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Organisation

The Department of Environmental Systems Science is made up of six institutes. The department members are as follows:

  1. the professors assigned to the department
  2. other lecturers in the department
  3. the Departmental Services (D-USYS Administration)
  4. the members of scientific, administrative and technical staff at the institutes and professorships belonging to the department and at the department’s own facilities
  5. the students and auditors enrolled on study programmes within the department

Management bodies

The bodies of the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) are defined in the ETH Zurich Organisational Ordinance (OV) [RSETHZ 201.021] and the D-USYS Rules of Procedure [RSETH 320.29].

The department includes the following management and advisory bodies:

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Department Conference

The Department Conference is the department’s most senior body and is responsible for taking decisions on various departmental matters. These are prepared by the Department Committee and other commissions and are put forward to the Department Conference. The department’s business is managed by the Head of Department, while its teaching activities fall under the responsibility of the Directors of Studies.

The Department Conference members comprise:

  • all full and associate professors as well as assistant, funded and adjunct professors belonging to the department
  • two further lecturers (who are not adjunct professors)
  • six members of scientific staff
  • six students or auditors from the department, three for each study programme
  • six members of administrative and technical staff
  • six further departmental members at most
  • the associated members of the department

Chair: Prof. Thomas Peter
Management: Madlaina Gartmann

Professors’ Conference

The Professors’ Conference deals with academic planning, especially planning for chairs and professorships, and prepares advertisements for professorships for the attention of the Department Conference. It submits proposals

  • for promoting assistant and associate professors
  • for awarding the title of professor
  • for conferring the Venia Legendi
  • for awarding honorary doctorates and
  • for appointing members of the honorary council

The Professors’ Conference is made up of all full and associate professors, the assistant professors with and without tenure track, the adjunct professors belonging to the department and the professors designated as associated members. The associated members act in an advisory capacity.

Chair: Prof. Thomas Peter
Management: Dr. Peter Frischknecht

Teaching Commissions

Teaching Commissions (TC) function as decision-making bodies for the organisation of educational activities in accordance with Article 50 of the OV.

Each study programme in the Department of Environmental Systems Science has its own TC, which serves as an advisory body on all matters relating to teaching. The TC develops the relevant study programme, monitors the quality of the education on a regular basis, anticipates upcoming issues and discusses changes to be applied to modules or individual lectures. It prepares also the respective proposals that have to be authorised by the Department Conference.

Students, scientific staff and professors each have the same number of representatives on the TC. The TC for the Agricultural Science programme comprises three representatives of each group, while the TC for Environmental Sciences includes six of each.

Chair:
Prof. Achim Walter (Director of Studies for Agricultural Sciences)
Prof. Jukka Jokela (Director of Studies for Environmental Sciences)

Management:
Emma Lindberg (Agricultural Sciences)
Dr. Peter Frischknecht (Environmental Sciences)

Grading Conference

The tasks and composition of the Grading Conference for tiered study programmes are based on the provisions of the ETH Zurich Ordinance on Performance Assessments. The Grading Conference examines performances in the first-year examinations and examination blocks, which consist of several subjects and can be passed or failed in their entirety. It does not deal with single examinations.

The Grading Conference decides on the rating of examination performances based on the assessments proposed by the examiners. It takes place immediately after each examination session and is headed by the Director of Studies.

The Conference is composed of the examiners involved in the examination and a student representative as an observer.

Chair: Prof. Jukka Jokela
Management: Dr. Urs Brändle

Resource Commission

The Resource Commission

  • prepares issues relating to budgeting and the distribution of funds (staff appropriations, tangible expenses, facilities and premises) for the attention of the Head of Department
  • decides on the granting of departmental funds

The members of the Resource Commission are as follows:

  • the Head of Department (chair)
  • the Deputy Head of Department
  • the head or a representative of each of the six institutes
  • representatives of the scientific, administrative and technical staff and of the students
  • the Resource Manager (responsible for management without voting rights)

Chair: Prof. Thomas Peter
Management: Sabine Meens

Room Commission

The Room Commission

  • prepares proposals with regard to the reallocation or reassignment of rooms for the attention of the Resource Commission
  • supports the SPC in completing the profile papers for professorships by preparing the appendix on “room allocation”
  • updates on a frequent basis the room occupancy list of D-USYS

Members of the Room Commission are:

  • the Resource Manager (chair)
  • a representative of each of the six institutes

Chair and Management: Sabine Meens

Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) is an advisory body that supports the Professors’ and Department Conferences by preparing the relevant multi-year strategic plan, ongoing chair/professorship planning, strategy meetings and approval and dialogue discussions with the Executive Board.

Each institute is represented by a professor on the SPC. Other committee members include the Head of Department and the Department Coordinator. The SPC is chaired and led by the Deputy Head of Department.

To facilitate its work, the SPC can invite other members of D-USYS, of its students, or people from outside D-USYS for consultation. For matters relating to finances (particularly strategic financial planning) and other resources, the Resource Manager is included. Further guests can also be invited if required.

Chair: Prof. Nina Buchmann
Management: Dr. Barbara Schmied

Department Committee

The Department Committee prepares the business aspects of the Department Conference and advises the Head of Department on matters concerning the development and management of personnel.

The members of the Department Committee are as follows:

  • the Head of Department (chair)
  • the Deputy Head of Department
  • the Director of Studies
  • the head or a representative of each of the six institutes

The rest of the department is represented by a further member, who is nominated by the Head of Department and elected by the Department Conference.

Chair: Prof. Thomas Peter
Management: Dr. Peter Frischknecht

Doctoral Committee

The tasks of the Doctoral Committee are based on the provisions of the ETH Zurich Ordinance on Doctoral Studies [RS ETHZ 340.31].

The Doctoral Committee is composed of at least three professors elected by the Department Conference.

Chair: Prof. Heini Wernli
Prof. Consuelo De Moraes
Prof. Lenny Winkel
Prof. Mark Lever

Directors of Studies

The Directors of Studies in the Department of Environmental Systems Science are responsible for the degree programmes, examination regulations and validation of examination results in the two curricula “Agricultural Sciences” and “Environmental Sciences”.  They lead the respective Teaching Commissions and the Admissions Committee.

Directors of Studies in theDepartment of Environmental Systems Science

Admissions Committees

The Admissions Committees assess applicants for the Master’s degree programmes in terms of their academic background and general eligibility and submit applications for approval or rejection by the Director of Studies. Depending on applicants’ qualifications and previous knowledge, additional requirements may be imposed.

For further details, please refer to the regulations of the degree programmes in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, for which there are two separate Admissions Committees.

Each Admissions Committee comprise the following members:

  • the Director of Studies
  • the Study Programme Coordinator
  • Representatives of each degree programme specialisation

Contact:
Emma Lindberg (Agricultural Sciences)
Dr. Peter Frischknecht (Environmental Sciences)

Research Station Commission

The Research Station Commission comprises two professors from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS) and a further professor from D-USYS who is not a member of IAS. The Department Conference elects the members and the delegate for the research stations.

Delegate: Prof. Michael Kreuzer

 
 
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30.04.2017
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