The EuroTree

The “EuroTree” project was initiated in the summer of 2002 to celebrate the Euro currency, the writing of a European Constitution, and the arrival of new countries into the EU.

The idea was to plant a tree in a mix of soil originating from all EU countries to symbolize the importance of European integration for future generations, taking science as a leading example. Renowned European scientists, including three Nobel laureates and 16 EMBO Members, provided soil samples from their respective country.

By December 2006, 28 samples had been collected, 27 samples from the 27 countries forming the EU and one sample from EMBL, which was included as a highly recognized example of European integration and to recognize the role of Israel, Norway and Switzerland in European science.