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PSC – Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Governing Bodies: University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and University of Basel
Lead: Faculty of Science (UZH), Department of Environmental Systems Science (ETHZ), Department of Environmental Sciences (UniBas)
Involved: Department of Biology (ETHZ)
Founded: 1998

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr.  Bruno Studer, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETHZ (Chair)
  • Dr. Célia Baroux, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UZH
  • Prof. Dr. Elena Conti, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, UZH
  • Dr. Günter Hoch, Department of Environmental Sciences, UNIBAS
  • Prof. Dr. Maria J. Santos, Department of Geography, UZH
  • Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
  • Dr. Thomas Städler, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETHZ
  • Prof. Dr. Yvonne Willi, Department of Environmental Sciences, UNIBAS
  • Prof. Dr. Samuel C. Zeeman, Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, ETHZ
  • Prof. Dr. Cyril Zipfel, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UZH

Research in Plant and Environmental Sciences

The PSC excels with its wide variety of research fields in plant and environmental sciences: from the molecule to the gene to the cell, and from plants and crops in farming systems to whole ecosystems and earth systems. We aim to contribute to the major global challenges of our time such as climate change, biodiversity loss and food security. In education and outreach, we seek creative approaches to research mentoring and coursework for students and postdocs, and we provide platforms for interactions with peers, policymakers, industry and stakeholders.


Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC)
ETH Zürich
Tannenstrasse 1
CH-8092 Zurich
Coordination Office
Dr. Manuela Dahinden
Dr. Melanie Paschke

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