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SeeDS 2018


15 November 2018


Moe Bakhtiari, UNINE
Pamela Bruno, UNINE
Ursula Oggenfuss, UNINE

Special artistic contribution by Charlyne Jaccard, UNINE


The main speakers are the PhD students of the program and three invited speakers:

Dr. Emilie Demarsy, University of Geneva

Dr. Jennifer Mcclung, University of Neuchâtel

Dr. Peter Linder, University of Zurich



The SeeDS (Symposium of Ecology and Evolution Doctoral Students) is an engaging and stress-free meeting organized by the graduate students for the participating graduate students in all disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology to discuss their current research, meet new colleagues from across Switzerland and abroad and have the opportunity to expand their research network.

This year's meeting will take place at the Museum of Natural History in Neuchatel. The program consists of selected number of presentations from PhD students, poster presentation sessions, talks by three invited speakers including lunch and social dinner. We will conclude the meeting with an organized guided-tour of the Climate Change Exhibition "Poles, feu la glaçe" at the Natural History Museum and a private social apero and dinner held at the Café du Cerf.

This year, we have selected our invited speakers from both academia and industry to provide the students with a broad scientific presentation on ecology and evolution as well as talks focusing on the broad spectrum of challenges faced by PhD graduates to take on a career in both academia and industry.


Invited guest speakers:

Dr. Peter Linder
 (UZH): is a world-renowned plant taxonomist from the institute of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at University of Zurich. His research is focused on fascinating plant diversity. He is an expert in Cape flora of South Africa. He will give an inspiring talk titled "Some unusual hypotheses as to why evolutionary radiations take place" Dr. Emilie Demarsy (UNIGE): is a recently appointed senior lecturer at Department of Botany and Plant Biology at University of Geneva. She has held several academic positions at different academic institutions upon obtaining her PhD. She will talk about the challenges and her experiences as a woman in science in academia. Dr. Jennifer Mcclung (Conseillère de Recherche et Innovation, Grant Office UNINE):has obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews (UK) and has since worked as a researcher of human behaviour at the dept. of Behavioural Ecology of UNINE. She has just been appointed Grant Manager at the Grant Office of UNINE. She will talk aboutGrant and Scholarship opportunities for PhD students in Switzerland, during and post-PhD.

Check the official web page for more information



8h30: Arrival and registration - Hanging of the posters

9h30: Start of the event

10h30: Coffee break

12h00: Collective lunch at the Museum

15h00: Coffe break

17h15: Guided tour of the Climate Change Exhibition "Poles, feu la glaçe"

18h00: End of the event

18h30: Social Apéro and dinner at Café du Cerf


The detailed program will be sent via mail to all registered participants.



Neuchâtel, Natural History Museum




0.5-1 ECTS


Attendance: 0.5 ECTS

Attendance & presentation of own work: 1 ECTS

Abstract submission is elective for PhD candidates in their first year, and it is mandatory for candidates in their second or later year of PhD

Abstracts submission

Deadline 4 November 2018

Registration deadline: 11 November 2018 (no abstract submission)

Abstract submission is elective for PhD candidates in their first year, and it is mandatory for candidates in their second or later year of PhD!

Send your abstract (300 words) to seeds2018(at)unine(dot)ch and specify your preference for a talk or poster presentation.

Talk can be validated as "presentation in another CUSO university" for UNIL, UNIGE, UNIFR and UNIBE DPEE students.

Abstract submission is not sufficient to register: please use the orange registration button on this page.


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

 Sara Santi Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution
 PER04 building
 University of Fribourg
 Chemin du Musée 10
 CH-1700 Fribourg

NEW from 2018: NO reimbursement of your meal expenses


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account.

External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" in the upper left of this page and then select "non-CUSO student" account.

Registration fees will apply for external participants

Abstract submission deadline on 4 November 2018

Registration deadline on 11 November 2018



Deadline for registration 11.11.2018
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