Networking is essential to our mission. We collaborate with universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and industry partners, as a key element in scientific advancement. This list highlights some of our recent working partners.

Swiss Plant Science Web (SPSW)

The SPSW is the umbrella organization for research and education in academic plant science in Switzerland. It is composed of three regional university networks with more than 130 research group leaders:

  • ALPS - Arc lémanique plant science – Universities of Geneva and Lausanne
  • BeNeFri Network - Universities of Berne, Neuchâtel, and Fribourg
  • Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center - Universities of Zurich and Basel, and ETH Zurich

RESPONSE Doctoral Program

The RESPONSE Doctoral Programme (DP) «RESPONSE - to society and policy needs through plant, food and energy sciences» is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 847585. 

Up to 35 fellowships can be co-funded at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel - and the three internationally renowned competence centers Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC), the World Food System Center and Energy Science Center


JRC-PSC Collaborative Doctoral Program

Within the JRC-PSC Collaborative Doctoral Program ETH Zurich and University of Zurich can each host 5 PhD students in the topics:

- Soil and land use change


- Bio-economy and forests

PlantHUB Doctoral Program

PlantHUB is an European Industrial Doctoral Programme (EID) funded by the H2020 PROGRAMME Marie Curie Actions - Peopole, Initial Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016).

From December 2016 until November 2020 PlantHUB offered training to 10 PhD students in skills and competencies necessary to apply responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the area of plant breeding and production.

As an ITN program, 50% of the PhD time was spent in a partnering industry company in Europe:

CARLSBERG GROUP, Carlsberg Research Laboratory (Denmark)

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (Germany)

BASECLEAR BV (The Netherlands)



IDP BRIDGES Innovative Doctoral Program

IDP BRIDGES is an Innovative Doctoral Program funded by the Seveth Framework Programme (FP7) Marie Curie Actions - People, Initional Training Networks (ITN).

From November 2013 until October 2017  a total of 14 PhD students were supported, who work in the most challenging areas of plant sciences at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel.

The PhD students received tandem supervision by researchers in the PSC network and by representatives of policy-implementing organizations in Switzerland, Europe, USA, Africa or Asia.

PLANT FELLOWS Post Doctoral Program

PLANT FELLOWS is an international Postdoc fellowship program coordinated by the PSC. The program supported scholars from around the world between 2012-2016; 13 European and 7 international research institutions and 3 industry partners acted as host organisations. PLANT FELLOWS provided some 60 fellowships, training, and mentoring.

The European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)

EPSO, the European Plant Science Organisation, is an independet academic organisation currently representing 69 institutional members bringing together more than 200 research institutes, departments and universities from 31 countries in Europe and beyond.

EPSO's mission is to improve the impact and visibility of plant science in Europe.

EPSO's top priorities are to provide advice on science policy towards a strategic approach and critical mass funding for basic and applied research across Europe, to coordinate research activities at the national and European levels - and beyond, and to facilitate the understanding of plant science.