biodiversity events

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Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
BD-Seminar 26.06.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Ignacio Quintero

Dirk Karger Insights on the Processes Behind the Origin and Maintenance of Biodiversity Through geological time, variation in biodiversity has been observed along three main axes: time, space and taxa, and disentangling deterministic drivers of such variation from contingency has been pr... more No

Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
RU meeting Biodnb 03.07.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
Discussion Seminar 10.07.2019 11:00 LG E05 Helen Wagner with 3.5 PhD+1 Postdoc
University of Toronto Mississauga, CA
Rolf Holderegger No
RU meeting Biodnb 14.08.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
RU excursion 21.08.2019 All day Simon Egli No
RU Meeting LanDyn 22.08.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
Discussion Seminar 28.08.2019 11:00 LG E05 Fidel Ernesto Chiriboga Arroyo

Felix Gugerli Conservation genetics of Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) No
BD-Seminar 05.09.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Matthias Schleunigen

Marco Moretti No
RU meeting Biodnb 11.09.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 18.09.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Brian Steidinger
Martina Peter No
Discussion Seminar 25.09.2019 11:00 LG E05 Lars Opgenoorth

Christian Rellstab TBA No
RU Meeting LanDyn 26.09.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
RU meeting Biodnb 09.10.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 16.10.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Oliver Brendel

Katalin Csilléry No
RU Meeting LanDyn 17.10.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 30.10.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Francesco de Bello

Marco Moretti No
RU meeting Biodnb 06.11.2019 11:00 LG E05 - No
BD-Seminar 13.11.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Anna-Liisa Laine

Deborah Leigh No
RU Meeting LanDyn 21.11.2019 15:00 LG-E5 No
BD-Seminar 27.11.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Ignasi (Nacho) Bartomeus
Catherine Graham No
RU meeting Biodnb 04.12.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 11.12.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Iva Franic

Simone Prospero No
X-Mas Apero LanDyn 19.12.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No

Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
Science Day LanDyn 13.06.2019 full day Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 12.06.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Eva Knop
Martin Obrist Causes and consequences of artificial light at night for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning Artificial light at night is a rapidly increasing perturbation at night, and considered as a major global change driver of the 21st century. It can cause alterations in physiology and behaviour of org... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 05.06.2019 11:00 LG E05 No
BD-Seminar 27.05.2019 13:30 Engler Saal Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning
Aarhus University, DK
Marco Moretti Trophic rewilding – background, opportunities and challenges for megafauna-based restoration in the Anthropocene A large proportion of current real-world ventures named as rewilding fall under the concept of trophic rewilding, as do much discussion of rewilding. Trophic rewilding is an ecological restoration str... more No
Journal club 23.05.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Marco Moretti Schleuning et al. 2015. Predicting ecosystem functions from biodiversity and mutualistic networks: an extension of trait-based concepts to plant – animal interactions . Ecography. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00983 No
RU Meeting LanDyn 16.05.2019 15:00 LG-E5 No
BD-Seminar 15.05.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Dirk Karger
Catherine Graham How eco-climatic modelling helps understanding biotic communities Climate is one of the main drivers of the distribution of biodiversity globally. The interaction between the abiotic environment and the biosphere is intriguing, but still not fully understand. Yet mo... more No
Journal club 09.05.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Carolina Bello Dehling et al. 2018. Bringing the Eltonian niche into functional diversity. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/oik.05415 No
RU meeting Biodnb 08.05.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
Coder club 02.05.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Dirk Karger, Yohann Chauvier News from Hyperion - Singularity containers and memory specifications No
Journal club 25.04.2019 15:30 HV-D11 Simone Fontana Gary A. Polis 1984. Age Structure Component of Niche Width and Intraspecific Resource Partitioning: Can. The American Naturalist. DOI: 10.1086/284221 No
BD-Seminar 24.04.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Anne Kempel
Steffen Boch Biotic interactions and their effects on plant community assembly and plant rarity Understanding the processes that determine the composition of co-occurring species, and why some species are rare while others are common have been central aims in community ecology for decades. While... more No
RU Meeting LanDyn 18.04.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 17.04.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Rafael Wüest Karpati

Andri Baltensweiler MoGLI - Modeling the potential distribution of woody species in Swiss forests The MoGLI project models the distribution of most woody species present in the Swiss forests using species distribution models. In a first part, I will introduce the modeling approach in some detail, ... more No
Journal club 11.04.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Camille Pitteloud Gravel et al. 2016. The meaning of functional trait composition of food webs for ecosystem functioning. Proceedings B. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0268. No
Journal club 04.04.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Catherine Graham McGill et al. 2006. Rebuilding community ecology from functional traits. TREE. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2006.02.002 No
RU meeting Biodnb 03.04.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
RU Meeting LanDyn 28.03.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 27.03.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Caterina Penone
Steffen Boch Drivers of multitrophic diversity and functioning in temperate forests Most European forests have been or are currently managed and we need a better understanding of the effects of management practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Previous studies analysing su... more No
Discussion Seminar 20.03.2019 11:00 LG E05 Mirjam Kurz
BSc at the ZHAW
Katalin Csillery Evidence for hybridization between exotic Fagus orientalis and native Fagus sylvatica in a forest stand of Switzerland Assisted migration is often presented as a management option aimed at reducing negative effects of climate change on defined biological units such as populations, species or ecosystems. Justifying the... more No
BD-Seminar 13.03.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Jêrome Mathieu
Yohann Chauvier Global worming: invasion meltdown in North American soils Globalization triggers biological invasions all over the world. Sometimes, invading species induce strong ecological shifts and high economical costs. Being able to predict invasions by these ecosyste... more No
Journal club 07.03.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Victor Boussange Nordbotten et al. 2016. Asymmetric ecological conditions favor Red-Queen type of continued evolution over stasis. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1525395113 No
RU meeting Biodnb 06.03.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
RU Meeting LanDyn 28.02.2019 15:00 LG-E5 No
BD-Seminar 27.02.2019 13:30 Engler Saal Pierre Gladieux
Lea Stauber Disease emergence and fungal speciation Emerging fungal diseases of plants represent a growing issue accompanying global environmental changes, and there is tremendous interest in identifying the factors controlling their appearance and spr... more No
Journal club 21.02.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Giulia Donati Borstein et al. 2018. Reef fish functional traits evolve fastest at trophic extremes. Nature Ecology & Evolution . DOI: No
Coder club 14.02.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Patrice Descombes No
Journal club 07.02.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Benjamin Fitzpatrick Roberts et al. 2017. Cross-validation strategies for data with temporal. . DOI: No
Vorträge und Kolloquien 30.01.2019 10:30 Engler Saal Peter Knaus and Thomas Sattler Kurt Bollmann The Swiss breeding bird atlas 2013?2016: Dramatic losses in farmland birds are contrasted by increases in forest birds No
RU Meeting LanDyn 24.01.2019 15:00 Engler Saal No
Discussion Seminar 23.01.2019 11:00 LG E05 Simone Fior
Christian Rellstab The genetic basis of ecotype formation along altitudinal gradients in wild carnations In mountain regions, environmental conditions may change dramatically along altitudinal gradients. Divergent selection in contrasting environments can mediate local adaptation over limited geographic ... more No
Journal club 23.01.2019 15:30 EP-D1 Marco Coelho No
BD-Seminar 16.01.2019 11:00 Engler Saal Andreas Bruder

Andrin Gross Ecology of aquatic hyphomycetes and the role of biodiversity Aquatic hyphomycetes (or Ingoldian fungi) represent a polyphyletic group of microscopic fungi, which have their main habitat in well-oxygenated streams, mainly headwaters. The group is dominated by as... more No
RU meeting / New Year’s Apéro Biodnb 09.01.2019 11:00 LG E05 - - - No
RU Meeting LanDyn 20.12.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 19.12.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Mathieu Perret
Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques (CJB)
Catherine Graham Plant-pollinator interactions and the diversification of Gesneriaceae in the Neotropics During this talk, I will present recent studies aiming at identifying the ecological and molecular causes of flower evolution and the effect pollination shifts on plant diversification in the Gesnerio... more No
Journal club 13.12.2018 15:30 HV-D11 Nick Zimmermann Grosberg et al. 2012. Biodiversity in water and on land. Current Biology. DOI: No
Journal club 06.12.2018 15:30 HV-D11 Dirk Karger No
RU meeting Biodnb 05.12.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
BD-Seminar 04.12.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Santiago Saura

Rolf Holderegger Assessing the connectivity of protected areas globally Connectivity of protected areas (PAs) is crucial to sustain the persistence of biodiversity. It is influenced, among other factors, by the design of PA systems and by the permeability of the landscape... more No
Journal club 29.11.2018 15:30 HV-D11 Manuel Spescha David Bickford et al. 2012. Science communication for biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation. DOI: No
BD-Seminar 28.11.2018 11:00 Engler Saal André Frainer
UiT, Norway
Giulia Francesca Azzurra Donati Climate driven changes to fish functional diversity Briefly, André Frainer is a Post-Doc at UiT The Artic University of Norway, in Tromsø, Norway. His current work focuses on how climate change drives shifts in functional diversity and fish functional ... more No
Journal club 22.11.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Yohann Chauvier Dromann et al. 2013. Collinearity: a review of methods to deal with it and simulation study evaluating their. Ecography. DOI: No
Discussion Seminar 20.11.2018 13:00 LG E05 Karin Hilfiker
Felix Gugerli The green net by the Swiss Federal Railways SBB: dream or reality? The SBB is known for its three nets: fixed rail, rail power and telecom network installations. Does a green SBB net exist? And how green is it? Some insights have already been presented by the SBB nat... more No
RU Meeting LanDyn 15.11.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 14.11.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Anita Narwani
Simone Fontana Metabolic responses to resource limitation and competition over evolutionary time: consequences for community assembly Coexistence is still a mystery. How do species avoid the negative effects of competition and prevent exclusion? Decades of research on the causes of biodiversity point to ecological mechanisms which m... more No
Journal club 08.11.2018 15:30 HV-D11 Victor Boussange Bustos et al. 2012. The Dynamics of Nestedness Predicts the Evolution of Industrial Ecosystems. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049393 No
RU meeting Biodnb 07.11.2018 11:00 LG E05 - Kurt Bollmann No
Journal club 01.11.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Camille Pitteloud Stuart Lane 2013. Good practice in authoring manuscripts on geomorphology. ESLP. DOI: No
Discussion Seminar 31.10.2018 11:00 LG E05 Magdalena Steiner
University of Fribourg
Andrea Zanetta Effects of viticultural management on soil biodiversity, soil functions and grape quality in Swiss vineyards Vineyards are perennial cropping systems with a high potential to provide habitat for biodiversity. Viticultural management, in particular herbicide and fungicide application, might strongly affect bi... more No
RU Meeting LanDyn 25.10.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
Journal club 18.10.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Heike Lischke IPCC 2018. Global warming of 1.5 °C - Summary for policymakers. . DOI: Headline statements
Factsheet Geoengineering
Journal club 11.10.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Philipp Brun Benedetti-Cecchi et al. 2018. Hybrid datasets: integrating observations with experiments in the era of macroecology and big-data . Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2504 No
RU meeting Biodnb 10.10.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
Journal club 04.10.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Loic Pellissier Rangel et al. 2018. Modeling the ecology and evolution of biodiversity: Biogeographical cradles. . DOI: No
BD-Seminar 03.10.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Boris Tinoco
Universidad del Azuay, Equador
Catherine Graham Specialization and functional role of hummingbirds in the tropical Andean landscape Land use change has dramatically transformed the tropical Andean landscape. Hummingbirds are an ideal study system to determine the effects of land use change in biodiversity because they have a high ... more No
RU Meeting LanDyn 27.09.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 26.09.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Sonja Wipf
Christian Rixen Cool plants in a warming climate – from traits to communities Harsh climate is directing the distribution of alpine and Arctic species and the community composition in cold biomes. With rising temperatures, climatic restrictions are alleviated for an ever increa... more No
Journal club 20.09.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Nik Zimmermann Harris et al. 2018. Biological responses to the press and pulse of climate trends and extreme events. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0187-9 No
RU Biodnb escursion 19.09.2018 11:00 Christoph Scheidegger No
BD-Seminar 18.09.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Frank La Sorte
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Catherine Graham Time-of-emergence of novel climates for North American migratory bird populations To better understand the ecological implications of global climate change for species that display geographically dynamic life-history strategies, we need to determine where and when novel climates ar... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 12.09.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
JC Presentation 06.09.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Marc Grünig Spatial modelling of insect pests under climate change No
BD-Seminar 05.09.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Philipp Brun
Nick Zimmermann Using the trait-based approach to understand drivers and functions of zooplankton biogeography Trait-based ecology focuses on individuals and characterizes them by few key traits that are interrelated through trade-offs. In this rapidly developing branch of ecology complex ecosystems can be mod... more No
RU Meeting LanDyn 30.08.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 22.08.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Eric Allan
Univ. BE
Martin Gossner Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships: from experiments to the real world and back again Many experiments have shown that biodiversity can be a major driver of ecosystem functioning. However, it has been unclear how well these findings translate to "real-world" natural or managed systems ... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 15.08.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
RU meeting Biodnb 04.07.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
RU Meeting LanDyn 28.06.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 27.06.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Marylaure de La Harpe
University of Vienna, Austria
David Frey Leveraging genomic tools for exploring micro- and macro- evolutionary processes in Neotropical species radiations Understanding the drivers and limits of species radiations is an important goal of evolutionary biology, yet research on this topic has been hampered by the notorious difficulty of connecting micro- a... more No
BD-Seminar 20.06.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Sam Cruickshank
WSL, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Ariel Bergamini Dealing with uncertainty in population monitoring for conservation Identifying where conservation actions are necessary and assessing whether management is effective both depend upon a reliable knowledge of species distributions and population trends. However, humans... more No
Discussion Seminar 14.06.2018 11:00 LG E05 Tanja Pyhäjärvi
University of Oulu
Aude Rogivue Environment, evolution and plant genomes As evolutionary biologists, we would like to understand the process of genetic diversity leading to adaptation and biodiversity via natural selection and chance effects. The key questions are: what ty... more No
BD-Seminar 06.06.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Francesco Pomati
Simone Fontana Understanding and predicting phytoplankton community dynamics over scales of space and time I will review the work done in my group to understand and predict phytoplankton community change, from the anthropogenic effects that occurred in lakes during the 20th century over the Swiss peri-alpi... more No
Journal club 31.05.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Catherine Graham Armbruster et al. 2017. The specialization continuum in pollination systems: diversity of concepts and implications for ecology. . DOI: No
RU meeting Biodnb 30.05.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
RU Meeting LanDyn 24.05.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 23.05.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Tanya Handa
Université du Québec à Montréal
Marco Moretti Soil biodiversity and trophic interactions: are functional traits moving us towards a more predictive ecology? An astounding diversity of soil organisms, living both in the litter layer and deeper soil horizons, contribute to key ecosystem processes such as organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling. Dr... more No
JC Presentation 17.05.2018 15:30 LG-E5 CANCELLED No
Discussion Seminar 16.05.2018 11:00 LG E05 Vega Kevin
David Frey Understanding and promoting wildflower diversity in the city of Zurich Within cities, green space management, physical fragmentation, and the lack of functional connections between populations is a primary concern in the preservation and promotion of urban biodiversity. ... more No
Ascension Day 10.05.2018 No
BD-Seminar 09.05.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Luca Fumagalli
Felix Gugerli Wolf genetics in the Alps: a temporal journey Formerly the most widely distributed mammal on earth, the wolf (Canis lupus) has declined continuously over the last few centuries over large parts of its former range, including the Alps from which i... more No
Journal club 03.05.2018 15:30 EP-D1 Camille Pitteloud Laige et al. 2018. Species traits as drivers of food web structure. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04712 No
RU meeting Biodnb 02.05.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
RU Meeting LanDyn 26.04.2018 15:00 Engler Saal No
BD-Seminar 25.04.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Werner Suter
WSL, Community Ecology
Kurt Bollmann The world is green! But why? Top-down versus bottom-up control of vertebrate herbivores in ecosystems Why do herbivores not consume all green biomass available? Is this so because predators limit herbivore populations (top-down control), or do plants themselves limit the growth of herbivore population... more No
JC Presentation 19.04.2018 15:30 HV-D11 Giulia Donati Dispersal traits explain diversity contrasts across clades and regions in tropical reef fishes Aims The goal of this study is to explain the over ten-fold differences in species richness of tropical reef fishes among clades... more No
BD-Seminar 18.04.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Melian Carlos
Oskar Hagen Deciphering coevolutionary diversification in dynamic landscapes Coevolution, the adaptation resulting in reciprocal trait change within and among species, has been invoked as a primary mechanism generating much of Earth biodiversity. Two main theories have been pr... more No
Macro2018 conference 11.04.2018 Engler Saal 10-13.4.2018 No
RU meeting Biodnb 04.04.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
BD-Seminar 28.03.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Christoph Küffer
HSR Rappenswil& ETH Zürich
Marco Moretti An ecological science for the Anthropocene The Anthropocene has become an important buzzword in ecology. We are aware that the planet is in a phase of transition triggered by humans, and that we have entered a new geological era – the age of h... more video:
Discussion Seminar 21.03.2018 11:00 LG E05 Benjamin Dauphin
WSL, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Christian Rellstab Evolution of moonwort ferns (Botrychium) on local to global scales Plants have long fascinated biologists by their ability to form cryptic species, hybrids between distinct species, and a wide variety of mating systems among taxa that have driven to the current plant... more No
MSc- / PhD-Day Biodnb 21.03.2018 11:00 Flury Saal MSc- / PhD-students Christoph Scheidegger MSc- / PhD-Day No
BD-Seminar 14.03.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Marco Lehmann
WSL, Forest dynamics
Marco Moretti Isotopes through time and space: who is working on them, how it works, and what to do Stable Isotopes are a great tool to track biological and environmental processes through time and space in many different research fields. Since 2017, the WSL has a new stable isotope research center,... more video:
RU meeting Biodnb 07.03.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
BD-Seminar 28.02.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Charalambos Neophytou
BoKu Wien
Christian Rellstab Traces of human impact on the gene pool of the oaks in Central Europe The indigenous oak species of Central Europe, mainly represented by the pedunculate (Quercus robur) and the sessile oak (Quercus petraea), spread and occupied their current distribution range arising ... more video:
Discussion Seminar 21.02.2018 11:00 LG E05 Frank Krumm
WSL, Forest dynamics
Kurt Bollmann Trees and Bees - Tradition meets Restoration Cavities in trees are the natural habitats of honey bees. These insects have evolved in forests and are an essential part of forest ecosystems. In the course of conventional forest management within t... more No
BD-Seminar 14.02.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Andros T. Gianuca
iDiv, Helmholz
Bianca Saladin Integrating trait and phylogenetic data into community analysis: from microcosm experiments to regional metacommunities Biodiversity is structured by multiple scale-dependent mechanisms that are dependent, at least in part, on ecological similarities and differences among species. It has been suggested that integrating... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 07.02.2018 11:00 LG E05 No
BD-Seminar 31.01.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Pierre Mariotte
WSL & EPFL Lausanne
Anita Risch Subordinate plant species punch above their weight through interactions with soil organisms While dominant species are expected to determine ecosystem properties, recent studies suggest that subordinate species can also be of great importance. By including an above- and below-ground perspect... more video:
Discussion Seminar 24.01.2018 11:00 LG E05 Yvonne Fabian
WSL, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Rolf Holderegger Wer liest unsere Artikel? - Informationsquellen von Praktikern im Naturschutz Praktisch-arbeitende Fachleute im Naturschutz (z.B. ÖkologInnen, BiologInnen, WaldwissenschaftlerInnen, FörsterInnen) sind darauf angewiesen, sich aktuelles Wissen über den Schutz der Biodiversität un... more No
BD-Seminar 17.01.2018 11:00 Engler Saal Jürgen Dengler
ZHAW Wädenswil
Ariel Bergamini Supra-national vegetation-plot databases as powerful tools in community ecology and macroecology – state-of-the art, opportunities and the role of Switzerland Vegetation ecologists dream of generalising their local or regional findings to continental or global scales while (plant) macroecologists seek to move from patterns description more towards understan... more video:
RU meeting / New Year’s Apéro Biodnb 10.01.2018 11:00 LG E05 No

Vision and Activities:

Biodiversity(BD)-Seminars, Discussion Seminars and the Journal Club are three opportunities promoted by WSL to present, discuss and brainstorm about any aspect of biodiversity. The goals of these events are to: (i) foster intellectual exchange across Units within WSL, (ii) interact with the broader scientific community, and (iii) stay abreast of cutting edge research. Anyone at WSL is welcome to participate in all or some of these activities sponsored by the Biodiversity Group.

BD-Seminars are formal talks by invited scientists (both internal and external to WSL) on a broad range of topics in biodiversity. These talks take place in the Englersaal every second Wednesday at 11:00 and are live-streamed to Davos, Cadenazzo and Lausanne. Seminar attendees are welcome to join the speaker for lunch directly after the seminar and/or meet with the speaker individual contingent on logistical constraints. This should be announced either in the invitation or at the beginning of the talk. All scheduled BD-Seminars are also reported in the Event's calendar of WSL.

Discussion Seminars are informal presentations of any kind including: preliminary results, open discussion of a topic, last-minute guests etc. They take place once a month, Wednesday at 11:00, usually in LG E 05.

Journal Club covers recent or classic papers in biodiversity science and provide the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about the chosen paper. The only prerequisite is that you have read the paper and have made up your mind about its strengths and weaknesses. The person proposing the paper is expected to lead the discussion. These meetings take place three times a month on Thursday from 3:30 to ~5:00 usually in room EP D1.

Coder Club takes place monthly and alternates with Journal Club sessions. The goal of this new format is to provide a platform to learn from each others experience in analytical problem solving, in particular in the R environment. The topics discussed in these hands-on sessions (bring your laptop!) either cover a problem someone is currently facing or solutions someone likes to share. The goal of the events is also to use the infrastructure around to make the developped solutions available to all interested people at WSL.

An updated schedule about all activities can be found here and participants can sign-up to receive regular reminders of these activities. In addition, BD-Seminars are announced on the WSL public events page.

Scientific Content & Logistics:

Speakers for BD- and Discussion Seminars are assembled at the beginning of the Winter semester (January - mid-July) and Autumn semester (mid-August - December). Anybody can propose a seminar. To do so, please contact seminar organizer (click on contacts) and provide him/her with the name, email and affiliation of the speaker, as well as the name of the chair. The chair is the official contact person for the speaker. If the chairman cannot attend the seminar, he/she has to find a deputy. The title and a short abstract (4-5 lines) of the talk must be sent to the seminar organizers two weeks before the seminar, at the latest. Please notice that there is no budget for travelling and accommodation. The costs of speakers have to be fully covered by the chair. The chair is encouraged to invite interested people to discuss ideas with the invited speaker over lunch, in one-on-one discussions, or in small topical group meetings.

For BD-Seminars in the Englersaal all IT is provided by Fred Chatalain. Please use the notebook in the Englersaal and bring the talk on a USB stick. If requested, IT will also set-up a video conference to enable people in Davos, Cadenazzo or Lausanne to contribute to the discussion at the end of the talks. Video conferences can be set up only if a room has been reserved in Davos, Cadenazzo or Lausanne by people there and if the IT has been informed in advance; please notice that the chair is not responsible for the video-conferencing. Importantly, the chair has to inform the speaker about live-streaming and video conference, and has to ask for his/her approval.

Given that Discussion Seminars are less formal last-minute changes are possible and will be communicated via email asap.

For Journal Club all participants are invited to suggest papers they would like to discuss. Philipp Brun will coordinate signing up people to lead discussions. The person who suggests a paper is responsible for: (a) giving a brief summary first, (b) suggesting points to discuss (with input from all), and(c) leading the discussion. Beer and snacks are served during the discussion.

Open slots
The table below shows scheduled biodiversity events for which currently no hosts are defined. If you wish to host one of these events yourself or know of a good potential host, please contact the organizers.

Event type Date Time Room
BD-Seminar 02.10.2019 11:00 Engler Saal
Discussion Seminar 23.10.2019 11:00 LG E05
Discussion Seminar 20.11.2019 11:00 LG E05
Discussion Seminar 18.12.2019 11:00 LG E05

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