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SeeDS 2021


23 February 2021

Responsable de l'activité

Thomas Flatt


PhD candidates at UniBE:
Marta Binaghi, Martina Lüthi, Daniel Slodowicz


Andrea Hacker, University of Bern. CH
Natasha Glover, University of Lausanne, CH
Kimberly Gilbert, University of Bern, CH
Roel van Klink, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany
Olga Vvedenskaya, Dragonfly Mental Health, Germany
Wassilis Kassis, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, CH


The SeeDS (Symposium of Ecology and Evolution Doctoral Students) is a fun and stress-free meeting organized by the graduate students for graduate students in ecology and evolutionary biology.

This year the symposium will be split into two parts:
One part will focus on the practical aspects of being a PhD student. On one hand this involves different aspects of publishing (open access, high impact) and on the other hand career options after completion of a PhD. Young researchers will report about their personal experiences.
The second part will be more general about academia and will point out some of its inherent problems such as mental health and discrimination. Especially now due to COVID-related changes we should not forget to take care about others and ourselves.

This symposium will finish with a virtual socializing event where you can meet your colleagues in a friendly atmosphere.

The whole event will be held online via Zoom.


Morning Session (9:00 – 12:00h)
Sharing: Open Science, publishing and young researchers' experiences
• Open Access in Switzerland. Options, Requirements and Challenges (Andrea Hacker)
• How to Get Published: Tips for Early Career Researchers (Natasha Glover)
• The joys of publishing on a hot topic in a hot journal: caveats, criticism and conspiracies (Roel van Klink)
• Perspectives on a career trajectory in (or out) of academia (Kimberly Gilbert)

Afternoon Session (13:30 – 16:15h)
Caring: mental health and discrimination in an academic environment
• Mental health in science (Olga Vvedenskaya)
• The Dark Side of Academia: How much Prejudices and Group-Focused Enmity are too much? (Wassilis Kassis)

Post symposium socializing (from 16:30h on)




Full attendance and active participation


When? 23 February 2021

Online! The link will be communicated to registered participants in due time


As the course will be held online, no travel cost reimbursement can be claimed


Through your myCUSO account!

Registrations are now open!

Deadline for registration: 18.02.2021

Registration Fees:

Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program or to a CUSO member university.
In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free
Late cancellations or no-show: Administrative fee of 25 CHF will be demanded
Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)



Deadline for registration 18.02.2021
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