9-10 April 2018

Course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Microbial Sciences and the University of Lausanne

Organisers: Pilar Junier and Saskia Bindschedler



Experts in the field of microbial biomineralization will present and discuss with PhD students the most recent advances regarding knowledge and methodologies used to answer open questions that remain in this field.



This two-day activity in the field of geomicrobiology and biomineralization is intended for both microbiologists and geologists. It consists in two alternating activities: lectures by three experts in the field along with a practical exercise for the students.

For the exercise, ahead of the activity, each of the three experts will propose a research topic in their field of expertise, along with 3-4 selected publications. Upon inscription to the activity, the students will be asked to select two of these topics. Based on this, the organizers will organize groups of students with mixed backgrounds (i.e. biologists and geologists).

During the exercise parts of this activity (three periods), each group will have to develop a small research project based on the propositions by the experts. During the workshops, each group will be coached by one of the expert on his particular topic, but there will also be time for discussion and inputs by the other experts.

At the end of the activity, the students will be asked to present the research project they have developed to their other fellows.

Preliminary program

General information

Dates: 9-10 April 2018

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue:  University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des Sciences, Emile-Argand 11, UniMail, building E, room E326

ECTS: 1.0 (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact Saskia Bindschedler or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi or see the website of the CUSO Microbial Sciences doctoral program

Registration fee: free, lunch and coffee breaks included

Meals: collective lunches (Cafeteria Unimail) and coffee breaks are offered. No reimbursement for individual meals.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions. Participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Microbial Science should contact their program coordinator Aline Kopf.

Make sure that you sign the attendance list each and every day and take your certificate of attendance at the end of the course (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students. However, until 15 March priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" and CUSO Microbial Sciences participants.
  • Post-docs are welcome as long as places are available.
  • Maximum number of participants: 12 people

Registration: CUSO Microbial Sciences website Closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20).

Deadline: 25 March 2018