Advances in Swiss research on the chemical ecology of plant defences

10 December 2013

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To reinforce information exchange and collaborations among Swiss research groups interested in the mechanisms and ecology of plant resistance against pathogens and herbivores.

The principle aim is that PhD students and post-docs learn from Swiss group leaders about the latest developments in their respective fields, and to receive feedback from these experts on their research projects.


  • Sebastian Bartels , University of Basel: "Plant endogenous danger peptides"
  • Consuelo De Moraes , ETH Zürich: "Chemical communication among plants, insects and pathogens"
  • Matthias Erb , Max Planck Institute, Jena, Germany: "Molecular ecology of secondary metabolites in root-herbivore interactions"
  • Ted Farmer , University of Lausanne: "Emerging roles of reactive electrophile species (RES)"
  • Jean-Pierre Métraux , University of  Fribourg: A history of phytopathology in Switzerland - And what are we doing?
  • Urs Schaffner , CABI Switzerland, Delémont: "The role of chemical ecology in understanding and managing plant invasions"
  • Philippe Reymond , University of  Lausanne: "Regulation of glucosinolate biosynthesis in Arabidopsis"
  • Jean-Luc Wolfender , University of Geneva: "Potential of untargeted metabolomics for studying defence mechanism in chemical ecology"


The workshop will comprise presentations in the diverse field of plant defence strategies. There will be a balance between presentations on the molecular and biochemical mechanisms of resistance and presentations on the ecology and evolution of resistance.

Participating PhD students and post-docs can showcase their own work during a poster session. During this session there will be ample time for the poster presenters to discuss their work with the experts.

Further interactions will be possible during lunch and an evening cocktail party.

The workshop will end with a ceremony during which the University of Neuchâtel will award the 2013 Prix Nexans to Dr Matthias Erb.

Program (updated 4.12.2013)

General information

Dates :  10 December 2013

Schedule : 10:00-17:00 (Registration from 9:30.  Poster mounting 9:30-10:00). Prix Nexans 17:30-18:30

Location : University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Aula Louis-Guillaume (2nd floor, main building)

ECTS : 0.5 ECTS (Scientific activities)

Evaluation : Active participation

Information : Please contact the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier

Registration fee :

  • This workshop is free for PhD students of the doctoral program (including lunch, coffee breaks and aperitif).
  • For all other participants a registration fee apply which includes lunch, coffee breaks, aperitif to be paid at the registration desk on 10 December: CHF 25. Reduced fee for master and PhD students: CHF 15.

Travel expenses : see reimbursement conditions
Only participants of the doctoral program 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 the reimbursement form to Christiane Bobillier.

You are not a member of the doctoral program DP-biol? Why not register now? It's free!


This workshop is open to all Ph.D. students, postdocs and researchers. It is free for PhD students registered at the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology. For all other participants see General information above.

Registration through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20)

Deadline: 4 December 2013