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2 December 2020 - 4 December 2020
Zürich, Switzerland
Connectivity - Plant Interactions Reloaded

Welcome to

Connectivity - Plant Interactions Reloaded

Online Symposium

Inspiring talk sessions and targeted 1:1 meetings to foster knowledge gain and new contacts.

Despite the physical distance imposed by the pandemic, the PSC symposium 2020 will bring the international plant science community together. This year’s PSC Symposium will highlight the manifold interactions plants are engaged in. The interactions range from the molecular to the environmental level and are indispensable for development, reproduction, nutrient exploitation and disease resistance against pathogens. Interactions drive evolution and shape the natural communities. 

Studying plant connectivity at different levels, in a more contextual way and combining different disciplines is key to move forward in our understanding of the plant systems. This multidisciplinary research can be integrated in an ecological framework where optimal management of nature’s ecological functions and biodiversity may improve agricultural system performance, efficiency and farmers’ livelihoods.

Every participant is invited to present a poster and flash talk. Poster awards will be given to the best posters chosen by participants and by a scientific committee.

Registration is now open (extended to November 30th)

Registration is free of charge.

Poster abstract submission is closed.


Session Speaker
9:00- 9:30
Dr. Manuela Dahinden
Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, Managing Director
Laura Herold
University of Zurich, PhD student
Session 1: Plant-plant interactions

Yuanyuan Liang

ETH Zürich
PhD student
Santiago Pérez-Bernal

University of Basel
PhD student

9:30 - 11:15
9:30 - 10:00
Auxin canalization in self-organizing plant development
Prof. Jiri Friml
IST Austria
10:00 - 10:30
Getting to the roots of plant resilience to salinity stress

Prof. Christa Testerink
University of Wageningen
10:30 - 11:00
Plants as pathogens
Prof. Susann Wicke
Humboldt-University of Berlin
11:00 - 11:15
Flash talk

Nadine Engbersen, M.Sc.
ETH Zürich
Coffee break
11:15 - 11:45
Session 2: Plant-microbe interactions

Alicia Abarca
University of Zurich
PhD student
Henning Mühlenbeck
University of Zurich
PhD student

11:45 - 13:30
11:45 - 12:15
Microbiome-induced epigenetic mechanism of heat stress tolerance in plants 
Prof. Heribert Hirt
12:15 - 12:45
The leaf microbiota: responses and impacts on plants
Prof. Julia Vorholt
ETH Zurich
12:45 - 13:15
What determines the diversity of pathogenic microbial communities in nature?
Prof. Anna-Liisa Laine
University of Zurich
13:15 - 13:30
Flash talk
Dr. Sebastian Pfeilmeyer
ETH Zürich
Lunch and Poster Session
13:30 - 15:00
Session 3: Plant-Animal Interactions

Zhen-Zhu Xiao
University of Zurich
PhD student
Giacomo Potente
University of Zurich
PhD student

15:00 - 16:45
15:00 - 15:30
On Growth and Form in Petals
Prof. Vivian Irish
Yale University
15:30 - 16:00
The role of floral traits in pollination and plant defense
Prof. Rebecca E Irwin
NC State University
16:00 - 16:30
Plant-animal mutualistic networks
Prof. Jordi Bascompte
University of Zurich
16:30 - 16:45
Flash talk
Dr. Dario Sanchez Castro
University of Basel
Poster awards and concluding remarks
16:45 - 17:00
Prof. Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich, Chair of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
Online apéro
17:00 - 18.00

How can you benefit from this event?

  • Present and discuss your research
  • Initiate and arrange promising pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings at the event
  • Generate fresh leads and meet new contacts in a time and cost-efficient way
  • Stay one step ahead of your competitors by being seen and visibly present at the event


Zürich, Switzerland

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Participants 272
Meetings 28


Argentina 2
Austria 2
Brazil 2
Canada 3
Cape Verde 1
China 4
Czech Republic 1
Ecuador 1
Estonia 1
Finland 2
France 16
Germany 29
India 4
Indonesia 1
Iran, Islamic Republic Of 3
Israel 1
Italy 1
Japan 1
Netherlands 13
Pakistan 1
Poland 1
Portugal 1
Saudi Arabia 14
Singapore 1
Spain 2
Sweden 3
Switzerland 239
United Kingdom 10
United States 11
Zimbabwe 1
Total 372