Plant Science at School – A continuing Education Program for Secondary School


Because plant science was a missing element in the continuing education of secondary school teachers, the Swiss Plant Science Web (SPSW) together with the SPSW professors of the various universities in Switzerland initiated this national interface between active researchers and the teachers.

Over the past three years, this programme has become a national example of successful collaboration between researchers, teachers and regional learning centres. In one-day workshops filled with practical experiments, theory and discussion with regional experts, teachers learn cutting-edge research methods and experiments. The format is designed so that teachers can use the knowledge and experiments afterwards in their own classrooms, thus becoming mediators between active researchers and high school students.

Basic information

Country: Switzerland

Coordinator: Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC)

  • All academic institutions dealing with plant research throughout Switzerland support this initiative under the umbrella of the Swiss Plant Science Web.

Programme: National

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Target groups: researchers, secondary school students

Topic: Agriculture, Biology, Biotechnology, Other


Contact person: Dr. Carole Rapo (Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center), carole.rapo(at)

To highlight how science impacts daily life and fundamental societal questions, each workshop will end with a discussion led by distinguished experts in the respective field.

The workshops cover a number of themes, including:

  • genetically modified vegetables as food
  • sustainable use of plants in agriculture
  • plants and biodiversity
  • plant systematics.

The workshops are offered in the local language through regional learning centres with experts from the region. We can thus create a regional dynamic for plant sciences with a national perspective. These activities are accredited and offered as continuing education opportunities for Swiss secondary school teachers though our partners at the Life Science Learning Center (Zurich), l'Eprouvette (Lausanne) and BiOutils (Geneva).


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