The chloroplast: a model system for organellar biogenesis

23 - 24 May2013



The principle goal is to broaden the knowledge of the participating students on organellar biogenesis.


Chloroplast biogenesis is a key developmental step towards photoautotrophic growth in plants. The monumental importance of the process is highlighted by dramatic changes in gene expression, protein composition and organelle morphology. For precisely these reasons the chloroplast is an excellent model system for organellar biogenesis.

During organized journal clubs and mini-workshops the students will have the opportunity to directly interact with internationally recognized scientists in cutting edge research areas. There will be the possibility to both discuss the latest developments in the literature, present your own data and to gather hands on experience in practical workshops.

The journal clubs and mini-workshops will cover the following areas

  • Transcriptomics in chloroplast development (Philip Zimmermann)
  • Lipidomics studies of chloroplast membrane systems (Gaétan Glauser)
  • Chloroplast regulatory kinases and phosphatases (Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont
  • Cell biology of choroplast development (protein import and proteasome regulation) (Danny Schnell and Paul Jarvis)

Relevant publications will be sent to the participants in advance.

Program (70Ko) ( updated 24.5.2013)

General information

Dates: 23-24 May 2013

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building G (Chimie), Petit auditoire de chimie GPA

ECTS : 1.0 (category Scientific activities)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Information : Please contact the education officer Dr. Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses : participants of the  Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (University of Neuchâtel) are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). 


Please send the original tickets (no copies) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.

For participants of the CUSO doctoral program Molecular in Plant Sciences, see CUSO MPS web site


  • This course is open to all Ph.D. students, master students and post-docs.
  • This course is free for PhD students of the 2 doctoral programs CUSO MPS and Neuchâtel DP-biol (lunches included), and for master students (lunches not included for master students). For all other participants the registration fee is CHF 50 (including 2 lunches and 4 coffee breaks).

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 50).

Deadline: 14 May 2013