Annual PhD students' meeting 2019 - Ecology, Evolution and Beyond

29 May 2019

Organizers: Luca Grandi and Ursula Oggenfuss, University of Neuchâtel

Flyer (PDF)




The names of the winners of the poster and oral presentation competition!

Oral presentation 1st prizes (ex aequo):

  • Luca Grandi, University of Neuchatel, “Communication among cotton plants”
  • Pamela Bruno, University of Neuchâtel, “Sequestration of cucurbitacins by Diabrotica balteata larvae and possible effects against entomopathogenic nematodes”

Poster 1st prize :

  • Andrea Corona, University of Neuchatel, “Unveiling the biodiversity of bacterial spores in the environment”


The theme of this meeting is Ecology, Evolution and Beyond.

As young scientists, we are on the way to become experts in our field. Keeping in mind the bigger picture might help us to find unconventional solutions for complex questions.

What is happening with our ideas? Can we spark the flame of science in young people? Do we find possibilities to collaborate way out of our own expertise? Or are we even influencing artists?

To explore these questions, we have invited three experts from ecology, evolution and arts to inspire us about how to find our own way as scientists.

This meeting is a great opportunity to learn about the research of and to socialize with your peers within the program. Moreover, you will get the chance to train your presentation skills in a friendly environment.


The meeting at a glance

ALL new Ph.D. students (or first time participants!) have to present their project with a poster and a 1 minute flash talk.

Do you want to be considered for a short talk (both with or without poster presentation)? Mention it during the registration process. The organisers will inform you if your abstract has been selected for a short talk.

Your attendance is most welcome even without a contribution. So, come and join us!

This years’ meeting will comprise:
  • opening talk by the director of the doctoral program Professor Sergio Rasmann
  • flash talks & short talk sections by PhD students
  • poster presentations
  • talks by external invited speakers
  • collective lunch
  • best poster and best talk prize giving
  • "Apèro"! For this, participants are cordially invited to bring something to share :)

Final program and book of abstracts (PDF)



Abstract submission is mandatory if you are presenting a poster and/or a short talk.

Abstracts have to be submitted before April 28.

Please send your abstract (max 300 words) to the organisers at ursula.oggenfuss@unine.ch.

Include the title of your contribution and the authors with their affiliations.


All participants can bring their own A0-format poster. It will be displayed from the morning to the end of the event.

Mandatory for first-timers.

Flash talks

Dedicated exclusively to the first-timers, for whom it is mandatory, a 1 minute oral presentation (1 slide!) to introduce your research and research interests and to promote your poster.

Slides must be submitted to the organisers before May 28.

Short talks

All participants can apply for a short oral presentation. It should resume your research project, or a part of it, with a 12 minutes oral presentation, which will be followed by a 3 minutes discussion.

If your abstract has been selected, bring your presentation slides on a usb key on the morning of the event. The organisers will let you know at what time your presentation will take place.

Attendance only

All members and aficionados of the doctoral program, alumni and post-docs of the University of Neuchâtel are welcome to join this event.

Registration is mandatory.

General information

Date : 29 May 2019

Schedule : 9:00 - 18:00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, Institut de chimie, Avenue de Bellevaux 51, building G, Petit auditoire de chimie (GPA), basement/sous-sol

ECTS : 0.5 with poster or oral presentation (Scientific activities) - Only if it is your first time presenting at this event.

Evaluation : Full attendance and active participation

Information : Please contact the organizers or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Sara Santi

Registration fee : Free for PhD students members of the Interuniversity doctoral program in Organismal biology, lunch and coffee breaks are offered; CHF 15 for other participants (including lunch and coffee break).

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

Make sure you sign the presence list upon arrival!


The annual meeting is highly recommended to all the participants of the doctoral program (it is free!).
For organisational matters, registration is mandatory.
It is open to external participants (registration fee CHF 15 to be paid at the registration desk - including lunch and coffee break)


  • PhD students that have/would like to present a poster/talk are invited to register and submit their abstract (max 300 words) to the organisers (ursula.oggenfuss@unine.ch) before April 28.
  • Attendance only: please register before May 12 (mandatory for organisational matters).

Registration: through the web only: closed

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 20).

If relevant, registration fee must be paid in cash at the registration desk on the first day.