IDP BRIDGES is an Innovative Doctoral Program. It currently supports 14 PhD students who work in the most challenging areas of plant sciences. The program has two thematic areas: “Maintaining plant production for food through the advanced use of technologies” and “Ensuring sustainable land use and environmental protection”.
IDP BRIDGES aims to shape a new generation of academics, training them to push the boundaries of research and to put science-policy dialogue into action. Scholars in the program will develop skills in balancing rigorous scientific processes, evidence-based policy making, participatory processes in policy, evaluation of value judgments, and communicating risks and uncertainties. The PhD fellows are enrolled in the PhD Program Science & Policy. In addition to participating in the program’s science-policy training workshops, the students will receive tandem supervision by researchers in the PSC network and by representatives of policy-implementing organizations. Targeted internships will further broaden the scope of the PhDs, allowing students to translate scientific results into outcomes at the science-policy or science-innovation interface.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no PITN-GA-2013-608422 – IDP BRIDGES. It is administered by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.
The Training Program
Program Administration and Contact
IDP BRIDGES students are enrolled at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich or University of Basel, corresponding to their supervisors' lab affiliations. Candidates participate in the PSC PhD Program Science and Policy.
As part of each PhD research project, students complete internships of 2-6 months in Switzerland, Europe, USA, Africa or Asia.
For questions regarding the program, please contact the program officer: