The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) is a network of plant scientists based at three universities in Switzerland: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the University of Zurich and the University of Basel.
Established in 1998, the PSC has become a strong advocate for plant science research and education in Switzerland. Now represented by 700 plant scientists, the PSC is a truly multidisciplinary network, with research topics ranging from molecular biology to ecology, from systematic botany to evolution, and from agronomy to conservation biology.
An important mission of the PSC is to encourage the dialogue
with the public.
The PSC has been very successful in promoting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects and has established several fellowship programs. Examples include sponsorships by Syngenta and the Mercator Foundation Switzerland of PhD and Post doc fellowships for cutting-edge research projects performed in the different PSC partner institutes.
Together with the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, the PSC opened a transdisciplinary research program that allows PhD students not only to carry out important research in plant sciences but also to reach beyond the boundaries of their disciplines by applying their research results within the work of policy-implementing organisations.
The PSC offers excellent training in the field of plant sciences at the Bachelor, Master’s, PhD and Post doc levels. Students can choose between two PhD programs and from a large variety of scientific and transferable skill courses, as well as diverse multimedia-rich e-learning courses.
Students can integrate these courses into their curricula. And recently, PSC began offering training workshops for high school teachers.