Charcoal Chronicles: Navigating Environmental Sustainability and Societal Needs in sub-Saharan Africa

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In the vast expanse of sub-Saharan Africa, trees sustain the timeless tradition of producing charcoal; the very charcoal used to grill food at barbecues. Charcoal is a vital energy source fueling households and industries. Having said that, this seemingly innocuous practice of burning wood in a kiln comes at a hefty price tag. Converting trees to charcoal disrupts the delicate balance of carbon in ecosystems, with consequences that reverberate far beyond the local landscape.

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New Course Offer – Capacity Building Workshop on Effective Science-Policy Collaboration in Biodiversity Management

Are you interested in biodiversity management and conservation at the global, national, cantonal, and municipal level? Are you interested in how integrating scientific research results into the decision-making process and engaging at the science and policy interface successfully? If yes, join our upcoming science and policy workshop.

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Providing genomic resources for important forage grasses

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Forage grasses are the primary source of roughage for ruminant livestock and substantially contribute to sustainable milk and meat production. Cultivars adapted to specific environments and management conditions are needed to produce the required amounts of high-quality roughage. Moreover, there is a need to efficiently breed for novel forage grass cultivars to mitigate challenges emerging through climate change and to facilitate sustainable and productive agriculture. 

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Towards Circular Nutrient Economy in Agriculture

Agriculture is facing a major challenge of feeding the growing world population. Since the green revolution, the abundant use of fertilizers has been widely regarded as a fundamental tool to address this challenge. Switzerland’s agriculture, on average, has used excessive amounts of fertilizers at relatively low efficiency, indicating the need to improve the nutrient use efficiency of Swiss agricultural production.

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Online Information Event: Get to know the PhD Program in Science and Policy

Did you already think about the impact you could have in your research field on policy-making and you want to learn how to achieve this? Are you enthusiastic to learn about new tools and competencies for successful engagement and communication at the science and policy interface? If yes, join the PhD Program in Science and Policy of ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel.

For March 13, 2024 (1-2 pm, online) we cordially invite PhD students (ETHZ (incl ETH Domain), UZH, Uni Basel), PhD candidates, PhD supervisors and science and policy enthusiasts getting to know our team, our vision, the PhD program and our alumni.

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Improving sustainability through canteen policies and interventions at three Swiss universities

In this report, we summarize the efforts to reduce GHG emissions in the community catering of three Swiss universities: University of Zurich, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich and University of Basel. We present possible interventions and policies implemented in the canteens and discuss the impacts of these interventions in the institutional environments. Finally, we arrive at some recommendations for further action.

García Rosa, A.V., Scharte, M., Paschke, M. (2023). Improving sustainability through canteen policies and interventions at three Swiss universities: ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel. Download the report (PDF)

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