PlantHUB provided 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 offered formal and informal learning activities in R&D processes, industrial plant breeding and associated facilities and quality management.
All PlantHUB PhD students were matriculated at ETH Zurich, UZH or UBASEL and enrolled in the three-year structured doctoral programme “PhD Programme in Plant Sciences”.
In this course, students learned how to build and work with a multi-stakeholder group.
Lecturers: Dr. Minu Hemmati, Berlin, and Dr. Luisa Last, PSC
The course introduced tools and skills for the management of innovation processes. Learning objectives:
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.
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Lukas Schmid, Head of the Institute for Innovation, Design and Engineering (IDEE-FHS), University for Applied Science St.Gallen.
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.
Lecturer: Prof. Heinz Müller, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.
During this capacity building workshop, students were introduced to the concept of Open Data, Fair Data Principles and Standards, alongside the Open Data Repositories at EU, UZH and ETHZ. Moreover, they familiarise with a list of key considerations for putting together an Open Data Strategy for their research results. This includes putting together a data management plan, data ecosystem mapping and consultancy for creating data ecosystems for agricultural programmes, building and working with data sharing agreements, data inventories and data trusts.
The course included theoretical input, workshops, consultancy, group and cases study work for data from agriculture, plant breeding and isotope analysis.
Lecturers: Violeta Mezeklieva, Data Trainer, Open Data Institute, London UK and
Stefanie Strebel, Data Services & Open Access, University of Zurich
During the PlantHUB Summer School the PhD students 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.