National Research Networks
Soil as a Resource - NRP 68
This program aims to establish the principles for integrative, sustainable and resource-efficient soil management in Switzerland.
This initiative aims to generate strategies, tools, methods, processes, and products in order to promote healthy eating habits with sustainable food production.
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.
SystemsX.ch is the largest ever public research initiative in Switzerland, focused on a broad range of basic research in the field of systems biology.
University Research Priority Programs (URPP) build on research expertise already present at the university. They are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty and promote collaboration within the university, while supporting the career development of young researchers. Current URPPs:
As part of the platform 'Science and Policy' of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, the Swiss Biodiversity Forum is the national competence center for biodiversity research.
The WFS Center was established to build on the expertise at ETH Zurich and EAWAG to address challenges at the nexus of global food and nutrition security, food production and processing and environmental, economic and social wellbeing.
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.
This program is a cross-thematic ERA-NET spanning three FP7 themes: Agriculture and food supply; Environment and climate; and Information and Communication Technology.
A network of 21 research-funding agencies across 15 European countries, BiodivERsA coordinates national research programs on biodiversity across Europe and organizes international funding for research projects in this field.
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.
This network monitors and evaluates plant invasions into high mountain systems at a global scale, using broad surveys, standardized protocols and experiments in different mountain systems.
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.