Interaction Seminar

Fall Term 2021

Date Speaker Title of talk interaction
23.09 Santhosh (PhD student)
Schärer Group, UniBas
Sperm Competition Mechanisms in a Simultaneous Hermaphrodite
30.09 Matthias Janeschik (visiting student)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
How to shave a spider's leg: Duplication & divergence of a sensory hair gene in spiders
14.10 Pascal Angst (PhD student)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Genomic diversity and genomic differentiation in a D. magna metapopulation
21.10 Benjamin Hüssy (Master student)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Exploring the diversity of Pasteuria infection phenotypes in Daphnia
28.10 Eric Dexter (PostDoc)
Ebert Group, UniBas
Using co-genome sequencing of hosts and parasites to reveal linked loci across genomes
04.11 Fabio Sacher (scientific collaborator)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
Being picky: Selecting good quality cDNA libraries for sequencing
11.11 Menghan Wang (PostDoc)
Tschopp Group, UniBas
Single-cell RNA-seq and ATAC-seq analysis in skeletal development of chicken embryo
18.11 Carlos Herrera (PhD student)
Berner Group, UniBas
Developmental genetic basis of skeletal evolution in stickleback fish
02.12 Antoine Fages (PostDoc)
Tschopp & Salzburger Groups, UniBas
Deciphering the origins of horse domestication
09.12 Simona Ruffener (Master student)
Salzburger Group, UniBas
Pieris mannii habitat distribution and de novo genome assembly

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 (, Joana Santos ( or Virginie Ricci (

Past Interaction Seminars