Conferences and Symposia


Each year the PSC organizes a scientific symposium that focuses on a major topic in the plant sciences. During the conference, invited scientists from around the world interact with the PSC scientific community. In alternate years, PSC PhD students are responsible for the symposium topic and organisation.

Past PSC Symposia

Public round tables

The PSC and its Science and Policy PhD Program, organizes public round tables and panel discussions. Here, scientists, policy makers, and the general public meet to debate topics in plant sciences that are of relevance for policy issues and society at large.

Panel Discussion during EUCARPIA General Congress

Students of the PSC Science & Policy PhD Program were involved in the panel discussion at the EUCARPIA General Congress
Plant Breeding, the Art of Bringing Science to Life
29 Aug – 1 Sep 2016, ETH Zurich

Innovation vs. Regulation – Facilitating access to germplasm and release of innovative cultivars

A compromise has to be found between innovative breeding strategies and ensuring cultivar reliability for growers and consumers within the scope of a regulatory framework. Emerging new techniques in breeding make it necessary to review existing regulations along the production chain, taking into account the interests and concerns of a diverging range of stakeholders: breeders and other holders of intellectual property rights, variety testers, seed producers and merchants, farmers, consumers and environmental agencies.

Previous Public Round Tables

Fachtagungen Dialog Grün

The PSC, in collaboration with the Collegium Helveticum, regularly organizes conferences at which scientists, journalists, policy makers, teachers and the general public meet to discuss the benefits and risks of new plant science related technologies and the resulting ecological, social and economic implications.  

The last Fachtagung "Neue Technologien im Pflanzenschutz" was held on 8 June 2016 at ETH Zurich.

These events are held in German language.

Note that the weblinks below lead to the German version of the PSC website.

Fachtagung 2016

Previous Fachtagungen