Chloroplast lipids: from synthesis to function - a joint course with CUSO

10-11 November

Course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Molecular Plant Sciences

Organisers: Felix Kessler and Emilie Demarsy (University of Neuchâtel), Laurent Mène-Saffrané (University of Fribourg)



Beyond their function in energy supply, the plant organelles chloroplasts are also the major site of diverse metabolic pathways. A large variety and quantity of lipids are synthesized in this organelle and serve different cell functions ranging from membrane biogenesis, protection against oxidative stress to signaling for example in response to wounding and insect attack. Key steps of lipid metabolism take place in sub-plastidial compartments (envelopes, thylakoids, plastoglobules) and are tightly regulated depending on developmental stage and environmental factors.



The speakers will present their cutting-edge research: lectures and exercises.

Participants will present their own work at a poster session. 3 talks will be selected from the abstracts.

Social activities will provide the opportunity for networking

Program (updated 16.9.2016)

General information

Date:  10-11 November 2016

Schedule:  8.55-17.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail,

ECTS:  1.0 (Scientific activities)

Evaluation:  Full attendance and active participation

Information:  Please contact Emile Demarsy or the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier

Registration fee:  free for PhD students participants of the doctoral programs  "Organismal Biology (Neuchâtel DP-biol)" and  "Molecular Plant Sciences" and Neuchâtel master students. CHF 50 for all other participants.

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 Molecular Plant Sciences: see CUSO MPS 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)


  • This course is open to all PhD students
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • Maximum number of participants: 35

Registration through the CUSO doctoral program MPS Closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 25).

Deadline: 4 November 2016

Free for PhD students members of the Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal Biology and the CUSO doctoral program MPS, and master student of the University of Neuchâtel
CHF 50 for all other participants (PhD students not members of the 2 doctoral programs, postdocs, senior researchers, etc.). To be paid (CASH only) at the registration desk .