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) from the 26. October 2020 on. 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

Autumn Semester 2020


 Speaker / Lecture Title                        



21.09.2020 Dr. M. Wiggenhauser, ETH Zürich
Zinc and Cadmium: an isotope perspective on the story of the good and the bad
Prof. Dr. M. Erb



26.10.2020 Online via zoom:
Dr. Stefan Grob, University of Zurich
KNOT-linked silencing, a novel gene silencing phenomenon involving 3D chromosomal architecture
Prof. Dr. C. Parisod
02.11.2020 Online via zoom:
Prof. Dr. Sylvain Bischof, University of Zurich
Chromatin remodeling in Arabidopsis thaliana
Prof. Dr. D. Rentsch
09.11.2020 Online via zoom:
Dr. J. de Vos, University of Basel
Herbarium genomics and the ecology of plant radiations
Prof. Dr. C. Parisod

Online via zoom:
Prof. Dr. P. Niklaus, University of Zurich
Title - to be announced

Prof. Dr. E. Allan
23.11.2020 Online via zoom:
Prof. Dr. F. Altermatt, EAWAG
Community Ecology in Times of Open Research Data (ORD) and Data Sharing
Prof. Dr. M. Fischer
30.11.2020 Online via zoom:
Dr. C. Baroux, University of Zurich
Plant linker histones- beyond simple chromatin architects
Prof. Dr. P. Jullien
07.12.2020 Online via zoom:
Prof. Dr. Madhav Thakur, IEE, University of Bern
Climate warming and trophic mismatches in terrestrial ecosystems: the green–brown imbalance hypothesis
Prof. Dr. D. Rentsch / 
Dr. C. Robert
14.12.2020 Online via zoom:
Dr. M. Lehmann, WSL
Hydrogen isotopes in plants as a diagnostic tool for carbon storage use under stress conditions
Prof. Dr. W. Tinner /
Dr. C. Schwörer

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 doc1  doc2 doc3
29 Oct
Sarah Delley, BirdLife Conservation of farmland birds in the Seeland  
05 Nov      
12 Nov Nik Indermühle, Stadtgrün Bern    
19 Nov Daniel Mettler, Agridea Herd protection  
26 Nov
Denise Karp and Jelena Mausbach, Artenspürhunde

03 Dec
10 Dec      
17 Dec Exam