Perspectives of Plant Population Biology for the next 20 years
Basel, 17–19 May 2007

20th Annual Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria GfOe.

Organized by the Institute of Botany, Section Plant Ecology, University of Basel.

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We herewith invite all interested colleagues to the 20th Annual Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

We will offer two and a half days of talks with attractive keynote speakers, a 20th birthday party on Friday night, and excursions on Saturday afternoon. We explicitly invite students to present oral contributions.

Scope of the Conference

Twenty years after the first conference of central European plant population biologist we intend to explore Perspectives of Plant Population for the next two decades. Renowned keynote speakers will highlight these perspectives covering topics such as ecological and evolutionary genomics, reproductive biology, conservation, landscape ecology and biological interactions. We encourage related contributions, as well as contributions to all other aspects of plant population ecology and genetics.

Organizing Committee

Jürg Stöcklin

Georg Armbruster

Sylvia Martinez

Katrin Rudmann-Maurer

Daniel Scherrer

Heinz Schneider

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Silvertown, The Open University, Great Britain:
The future of ecology in a connected world

Joop Ouborg, Radborg University Nijmegen. The Netherlands):
Ecogenomics: entering the next phase of the Darwinian paradigm.

Ivana Stehlik, University of Toronto, Canada:
Plant reproduction at the crossroads between Ecology and Evolution

John Pannell, University of Oxford, Great Britain:
Signatures of colonization in plant metapopulations

Markus Fischer, University of Bern, Switzerland & University of Potsdam, Germany:
On the role of plant population biology for conservation

Important Dates

15 Feb 2007 Opening of registration by e-mail

31 Mar 2007 Deadline for reduced fee registration

6 April 2007 Extended deadline for submission of talks/posters

15 Apr 2007 Full programme announcement

Conference Language

The conference language is English. Talks have to be in English. Posters should preferably be in English. However, German posters will be accepted.

Call for Talks and Posters

We invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster contributions. We especially encourage talks by students.


Talks will have slots of 20 min including discussion. Computer and computer projector (beamer) will be available in the lecture hall. Please bring your presentation on a compact disc or memory stick. It will not be possible to use your personal laptop.


Posters should be in A0 format; poster walls size is 100 cm width x 180 cm height. Material for poster mounting will be made available.

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 March 2007

Send your conference registration per eMail to Sylvia.Martinez (at) Point out whether you want to give a talk or present a poster. Please include your abstract (max. 2200 characters, no figures or tables). This text will be used for the conference proceedings (please indicate: author, co-authors, title, abstract text). For details, see section registration & fees.

Excursions and Guided Tours

On Saturday afternoon we offer:

A guided tour in the Botanical Garden of the University, including a visit behind the scenes (free of charge),

Field trip to calcareous grassland habitats in the Swiss Jura mountains (€ 10)

Tentative Programme & Conference Site (venue)

Conference begins on Thursday, 17 May 2007, first talk at 9.00h. Registration desk opens at 8.00h, on Wednesday (16 May) from 17 to 20h.

Conference ends on Saturday, 19 May 2007, at noon, optional fields trips in the afternoon

Conference will be held in the main building of the of the University of Basel (auditorium), Petersplatz 1, Basel.

Conference dinner on Friday evening (18 May) will be held in the Botanic Garden of the Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Schönbeinstr 6, Basel.

Final Programme

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Conference Contact

Sylvia Martinez, sylvia.martinez (at), phone: +41 61 267 3503,
Institute of Botany, Basel University

Jürg Stöcklin, Juerg.Stoecklin (at),
Institute of Botany, Basel University

Directions to Conference Sites (Venue)

Lectures and poster sessions: Auditorium (Aula), main building of the University of Basel (Kollegienhaus), Petersplatz 1, Basel. The building is in 3 minutes walking distance from the Institute of Botany and its Botanic Garden. -> Map <-

Conference dinner: Botanic Garden, Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Schonbeinstr 6, Basel -> Map <-

Please note: There are parking garages close to the venue. They charge fees. Free parking in the city is difficult to find, use the outskirts of Basel.


We strongly recommend to book your accomodation as soon as possible.

Hotel Spalentor Schönbeinstrasse 1, 4056 Basel (Across the street from the Institute of Botany). Ask for university rates and mention reservation code: Popbio 2007

Hotel Steinenschanze, Steinengraben 69, 4051 Basel

Hotel Bildungszentrum 21, Missionsstrasse 21, 4056 Basel (Across the street from the Institute of Botany).


Moderate rates:

Jugendherberge Basel, St. Albankirchrain 10, 4053 Basel (closest to the venue)

Basel City Hostel, Pfeffingerstr. 8, 4053 Basel

Basel Pack Pack, Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel


Official tourism website:

Registration & Payment

see here