Pius Krütli: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Dr. Pius Krütli
Name variantsPius Krütli
Pius Kruetli
Pius Krutli
Dep. Umweltsystemwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, CHN K 78
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 63 24
Fax+41 44 632 10 29
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-1502-00LTransdisciplinary Case Study Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 25.

Students have to apply for this course by sending a two-page motivation letter (why are you interested? what do you want to learn? what can you contribute?) to Link and Link (latest by December 31, 2020).

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work!
7 credits15PM. Stauffacher, P. Krütli
AbstractThis course is a project-oriented and research based teaching activity organized in a real-world setting. Students work on societally relevant problems. Sustainability issues and collaboration between science and society are key.
In 2021, the case area are the Seychelles, a small developing island state (SIDS) in the Indian ocean.
ObjectiveStudents learn how to plan and implement their research work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams of students. This includes: structure ill defined problems; derive research questions; design research plans; apply qualitative and quantitative methods; work in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural teams; organise transdisciplinary collaboration between research and people from outside academia.
ContentThe Seychelles are a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Indian Ocean comprising some 115 islands spread over a sea area of 1.4 million km2. SIDS share some common characteristics. They are: small in size and economy; are remote and isolated from international markets; are vulnerable against external disturbances and climate change effects. The Seychelles are highly dependent on intact nature. Tourism and fishery are major economic pillars. The Seychelles are in a transformation process from a developing to a developed country.

Between 2012-2015 ARUP, an international consulting company, developed the Strategy Plan Seychelles 2040. The Seychelles Planning Authority (SPA) is currently working on the implementation of the strategy plan. Land use planning is currently major activity.

The preparation of the case study happens in close collaboration with the SPA. SPA is major partner of the case study in order to secure that the research is relevant for the local context. TdLab and SPA agreed on Sustainable Land Use as umbrella theme. Topics to look at may include transport infrastructure, tourism, conservation, housing, agriculture, etc. all of them relevant for sustainable land use.

This is the third time that the transdisciplinary case study is organized in the Seychelles. In 2016 and 2018 we were working on solid waste management. See: https://tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs/former/cs2016.html

There is a video which explains the core elements of the transdisciplinary case study. See: http://www.tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs.html
Prerequisites / NoticeThe case study 2020 had to be discontinued due to Corona and postponed to 2021.

The number of participants is limited. Students have to apply for this course by sending a two-page motivation letter. The letter should refer to: Why are you interested? What do you want to learn? What can you contribute to? The latter may include particular skills you have the case study could benefit from. Please send the letter to michael.stauffacher@usys.ethz.ch and pius.kruetli@usys.ethz.ch (latest by December 31, 2020).

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work!
701-1504-00LETH Sustainability Summer School3 credits6GC. Bratrich, P. Krütli, A. Rom, E. Tilley, C. Zurbrügg
AbstractThe ETH Sustainability Summer School provides young researchers with the opportunity to work on current and sustainability-related topics in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Focus is given not only to teaching theoretical knowledge but also to solving specific case studies.
ObjectiveWithin ETH Zurich's Critical Thinking Initiative (CTI), students further develop their critical thinking and communications skills including: the capability to analyse and reflect critically, to form an independent opinion and develop a point of view, as well as to communicate, argue and act in an effective and responsible manner.

Based on this concept, the ETH Sustainability Summer School is providing its students with the following qualifications and learning outcomes:

- Interdisciplinary and multicultural competence: Students gain basic knowledge in scientific disciplines beyond their own and learn how to work effectively in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.

- Methodological competence: Students gain basic knowledge of different scientific methods beyond their selected study discipline.

- Reflection competence: Students learn to critically reflect their own way of thinking, their own research approaches, and how academia influences and interacts with society at large.

- Implementation skills: Students will apply creative technologies in solution finding processes to gain knowledge and prototyping-skills to increase hands-on experience by applying knowledge in concrete cases.

This year's event on solid waste management is a collaboration between ETH Sustainability, the ETH for Development (ETH4D) Initiative and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana), and will take place at KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana.

To find more information and to register, visit our website: https://ethz.ch/en/the-eth-zurich/sustainability/education/summer-and-winter-schools/ETHSustainabilitySummerSchool.html
Literaturefurther information and registration:
Prerequisites / NoticeThe Summer School 2021 is a collaboration between ETH Sustainability and the ETH for Development (ETH4D) Initiative. It provides students and young researchers the opportunity to develop and test solutions for a real-world challenge related to solid waste. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams. The summer school will be organized as a hybrid version, held in parallell at ETH Zürich and at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi / Ghana.

We will invite Bachelor, Master and PhD students from ETH Zurich and students from KNUST with a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines.

Candidates will be selected from all disciplines. Submitting a motivation letter and CV is a prerequisite for the application. Applicants will be evaluated on their academic strength, creativity, technical-related expertise, and their dedication to contribute to solving the world's most pressing challenges.

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, the course might have to be cancelled or its format may change.