Public Events, Outcomes and Publications


RESPONSE Outreach activities include a wide range of target-actions aiming to transfer and discuss research outcomes with different parts of society.

• Public Events, Upcoming


3rd RESPONSE Annual Meeting – 2023

The 3rd RESPONSE annual meeting is composed of:

  • PhD Retreat (March 15 and 16, 2023: All ESRs, PIs and Partners)
  • Integrative Workshops (March 15 and 16, 2023: All ESRs, PIs and Partners)
  • One Mentoring Workshop (March 17, 2023: ESRs only), and
  • Board Meetings (March 17, 2023: Program Office, PIs and Partners)


Day 1 – March 15, 2023

PhD Retreat


9:00 – 13:00

Short presentations of PhD students in the fields of land-use change and energy sciences.


14:00 – 15:30

Flash talks of 3rd PhD students in the fields of land-use change and energy sciences.


16:00 – 17:00

Key note talk “A mega-tradeoff: Feeding the world within Planetary Boundaries” by Prof. Dr. Dieter Gerten (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

This keynote addresses the question how much food could be supplied globally while respecting multiple Planetary Boundaries – global environmental limits defined as a precaution to possible destabilisation of planet Earth. Biophysical simulations suggest that half of current food production depends on transgression of one or more boundaries, i.e. world agriculture is highly unsustainable. However, through ambitious transformative actions toward more sustainable food production and consumption (e.g. diet change, improved water/nutrient management), enough food for 10 billion people could be supplied even within these environmental boundaries. On the other hand, ongoing climate change – as well as methods to sequester additional carbon from the atmosphere through biomass plantations – challenge this outlook, as they increase the pressure on Planetary Boundaries on their own.



Closing remarks

Day 2 – March 16, 2023

9:00  - 12:15

Short presentations of  PhD students in the fields of plant and food sciences.


13:30 – 15:30

Flash talks of 3rd PhD students in the fields of land-use change and energy sciences.


Transfer to the ETH Campus Hönggerberg


16:00 – 18:00

A 60-min guided tour "ETH Zurich's Anergy Grid" at the ETH Zurich Campus Hönggerberg


18:30 – 22:00

Conference dinner

Day 3 – March 18, 2022

9:00  - 17:00

Mentoring Workshop for ESRs on "Getting Your Message Across: How to Make Yourself and Your Research Visible" on site at ETH Centrum.

Lecturer: Sandro Bucher works as a community manager at SRF News and as a lecturer for social media and digital media at MAZ Lucerne. He studied journalism and organizational communication at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.


Board meetings for the RESPONSE Program Office, PIs and Partners (Hybrid).


• Public Events, Past



Citizen Consensus Conference 2022

"Sustainable Energy System - Who Will Lead the Way?"

hosted by the Energy Science Center Zurich ESC, GreenBuzz & Siemens 

PhD students of the Response Doctoral Programme represent their research in discussion with the public. 

more information

16 June 2022

Citizen Consensus Conference

"The Need for Climate Resilient Food Systems"

hosted by Dr. Martijn Sonnevelt WFSC & GreenBuzz

7 PhD students of the Response Doctoral Programme represented their research in 4 minutes flash light talks and took the questions of the public. 

Can plants switch on and off genes to rapidly adapt to a changing climate?- Fei, Danli; Denic, Dusan

What tools do plant breeders have to improve the resilience of crops? - Jung, Katharina; Gonzales, Reah; Liang, Yuanyuan

Further RESPONSE attendees: Giguere, Laurent; Chen, Yutang (no record available)

2 June 




• Web articles and Reports


Bessie Noll - Energy Blog Link (March 2021)

Bessie Noll, Tonja Iten, Fabian Lüscher (2021). A synthesized analysis of the state of the "advanced" US nuclear industry. Schweizerische Energiestiftung: Link


Eivind Berstad, Todd Allyn Flach, Linda Frattini, Ana Šerdoner, Lina Strandvåg, Nagell Michał Wendołowski (2021). Current state of CCS technologies and the EU policy framework. With contributions of Justus Andreas, Reinout Debergh, Mark Preston Aragonès. Link

• Publications


Bessie Noll, Santiago del Val, Tobias S. Schmidt, Bjarne Steffen (2022). Analyzing the competitiveness of low-carbon drive-technologies in road-freight: A total cost of ownership analysis in Europe, Applied Energy,Volume 306, Part B,


• Blogs and Media Releases


Response Doctoral Programme: Summary from RESPONSE thematic event: Sustainable Energy System - Who will lead the way? (24.06.2022) Link

Response Doctoral Programme: Could “advanced” nuclear technologies support low-carbon energy strategies? (10.06.2022) Link

Response Doctoral Programme: European Policy for CCS networks. (10.06.2022) Link

• RESPONSE Proceedings

Response Summer School «Responsible Research, Innovation and Transformation in Food, Plant and Energy Sciences» Learning Journey and Reflection. Melanie Paschke (ed.). Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, 2021. With contributions by: Manuel Belanche Guadas, Linda Brodnicke, Dusan Denic, Danli Fei, Linda Frattini, Laurent Giguère, Reah Gonzales, Monika Katarzyna Goralczyk, Katharina Jung, Xeniya Kim, Simon Landauer, Yuanyuan Liang, Alberto Linares Quiros, Simone Markoff, Bessie Noll, Dabwiso Sakala, Fei Wu, and Francesca Zuffa

• Patents

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• Awards

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