Student Events

The PhD program in Ecology not only provides an excellent scientific environment but also offers a rich student life. Courses, student meet-ups over lunch and the annual meeting are organized for students to offer them opportunities to discuss problems, exchange ideas and present their work in a relaxed environment far away from the sometimes demanding and competitive daily grind. Furthermore, events like this build and strengthen friendships and team spirit.

Monthly Pub Meet-Up at the Irchel Bar University of Zurich

Every third Tuesday of the month from 17:00 PM.

Summer Break in July and August.

Biannual Lunch Informal Meet-Up

Students meet up twice a year for pizza and dessert.

February - First Wednesday of the month.

September - First Wednesday of the month.

PhD Program in Ecology Annual Meeting and Symposium 2018

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The second LSZGS PhD Program in Ecology Annual Meeting and Symposium was held on 13 September 2018.

This year the students of the PhD Program in Ecology presented their work in a poster session (PDF, 1186 KB) and during short presentations. The students had the opportunity to meet with invited speakers on an individual basis and during a lunch exclusively for PhD students. An Alumni of Alumni of the Program and guest speakers. Program and Abstracts (PDF, 1186 KB)

Keynotes:
Peter Reich
Traits, functional diversity, and ecosystem processes in a globally changing environment.
University of Minnesota, USA

Hanna Tuomisto
From ruined PhD plans to general understanding of Amazonian biodiversity patterns.
University of Turku, Finland

Alumni:
Simon Zeller
How to achieve positive environmental impact without going crazy.
Abteilungsleiter Natur und Landschaft, St. Gallen, Canton of St. Gallen

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Student Presenters:

Alejandra Parreño 
'Light, nutrients, diversity and biomass: controversies and the way forward'

PhD Program in Ecology; University of Zurich, Switzerland

Ingrid Olivares 
'Determinants of beta diversity within and across different spatial scales'

PhD Program in Ecology; University of Zurich, Switzerland

Chelsea Little
'Biodiversity and ecosystem function across a large river’s dendritic network'

PhD Program in Ecology; University of Zurich, Switzerland

Gaurav Baruah
'Environmental change can impact the stability of populations and consequently cause rapid decline in population size'

PhD Program in Ecology; University of Zurich, Switzerland

Acknowledgement
This event was funded by a Graduate Campus 'Quality assurance and development at the doctoral level' grant.

PhDECO_3Photo credits © Christian Schano

PhD Program in Ecology Annual Meeting and Symposium 2017

The first LSZGS PhD Program in Ecology Annual Meeting and Symposium was held on 1 March 2017.

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Top row from Left to Right: Jana Petermann, Jeremy Fox, Sharon Lawler, Tobias Züst
Bottom row from Left to Right: Cheng Choon Ang, Yana Yankova, Gianalberto Losapio, Aurélie Garnier

This event provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their research and network within their peer circle, as well as with PI's in the program, Alumni of the Program and guest speakers. Program and Abstracts (PDF, 448 KB)

Communicating

Symposium Guest speakers included:

Jeremy Fox- https://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/author/oikosjeremy/

Sharon Lawler - http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Sharon_Lawler/Lawler_Research/

Jana Petermann - https://petermannlab.wordpress.com/about/jana-petermann/

Tobias Züst - http://www.plant-insect.org/index.html

Aurélie Garnier, Gianalberto Losapio, Yana Yankova, Cheng Choon Ang, PhD Students in the PhD Program in Ecology, gave insights into their research projects in a short presentation. First and second year students presented their research proposals during a poster session apéro.

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Acknowledgement
This event was funded by a Graduate Campus 'Quality assurance and development at the doctoral level' grant.

Hölloch Muotatal, Switzerland

4.12.2010 - 5.12.2010

A weekend full of adventure awaited the PhD students participating in this retreat. The group spent two days exploring one of the biggest cave systems in the whole world. Their expectations were met and the students left the Hölloch with unforgettable memories.

Students underground
No place for claustrophobia

Davos Laret, Switzerland

4.12.2009 - 6.12.2009

Davos Sertig, Switzerland

6.12.2008 - 7.12.2008

The focus of this retreat was team-building. The students could practise their team-spirit during an igloo-building seminar. Afterwards the students were equipped with warm sleeping bags to spend the night in their very own igloo. For sure an unusal experience!

Happy crowd
The students' igloos

Two days in the winter-wonderland of Davos filled with snowshoe-hiking, sledging and a seminar about restricting scientific presentations to the essentials. Two days full of good presentations, hearty food and a lot of fun.

Snowshoe-hiking by night
Winter-wonderland of Davos