EPPO Jens-Georg Unger Plant Health Fellowship
for international co-operation in plant health (2020-2030)


The EPPO Jens-Georg Unger Plant Health Fellowship has been awarded for 2020 and 2021

Due to the difficult situation caused by COVID-19, the first two fellowships have been awarded by the EPPO selection Committee in October 2021 for the years 2020 and 2021.




  For 2020, the EPPO Jens-Georg Unger Plant Health Fellowship has been awarded to Ms Suzie Pearce (DEFRA, United Kingdom) to conduct a commodity risk assessment on blueberries (Vaccinium spp.) at CFIA (Canada).  Duration 6 months.  



  For 2021, the EPPO Jens-Georg Unger Plant Health Fellowship has been awarded to Ms Ekaterina Sinitsyna (VNIIKR, Russia) to work under the supervision of Prof. Gianni Gilioli and Dr Giorgio Sperandio (Università degli Studi di Brescia, IT) on the assessment and control of Halyomorpha halys. Duration 6 months.  



What is the EPPO Jens-Georg Unger Plant Health Fellowship?

This fellowship started in 2020 in the context of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) and is dedicated to Dr Jens-Georg Unger (1955-2017), a reputed professional in Plant Health who passed away much too early. Jens was known for his energy and enthusiasm in protecting plants and his cooperative attitude to reach a mutual understanding on key elements and visions in European and International plant health work. From 2020 to 2030, this fellowship will be a legacy of his contribution to international work in plant health and his encouragement of younger colleagues from a wide range of countries to continue by promoting international cooperation in Plant Health.

Jens-Georg Unger



To enable plant health professionals from the EPPO region to gain international working experience in plant health in another country or organisation through a secondment. This fellowship is meant for plant health professionals working in plant health in the early or middle stage of their careers. This fellowship would increase their ability to contribute in the long term to international cooperation for the protection of plant health.



The fellowship will increase the experience and widens the international views of the plant health professional which is valuable for the professional and for the employer. The professional will increase his/her capabilities in terms of contributing from the national perspective to international discussions and be able to better understand and explain the national consequences of international decisions. This will contribute to better integration of the national context into the international context and vice versa.



Any proposal for a fellowship of 2 to 6 months that achieves the purpose will be welcome. The Fellowship could be for instance a secondment to a National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), a Plant Health laboratory, a Regional Plant Protection Organization (RPPO) or an international organization such as the IPPC Secretariat or an international stakeholder organization. The area of work could be for instance diagnostics, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), contingency planning or production of inspection manuals, guidance material, protocols or Standards.


How to apply for the 2022 fellowship?

For the moment, the call for the 2022 fellowship has not been launched, but all requirements and procedures on how to apply will be posted on this website in due course.