PlantHUB provides a PhD training programme at the interface of plant production and responsible innovation by placing promising research into the context of commercial exploitation. The non-academic partners offer formal and informal learning activities in R&D processes, industrial plant breeding and associated facilities and quality management.
All 10 PhD students are matriculated at ETH Zurich, UZH or UBASEL and enrolled in the three-year structured doctoral programme “PhD Programme in Plant Sciences”.
Network-wide training courses
In this course, students learn how to build and work with a multi-stakeholder group.
- Gain basic understanding of Stakeholder Engagement and multi-stakeholder processes
- Get an overview of possible issues within natural sciences where stakeholder engagement could play a role
- Learn to identify and analyse stakeholders
- Understand the different possibilities and forms of involvement the government uses to engage stakeholders
- Know different levels of involvement and how to plan them; understand their strengths and weaknesses
- Know criteria and methods for evaluating stakeholder engagement processes
Lecturers: Dr. Minu Hemmati, Berlin, and Dr. Luisa Last, PSC
The course introduced tools and skills for the management of innovation processes. Learning objectives:
- Gain an understanding of different processes and strategies used in innovation management (Design-driven Innovation, Open. Closed Innovation, …)
- Apply creative methods to reflect, collaborate and present research work (Visual Thinking, Lego Serious Play),
- Understand the role trends can play to inspire new ideas and opportunities,
- Build their own business cases (Business Model Canvas), and
- Reflect on the potential implications innovation management has for their research project.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Peter, University for Applied Science St.Gallen.
The course introduced practical tools to create and set up innovative products and businesses.
- Foster entrepreneurial mindset
- Understand the process of commercial exploitation of research results
- Create idea and identify opportunities internally and externally for enterprises Develop motivation to take forward enterprising ideas
- Is aware of supporting institutions providing targeted training and coaching to startups
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Lukas Schmid, Head of the Institute for Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDEE-FHS), University for Applied Science St.Gallen.
Making the most out of my research – Patents and other things I cannot afford to ignore
This course introduced basic knowledge on IP protection, patent law, challenges related to IP in an academic environment and in a spin-off company, ethical considerations.
- Gain a sufficient understanding of copyright, IPR, licensing as they apply to own research;
- Has a sufficient understanding on the role of patents and IPR for the transfer of knowledge in our society
Lecturer: Prof. Heinz Müller, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.
During the PlantHUB Summer School the ESR implemented the responsible research and innovation framework (RRI) of the European Union in exemplary research fields of plant sciences, including plant breeding, smart farming, digitalization in agriculture or genome editing (CRISPR/Cas-method). During Case study work they reflected on a science-in-society research process that includes the following dimensions: Anticipating a wide range of possible futures with the public and stakeholders. Become reflective about involved values and interests. Opening the research process to all actors, providing them with meaningful information, including different perspectives and expertise across a diversity of communities. And, be responding and adapting research to societal needs and views. They also had the opportunity to reflect on their own research projects.