Boosting technology transfer and responsible research and innovation in plant sciences


PlantHUB Doctoral Program

PlantHUB was an European Industrial Doctoral Programme (EID) funded by the H2020 PROGRAMME Marie Curie Actions – People, Initial Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016) from December 2016 until November 2020. The programme is managed by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.

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. The programme addressed 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 PhD students were enrolled at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich or University of Basel, corresponding to their supervisors' lab affiliations. Candidates participated in the PSC PhD Program Plant Sciences.

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

Contact: Romy Kohlmann,  PlantHUB program officer