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Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

From Place to Space: Tracing the Spatial Dimension of Plant Sciences

Wednesday 7th of December 2022


Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Save the 7th of December 2022 and look forward to exiting talks given by a diverse panel of speakers highlighting the relevance of spatial organization in plant sciences from the perspectives of the cellular space, the plant space, the ecosystem space, and even the outer space!
We are particularly excited about this year’s edition of the Symposium as after two years of online sessions, it will finally bring the whole Plant Science Center community back together on site.

Extended registration and abstract submission deadline: 1st of November 2022!


Session Speaker Presentation title
09:15 Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich, PSC chair
The cell space Lucia Piro and Trang Dang Session chair

Sara Simonini
University of Zurich, CH

When it is the right time to divide: parental regulation of cell dvision during reproduction

Markus Geisler
University of Fribourg, CH

A twist in the thale: an update on auxin-mediated cell elongation

10:30 Stefania Giacomello
KTH Royal Institute of techology, Stockholm, SE

The cell space - A journey in spatially resolved transcriptomics: from animal tissues to plants



The plant space Katja Stengele and Charlotte Joller Session chair

Chrysoula Pantazopoulou
University of Utrecht, NL

How can Arabidopsis perceive neighbors in space and time?

Philippe Reymond
University of Lausanne, CH

Intra- and interplant responses to insect egg deposition in Arabidopsis


Desalegn Etalo
Netherlands Institute of Ecology, NL

The tri-partite interaction between parasitic plants, host and their microbiome




Lunch and poster session


The ecosystem space Alexandra Siffert and Iciar Giménez Session chair
14:30 Sabine Rumpf
University of Basel, CH

Effects of environmental change on arctic and alpine vegetation

15:00 Eliana M. Jimenez
National University of Colombia, CO

Spatial and temporal variation of forst net primary productivity components on contrasting soils in northwestern Amazon

15:30 Break
  Alexandra Siffert and Iciar Giménez Session chair

Flash Talks by selected PhD students and postdocs:


Flash Talk by Stephanie Ruaud, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich

Pyrenoid formation in hornworts: genomic hints for green algal-like pyrenoid scaffolding mechanisms
  Flash Talk by Yuling Yue, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich Shared transcriptional response in independent lineages of land plants during plant- cyanobacteria symbiosis shed light on its evolutionary origin
  Flash Talk by Aphrodite Kantsa, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich Discriminability of floral colors explains global biogeographical patterns of pollinators
  Flash Talk by Oliver Reutimann, Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ), ETH Zurich Developing a sampling design for a genetic diversity monitoring program in Switzerland
The outer space Alexandra Siffert and Iciar Giménez Session chair
17:00 Stefania di Pascale
University of Napoli, IT

Bioregenerative systems to sustain human life for Long-Term Space Missions: the challenges of plant cultivation

17:30 tba Poster awards and concluding remarks

PhD Organising Committee

Trang Dang (Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich)

Iciar Giménez (Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich)

Charlotte Joller (Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel)

Lucia Piro (Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich)

Alexandra Siffert (Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich)

Katja Stengele (Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel)

Scientific Program Committee

Manuela Dahinden, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Bruno Studer, ETH Zurich

Célia Baroux, University of Zurich

Maria Santos, University of Zurich

Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich

Symposium Coordination

Yvonne Steinbach, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Romy Kohlmann, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center


Weiterführende Informationen


From Place to Space: Tracing the Spatial Dimension of Plant Sciences

Conference website & registration

Registration closed.

Poster Award


The best three poster presenters will receive an Award for their top scientific poster.


Assessment criteria: scientific objectivity, contribution to the field, relevance to the conference theme and overall presentation.


Deadline: 1st of November 2022


Flash talks


The Scientific Conference Committee selects speakers among the poster abstract submission for short talks (reserved for PSC network members).