Ecosystems under pressure: Agriculture, forestry and conservation under global change

Rigi Workshop, where disciplines meet

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Hotel Rigi Kulm

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Rigi Kulm

Do you want to increase your knowledge in the fields of agriculture, forestry and conservation biology under global change? Do you want to develop your scientific network and to discuss your research with other PhD students and scientists in a friendly atmosphere on top of a mountain?

Herbst mitten im Sommer. Vertrocknetes braunrotes Laub und die Abendsonne tauchen den Waldrand in herbstliche Farben. Ein Wald am oberen Zürichsee am 25. Juli 2018.
Image : Stephan Bader, MeteoSchweiz

The world is changing! Climate change, C02-enrichment, habitat modifications, land-use change and intensification, nitrogen deposition, new species communities – they all have big impacts on ecosystems and put them under pressure. During the workshop participants will identify challenges and also opportunities for forest, agriculture and ecosystems in Switzerland under ongoing and future global changes. The results will be summarized and published in a joint article. Five experts with different backgrounds will guide you through the workshop:

  • Extreme events and forest functioning; Yann Vitasse, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
  • The future of sustainable agroecosystems; Sibylle Stöckli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
  • Belowground biodiversity in a changing world; Martin Hartmann, Department of Environmental Systems Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • Global change and conservation; Martin Gossner, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL; Nicolas Strebel, Swiss Ornithological Institute

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This 3-day course will be held in English.

PhD students from all Swiss institutions of Higher Learning are encouraged to apply. Applications from Master students and Postdocs are also considered. The registration fee is CHF 150 (Master students can contact us for financial support). You can contact your doctoral school for the accreditation of ECTS.


Please register online and submit an abstract of your research and a short letter of motivation, including your expectations. Registrations are still open. The organizing committee will select the 40 most outstanding applicants to participate in this workshop.


Organisers: Yann Vitasse, WSL; Sibylle Stöckli, FiBL; Komission für Phänologie und Saisonalität; Caroline Reymond and Pia Stieger, SCNAT

Impact of the drought 2018 in the canton of Schaffausen
Impact of the drought 2018 in the canton of SchaffausenImage : Swiss Forest Lab



Plateforme Biologie
Maison des Académies
Case postale
3001 Berne

+41 31 306 93 35

Registration fee: CHF 150.–
(Course material, accommodation and meals are covered by the organizers)
Langues : Anglais