Peatland Ecology and Management

31 January 2013 - University of Neuchâtel


Prof. Mariusz Lamentowicz , Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland - " Integrating palaeoecology with ecology to improve peatland management"

Dr Francis Muller , Fédération des Conservatoires d'espaces naturels, Besançon, France - "Peatland management - where are the knowledge gaps?"

Dr Elizabeth Feldmeyer-Christe , WSL, Birmensdorf - "Monitoring of Swiss mires – patterns and threats"

Prof. Alexandre Buttler , WSL-Lausanne & EPF Lausanne

Dr Luca Bragazza , WSL-Lausanne & EPF Lausanne - "Shrub encroachment in peatlands in response to climate warming: biogeochemical mechanisms"

Dr Philippe Grosvernier , LIN'eco, Reconvilier - "Colorful mires but thirsty peatlands: the need for better knowledge on hydrology in peatland restoration issues"

Sébastien Tschanz, Service Faune Forêt Nature du Canton de Neuchâtel - "La gestion des marais dans le canton de Neuchâtel"

Prof. Philip Brunner , CHYN, University of Neuchâtel - “Hydrogeological controls on wetland systems”

Prof. Daniel Hunkeler , CHYN, University of Neuchâtel - "Groundwater dependent ecosystems"


To have an overview of ongoing research in peatland ecology, including community ecology (vegetation, soil organisms), carbon balance, palaeoecology, hydrology, microbial communities and soil functioning.

To understand the current challenges related to the management of peatlands: restoration projects, policy, dialogue with local communities and stakeholders

To discuss between scientists and peatland managers about the current research needs from the management and policy perspective.

To define emerging themes at the frontier between fundamental and applied research on peatlands.


Keynote presentations by leading researchers and stakeholders in the field.

Presentations of posters by meeting participants.

General roundtables and synthesis of the themes addressed during the workshop.

Program (PDF 61 Ko, updated 17.12.2012)

More information :

General information

Date :  31 January 2013

Schedule : 8:30 - 18:00

Location : University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Humanities, Espace Louis-Agassiz 1 (click on number 18 on the map to get directions), 2000 Neuchâtel, auditorium R.N.02 (ground floor)

Registration fee : free for master and CUSO PhD students. CHF 30 for all other participants (including lunch and 2 coffee breaks)

ECTS : 0.5 (attendance only), 1.0 (poster presentation) (Scientific activities)

Evaluation : Active participation

Information : Please contact the organizers  Isabelle Koenig or  Prof. Edward Mitchell

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


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


  • This workshop is opened to Ph.D. students, master students, postdocs, and senior researchers.
  • It is free for CUSO master students and CUSO PhD students. For ALL other participants a registration fee of CHF 30 has to be paid.

Registration through the web only: online registration

Deadline: 15 January 2013

  • Payment of the registration fee CHF 30 has to be done on the following account:
    • within Switzerland:
      CCP number : 20-4130-2
      IBAN : CH11 0900 0000 2000 4130 2
      Beneficiary : Université de Neuchâtel, Bureau des fonds de tiers, 2000 Neuchâtel
      Don't forget to mention U.01004 (Peatland) and the name of the participant
    • from outside Switzerland
      Bank: UBS, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
      Account number: CH53 0029 0290 5000 8005 H
      Beneficiary: Université de Neuchâtel, Bureau des fonds de tiers, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland
      Don't forget to mention U.01004 (Peatland) and the name of the participant
      Make sure that we receive the full amount (all costs on your side).
      Send the proof of payment to Isabelle Koenig
  • Cancellation: No refund of registration fee after 15 January 2013. In case of cancellation, an administration fee of CHF 10 will be retained.