Bernhard Wehrli: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020
|Name||Prof. em. Dr. Bernhard Wehrli|
Prof.f. Aquatische Chemie
|Telephone||+41 41 361 18 56|
|Department||Environmental Systems Science|
|701-0900-00L||The UN Sustainable Development Goals in Context||2 credits||2G||B. Wehrli, O. Kassab|
|Abstract||The United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity for the international community to shape the course of sustainable development. With their range of expertise, universities can develop the science to help achieving the SDGs. The lectures center on sustainability challenges and provide context from academics and societal actors.|
|Objective||1. Students know important dimensions of sustainable development and the discourses in the context of the SDGs |
2. Students get an overview how ETH Zurich contributes to sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs
3. The lecture series enables students to contribute to sustainable development during their studies and research, as graduates on the job market, and as members of the society
4. Writing and reviewing a short blog post trains students to communicate acquired knowledge effectively for a broader audience.
|Content||Kick-Off: Introduction to the SDGs:|
1 – Education, gender and inequality
2 – Health, well-being and demography
3 – Climate change, decarbonization and sustainable industry
4 – Sustainable food, land, water and oceans
5 – Sustainable cities and communities
6 – Digital revolution for sustainable development
Conclusion: Student inputs: Wrap up and synthesis
|Lecture notes||1-2 short papers will be posted on the Moodle each weak.|
|Literature||Selected scientific articles: |
Sachs, J. D. (2019). Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0352-9
Schwan, G. (2019): Sustainable Development Goals: A call for global partnership and cooperation. GAIA 28/2, 73, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.28.2.1
|Prerequisites / Notice||Open to advanced Bachelor and all Master level students enrolled at ETH Zurich|
|701-0909-00L||Seminar Environmental Systems |
Only for Environmental Sciences BSc.
|3 credits||2S||B. Wehrli, U. Brändle|
|Abstract||Students work in teams to develop an interdisciplinary research question on the basis of a current environmental topic. They research the literature necessary to answer it and create an overview of the scientific facts. On this basis, they then produce information material for a non-scientific audience in a selected media form.|
|Objective||Students are able to|
- develop a question on a given interdisciplinary environmental topic by researching the current research literature and documenting it in a literature management program
- summarise the scientific facts relevant to a given question in a collaborative approach
- prepare and communicate scientific facts for a given question in a suitable form for a non-scientific audience
|Content||• Input von Spezialisten zu geeigneten Kommunikationsformen und Medien (z.b. Review Paper / Kurzvideo / Wikipedia-Artikel / ETH-Life-Artikel/NZZ-Artikel/TransformationMap/Blog/Interaktive GIS-Karte/Management Summary/Argumentenkatalog/TV-Interview/ …)|
• Input zu Recherche und Schreiben in interdisziplinären Gruppen; Input “Interdisziplinäre Publikationen”
• Review und Synthese der aktuellen Literatur zu einem vorgegebenen interdisziplinären Themenkreis (z.B. Kivu-See-Methan, Moorböden und CO2-Ziele, Fischerei und Phosphat, thermische Verschmutzung/Restwasser, …)
• Arbeit in interdisziplinären Gruppen aus den Vertiefungen (versch. «Experten»)
• Work-in-Progess Diskussionen der wissenschaftlichen Summaries (SW6) und Informationsmaterialien (SW10) sowie Schlusspräsentationen (SW13/14)
|Prerequisites / Notice||Seminar in der Systemvertiefung im 5.Semester oder gleichwertiges Literaturseminar besucht|
|701-1302-00L||Term Paper 2: Seminar |
Limited number of participants.
Only for Environmental Sciences MSc.
Prerequisite: Term Paper 1: Writing (701-1303-00L).
|2 credits||2S||L. Winkel, M. Ackermann, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, D. Or, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli|
|Abstract||This class is the 2nd part of a series and participation is conditional on the successful completion of "Term Paper 1: Writing". The results from the term paper written during the previous term are presented to the other students and advisors and discussed with the audience.|
|Objective||The goal of the term paper seminars is to train the student's ability to communicate (scientific) results to a wider audience and the ability to respond to questions and comments.|
|Content||Each student presents the results of their term paper to fellow students and advisors and responds to questions and comments from the audience.|
|Lecture notes||Guidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the presentation and ensuing discussion.|
To obtain the credits, it is mandatory to attend at least 60% of all seminar dates offered in the fall and spring semester. Active participation in discussion and feedback rounds is expected.
|701-1303-00L||Term Paper 1: Writing |
Only for Environmental Sciences MSc and Science, Technology and Policy MSc.
|5 credits||6A||L. Winkel, M. Ackermann, N. Gruber, J. Hering, R. Kretzschmar, M. Lever, K. McNeill, A. N'Guyen van Chinh, D. Or, M. H. Schroth, B. Wehrli|
|Abstract||The ability to critically evaluate original (scientific) literature and to summarise the information in a succinct manner is an important skill for any student. This course aims to practice this ability, requiring each student to write a term paper of scientific quality on a topic of relevance for research in the areas of biogeochemistry and pollutant dynamics.|
|Objective||The goal of the term paper is to train the student's ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and to summarise the findings concisely in a paper addressing a research question.|
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- narrow down a research question.
- identify relevant literature to address the research question.
- concisely summarise and critically evaluate their findings.
- formulate key outstanding questions.
|Content||Each student is expected to write a paper with a length of approximately 15-20 pages. The students can choose from a list of topics prepared by the tutors, but the final topic will be determined based on a balance of choice and availability. The students will be guided and advised by their tutors throughout the term. |
The paper itself should contain the following elements:
- Motivation and context of the given topic (25%)
- Concise presentation and critical evaluation of the state of the science (50%)
- Identification of open questions and perhaps outline of opportunities for research (25%)
In addition, the accurate use of citations, attribution of ideas, and the judicious use of figures, tables, equations and references are critical components of a successful paper. Specialised knowledge is not expected, nor required; neither is new research.
|Lecture notes||Guidelines and supplementary material are distributed on the Moodle platform.|
|Literature||Original scientific literature will be identified based on the chosen topic.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The term paper course is primarily aimed at master students majoring in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics and ISTP students with a solid background in natural sciences and a strong interest in biogeochemistry & pollutant dynamics. |
Each students submits a term paper that will be reviewed by one fellow student and one faculty. The submission of the term paper and a written review of another student's term paper are a condition for obtaining the credit points.
There is no final exam. Grade is assigned based on the quality of the term paper and the submitted review as well as on the presentation in the following term.
Results from the term paper will be presented to fellow students and involved faculty in the following semester ("Term Paper 2: Seminar").
|860-0012-00L||Cooperation and Conflict Over International Water Resources |
Number of participants limited to 40.
STP students have priority.
This is a research seminar at the Master level. PhD students are also welcome.
|3 credits||2S||B. Wehrli, T. Bernauer, T. U. Siegfried|
|Abstract||This seminar focuses on the technical, economic, and political challenges of dealing with water allocation and pollution problems in large international river systems. It examines ways and means through which such challenges are addressed, and when and why international efforts in this respect succeed or fail.|
|Objective||Ability to (1) understand the causes and consequences of water scarcity and water pollution problems in large international river systems; (2) understand ways and means of addressing such water challenges; and (3) analyse when and why international efforts in this respect succeed or fail.|
|Content||Based on lectures and discussion of scientific papers and reports, students acquire basic knowledge on contentious issues in managing international water resources, on the determinants of cooperation and conflict over international water issues, and on ways and means of mitigating conflict and promoting cooperation. Students will then, in small teams coached by the instructors, carry out research on a case of their choice (i.e. an international river basin where riparian countries are trying to find solutions to water allocation and/or water quality problems associated with a large dam project). They will write a brief paper and present their findings towards the end of the semester.|
|Lecture notes||Slides and reading materials will be distributed electronically.|
|Literature||The UN World Water Development Reports provide a broad overview of the topic: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/water/wwap/|
|Prerequisites / Notice||The course is open to Master and PhD students from any area of ETH.|
ISTP students who take this course should also register for the course 860-0012-01L - Cooperation and conflict over international water resources; In-depth case study.
|860-0012-01L||Cooperation and Conflict Over International Water Resources, In-Depth Case Study |
Only for Science, Technology, and Policy MSc and PhD students
Prerequisite: you have to be enrolled in 860-0012-00L during the same semester.
|3 credits||2A||B. Wehrli, T. Bernauer|
|Abstract||Students write an individual term paper on technical, economic, and political water challenges in an international context. Coached by one of the instructors, students develop and write a case study that examines ways and means to address a specific challenge, and to evaluate success or failure of international collaboration.|
|Objective||In developing their individual term paper, the students broaden their overview of (1) causes and consequences of water scarcity and water pollution problems in an international context; (2) they assess concepts and policies to mitigate a specific water challenge, and (3) they analyze determinants of success or failure of international collaboration in the water sectors.|
|Content||In the basic course on Cooperation and Conflict... 860-0012-00L the students students acquire basic knowledge on contentious issues in managing international water resources, on the determinants of cooperation and conflict over international water issues, and on ways and means of mitigating conflict and promoting cooperation. |
In this course, which is reserved to STP students, the participants will be individually coached by one of the instructors and do research and develop a case-study paper on an international water challenge of their choice. The topic should avoid overlap with the work in course 860-0012-00L.
|Lecture notes||see 860-0012-00L|
|Literature||In a global context, the targets of sustainable development goal 6 serve as a possible starting point: http://bit.ly/2yVARMG|
In the European context, the implementation reports of the Water Framework Directive represent another reference frame: http://bit.ly/2y5NPLl
|Prerequisites / Notice||This course is reserved for STP students who participate in the basic course on Cooperation and Conflict Over International Water Resources 860-0012-00L. |
STP students should sign up for both courses, 860-0012-00L and 860-0012-01L.
|860-0015-00L||Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I||3 credits||2G||B. Wehrli, F. Brugger, K. Dolejs Schlöglova, S. Hellweg, C. Karydas|
|Abstract||Students critically assess the economic, social, political, and environmental implications of extracting and using energy resources, metals, and bulk materials along the mineral resource cycle for society. They explore various decision-making tools that support policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resources, and gain insight into different perspectives from government, industry, and NGOs.|
|Objective||Students will be able to:|
- Explain basic concepts applied in resource economics, economic geology, extraction, processing and recycling technologies, environmental and health impact assessments, resource governance, and secondary materials.
- Evaluate the policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resource extraction.
- Examine decision-making tools for mineral resource related projects.
- Engage constructively with key actors from governmental organizations, mining and trading companies, and NGOs, dealing with issues along the mineral resource cycle.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Bachelor of Science, Architecture or Engineering, and enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at ETH Zurich. Students must be enrolled in this course in order to participate in the case study module course 860-0016-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II.|
|860-0016-00L||Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II |
Prerequisite is 860-0015-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I. Limited to 12 participants. First priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science, Technology, and Policy Program. These students must confirm their participation by February 7th by registration through myStudies. Students on the waiting list will be notified at the start of the semester.
|3 credits||2U||B. Wehrli, F. Brugger, S. Pfister|
|Abstract||Students integrate their knowledge of mineral resources and technical skills to frame and investigate a commodity-specific challenge faced by countries involved in resource extraction. By own research they evaluate possible policy-relevant solutions, engaging in interdisciplinary teams coached by tutors and experts from natural social and engineering sciences.|
|Objective||Students will be able to:|
- Integrate, and extend by own research, their knowledge of mineral resources from course 860-0015-00, in a solution-oriented team with mixed expertise
- Apply their problem solving, and analytical skills to critically assess, and define a complex, real-world mineral resource problem, and propose possible solutions.
- Summarize and synthesize published literature and expert knowledge, evaluate decision-making tools, and policies applied to mineral resources.
- Document and communicate the findings in concise group presentations and a report.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisite is 860-0015-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I. Limited to 12 participants. First priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science, Technology, and Policy Program. These students must confirm their participation by February 7th by registration through MyStudies. Students on the waiting list will be notified at the start of the semester.|