Interaction Seminar

Fall Term 2019

Date Speaker Title of talk interaction
26.09 General discussion
Interaction Seminar meet and greet
03.10 Axel Wiberg (Postdoc)
Schärer Group, Unibas
Sexual conflict in natural populations of D. melanogaster: a half-baked plan for a grant proposal
10.10 Maridel Fredericksen (PhD student)
Ebert Group, Unibas
Finding the 'F' locus: Characterizing a new Pasteuria resistance region in the Daphnia magna genome
17.10 Eleanor Spencer (Intern)
Ebert Group, Unibas
Temperature effects on the internesting period of eastern Australian sea turtles
24.10 Joana Santos (PhD student)
Ebert Group, Unibas
Summer is coming: Can habitat trigger production of a protective sugar in Daphnia resting eggs?
31.10 Nicolas Feigenwinter (Master student)
Tschopp Group, Unibas
Molecular Evolution and Development of Dietary adaptions in Vertebrates at the micro- and macroscopic Scale
07.11 Darío Sánchez Castro (PhD student)
Willi Group, Unibas
Biotic and abiotic factors constraining species distributions
14.11 Aline de Courten (Master student)
Tschopp Group, Unibas
Role of a BMP signaling pathway modulator in differentiating digit patterning
21.11 Tanja Brechbühl (Master student)
Berner Group, Unibas
Genetic basis of stickleback adaptation to acidic environments
28.11 Milan Malinsky (PostDoc)
Salzburger Group, Unibas
Molecular basis of convergent evolution between cichlid fishes of lakes Malawi and Tanganyika
12.12 Marcos da Silva (PhD student)
Salzburger Group, Unibas
Intercontinental convergence: The cichlids case

The Principle

Speakers (MSc, PhD, or Post-Docs) give talks in english in front of their peers in an informal atmosphere (round table with drinks and snacks, no auditorium). Talks can be about almost anything (planned or finished experiments, or even theoretical work) in the field of evolutionnary biology or ecology. A very high level of interaction between the speaker and the audience is expected. People are therefore highly encouraged to stop the speaker during the talk for questions or remarks.

Drinks and snacks are provided, just bring your little coins to pay for them.

Pros and Cons of the Interaction Seminars


...for the speaker:

  • Get feedback on your project(s)
  • Exchange ideas with people from different fields

...for the audience:

  • Meet your colleagues, get to know their topics
  • Learn stuff in a relaxed way
  • Learn how to improve your own experimental designs by discussing those of others
  • Have a beer or a soft drink, some peanuts and discuss science, the stuff you love! ;-)

PS: Obviously, there are no Cons!

History of the Interaction Seminars

The first "Interaction Seminar" took place in 1999 at the Zoological Institute of the University of Basel (Switzerland). They subsequently moved together with the Ebert Group to the Biology department of the University of Fribourg in 2001 and then came back to Basel when the Ebert Group moved back to the Zoological Institute in Basel in 2005.

When and where do the Interaction Seminars take place?

The seminars take place on Thursday at 17:00 in the seminar room (Room 01.26) of the:

Universität Basel, Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

The seminars are announced at least one week before on this webpage.

If you don't know how to find us, have a look here.

How do I participate in the Interaction Seminar?

If you want to give a talk, get informed about upcoming events or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Maridel Fredericksen (, Virginie Ricci ( or Christian Feregrino (

Past Interaction Seminars