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ETNA summer school: Food Security, 6-14 September 2011 Switzerland

The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center is organising the 4th ETNA Summer School:

General Information:
6-14, September 201, Berggasthaus Panorama, Klewenalp, Switzerland
The summer school is accredited with 2.0 ECTS — European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
Call for applications to participate:
PhD students and Postdocs with a maximum of six years work experience, providing their CV and motivation can apply until July 20, 2011.
Travel and hotel costs are covered.
Selected participants will be charged a non-refundable fee of € 150.


Food Security – How can Science and Policy Contribute?
By 2050 the global population is expected to be over 9 billion and it is estimated that 70% more food will be needed to satisfy the demand.
In 2010 the number of hungry people in the world increased to 925 million and the food crisis in 2008 brought to global attention the realities confronting the global food production system.
They are a result of complex interactions over the short and long term, between social, economic, and environmental factors.
Climate change, rising energy prices, increased demand for biofuels, competition for land and water resources, market speculation, changes in dietary patterns, political instability in some regions and underinvestment in the agricultural sector in many countries continue to threaten the security of the food system.
The 2011 ETNA Summer school* will address some of these aspects and will discuss sustainable solutions being implemented in various regions to achieve food security. Special focus will be put on the contribution of plant sciences and policy.
The summer school is comprised of a series of lectures, case study work and workshops with experts from plant science, agro-economy, social research and policy.
16 young researchers will be given the chance to meet leading experts in the field, to discuss and network with them. The summer school is carried out in the beautiful area of Lake Lucerne.

Confirmed speakers are:

· Steve Wiggins, Overseas Development Institute
· Awudu Abdulai, Food Economics, University of Kiel
· Pierre Gerber, Livestock Policy Officer, FAO
· Ana María Suárez Franco, FIAN International
· Stefano Padulosi, Bioversity International
· Rainer Messmer, Crop Science, ETH Zürich
· Emmanuel Frossard, Plant Nutrition, ETH Zürich
· Willi Gruissem and Hervé Vanderschuren, Plant Biotechnology, ETH Zürich
· Lian Pin Koh, Ecosystem Management, ETH Zürich
A detailed schedule will soon be online at:              
*The ETNA Summer School is a training activity offered by the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Program. The 2011 summer school is organised by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science PhD Program “Plant Science and Policy”.

For further information: contact Andrea Pfisterer 

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