National Research Networks
This initiative aims to generate strategies, tools, methods, processes, and products in order to promote healthy eating habits with sustainable food production.
The University of Zurich established its own University Research Priority Programs (URPP) that build on in-house research expertise. The programs are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty and promote collaboration within the university, while supporting the career development of young researchers. Current (and former) URPPs:
International Research Networks
Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission. This project aims to bring together European countries who are committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change.
This program is a cross-thematic ERA-NET spanning three FP7 themes: Agriculture and food supply; Environment and climate; and Information and Communication Technology. The overall goal of ICT-AGRI is to strengthen the European research within the area of precision farming and to develop a common European research agenda concerning ICT and robotics in agriculture
The agricultural European Innovation Partnership (EIP-AGRI) works to foster competitive and sustainable farming and forestry that 'achieves more and better from less'. It contributes to ensuring a steady supply of food, feed and biomaterials, developing its work in harmony with the essential natural resources on which farming depends.
COST is a funding organisation for research and innovation networks. It provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges.
- Food and Agriculture
- Forests, their Products and Services
- Earth System Science and Environmental Management
ETPs are industry-led stakeholder fora charged with defining research priorities in a broad range of technological areas.
The GMO ERA Project is an initiative driven by public sector scientists, most of whom have expertise in environmental science, as well as biotechnology and socioeconomics. The project has identified and developed scientific methodologies and teaching tools for environmental risk assessment (ERA) and management of transgenic plants.
Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
Completed Research Collaborations
With respect to the application potential of plant biotechnology in Switzerland, this program studied the benefits and risks of biotechnology. This NRP also examined risk management at the legal, political and administrative levels. Program completed in 2013.