Plant Response to Environment across Scales

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Venue: ETH Zurich, Auditorium Maximum HG F30, Rämistr 101, Zurich

This conference will present advances in plant science research on genomics, phenomics, and enviromics.

Participants are encouraged to present their own work during the poster session. Four poster abstracts will be pre-selected for flash talks (10 min). PSC will award poster prizes and a special award for the best «augmented reality» poster.


Conference registration & poster abstract submission


The world’s ecosystems are subject to rapid changes due to human activities. This poses many challenges, such as global warming and biodiversity loss. For a better understanding of human environmental impact, geological and biological changes need to be described and quantified. Recent developments in genomics, phenomics and enviromics have allowed scientists to extract a wealth of new information. The symposium will highlight new strategies of assessing plant response to stress from gene to field and across ecosystem level.

Session 1: genomics
Session 2: phenomics
Session 3: enviromics


Session Speaker Presentation title
Session 1: Responses at genome scale
Kirsten Bomblies, ETH Zurich, PSC

Temperature and meiosis - climate adaptation and its possible ties to recombination rate variation

Anne Roulin, U Zurich, PSC

Transposable element evolution: What can we learn from population genomics?

Ben Oyserman, NIOO, KNAW, NLD


Coffee Break and Poster Session
Session 2: Response at cellular / plant scale

Hendrik Poorter, Plant Sciences, FZJ, DEU

Meta-phenomics: A "periodic table" of plant responses to their a-biotic environment

Nicole van Dam, German Centre Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig DEU

Beyond the usual suspects? Ecometabolomics analyses of plant-environment interactions

Jaakko Kangasjärvi, U Helsinki FIN

Plant acclimation and responses to stresses – a cellular perspective

Lunch and Poster Session
Session 3: Response at ecosystem scale
Yvonne Willi, U Basel, PSC

Constraints to climate adaptation

Tamir Klein, Weizman Institute of Science ISR Tree eco-physiology through molecular eyes


Francesco Miglietta, Institute of Bioeconomy, CNR, Firenze - ITA

Environment and plants –  plants and environment


Flash talks by selected young PSC researchers (PhD/ postdoc fellows)

Poster awards & concluding remarks
Prof. Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich, PSC chair


Sylvia Martínez, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC), Univ Basel