Centenary Palaeoecology Symposium

8 – 10 June 2020, University of Bern, Switzerland

100 Years Palaeoecology

Walter Rytz’s habilitation thesis in 1911 on the “Floristic History of the Bernese hills between the Alps and the Jura mountains” studied the postglacial linkages between climatic and vegetational changes. When Walter Rytz became professor in 1920, palaeoecology was introduced at University of Bern. In 2020 the palaeoecology section at University of Bern wants to celebrate this centenary with a two-day international symposium (“From the Past to the Future”). Renowned speakers will present their research. Their talks are grouped in topics comprising “Scales & Proxies”, “Quantification, Modelling & Theory of Palaeoecology”, and “Palaeoecology’s Human and Societal Dimensions”. The symposium aims at providing an overview about the state-of-the-art in palaeoecology, with an outlook on the direction the field may take in the coming years. Two poster sessions will give participants the opportunity to present their own research.

The symposium will take place at University of Bern, Switzerland, between June 8th and 9th 2020 and will be followed on June 10th by a choice of one-day excursions to the Swiss Plateau and the Alps. The call for posters and the registration will be open between January and February 2020.