Karen Sims-Huopaniemi presented an overview of her activities associated with Fascination of Plants Day from 2012-2017.
One challenge that she faced was that of language. Over 50% of the researchers at the University of Helsinki do not speak Finnish, a language that is off on its own branch of the language tree. It is thus quite challenging for these researchers to communicate plant science to the general public. However, with the help of several Finnish colleagues, whose translation skills were truly put to the test, Fascination of Plants successfully organized a multitude of events for the public each year from 2012. Most successful have been photography competitions with hundreds of entries received each year.