Seminar in ecology, evolution, and behaviour

30 September - 9 December 2008

every Tuesdays 12.00-13.00 (exceptions Friday 24 Oct and Thursday 13 Nov).


Detailed programme (pdf document).


This seminar series is organised by the research groups in Evolutionary Entomology, Chemical Ecology, Evolutionary Botany, and Eco-Ethology. It will be attended by scientists, postdocs, PhD-, and master students, and it will cover a broad range of research topics (within the framework of the inviting research groups). The invited speakers (from other Swiss universities and from abroad) will present selected subjects of their current research. This seminar series offers the opportunity to hear about and discuss ongoing work in ecology, evolution and behavioural sciences, and to meet nationally and internationally known scientists.

content and pre-seminar assignment

1) You should attend at least 9 (out of 11) talks. Please have a professor or maître assistant sign your list of talks whenever you attended one.

2) Registered students will receive a research article written by the invited speaker, per e-mail during the week before each talk. Reading this article will help you to follow the talk and to participate in the discussion.

3) You are expected to participate actively during the discussion after the talks. To document your participation, choose three talks were you asked a question during the discussion. For each question, first summarize the points in the talk (or the preparatory paper) that lead you to this question, and then cite and discuss the answer given by the speaker. State if you were or were not entirely happy with the answer and if there were any doubts left on this matter. Provide no more than one A4 page per question.

general information

Dates:  every Tuesday from 30 September to 9 December 2008 (exceptions: Friday 24 Oct and Thursday 13 Nov). See programme.

Schedule: 12.00 - 13.00

Location: Université de Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, B 103

Credit points: 1.0 credit point (Scientific)

Evaluation: Active participation including personal work as described

Information: Please contact Dr. Katharina Foersrter

Travel expenses: NCCR Doctoral programme "Plants and their Environment" participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with this form (17 ko, pdf document) to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


Register by sending an e-mail to Dr Katharina Foerster (katharina.foerster@unine.ch), to receive a list of talks for your attendance documentation, and the pdfs of the preparatory paper before each talk.