PSC Mentoring services

PhD students and Post docs are welcome to join the PSC mentoring program that supplements the PSC training programs.

The PSC Mentoring for Research Impact Initiative aims to help students tapping into existing resources and optimizing their efforts in career development, teaching, science communication, and policy impact.

One-to-one mentoring

Devang at Scientifica

Brown Bag Lunch Events


This is is to present a menu of opportunities to PhD students and Post Docs to either gain or apply skills that will extend the reach of their research.

Contact: Sandrine Gouinguené

Company visits

Since 2015 our visits to various companies acting in the plant science sector offer the opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from human resources and from the R&D departments. Participants get a chance to present their research.

Contact: Sandrine Gouinguené

Past events


• Industry visit: Frutarom, Wädenswil, Laufen, 7 November. Established in 1933, Frutarom is a rapidly growing global flavor and fine ingredients company. It is rated among the ten leading companies in the world in the field of flavors & fragrances. The site in Wädenswil focuses on health solutions. Here, plants are important for the creation of new ingredients.


• Science & Policy Mentoring: Careers in Science or Policy, or both? (Sep 20 to Dec 6)

This course offers a perspective on possible career paths at the interface of science with policy. It is structured as input-talks, followed by discussion rounds. Recent graduates also from the PSC PhD program “Science and Policy” as well as more mature professionals will be invited, representing career paths in government, politics, NGOs or private companies. Guest speakers: Simon Briner (FOAG); Franziska Humair (FOEN); Claudia Boelter (KWS SAAT AG); Sabine Perch-Nielsen (Ernst Basler + Partner); François Meienberg (Berne Declaration); Friedrich Wulf (Pro Natura, Friends of the Earth); Dominik Klauser (Syngenta Foundation); Eva Spehn (SCNAT); Michele Garfinkel (EMBO); Thomas Marty (Berinfor AG); Thomas Brooks (IUCN) and Claude Garcia (ETHZ, CIRAD).


Welcome event for new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (Sept 7)


• Industry visit: Ricola, Laufen, 16 June 2016.

Opportunioty to visit the family company of the most famous swiss sweet. The group visited the production site and packaging site as well as the herb center where the famous 13 herbs are processed before extration.


• Diversity Management course: 24–25 May 2016,
How do you manage the diversity of staff in your research group, how do you deal with gender and cultural differences? How do you build a good working atmosphere to  boost the performance of your group? Lecturers: Dr Hilde Janssens (trainer & consultant in science, Austria) and Dr Monika Clausen (Dr Monika Clausen & Netzwerkpartner, Switzerland).

Target audience:  Advanced postdocs, group leaders, starting group leaders and junior principal investigators.


• Lunch Brown Bag: How to prepare for an ERC grant application in 2017 with Switzerland as a Third Party (March 29), with Dr Andrea Degen, Eurelations AG

• Lunch Brown Bag: How to apply for a job in the Industry (March 1), with Roger Gfrörer from the Career Service UZH


Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (Sept 15)

Industry visit KWS, Einbeck, Germany (Sept 9-11)

PSC Syngenta Symposium, included a visit of the Syngenta facilities, Stein, Switzerland (August 27)


Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at ETH Zurich & University of Zurich (Oct 2)

Welcome to new PSC PhD Students at University of Basel (Nov 12)

Lunchtime Workshop - Accessing resources to improve teaching skills;
how to get meaningful experience (Oct 14)

Lunchtime Workshop - Introduction to PhD Program in Science and Policy (Oct 21)