Nina Buchmann: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann
Professur Graslandwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, LFW C 56
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 39 59
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

751-0021-01LWorld Food System Summer School (FS) Restricted registration - show details
Only a strictly limited number of places are available for ETH students in this program.

Participation in this course is based on a competitive application process, only selected students can participate. Details of the application process are available at
4 credits6PM. Grant, N. Buchmann
AbstractThis 2 week residential summer school gives university students and young professionals the chance to understand the challenges and opportunities of the world food system and explore their role in creating change. Participants actively engage in lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, field trips and farm work. The course is hosted in Rheinau, Switzerland.
ObjectiveUnderstand: the science, relationships, interactions and trade-offs in food systems; potential interventions; and the cultural, socio-political, economic and environmental factors to be considered when designing interventions. Build skills in: systems thinking, design thinking, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration, participatory processes. Connect to: a network of expert faculty/ scientists/ practitioners.
ContentThe content will include an overview of the world food system, challenges and solution approaches. The detailed course content will be available in the course flyer, which will available at
LiteratureParticipants will receive pre-reading material and a pre-assignment to be completed before the course commences.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prerequisites. Program is open to Masters and PhD students and in special cases upper level Bachelor students. All students (including those from ETH Zurich) must apply through a competitive application process that will open in Feb/March 2021 at Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process. Participants will be informed of the selection in April 2021.
751-1040-00LResponsible Conduct in Research1 credit1UM. Paschke, N. Buchmann
AbstractWhen studying at a University, but especially when carrying out a Master’'s or doctoral thesis, students are joining the scientific community and, therefore, have to learn about the codes of professional and responsible conduct in research.
Objective(1) Students know the questions, conflicts and ethically ambiguous situations that may arise in research.
(2) Students can apply codes of responsible conduct in research, i.e., they understand and can apply the professional values and ethical norms of their profession.
(3) Students know how to deal with and communicate in ambiguous situations.
(4) Students will develop a professional attitude towards responsible conduct in research.
ContentWhen studying at a University, but especially when carrying out a Master's or a doctoral thesis, students are joining the scientific community and, therefore, have to learn about the codes of professional and responsible conduct in research. In this course, we want to increase the knowledge of our Master's and doctoral students about the specific rules, regulations and guidelines of responsible conduct in their research fields but also rise awareness for potential conflicts of interest and give practical suggestions on how to react in cases of uncertainty on e.g. questions of authorship and giving credits, data treatment and interpretation, communication and responsibility in the public or on the role of graduate students in the research community. Students will discuss case studies with a conflict potential or a dilemma. They will work together in teams, discuss the codes of conduct and values established in the scientists’ community, and apply them to the case studies. The teams have to agree on actions to be taken for each case.

Students will deal with case studies on the following topics:

(1) Scientific Integrity, Error and Negligence in Science
(2) Conflicts in Authorship Practices
(3) Questions of Data Treatment
(4) Influence of Values on Data Interpretation
(5) Social Responsibility of Scientists (e.g. Communication with the public)

Student teams will discuss the case studies in role-play scenarios and present their consensus of responsible conduct in research.
Prerequisites / Notice'Responsible Conduct in Research for Plant Scientists' is part of the Master's Courses and Master's Studies in Plant Sciences and of the PSC Ph.D. Program in Plant Sciences. It is organized by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Please find details on the course at:
751-4002-00LGrassland Systems Information 2 credits2GN. Buchmann
AbstractThis course focuses on grasslands globally and their respective properties. Spatial distribution, vegetation composition, soils, management and productivity as well as the impact of fire, invasion or over-exploitation will be discussed.
ObjectiveThe students will know important grassland systems globally as well as their ecological characteristics. They will be able to evaluate the various impacts on yields and biogeochemical cycles in grassland systems in different climates. Furthermore, they will be able to independently work with scientific literature, summarize scientific argumentation/Interpretation in writing and with oral presentations in class.
ContentIn diesem Kurs werden Grasländer weltweit betrachtet und ihre Besonderheiten, v. a. in der Artenzusammensetzung, den Stoffumsätzen und ihrer Bewirtschaftung, im Vergleich zu Schweizer Grasländern erarbeitet. Faktoren wie Feuer, invasive Arten, Übernutzung, Extensivierung und Intensivierung werden besprochen. Auswirkungen von globalem Wandel, d. h., Änderungen im Klima und in der Landnutzung, auf Grasländer und ihre Erträge sowie Auswirkungen internationaler Verträge (Kyoto-Protokoll, Biodiversitätskonvention, Desertifikationskonvention) werden diskutiert.
Lecture notesHandouts stehen online.
Prerequisites / NoticeDieser Kurs basiert auf den Kursen "„Öko- und Ertragsphysiologie"“ und "„Crop Science: Teil Futterbau"“. Er bildet die Basis für den ebenfalls systemorientierten Kurs "Biogeochemistry and Sustainable Management" im Master.
751-4003-02LCurrent Topics in Grassland Sciences (FS) Information 2 credits2SN. Buchmann
AbstractResearch results from published or on-going studies in grassland as well as forest sciences will be presented and discussed by experienced researchers as well as Ph.D. students and graduate students. Topics will range from plant ecophysiology, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling to management aspects in agro- and forest ecosystems.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to understand and evaluate experimental design and data interpretation of experimental studies, be able to critically analyze published research results, practice to present and discuss results in the public, and gain a broad knowledge of recent research and current topics in agro- and forest ecosystem sciences.
ContentCitation classics as well as most recent research results from published or on-going studies will be presented and discussed. Topics will range from plant ecophysiology, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling to management aspects in agro- and forest ecosystems.
Lecture notesnone
Prerequisites / NoticeUseful: Attendance of the courses "Öko- und Ertragsphysiologie", "Crop Science, Part Futterbau", "Graslandsysteme" in the Bachelor or similar courses. Language will be English.