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Nina Buchmann: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2015

Name Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann
FieldGraslandwissenschaften
Address
Institut für Agrarwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, LFW C 56
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 39 59
E-mailnina.buchmann@usys.ethz.ch
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
751-0021-01LWorld Food System Summer School Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 20.
4 credits6PM. Grant, N. Buchmann
AbstractHosted on one of the largest organic farms in Switzerland, this course provides the opportunity for young scientists and practitioners to understand the challenges and opportunities of the world food system, in particular regarding organic production systems. During the two week summer school participants will engage in lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, field trips and farm work.
ObjectiveUnderstand: the science, relationships, interactions and trade-offs in food systems; the role and potential of organic production systems; potential interventions; the cultural, socio-political, economic and environmental factors to be incorporated into solutions. Build skills in systems thinking, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration, participatory processes. Connect to a network of expert faculty/ scientists/ practitioners.
ContentThe content framework includes the following modules: world food system overview; agricultural production; Global change drivers; smallholder livelihoods and rural development; Agroforest systems; labelling; International policy and trade; Processing, distribution, and retail; Nutrition and health; National policy and state interventions. The course will conclude with a group work.
LiteratureParticipants will receive pre-reading material 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 March 2015 at www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process.
751-1000-00LInterdisciplinary Project Work Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: successful completion of the bachelor programme.
3 credits4UB. Dorn, E. Frossard, L. Meile, H. Adelmann, N. Buchmann, C. De Moraes, P. A. Fischer, M. C. Härdi-Landerer, M. Kreuzer, U. Merz, S. Peter, M. Schuppler, M. Siegrist, J. Six, S. E. Ulbrich, A. Walter
AbstractDie Studierenden der Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften erarbeiten in interdisziplinären Teams Lösungen für Probleme, welche ihnen von Projektpartner im Bereich der Nahrungsmittelwertschöpfungskette gestellt werden.
ObjectiveDie Studierenden kennen
- die Grundlagen des Zeit- und Projektmanagements
- Vorgehensweisen, um Probleme, die ihnen von Projektpartnern gestellt werden, zielorientiert zu lösen.
ContentDie Studierenden der Agrar- und Lebensmittelwissenschaft erarbeiten in interdisziplinären Teams Lösungen für Probleme, welche ihnen von Projektpartnern entlang der Nahrungsmittelwertschöpfungskette gestellt werden. Die Studierenden präsentieren und diskutieren die Lösungsvorschläge an der Schlussveranstaltung mit den Projektpartnern und verfassen einen schriftlichen Projektbericht.
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Anwesenheit der Studierenden an der Startveranstaltung am 26.2.2015 gemäss speziellem Programm ist Pflicht.
751-1040-00LResponsible Conduct in Research Information 1 credit1UM. Paschke, N. Buchmann
AbstractWhen studying at a University, but especially when carrying out a Master’s 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 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 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 PS Ph.D. Program in Plant Sciences. It is organized by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Please find details on the course at:
http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/teaching/masters/responsibleconduct.html
751-3700-00LCrop Ecophysiology Information 2 credits2VN. Buchmann, R. Siegwolf
AbstractThe general theme of this course is the effect of environmental factors (such as light, temperature, relative humidity, CO2 concentrations, etc.) on plant physiology: gas exchange of plants (photosynthesis, respiration), water uptake and transport, transpiration, growth and C allocation, yield and production, stress physiology. One day of field course is included.
ObjectiveThe students will understand the impact of environmental factors on plant physiology and will learn the theoretical basis and terminology of plant ecophysiology that is necessary to analyze yield potentials in agriculture. The students will learn about classical and latest work in plant ecophysiology and will have hand-on experiences with equipment used in plant ecophysiology.
ContentDas Ziel vieler landwirtschaftlicher Managemententscheidungen, d. h., das Erhöhen der Produktivität und des Ertrages, basiert häufig auf Reaktionen der Pflanzen auf Umweltfaktoren, z. B. Nährstoff- und Wasserangebot, Licht, etc. Daher werden in diesem Kurs der Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren auf die pflanzliche Physiologie behandelt, z. B. auf den Gaswechsel von Pflanzen (Photosynthese, Atmung, Transpiration), auf die Nährstoff- und Wasseraufnahme und den -Transport in Pflanzen, auf das Wachstum, den Ertrag und die C-Allokation, auf die Produktion und Qualität der produzierten Biomasse. Anhand der wichtigsten Pflanzenarten in Schweizer Graslandökosystemen werden diese theoretischen Kenntnisse vertieft und Aspekte der Bewirtschaftung (Schnitt, Düngung, etc.) angesprochen.
Lecture notesHandouts stehen online.
LiteratureLarcher 1994, Lambers et al. 2008, Schulze et al. 2002
Prerequisites / NoticeDieser Kurs basiert auf Grundlagen der Pflanzenbestimmung und der Pflanzenphysiologie. Er ist Basis für die Veranstaltungen „Futterbau“ und „Graslandsysteme“.
751-4002-00LGrassland Systems Information 2 credits2GN. Buchmann
AbstractThis course focuses on grasslands globally and their respective properties. Spatial distribution, vegetation composition, soils and management 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 published results in writing and give an oral presentation 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.
LiteratureArchibold OW (1995) Ecology of World Vegetation. Chapman & Hall.
Coupland RT (1992) Ecosystems of the World. Natural Grasslands. Vol. 8A and 8B
Breymeyer AI (1992) Ecosystems of the World. Managed Grasslands. Vol. 17A
McGilloway DA (2005) Grassland: a global resource. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Suttie JM, Reynolds SG, Batello C (2005) Grasslands of the world. FAO.
White R, Murray S, Rohweder M (2000) Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE) Grassland ecosystems. WRI.
WoodS, Sebastian K, Scherr SJ (2000) Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE) Agroecosystems. WRI.
Prerequisites / NoticeDieser Kurs basiert auf den Kursen "„Öko- und Ertragsphysiologie"“ und "„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 in grassland will be presented by experienced researchers as well as Ph.D. students and graduate students. Citation 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.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to understand and evaluate experimental design and data interpretation of on-going 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 / NoticePrerequisites: Attendance of the courses "Öko- und Ertragsphysiologie", "Futterbau", "Graslandsysteme" in the Bachelor or similar courses. Language will be English.
751-5118-00LGlobal Change Biology Information 2 credits2GH. Bugmann, N. Buchmann, C. Emmel, L. Hörtnagl
AbstractThis course focuses on the effects of anthropogenic climate change as well as land use and land cover change on terrestrial systems. Our current understanding of the coupled human-environmental systems will be discussed, based on observations, experiments and modeling studies. Different management options for sustainable resource use, climate mitigation and adaptation will be studied.
ObjectiveStudents will understand consequences of global change at various spatial and temporal scales, be able to synthesize their knowledge in various disciplines in view of global change issues, know international and national treaties and negotiations concerning management and climate and land use/land cover change, and be able to evaluate different management options, including sustainable resource use and climate mitigation as well as adaptation options.

Students will learn to present scientific information to an audience of educated laymen by preparing an executive summary and an oral presentation to answer a specific scientific question. Students will get extensive feedback from teachers and peers. Thereby, students will also learn how to give constructive feedback to peers.
ContentChanges in climate and land use are major issues that students will be faced with during their working life, independently of where they will work. Thus, an advanced understanding on how global change, biogeochemistry, land use practices, politics, and society interact is critical to act responsibly and work as agricultural or environmental scientists in the future.

Thus, during this course, the effects of global change (i.e., changes in climate, atmospheric chemistry as well as land use and land cover) on forest and agro-ecosystems will be presented and discussed. Effects on ecosystem structure, composition, productivity and biogeochemical cycling, but also on stability of production systems against disturbances will be addressed. Current scenarios and models for coupled human-environmental systems will be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of different management options will be studied, including the sustainable resource use and climate mitigation as well as adaptation.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course is based on fundamental knowledge about plant ecophysiology, soil science, and ecology in general.
751-9100-00LLERNfeld1 credit2GN. Buchmann
AbstractIm Dialog mit Schülern, Lehrpersonen und Bauern kennenlernen von praktischen Aspekten von Biodiversität und Klimawandel. Unterstützung von Schülerinnen und Schülern bei Fragen rund um die Lernaktivitäten von LERNfeld, Beratung von Lehrpersonen, Betreuung des LERNfeld-Blogs.
LERNfeld ist ein GLOBE Projekt (www.globe-swiss.ch/de/Angebote/LERNfeld)
ObjectiveIm Dialog mit Schülern, Lehrpersonen und Bauern kennenlernen von praktischen Aspekten von Biodiversität und Klimawandel. Unterstützung von Schülerinnen und Schülern bei Fragen rund um die Lernaktivitäten von LERNfeld, Beratung von Lehrpersonen, Betreuung des LERNfeld-Blogs.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzung für die Teilnahme sind sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.
Anmeldung auf lernfeld@usys.ethz.ch
Projektstart: 15.2.2015
760-2210-00LColloquium in Plant Science
Does not take place this semester.
0 credits1KW. Gruissem, N. Buchmann, C. De Moraes, E. Frossard, B. Studer, O. Voinnet, A. Walter, S. C. Zeeman
Abstract
Objective