National Research Networks
This initiative aims to generate strategies, tools, methods, processes, and products in order to promote healthy eating habits with sustainable food production.
The University of Zurich established own University Research Priority Programs (URPP). It builds on in-house research expertise. The programs are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty and promote collaboration within the university, while supporting the career development of young researchers. Current (and former) URPPs:
International Research Networks
Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission. This project aims to bring together European countries to identify, prioritise and deliver the research needed to meet agricultural challenges.
ERA-CAPS promote sustainable collaboration in plant sciences through coordinating and funding excellent transnational research.
This initiative aims to provide a working interface between agriculture, bio-economy, science and others at EU, national and regional level.
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level.
ETPs are industry-led stakeholder fora charged with defining research priorities in a broad range of technological areas.
- Plants for the Future European Technology Platform
- European Technology Platform Food for Life
- Sustainable Chemistry Technology Platform
- Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform
- Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform
- European Biofuels Technology Platform
- Agricultural Engineering Technology Platform
The GMO ERA Project is an initiative driven by public sector scientists, most of whom have expertise in environmental science, as well as biotechnology and socioeconomics. The project has identified and developed scientific methodologies and teaching tools for environmental risk assessment (ERA) and management of transgenic plants.
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Completed Research Collaborations
With respect to the application potential of plant biotechnology in Switzerland, this program studied the benefits and risks of biotechnology. This NRP also examined risk management at the legal, political and administrative levels. Program completed in 2013.