Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning under global change: theory and experiment - a CUSO workshop

15-16 September 2016

Course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution

Organisers: Prof. Louis-Félix Bersier, Dr Rudolf Rohr, Prof. Sven Bacher & Prof. Heinz Müller-Schärer (University of Fribourg)



Global change has been shown to impact demographic parameters of species and interspecific interactions. Yet, the majority of the studies have focussed on single species or simple systems made of few species. However, species are embedded into large ecological communities.

We need to understand how the impact of global change at the species level scales up and impacts large communities.

The course is aimed at students with a general interest in population, community, and conservation ecology, as well as to system biologists and evolutionary biologists.



We will tackle important questions such as:

  • How the conditions for species coexistence, and therefore biodiversity, will be impacted by the global change (e.g., temperature increase, niches shift)?
  • What are the consequences of global change on the functioning of ecological communities (e.g, primary productivity, nutrient flux)?

The researchers (from plant community to aquatic ecology) will present state of-heart knowledge from both theoretical and experimental angles. Each will give two talks, one as a general introduction and one on their research.

Participants will also have the opportunity to present their work in a 20 min presentation or in posters.

General information

Date: 15-16 September 2016

Schedule: see program

Location University of Fribourg

ECTS : 1.0  and 1.5 (with poster presentation of your research) (Scientific activities)

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the organizer Louis-Felix Bersier

Registration fee: free for participants of the doctoral program Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol). Participation of CHF 25 for the dinner on 15 September. Lunches not included. No accommodation reimbursement.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E web site

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


Registration on the web site of CUSO doctoral program Ecology & Evolution

Deadline for registration:

  • with poster presentation: August 22
  • attendance only: September 2