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The fourth international "Fascination of Plants Day 2017" will be launched 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, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

We invite you to organize for the 18th of May 2017 a fascinating activity related to plants attracting and interacting with the public. Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events you organized in 2013. May 18th 2017 will be the Fascination of Plants Day itself and most events will be organised for this day. In addition, where this is not suitable, events will be organised throughout the weeks of 3 - 31 May 2017. Just contact your national coordinator to discuss and get guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day. The Fascination of Plants Day corporate design can be downloaded for free at the “PR-toolbox” on this webpage to be used to prepare, hold and report on this day, see “Main Menu”.

We invite many others to join in, ranging from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels to have a suited contribution to this initiative. Many plant science institutions, universities, schools, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have opened their doors at the Fascination of Plants Day 2012, 2013 and 2015 with a variety of plant-based events for all the family - just look at the “Success Story” links in the given countries by clicking “Countries”. Again, the media are invited to join in, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant science can offer.
The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

ESA (European Seed Association) initiatiated a social media campaign via Thunderclap to celebrate, on the Fascination of Plants Day, the importance of plants for our future food, agriculture and enviromnet:
http://bit.ly/2pcbB0P .

You are invited to support the campaign and further promote it, if you can. In the enclosed document you will find several examples of promotional messages and visuals that you can use for social media dissemination.

Call for action: support the campaign

You are all are invited to support the campaign. How:

Go to: http://bit.ly/2pcbB0P
You will see a red/orange banner with three buttons saying: 'support with FACEBOOK' - 'support with TWITTER' - 'support with TUMBLR'. Click on one of these buttons according to where you have an account (it helps if you are already signed/logged into that account before doing this).
A pop-up style page will appear with a red/orange button saying 'ADD MY SUPPORT'. Click on that button.

Check out this online document if you need more information on how to support the campaign.

Background information about the campaign

The campaign is online and at international level and targets those who are informed and involved in the celebrations of the Fascination of Plants Day, by using the related hashtag #PlantDay. The aim is to showcase the importance of plant science and plant breeding for the whole of society. The message that will be published on all the supporters’ social media accounts on 18 May is the following: #Plants are fascinating & they are critical to our future food, agriculture, environment. #PlantBreeding #PlantDay
https://www.euroseeds.eu/plantday.

Thunderclap www.thunderclap.it is a crowdspeaking platform that allows people to pledge a message on social media. Think of an online flash-mob that helps people be heard by saying something together. It is completely safe and anyone can support the campaign with Facebook, Twitter or Tumbler. Thunderclap will automatically post the one-time message to the supporters’ accounts on 18 May at 3:00 pm. It is very easy to support the campaign: you just need to click “Support”. Thunderclap will do the rest for you. Thunderclap

These institutions will participate at the 'Fascination of Plants Day' 2017. If you also would like to join this initiative, just contact your national coordinator

Botanic Garden Meise
Meise
www.botanicgardenmeise.be

  • -- Plantentuinjogging / Gardenjogging
    Een keer per jaar mag het, op Fascination of Plants Day: joggen in het bijzondere kader van de Plantentuin ! We werken samen met joggersclub De Meelopers uit Meise en schenken de opbrengst aan het Virungapark in Congo waar zeldzame planten groeien en de beroemde berggorilla's leven.
    competition Jogging
    - zondag 14 mei 2017
    - Botanic Garden Meise
    Target audience: sportive nature lovers
    Organizer: info@botanicgardenmeise.be 02/260 09 70

Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB
Bruxelles
www.ulb.be/jardinmassart
www.ulb.ac.be/musees

  • -- Fascination of Plants Day au Jardin Massart : Des musées pour s’amuser
    Les 13 et 14 mai prochains, de 12h00 à 18h00, le Jardin Massart vous accueille à la 4e édition de l'événement international Fascination of Plants Day.
    Cette année, le Réseau des Musées de l'ULB, dont le Jardin fait partie, invite les curieux en culottes courtes (6-12 ans) et leurs parents pour deux journées exceptionnelles à la découverte du monde fascinant des plantes!
    Chaque musée explorera une facette du règne végétal autour d'ateliers, de jeux, d'expériences et de dégustations en lien avec sa spécialité, qu'il s'agisse d'anatomie, d'archéologie, de botanique, de chimie, de médecine, de pharmacie, de physique ou de zoologie.
    Les visiteurs seront également amenés à pénétrer les mystères du monde des végétaux au cours de visites et de conférences. Nathan Tirseleer Lillo révélera les secrets des plantes carnivores et Denis Diagre évoquera ses voyages à la rencontre des cactus. Petits et grands auront aussi l'occasion de rencontrer Luc Noël (Jardins et Loisirs, RTBF) dans son Jardin Studio. Et pour les cactusophiles et autres amateurs de plantes succulentes, le Club Peyote se fera un plaisir de vous accueillir à son stand. Enfin, l'exposition "Mystères chez les plantes, la physique est soupçonnée" répondra à vos questions botaniques les plus farfelues !
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - seminar or lecture
    - 13 and 14 May 2017 from 12:00 am to 18:00 pm
    - Jardin botanique Jean Massart 1850 chaussée de Wavre, 1160 Bruxelles
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Laurence Belalia lbelalia@ulb.ac.be 02/650 91 65
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1422763867742991/

Université de Liège
Liège
www.ulg.ac.be
https://twitter.com/UniversiteLiege

  • -- Ces Plantes qui nous Fascinent
    Les activités proposées mettront en avant l’étude de la biodiversité végétale et se dérouleront le lundi de Pentecôte, le 05 juin de 10h à 18h, sur le campus du Sart Tilman.
    A l’Institut de Botanique, les visiteurs pourront rencontrer des scientifiques qui parlent de leurs recherches, visiter des installations telles que l’herbarium, les phytotrons, les laboratoires de culture in vitro, les infrastructures de culture de microalgues, et assister à une démonstration d'imagerie. L’évolution des végétaux leur sera expliquée, jusqu’au décryptage des gènes.
    Deux conférences grand public sont programmées: l'une sur les "Relations entre les plantes et les microorganismes du sol" (14h30) et l'autre sur la "Production d’orchidées pour des applications horticoles, cosmétiques et agro-alimentaires" (16h). Des activités ludiques sont prévues pour les enfants.
    A l’Observatoire du Monde des Plantes, les serres seront en libre accès pour découvrir le nouveau parcours didactique. Des visites animées permettront d'explorer la biodiversité des Tropiques (10h30) et des plantes carnivores (14h30). Des dégustations de fruits exotiques raviront les papilles des curieux …

    Des balades à thèmes dans le domaine du Sart Tilman démarreront à 14h, 15h et 16h de l’Institut de Botanique.

    The Institute of Botany and the the Observatory of Plants World will be opened to visitors on Monday 5th of June (10:00 - 18:00). Activities will be focused on plant biodiversity and will include guided tours in the herbarium, phytotrons, in vitro culture labs, microalgae culture facilities, greenhouses collections and outdoor circuits. Outreach activities also include conferences on plant/microorganisms interactions (14:30) and orchids production (16:00). All details can be found on the event webpage.
    - open day
    - guided tour
    - hands on activities
    - presentation
    - exhibition
    - seminar or lecture
    - lundi de Pentecôte, 5 juin 2017, de 10h à 18h
    - Institut de Botanique B22 - P70 Quartier Vallée 1, Chemin de la Vallée, 4 Sart Tilman 4000 Liège
    GPS : +50°34’ 42.02’’, +5°34’ 31.78’’

    Observatoire du Monde des Plantes, B77 - P76/77, Quartier Vallée 3, Chemin de la Ferme, 1, Sart Tilman 4000 Liège
    GPS : +50°34’40’’, +5°35’15’’
    Target audience: everybody
    Organizer: Claire Périlleux cperilleux@ulg.ac.be
    www.ulg.ac.be/plantday