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PSC Plant Science Family Program

English title PSC Plant Science Family Program
Applicant Grossniklaus Ueli
Number 139921
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Institut für Pflanzen- und Mikrobiologie Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Molecular Biology
Start/End 01.05.2012 - 31.10.2015
Approved amount 206'807.00
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All Disciplines (7)

Discipline
Molecular Biology
Botany
Agricultural and Forestry Sciences
Ecology
Biochemistry
Genetics
Environmental Research

Keywords (6)

young people; Family expeditions; science education; plant breeding; global change; plant invasion

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
With both, our children and scientific research in plant sciences we invest in our future. PSC Plant Science Family Program is a new family-oriented outreaching program that the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) has initiated between 2013 - 2014 to make the sentence above alive.
Lay summary

With both, our children and scientific research in plant sciences we invest in our future. PSC Plant Science Family Program is a new family-oriented outreaching program that the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) has initiated between 2013 - 2015 to make the sentence above alive.

The program aimed to make the research of our network accessible, to inspire young people to pursue a scientific career and to raise awareness for plant-relevant issues and their importance for everyday life.

From 2013  - 2014 the PSC carried out 7 expeditions and 8 workshops and 7 classroom trainings with a number of participants of +520.  Topics of the expedition were: “Plant Breeding for the Future”, “Dealing with Global Change in the Swiss Alps” and “Understanding Plant Invasion” to raise awareness about current trends and challenges in plant science research. We wanted to show the young people (age 8  – 16) and their families how plant scientist work. The  expeditions included Student Labs, Experiments, Future Workshops and a Geocaching Trail. Together plant scientists, the young people and their families spent between 1 - 2 days carrying out several scientific experiments and both part contributing to an open bi-directional dialogue in a very intense level of exchange.

The 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.

Program development was carried out by Dr. Melanie Paschke and Dr. Manuela Dahinden.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 15.02.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Goldschmidt-Perron, University of Geneva Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Basler, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dahinden, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Randin, University of Basel, Schweiz Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Keller, Institute of Plant Biology, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Liebst, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Wyss, GLOBE /Phaenonet Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Sollberger, Pro Juventute Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Viviani, Stiftung Science et Cite Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Inauen, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Arnaiz, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Vogler, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Erhardt, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Broggini, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bachmann-Gerber, Stiftung Feriengestaltung Schweiz Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Jänsch, Agroscope Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Rusterholz, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Kellerhals, Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil ACW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Vonau, Schulferienprogram Stadt Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Nyffeler, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Patocchi, Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil ACW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Lehmann, Herbarium Botanical Garden Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Krattinger, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Hall, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Alexander, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Frankhauser, Universty of Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Christen, Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil ACW Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Fischlin, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Hiltbrunner, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Paschke, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Hilbeck, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Bolliger-Flury, Biohof Rigi Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Spehn, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Grieder, Agroscope Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Landwher, Migros bugnplay Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Kueffer; ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Metzger, Stiftung Zürcher Schulferienlager ZSF Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Körner, Botanical Institute, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Leupp, Treffpunkt Science City, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Messmer, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions "Exotisches Pflänzchen selbstgebaut" (Family Workshop) German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Alpine Pflanzen im Wandel: Klima- und Landnutzungsänderungen erforschen, Expedition German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Ecophysiology, Teacher Training Workshop Western Switzerland 2014
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Experimente ind en Pflanzenwissenschaften für Familien und Schulklassen German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Fascination of Plants Day: Vom Protein zum Stammbaum, School Class Training German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions From Protein to Phylogenetic Tree, School Class Training German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Neophyten- Wanderung - On the trail of invasive (and non-invasive) plants German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Pflanzen Cyanotypie: Fotogramm mit Sonnenlicht, Familiy Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Pflanzen und Technik Workshop "Mimose Selbstgebaut" German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Pflanzen und Technik Workshop "Mimose Selbstgebaut", Family Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Workshop "Auch Pflanzen lieben Zucker", Family Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Ausschreibung für Workshop mit TüftelLabor Fit & Ferien Programmhef, alle Haushalte mit schulpflichtigne Kindern German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Expeditionen zu den Pflanzenwissenschaften German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Expeditionen zu den Pflanzenwissenschaften, Electronic Flyer (pdf) CH, zueritipp German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Expeditionen zu den Pflanzenwissenschaften, Eventankündigung CH, Landwirtschaft.ch German-speaking Switzerland 2013
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Facebook Page: Plant Science Expeditions German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Fascination of Plants Day: Evolution von Broccoli und anderen Brassicaceen, School Class Training German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Fascination of Plants Day: Pflanzensammlung im Kunst und Wissenschaft, Family Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Geocaching am Furkapass mit Phaenonet German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Introduction to PSC Geocaching, Poster at ScienceComm Conference 2013 Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Mimosa selbstgebaut, Workshop mit TüftelLabor Fit & Ferien Programmheft German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Neophyten auf der Spur, Expedition German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Pflanzenzüchtung für die Zukunft: Apfelforschung zum Anbeissen, Expedition German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Pflanzenzüchtung für die Zukunft: Gute Gene - gutes Brot? , Expedition German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Plant Phylogeny, Teacher Training Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Plant Phylogeny, Teacher Training Workshop Western Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Science info days for high school students - Von Neophyten bis GMOs, Risikopflanzen?, Science Fair German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Scientifica - Von Neophyten bis GMOs, Risikopflanzen?, Installation and science cafes German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Shaping our Future Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Wet-hacking: Plant, technology and art workshop for teenagers, Family Workshop German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Wirkungsmessungen für extracurriculäre Lernaktivitäten?, Workshop at ScienceComm Conference 2013 Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2013
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Wordpress Blog: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center International German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Workshop zum International Tag der Pflanze 18.05.2013 Moonwalk.ch German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Exkursionen zu den Pflanzenwissenschaften, Presentation at ScienceComm Conference 2012 Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2012
Media relations: print media, online media Plant Science Expeditions, Editorial PSC Newsletter 22 German-speaking Switzerland 2012

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
124809 The ecological and socio-economic consequences of land transformation in alpine regions: an interdisciplinary assessment and VALuation of current changes in the Ursern Valley, key region in the Swiss central Alps 01.04.2009 Interdisciplinary projects
128057 Mountain biodiversity in the Caucasus and its functional significance 01.12.2009 SCOPES
171682 PSC Creative Camps for Youth 01.04.2017 Agora
127227 PSC "Plant Sciences and Policy" 01.11.2009 ProDoc
125783 Cassava Biotechnology: Solutions for Africa 01.12.2009 International Exploratory Workshops
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
127061 Molecular analysis of both broad-spectrum and specific fungal disease resistance in wheat 01.01.2010 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

With both, our children and scientific research in plant sciences we invest in our future. PSC Plant Science Family Program is a family-oriented outreaching program that the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) has initiated between 2013 - 2015 to make the sentence above alive. The program aimed to make the research of our network accessible, to inspire young people to pursue a scientific career and to raise awareness for plant-relevant issues and their importance for everyday life. With the PSC Family Program, the PSC wanted to cumulate its various outreach activities in a format that is dedicated towards a target group with large multiplier effect for the future: the younger generation.From 2013 - 2014 the PSC carried out 7 expeditions and 8 workshops and 7 classroom trainings with a number of participants of +520. Topics of the expedition were: “Plant Breeding for the Future”, “Dealing with Global Change in the Swiss Alps” and “Understanding Plant Invasion” to raise awareness about current trends and challenges in plant science research. We wanted to show the young people (age 8 - 16) and their families how plant scientist work. The 1- to 2-day expeditions included Student Labs, Experiments, Future Workshops and a Geocaching Trail. Together plant scientists, the young people and their families spent between 1 - 2 days carrying out several scientific experiments and both part contributing to an open bi-directional dialogue in a very intense level of exchange.Additionally the PSC also contributed within the program to International Fascination of Plant Days (2012, 2013, 2014). Due to the high awareness of the public towards this day we used the opportunity to link our family workshops and classroom training within this channel focusing on both AGORA topics: plant breeding and global change and its implications.An important additional opportunity to present current research on the topic of plant breeding was our involvement in Scientifica 2013 with more than +3000 participants presenting the discussion around modern plant breeding methods in a science café.The 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.Program development was carried out by Dr. Melanie Paschke and Dr. Manuela Dahinden.
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