The Swiss Plant Science Web (SPSW) is the umbrella organization for research and education in academic plant science in Switzerland.
The SPSW comprises approximately 130 plant science research group leaders working in seven universities and the ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
The network meets once a year in January for the SwissPLANT conference to present and discuss the latest research advancements in plant sciences.
It is the aim of the SPSW to create an academic environment allowing for research collaborations and technology transfer. The Swiss Plant Science Web serves as an information and communications portal for academic plant sciences in Switzerland. By joining forces, the SPSW advances research and education efforts in Switzerland. The SPSW network enhances the visibility of plant sciences and the achievements of plant research for society.
- Offer an information portal for plant science research in Switzerland
- Provide news, and announce job opportunities and upcoming events
- Increase the visibility and the achievements of plant research for the benefit of society
The Swiss Plant Science Web (SPSW) project was initiated by Professor Thomas Boller (University of Basel) and the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. In collaboration with the universities of Neuchâtel, Lausanne and Geneva they submitted a funding proposal to the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS / renamed swissuniversities in 2015). On behalf of the Swiss University Conference (SUC), CRUS was in charge of presenting innovation and cooperation projects aiming to maintain academic quality at universities in Switzerland.
In June 2009 the SPSW project was selected among seventeen submitted proposals as one of six innovation projects. The SPSW project received funding to set up a network in plant sciences in Switzerland.