Training

The Training of the PhD program Science and Policy

The PhD Program Science and Policy is a cutting-edge PhD Program with high-quality transdisciplinary skills training.

The  natural, life and engineering sciences have strong implications  for political topics, e.g. in the fields of sustainable development, adaptation and mitigation potentials in the light of climate change, and genetically modified  organisms. As a young researcher, you may perceive a gap between research and its implementation in these domains, and you may be wondering how this gap could be bridged.

Are you interested in how to involve different stakeholder groups in the decision-making process? How scientific evidence is created and communicated to different actors in the policy-making process, and why some topics do not make it to the political agenda?  Would you like to learn to build communication strategies for different target groups?  Interested in knowing more about the main actors in the policy-making process in Switzerland and abroad? Then, join the PhD Program on Science & Policy!

For program registration, please contact: psc_phdprogram@ethz.ch

This program has been approved as a structured training program by the University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich, as well as the Zurich Life Science Graduate School.

Upcoming Science and Policy Workshops and Courses

Course registration: https://www.ethz.ch/services/en/service/courses-continuing-education.html

NOTE: PSC switched its course registration to the ETH Zurich course registration system (Courses, continuing education). Choose ► Plant Sciences from the drop down list

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Basic Lecture in Policy Science: Introduction to Political Sciences, Spring 2020

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Science & Policy Workshop A: Evidence-based Policy-making, Fall 2020

Science & Policy Workshop B: Stakeholder Engagement, Fall 2020

Science & Policy Workshop C: Communicating Sciences, Spring 2020

Science & Policy Workshop D: Building Political Support, Spring 2020

Science & Policy Workshop E: Contributing to Policy Action – Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties, Fall 2019

Science & Policy Workshop F: Understanding Policy Evaluation, Fall 2019

Science & Policy Workshop (Training): Scenario-building and modelling, Fall 2019

PSC Summer Schools

PSC Summer School 2018 – Responsible Research and Innovation in Plant Sciences

Social transformation through innovation and research are key elements in the discussion on how the global community could overcome its complex problems related to environmental and economic constraints in a resource-limited world. Innovation conflicts arise when transformation is mainly technological driven and not integrating ethical, legal and social issues. In response, scientists are asked to take a role in science-in-society dialogue.

Invited quest speakers are: Christian Pohl, D-USYS td-Lab, ETH Zurich, CH; Daan Schuurbiers, De Proeffabriek, NL; Grégory Grin, Fri Up, CH; Bernadette Oehlen, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH; Foteini Zampati, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, GODAN, UK; Eduardo Perez, World Food System Center, ETH Zurich, CH; Jochen Markard, Sustainability and Technology within the Dept of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zurich, CH; Melanie Paschke, University of Zurich, CH, etc.

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PSC Summer School 2017 – Understanding Risks and Resilience in Plant Systems

With humankind leaving the planetary boundaries and the safe operating space, systemic risks have become frequent: our climate system is approaching a new state. Biodiversity losses are endangering ecosystem services; pests are globally spreading and threatening our food security.This summer school deals with complex system and systemic risks. The range of topics spans from plant sciences to economy with a focus on modeling from the mathematical background to complex ecological models. Research and case studies are from climate change, ecosystem research, epidemiology, agriculture and economics with strong links to plant sciences.

Invited quest speakers are: Pia-Johanna Schweizer, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Berlin, Germany; Melanie Paschke, PSC, Switzerland; Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, USA; Adam Clark, University of Minnesota, USA; Chris Gilligan, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom;  Christophe Randin, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Robert Finger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland; Matthew Barbour, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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Past Workshop and Courses

Science & Policy Workshop A: Evidence-based Policy-making (…, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Science & Policy Workshop B: Stakeholder Engagement (…, 2016, 2017, 2019)

Science & Policy Workshop C: Communicating Sciences (…, 2017, 2018)

Science & Policy Workshop D: Building Political Support (…, 2017, 2018)

Science and Policy Workshop E: Contributing to Policy Action – Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties (2012, 2016, 2018)

Science and Policy Workshop F: Understanding Policy Evaluation (2016, 2018)

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Basic Lecture in Policy Science: Introduction to Political Sciences (…, 2016, 2018)

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Science & Policy Workshop (Training): Scenario-building and modelling, Scenario-building and modelling (2016)

Science & Policy Workshop (Training): System Thinking, System thinking (2017)

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Woman in Science (2015, 2018)