Date and Location
- Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 14.15–17.45h. ETH Zurich room HG E23, Rämistrasse 101, Zurich, (kick-off talks by PSC lecturers); and
- Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 09.15–16:15h. ETH Zurich room LEE E 101, Leonhardstrasse 21, Zurich, (group presentations of students)
Aurélien Bailly (UZH), Giovanni Broggini (ETHZ), Mark Mescher (ETHZ), Loïc Pellissier (ETHZ), Florian Schiestl (UZH), Bernhard Schmid (UZH), Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi (UZH), Elisabeth Truernit (ETHZ), Olivier Voinnet (ETHZ), Thomas Boller (U Basel), Sylvia Martinez (PSC & U Basel))
The colloquium “Challenges in Plant Sciences” is a core event of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center's PhD program and the MSc module. The colloquium introduces participants to the broad spectrum of disciplines in plant sciences. The topics offer integrated knowledge about plant sciences, they range from the molecular level to the ecosystem level, and from basic to applied science while making use of the synergies between the different research groups of the PSC. The course offers a unique chance to approach interdisciplinary topics as challenges in the field of plant sciences.
During the kick-off meeting, each involved PSC lecturer gives a short kick-off talk as a general introduction to his/her research field. Subsequently, each student group prepares a presentation chosen from a variety of topics and based on literature provided by the tutors. Students gain knowledge and practice discussing and presenting research results.
Program, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 (kick-off talks)
|14h15||Introduction||Sylvia Martinez PSC|
|14h30||Ecological transcriptomics||Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi UZH|
|14h45||Pollinator driven evolution in plants||Florian Schiestl UZH|
|15h00||Spacial analysis of biodiversity and global change||Loïc Pellissier ETHZ|
|15h15||Interkingdom volatile-mediated communication: do bacteria talk plantish?||Aurélien Bailly UZH|
|15h30||Analysis of microRNA biology at single-cell resolution in Arabidopsis||Olivier Voinnet ETHZ|
|15h45||Diversity strategies in agriculture||Bernhard Schmid UZH|
|16h15||Challenges and opportunities in modern apple breeding||Giovanni Broggini ETHZ|
|16h30||Phloem development and function||Elisabeth Truernit ETHZ|
|16h45||Plant olfactory perception||Mark Mescher ETHZ|
|17h00||Each student group meets with its tutor to define content of student talks.||All participants|
|17h30||Approximate end of first event|
Program, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 (student talks)
|09h20||Ecological transcriptomics||Ina Schlathölter, Maximilian Vogt, Lukas Wille|
|09h55||Phloem development and function||Lukas Kunz, Marina Stirnemann, Manuel Waller|
|10h45||RNA biology||Anton Hochmuth, Jennifer Mark|
|11h10||Interkingdom volatile-mediated communication||Simone Fouché, Danilo Pereira, Carolina Sardinha Francisco|
|11h45||Plant olfactory perception||Anna Hunkeler, Isabel Schumacher, Aya Yokota|
|13h45||Challenges and opportunities in modern apple breeding||Jonatan Isaksson, Manuel Poretti, Vinay Shekhar|
|14h20||Diversity strategies in agriculture||Camilo Chiang, Sabrina Flütsch, Marc Grünig|
|15h15||Pollinator driven evolution in plants||Franco Conci, Shiva Ghiasi, Deborah Zani|
|15h50||Spacial analysis of biodiversity and global change||Yuta Kawakami, Miguel Loera|
|16h15||Approximate end of colloquium|
- Introduce PhD and Master students to the broad field of plant sciences
- Promote active participation and independent student work
- Enhance presentation and discussion skills
- Increase interactions among students and teachers
- Promote an interdisciplinary and integrative teaching program
Course structure and timetable
- Students register with PSC and choose a topic through the doodle (tba).
- During the kick-off meeting PSC lecturers hold short talks on their research topics and groups. Afterwards student groups meet with tutors/lecturers to define their talks scheduled for November and to plan the student teamwork.
- Between October and November. Each student group prepares its colloquium talks independently. Literature will be provided.
- Colloquium block course will be held in November, (check the exact schedule further up this website). Student groups present their talks. Each student receives grading and feedback by two experts.
Grading and Credit Points
2 Credit Points for PhD and Master students. Based on 8 days of work (= 60 learning hours) consisting of 2.5 days block course and 5.5 days of independent preparation time for the talk.