Interaction Seminar

Spring Term 2020

Date Speaker Title of talk interaction
12.03 Virginie Ricci (PhD student)
Salzburger Group, Unibas
CANCELLED!!! The visual system in the Lake Tanganyika cichlid adaptive radiation
19.03 Tomasz Mamos (PostDoc)
Salzburger Group, Unibas
26.03 Benjamin Hüssy (Master student)
Ebert Group, Unibas
02.04 Axel Wiberg (PostDoc)
Schärer Group, Unibas
16.04 Joana Santos (PhD student)
Ebert Group, Unibas
30.04 Jeanne Brülhart (Master student)
Schärer Group, Unibas
07.05 Eric Dexter (PostDoc)
Ebert Group, Unibas
14.05 Moena Ulrich (Master student)
Ebert Group, Unibas
28.05 Marlon Henseler (Master student)
Ebert Group, Unibas

The Principle

Speakers (MSc, PhD, or Post-Docs) give talks in english in front of their peers in an informal atmosphere (round table with drinks and snacks, 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.

Drinks and snacks are provided, just bring your little coins to pay for them.

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
  • Have a beer or a soft drink, some peanuts and discuss science, the stuff you love! ;-)

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 seminar room (Room 01.26) of the:

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

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: Maridel Fredericksen (, Virginie Ricci ( or Christian Feregrino (

Past Interaction Seminars