Interaction Seminar

Spring Term 2022

Date Speaker Title of talk interaction
24.02 Marcos Da Silva (PhD student)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Convergent evolution in the light of shape variance of cichlid fishes
03.03 Vital Heim (PhD student)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Local space-use of great hammerhead sharks, Sphyrna mokarran, at the Western edge of the Great Bahama Bank
10.03 Basel Fasnacht
24.03 Fabrizia Ronco (PostDoc)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Tracing morphological evolution over the course of the adaptive radiation of cichlid fishes from Lake Tanganyika
31.03 Chantal Oliver (MSc Student)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Exploring with a conspecific in cichlid fish
14.04 Easter Holiday
21.04 Frederic Schedel (PostDoc)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
A brief introduction into the ichthyofauna of the wonderful Rivers and Lakes of Northern Zambia
28.04 Joana Santos (PhD Student)
Ebert Group, UniBas
The role of trehalose in a planktonic crustacean under salinity stress
05.05 Hannah Augustijnen (PhD Student)
Lucek Group, UniBas
Speciation through chromosomal fusion and fission in Erebia butterflies, a group with holocentric chromosomes
19.05 Maridel Fredericksen (PostDoc)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Appalachian Adventures: stories and pictures from 6+ months on the Trail
26.05 Ascension Day
02.06 Navaneeth Menon (PhD Student)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
Dietary adaptations: A morphological perspective

The Principle

Speakers (MSc, PhD, or Post-Docs) give talks in english in front of their peers in an informal atmosphere (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.

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

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 17:15 in the Praktikumsaal (room 1.20, first floor) of the:

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

Remember to follow the rules given by the University of Basel concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19 Schutzkonzept).

Also, you can attend the seminars via ZOOM (link here, Meeting ID: 936 9656 8835, Passcode: 856199, ZOOM Meeting).

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: Ana Di Pietro-Torres (, Pascal Angst ( or Charlotte Huyghe (

Past Interaction Seminars