Plant Development & Evolution – from molecules to ecosystems

20. – 22. February 2018, Zurich, Switzerland



Recent studies estimate that the first land plants appeared 450 million years ago. Today plants cover most of the dry land of our planet and show a large variety of habitats, morphologies and metabolisms. This workshop explores different aspects of plant evolution and development via eight sessions of presentations, each one with a different topic. The topics include: plant and animal interaction, circadian rhythm, evolution, light, environmental response, mating, development and reproduction.

Presenters are young scientists (MSc, PhD and PostDocs) invited from four different universities: University of Zurich (UZH), Kyoto University, University of Bristol and Heidelberg University. In parallel with oral presentations there will be also poster sessions where each one of the presenters will summarize their project on a single A0 paper. The aim of the workshop is stimulating discussion and exchange of ideas between international young researchers via a supportive and friendly environment.

Time and Place

20./21. February 2018
Theatersaal Y21-F-65
Winterthurerstrasse 190
University of Zurich (Irchel Campus)


22. February 2018
Hörsaal BOT-P1-40
Zollikerstrasse 107
University of Zurich (Botanical Garden)


Funding by the UZH Graduate Campus via a GRC Grant is gratefully acknowledged. The funding will cover all coffee breaks and apéros together with poster prizes and oral presentation prizes. Part of the coffee breaks will be also covered by the Kyoto Supporting Program For Interaction Based Initiative Team Studies (SPIRITS).

Organizing Committee

Stefan Milosavljevic - University of Zurich, IEU
Gwyneth Halstead-Nussloch - University of Zurich, IEU
Hoda Mazaheri - University of Zurich, BOTINST
Michele Wyler - University of Zurich, BOTINST
Dr. Hiroyuki Kakui - University of Zurich, IEU
Dr. Misako Yamazaki - University of Zurich, IEU
Dr. Eri Yamasaki - University of Zurich, IEU