Boosting technology transfer and responsible research and innovation in plant sciences


PlantHUB Doctoral Program

PlantHUB is a new European Industrial Doctoral Programme (EID) funded by the H2020 PROGRAMME Marie Curie Actions – People, Initial Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016). The programme is managed by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.

PlantHUB offers 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. The programme addresses the demand for RRI leadership in plant science related research and diffusion of innovation.

Academic-Industry Collaboration


Academic interface


Industry interface

ETH Zurich


CARLSBERG GROUP, Carlsberg Research Laboratory (Denmark)

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (Germany)

University of Zurich (Switzerland)

BASECLEAR BV (The Netherlands)

Photon Systems Instruments (Czech Republic)

University of Basel (Switzerland)



Program Administration and Training

PlantHUB 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 Plant Sciences.

As an ITN program, 50% of the PhD time will be spent in a partnering industry company.

Contact: Romy Kohlmann,  PlantHUB program officer