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PSC "Plant Sciences and Policy"

English title PSC "Plant Sciences and Policy"
Applicant Grossniklaus Ueli
Number 127227
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Institut für Pflanzen- und Mikrobiologie Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Molecular Biology
Start/End 01.11.2009 - 30.06.2013
Approved amount 334'219.00
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All Disciplines (7)

Discipline
Molecular Biology
Ecology
Biochemistry
Botany
Zoology
Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Genetics

Keywords (9)

policy-work; stakeholder engagement; Science and Policy; Evidence-based Policy Making; Stakeholder Management; Communicating Science; Building Political Support; Contributing to a Policy Action Plan; ProDoc PhD Program

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
This PhD Program 'Plant Sciences and Policy' was funded from 2009 - June 2013 through SNSF Prodoc; from 2014 it has been expanded as 'Science and Policy' to include PhD students from several disciplines of life sciences. It is accepted as a structured training program by the Universities of Zurich, Basel and ETH Zurich.
Lay summary

From October 2009, the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC, Switzerland) offers a PhD Program in "Plant Sciences and Policy". The PhD program has been lead by Prof. Grossniklaus UZH and Dr. Dahinden and Dr. Paschke, managing directors of the PSC.

2014 it has been opened as “Science and Policy” to all disciplines of life sciences.

The program allows young and talented scientists to do their PhD research in plant sciences while the PSC educates them to engage in a political dialog.

Why choosing a PhD Program in Plant Sciences and Policy?

Our decision to set up a PhD Program that combines life sciences and policy-work is based on the need to train young scientists in their role as interpreters of scientific progress towards policy and the public. This reflects our view that scientific progress requires not only specialization - which is usually provided within the context of a research group - but also the ability to interact and collaborate with our society. It is essential that the next generation of scientists is comfortable with the idea of opening themselves as experts in a certain field and taking thus social responsibility. This requires them to be good researchers and also good communicators and interpreters.

The PSC PhD Program in Science and Policy offers workshops for obtaining skills and tools for policy-work exploring the trajectory of policy work from evidence-based policy making to stakeholder engagement, communicating science, building political support and contributing to a policy action plan.

The learning objectives of the program are:
(*) understanding the context of policy-work in Switzerland and on international level;
(*) learning how to apply tools used to facilitate and support policy-making;
(*) developing communication skills, including the ability to present scientific results to different interest groups;
(*) developing skills in stakeholder management;
(*) developing networking skills with national and international NGOs, organizations and governmental departments; and
(*) developing scientific responsibility.

In the program, the PSC collaborates currently with 80 national NGOs and organizations who are involved in policy work related to plant sciences (see output data).

With “Plant Science and Policy” we have raised awareness of the importance of plant sciences for sustainable development of our society. By disseminating good practices, stimulating education and research, and promoting policy debate and development we aimed to advance postgraduate education and at the same time foster tolerance, and diminish barriers between science and society. The transdiciplinary approach of the doctoral programme was of a pioneering character in the Swiss higher education.

Detailed information about the PSC PhD Program can be found at: http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/teaching/phdsciencepolicy.html

Application deadlines are December 1st and July 1st.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 15.02.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Federal Office for Agriculture, BLW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Amt für Raumentwicklung, Kanton Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Economics and Social Sciences, WSL Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Collegium Helveticum Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Global Governance, ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Swiss Task Force Gene Technology Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
European Molecular Biology Organisation Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ICIS, Maastricht University Netherlands (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ecology BLW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
WWF Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Environmental Decisions, ETHZ Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Birdlife Switzerland Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ecologic Institute, Germany Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute for Biosafety of Genetically Modified Plants Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ProClim- Forum for Climate and Global Change Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Global Risk Forum GRF Davos Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
InterNutrition Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Regionalplanung Zürich und Umgebung Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute for Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Oxfam Novib Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Environmental and Production Economics, University of Bonn Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Swiss Academy of Sciences Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Forschungszentrum Jülich Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
FIAN, Geneva Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
InterNutrition Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Research station ART of Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Mercator Foundation Switzerland Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Plant Nutrition, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Environmental Affairs; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bioeconomy Science Center, Germany Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Festel Capital Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan (USA) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
SBV, Swiss farmers’ association Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Landscape Dynamics Swiss Federal Institute WSL Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Global Economic and Environment Programme, IUCN Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Overseas Development Institute Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
European Plant Science Organisation Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Food Economics and Food Policy, University Kiel Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
cantonal council Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
CGIAR, Kopenhagen Sweden (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ETH Corporate Communications Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Brandeis University, Waltham (USA) United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
transdisciplinarity net Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Minu Hemmati, independent coaching and consulting Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Open University, UK Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dept. of Political Sciences, UZH Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Syngenta AG Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Stanford University; School of Earth Sciences United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
quadra gmbh; Landschaftsplanung Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Jacopo Pasotti, independent scientific journalist Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bioversity International, Rome Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Vision Landwirtschaft Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Foresight & Policy Development Department AIT Austrian Institute of Technology Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Pro Natura Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Syngenta AG Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ecologic Institute Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Universität Jena Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Plants for the Future Technology Platform Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
PSC Sympoisum - Understanding Plant Phenotypes Poster 07.10.2011 Zürich, Switzerland Dahinden Manuela; Paschke Melanie; Buchmann Nina; Schmid Bernhard; Boller Thomas; Pfisterer Andrea; Grossniklaus Ueli;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Lehrveranstaltung: Communicating Science 05.03.2013 Zürich, Switzerland
Symposium: Plants Replacing Fossil Fuels 08.11.2012 Zürich, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Stakeholder Engagement 25.09.2012 Zurich, Switzerland
PhD Symposium 09.05.2012 Zürich, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Building Political Support 18.04.2012 Zürich, Bern, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Evidence-Based Policymaking 01.03.2012 Zurich, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Communicating Science 27.09.2011 Zürich, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Stakeholder Engagement 02.03.2011 Zürich, Switzerland
Lehrveranstaltung: Evidence-Based Policy Making 30.09.2010 Zürich, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Gut gerüstet für die Praxis UZH Journal German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media IDP Bridging Plant Science & Policy – A new and innovative doctoral program PSC Newsletter 24 German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Other activities Neues Doktoratsprogramm 'Science & Policy' für alle Naturwissenschaften, anlässlich LS2-Symposium de German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media PhD fellows are bridging sciences and policy PSC-Newsletter 22 German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Plant Science & Policy expanded to Science & Policy PSC-Newsletter 24 German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Summer School zum Thema Bioökonomie: Jeder hat etwas anderes im Kopf UZH News German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: radio, television “Changement climatique: certaines plantes souffrent, d'autres en profitent” Radio La Voix du Vietnam (VOV World)  International 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Impact des changements climatiques sur la distribution de la végétation de montagne: comprendre le P International 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Knowledge through networking International Innovation International 2012
Media relations: radio, television Le passé, le présent et l'avenir de la flore des Alpes TV8 mont-blanc about « Les rendez-vous du CREA ».  Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: radio, television RTS La 1ère: Devine qui vient dîner RTS La 1èr Western Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Working in science or policy – or both? EPSO News 29 International 2012
Media relations: print media, online media 1st Plant Sciences and Policy Workshop: Evidence-Based Policy Making PSC-Newsletter 18 German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media ETNA Summer School 2011 EPSO News 20 International 2011
Media relations: print media, online media Exzellenter Nachwuchs Mercator News German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media Four new PhD students to link plant science with policy PSC-Newsletter 20 German-speaking Switzerland 2011
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) GVO? Forschung in der Schweiz – Stehen wir am offenen Grab des Stakeholder Dialogs? German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media Pflanzenwissenschaftler zwischen Forschung und Politik Mercator News German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media PhD Program Plant Sciences and Policy PSC-Newsletter 19 German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media Success at the PSC-ETNA Summer School 2011: Aspects of Food Security! EPSO News 23 International 2011
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) The PhD Program for forward-looking students SPSW Newsletter 1 Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media Transdisciplinary summer school on “Food Security” shows importance of the interface of “Plant Scien td-Info German-speaking Switzerland 2011
Media relations: print media, online media New PhD Program “Plant Sciences and Policy” PSC-Newsletter 17 German-speaking Switzerland 2010
Media relations: print media, online media Zurich – Basel Plant Science Center and the Mercator Foundation launch new PhD Fellowships in Plant EPSO News 19 International 2010

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
137132 Plant competitive interactions under soil nutrient transport limitation 01.09.2011 ProDoc
137084 Adaptation and biodiversity in alpine habitats - integrating genomic and ecological perspectives 01.07.2012 ProDoc
132479 Biodiversity and Functioning of Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Developing the Science for Evidence-Based Policy 01.03.2011 ProDoc
165891 Host services of the native plant root microbiota 01.01.2017 Project funding (Div. I-III)
137058 Plant Reproductive Isolation: from Mechanisms to Evolution 01.01.2012 ProDoc
137136 Soil Biodiversity and Functioning of Agricultural Ecosystems: Developing Science for Evidence Based Policy 01.01.2012 ProDoc
139921 PSC Plant Science Family Program 01.05.2012 Agora
132562 Forest ecosystem responses to climatic drivers 01.02.2011 ProDoc
132471 Effects of climate change on past, recent, and future biodiversity of alpine/arctic plants: Integrative evidence from phylogenies, population genetics, ecological niche modelling and new insights for conservation 01.02.2011 ProDoc

Abstract

Current times are of great political significance for plant scientists. The effects of climate change, increasing food prices and loss of biodiversity confront almost every country with new challenges. Governments are requested to formulate new policies e.g. for preserving natural habitats, enforcing sustainable agriculture and mitigating the predicted long-term consequences of climate change. Plant scientists, on the contrary, are asked to provide the necessary scientific advice. This might include scientific perceptions and models assessing environmental problems or guidelines on which politicians can rely on. These are no easy tasks and require special skills and experiences. Plant scientists are asked to become interpreters of their scientific results to politics and public and to take a new role in social responsibility. The necessary competences, however, are not always given and young scientists need to develop them on their way of becoming independent researchers.This ProDoc PhD Program "Plant Sciences and Policy" was funded from 2009 - June 2013 through SNSF Prodoc.It has been led by Prof. Grossniklaus, UZH and Dr. Dahinden and Dr. Paschke, managing directors of the PSC. It has been expanded as "Science and Policy" to include PhD students from several disciplines of life sciences. It is accepted as a structured training program by the Universities of Zurich, Basel and ETH Zurich. The PSC PhD Program in "Science and Policy" offers block courses for obtaining skills and tools for policy-work exploring the trajectory of policy work from evidence-based policy making to stakeholder engagement, communicating science, buliding political support and contributing to a policy action plan. Linked to RMs, the program offered the scientists the possibility to share results with policy-implementing organisation by including them in a stakeholder process and preparing a synthesis of their work. Also the program allowed to share and build networks (see output data).The learning objectives of the program are:(*) understanding the context of policy-work in Switzerland and on international level;(*) learning how to apply tools used to facilitate and support policy-making; (*) developing communication skills, including the ability to present scientific results to different interest groups;(*) developing skills in stakeholder management; (*) developing networking skills with national and international NGOs, organizations and governmental departments; and(*) developing scientific responsibility.In the program, the PSC collaborates currently with 80 national NGOs and organizations who are involved in policy work related to plant sciences (see output data).With the PSC “Plant Science and Policy” doctoral programme has raised awareness of the importance of plant sciences for sustainable development of our society. By disseminating good practices, stimulating education and research, and promoting policy debate and development we aimed to advance postgraduate education and at the same time foster tolerance, and diminish barriers between science and society. The transdiciplinary approach of the doctoral programme was of a pioneering character in the Swiss higher education. We will follow the career trajectories of the PhD students in the doctoral programme “PSC Plant Sciences and Policy” and look forward to see them working in the following areas: (*) Environment ministries and agencies, e.g. Federal Offices for Agriculture and for Environment;(*) National research promotion institutions, e.g. the SNSF and the four academies of science; (*) Trade ministries and chambers of commerce, judiciary; and(*) NGOs, science advisory committees, governmental research institutes, learned societies, consultancy firms, and think tanks.The PhD program has been established by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC). Founded in 1998, the PSC advocates plant research and education for more than 10 years. The PSC is a competence center of plant scientists based at three universities in Switzerland: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, the University of Zurich and the University of Basel, representing more than 700 scientists, including 200 PhD students. Our overarching objective is to provide a career structure which enhances the status and attractiveness of a research career in plant sciences and to create conditions whereby researchers can contribute to sustainable development.
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