PACE (Plant & Animal Conservation Ecology)

The goal of this lecture series is to provide students with a broad view of conservation research and practice, and to contribute to bridging the gap between the two. We invite people working in biodiversity conservation within different professional frameworks (NGOs, federal and cantonal administration, media), as well as people carrying out conservation research. Each lecturer provides materials which the students have to study beforehand.

Location: In 2021 the seminar takes place at the Haller Auditorium 248 (Baltzerstrasse 1, 3012 Bern)

Time schedule: Thursday, 16:15h - 18:00h

Autumn semester 2021


23.09.2021 Introduction to the PACE seminars and information on exam

30.09.2021 Dr Dominic Martin, Wyss Academy
Vanilla boom in Madagascar: impact on people and nature (PDF, PDF)

07.10.2021 No seminar

14.10.2021 Dr Urs Tester, Pro Natura
How Pro Natura promotes biodiversity? - An example from the practice (

21.10.2021 No seminar

28.10.2021 Prof. Delphine Clara Zemp, University of Neuchâtel
Biodiversity enrichment in oil palm plantations (PDF, PDF)

04.11.2021 Dr Laurence Duc, EBP Schweiz AG, Zürich
Light pollution: policies and other instruments developed by the city of Bern to reduce it (PDF, PDF, PDF, PDF)

11.11.2021 Dr Aye Chan Maung, Forest Research Institute, Yezin, Myanmar
Conserving tropical forests in the context of political instability (PDF)

18.11.2021 Prof. Jasmin Joshi, Fachhochschule Ostschweiz
Adaptability to climate change in plants, biodiversity in cities and efficient monitoring of invasive species in conservation areas (PDF, PDF, PDF)

25.11.2021 Prof. Dirk S. Schmeller, Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement, University of Toulouse
Aquatic mountain ecosystems and the pressures on them (PDF, PDF)

02.12.2021 Dr Rodrigo Cámara Leret, University of Zurich
Unveiling the hidden web of knowledge (PDF)

09.12.2021 No seminar

16.12.2021 Exam

23.12.2021 No seminar