PSC Mentoring services

PhD students and Post docs of the PSC are welcome to join our 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


Welcome to 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)