Seminars and Events

Invited speakers present their work

Topics in Plant Biology presented by invited speakers


**Due to the COVID-19 situation the Colloquium will be held Online (Zoom) . Interested students, which are not already registered, please contact Sandra Ryf,**



Institute of Plant Sciences
Altenbergrain 21, main auditorium


Mondays during the semester at 16:15-17:30 h

Spring Semester 2021


 Speaker / Lecture Title                        


22.02.2021 Dr. German Martinez, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Aphid feeding induces the relaxation of epigenetic control and the associated regulation of the defense response in Arabidopsis
Prof. Dr. P. Jullien

08.03.2021 Dr. Fatma Kaplan, Pheronym, USA
Pheromones’ role in entomopathogenic nematode dispersal and foraging on earth and in space ​​​​​​​
Prof. Dr. C. Robert



19.04.2021 Prof. Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, KwzuluNatal University, South Africa
A journey in underutilized crops research
PD Dr. Z. Tadele
26.04.2021 **Starting Time exceptionally at 10.00 am**

Prof. Dr. Michitaka Notaguchi , Nagoya University, Japan
Grafting biology focusing on cell-cell adhesion mechanism, and development of techniques to facilitate study

Prof. Dr. P. Jullien
10.05.2021 Dr. Paul D. Henne, USGS, Denver, USA
Long-term impacts of drought and wildfire on forests of the Rocky Mountains, USA
Prof. Dr. W. Tinner

Dr. Massimiliano Probo, Agroscope
The RobustAlps project: Targeted grazing of Highland cattle for the restoration of green alder-encroached pastures
Prof. Dr. E. Allan

PACE (Plant & Animal Conservation Ecology)

The goal of this lecture series is to provide students with a broad view of conservation research and practice, and to contribute to bridging the gap between the two. We invite people working in biodiversity conservation within different professional frameworks (NGOs, federal and cantonal administration, media), as well as people carrying out conservation research. Each lecturer provides materials which the students have to study beforehand.


 In 2020 the seminar takes place at the Lecture Hall, Institute of Plant Sciences, Altenbergrain 21, Bern 3013

Time schedule

Thursday, 16:15h - 18:00h

Fall Semester 2020
Date Speaker
17 Sept Steffen Boch, WSL Monitoring the effectiveness of habitat conservation in Switzerland
24 Sept Alain Jacot, Vogelwarte Bird conservation - combining monitoring schemes, research activities & conservation actions
01 Oct
Katja Rembold, Botanischer Garten der Universität Bern Paradise Lost? Land use change and biodiversity in Indonesia
08 Oct    
15 Oct    
22 Oct
Loïc Francon, University of Geneva Influence of global warming on the growth of dwarf shrubs in the French Alps: dendroecological analysis of Rhododendron ferrugineum L. in contrasting topoclimatic contexts
29 Oct
Sarah Delley, BirdLife Conservation of farmland birds in the Seeland
05 Nov    
12 Nov Nik Indermühle, Stadtgrün Bern On urban biodiversity – working for a public administration
19 Nov Daniel Mettler, Agridea Herd protection
26 Nov
Denise Karp and Jelena Mausbach, Artenspürhunde
Nature's best friend: a nose for science and conservation
03 Dec
10 Dec    
17 Dec Exam