EPPN covers 12 work packages

EPPN follows the vision that the network of phenotyping infrastructures with a local or national character in each of the represented member states will form the nucleus that will provide a structured and efficient development of a persistently competitive plant phenotyping community in Europe.


Work Package 1


The aims of this work package are to facilitate and ensure the smooth-operation of the consortium, the integration of the various work packages to achieve coordinated developments, and to ensure successful and timely completion of the agreed tasks to yield the specified deliverables.

WP leader: Ulrich Schurr, Roland Pieruschka

Work Package 2


The EPPN project aims to develop a pan-European community focused on plant phenotyping, and organized around the EPPN phenotyping facilities. To achieve this goal, communication, networking and education need to unfold between existing and newly developing phenotyping platforms, users from academy and industry, developers and, other leading international phenotyping centres.

WP leader: Roland Pieruschka

Work Package 3

Joint Research Activity: Novel Instrumentation for Plant Phenotyping

(DLO, FZJ, CzechGlobe, ABER)

The overall goal of this WP is to provide the foundation for a novel generation of instruments allowing accurate quantification of phenotypic traits related to plant performance.

WP leader: Rick van de Zedde


Work Package 4

Joint Research Activity: Good Practice in Phenotyping


The main objective of this workpackage is to define essential elements of phenotyping procedures able to optimise protocols aimed at answering biological questions, from experiment design to data interpretation. Additionally, the activities are designed to implement practical procedures to compare results and performing meta-analyses of data from different platforms and experiments.

WP leader: Francois Tardieu



Work Package 5

Joint Research Activity: Information Technology for High Throughput Phenotyping

(RWTH, FZJ, HGMU, INRA, UNOTT, HAS, ABER, Keygene, Phenom-Networks)

The primary objectives of this work package are to: i) develop and define common data structures and variables; adapt the existing software framework for data access and management; derive numerical or categorical data from raw (image) data; deploy bioinformatic tools which aid in data analysis and interpretation using genomic and expected next-generation sequencing data; provide user support and community tools.

WP leader: Björn Usadel



Work Package 6

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner FZJ

WP leader: Fabio Fiorani

Work Package 7

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner IPK

WP leader: Christian Klukas

Work Package 8

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner HGMU

WP leader: Jörg Durner

Work Package 9

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner INRA

WP leader: Francois Tardieu

Work Package 10

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner HAS

WP leader: Imre Vas

Work Package 11

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner UNOTT

WP leader: Malcolm Bennett

Work Package 12

Transnational Access to the Infrastructure at Partner ABER

WP leader: Alan Gay


Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany (coordination)
Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Germany

Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France

Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, Australia
Global Change Research Centre, Czech Republic
Aberyswyth Unversity, United Kingdom

Keygene Inc., The Netherlands

Phenom-Networks, Israel