proceedings of the Response Summer School 2021

Summer schools can enrich the learning experience of participants as we show in the proceedings of the Response Summer School 2021: Responsible Research, Innovation  and Transformation in Food, Plant and Energy Sciences.

How can we teach PhD student’s ways to generate varieties of transformative solutions to urgencies ahead?

It is a summary of the learning journeys of the participants on the five case studies: Digital technologies for urban micro farms, circular approaches in the food system, vertical farming, sustainable and resilient energy, food and biodiversity landscapes, stewardship of land use change?

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Citation: Response Summer School «Responsible Research, Innovation and Transformation in Food, Plant and Energy Sciences» Learning Journey and Reflection. Melanie Paschke (ed.). Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, 2021. With contributions by: Manuel Belanche Guadas, Linda Brodnicke, Dusan Denic, Danli Fei, Linda Frattini, Laurent Giguère, Reah Gonzales, Monika Katarzyna Goralczyk, Katharina Jung, Xeniya Kim, Simon Landauer, Yuanyuan Liang, Alberto Linares Quiros, Simone Markoff, Bessie Noll, Dabwiso Sakala, Fei Wu, and Francesca Zuffa:                                        


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Politikstipendien für Wissenschaftlerinnen oder Wissenschaftler

Die Stiftung wissenschaftliche Politikstipendien vergibt per September 2022 zwei Politikstipendien für junge Wissen­schaftler­innen oder Wissenschaftler. Die Stipendien ermöglichen Abgängerinnen und Abgängern von Schweizer Hochschulen aller Fachbereiche und Disziplinen, die politischen Prozesse im Schweizer Parlament kennenzulernen. Für ein Jahr unterstützen Sie die Arbeit der Parlamentsdienste im Bundeshaus in Bern. Die Bewerbungsfrist läuft bis zum 15. März 2022. Weiter (externer Link)

PSC Summer School 2021

We again have 1 place available. For registration contact directly:

For conditions and program check: For conditions and program check here

We are happy to announce that Alessandra Schmidt from FabLab Barcelona joined the summer school speakers list giving inspiration:

Food citizenship: Co-creation of community-driven technologies.

FabLab Barcelona is an innovation centre that is allowing co-creation of food-related innovation with citizen.

This practice example is related to a case study that participants will work on: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES IN MICRO FARMS: HOW CAN THEY LINK FARMERS AND (URBAN) COMMUNITIES?

Photo: CIFOR FORETS, Pisciculture in Bengamisa – DRC. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR:

Summer School Registration OPEN: Responsible Research and Innovation in Food, Plant and Energy system Science

13–17 September, 2021 – Wislikofen, Switzerland

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Food and energy are the great challenges for modern societies, both producing enough for the growing world population as well as producing and distributing them environmentally friendly, fair and equitable. Their footprint on land, biodiversity, ecosystems, water, soil and their impact on climate is enormous.

In this summer school, we will implement the Responsible Research and Innovation framework to exemplary case studies addressing sustainable food systems, sustainable transition pathways in the energy sector; and sustainable land use decisions. Participants in teams work on case studies, they define the problem in the societal context, develop prototypes following value-based and human centered design approaches to the problem or develop a social practice theory and change hypothesis for setting their prototypes into practise.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the summer school, participants will:
• Understand the responsible research and innovation (RRI) framework and its application in research.
• Design their own responsible research and innovation process including public engagement and participation formats.
• Know how to carry out ethical inquiry and a value-based design processes.
• Be able to apply design thinking.
• Can implement formats of social and transformative learning in their research processes.


Call 4 for PhD applications within the RESPONSE Doctoral Programme «to society and policy needs through plant, food and energy sciences»

RESPONSE DP is offering 6 early-stage researcher’s positions for 36 months (100%) at the interface of science and policy, as well as science and innovation at one of the three world-leading academic host organization – ETH Zurich.

RESPONSE DP will train ESRs to reflect on their role as scientists in society, contributing with evidence to policymaking and to build capacities to address global challenges in the areas of sustainable food systems, sustainable energy systems and sustainable land use decisions.

For more information about RESPONSE, open positions and further steps (i.e. submit your application), have a look at:

ETH Zurich and University of Zurich are dedicated to promoting the role of women in science, and, therefore, explicitly invites women to apply.

Einkaufsplanung, Food Waste und Dialog im Quartier

In zwei Artikel des Guardian (hier und hier)  wird auf den Zusammenhang von Food Waste und den Pandemiebestimmungen in UK eingegangen:

Während dem ersten Lock Down sind die Food Waste Zahlen stark gesunken, hauptsächlich auf Grund einer besseren Einkaufsplanung und weil wenig auswärts gegessen wurde. Danach stiegen die Zahlen wieder an, haben aber nicht das Niveau von 2019 erreicht.

An der Veranstaltung Dialog im Quartier – Essen ohne Food Waste vom 16. April 2021, 15.30 – 18:00, GZ Buchegg stehen Haltbarkeitsdatum, Einkaufsplanung und kreative Ansätze zur Vermeidung von Food Waste im Haushalt im Mittelpunkt.

Weitere Veranstaltungen:

Lokale Nahrungsversorgung mitgestalten, 5. März 2021, 15:30 – 18:00 Uhr, online

Meine Ernährung, meine Entscheidungen, mein gesunder Planet, 28. Mai 2021, 15:30 – 18:00 Uhr, online

Dialog im Quartier ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe des PSC, die Experten und Quartierbevölkerung zusammenbringt.

Engaging in a Science and Policy Dialogue