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.

Conference registration & poster abstract submission will open in autumn.


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

Tentative program

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

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

Anne Roulin, U Zurich, PSC




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

Hendrik Porter, Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center DE

Meta-phenomics: Towards a 'periodic table' of plant responses to their a-biotic environment

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

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

Jaakko Kangasjärvi, U Helsinki FI


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

Constraints to climate adaptation






Flash talks by young researchers (PhD students and postdocs)

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


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