Interaction Seminar

Spring Term 2023

Date Speaker Title of talk interaction
23.02 Ana Di Pietro-Torres (PhD student)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
In vivo functional validation of candidate regulators involved in skeletogenic convergence
09.03 IMovie (Docu)
Released April 2020
"Picture a Scientist" chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists
23.03 Maridel Fredericksen (PostDoc)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Using proteomics data to identify molecules governing infectivity in a bacterial parasite
30.03 Carolin Sommer-Trembo (PostDoc)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Exploration of behavioural niches in one of the largest adaptive radiations
06.04 Easter Holiday
13.04 Easter Holiday
20.04 Daniela Souza-Costa (PhD Student)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Diving into the historic origins of genetic diversity in cichlid fishes of African Lake Tanganyika
27.04 Vital Heim (PhD Student)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Healing capacities in sharks and implications for tagging studies
04.05 Fabio Sacher (PhD Student)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
A single-cell atlas of the developing spinal cord
18.05 Ascension Day
25.05 Lilla Lovasz (PostDoc)
Amrhein Group, UniBas
Linking ecosystem functions through megafauna
01.06 James Lusana (PhD Student)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Exploring the phylogenetic and genomic perspective on the diversity, ecology and evolution of Catfishes in Lake Tanganyika

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 17:00 in the Seminarraum (room E0.07, ground 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).

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: Navaneeth Menon (, Pascal Angst ( or Charlotte Huyghe (

Past Interaction Seminars