong voice in the policy and decision-making arena, and to promote plant science research and teaching around the world. If you would like to keep up to date with the information posted on this website please sign up for our monthly e-Bulletin by clicking here and completing the form. Alternatively, please contact us at isabel@globalplantcouncil.org.

For our latest Annual Report (2017-2018), please click the link: GPC Annual Report 2017-2018.pdf.

Mission

To facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges. To foster international collaborations and enable the effective use of knowledge and resources. To provide an independent and inclusive forum to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training

Core Values

To be an organization that is based in plant and crop science.

To facilitate collaboration across geographic and scientific borders. Inclusion and equity.

To speak with a single, strong voice for all those working in plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science across the globe.

Priorities

To help identify and coordinate strategic solutions to global challenges, GPC is focusing on the following priority areas: Adaptation to Climate Change Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability Food and Human Health Knowledge, Data and Resources

Initiatives

Within these areas the Global Plant Council focuses on specific initiatives to identify key challenges, evaluate ongoing research programs, identify gaps, prevent duplication of efforts and funding, and facilitate urgently required global strategic programs.

Constitution and Bylaws

If you’d like to read more about the structure and workings of the GPC, please find our Constitution and Bylaws below:

Constitution and Bylaws (updated 2018)