The BeNeFri network was originally created to enhance the mobility of students between the Universities of Bern, Neuchatel and Fribourg in all disciplines. Thus, the possibility now exists to follow courses from all three universities, be reimbursed for transportation, and finally receive a degree which indicates this mobility effort.
The SPSW BeNeFri coordination is located at the University of Neuchatel under the direction of Prof. Ted Turlings. SPSW BeNeFri encompasses 25 senior scientists, as well as nearly 70 PhD students and 60 Post-Docs spread over the three universities.
National and International Collaboration
SPSW BeNeFri actively collaborates on plant research projects with the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Plant Survival (Management at Neuchâtel) and SystemsX Plant Growth (Management in Bern). Recently, Prof. Ted Turlings began the project InvaVOL, part of the EuroVol project, or see our newsletter. All of these projects involve collaborations on national and international levels.
Beyond the Lab : Activities Organized by SPSW BeNeFri for PhD Students
Within the SPSW, BeNeFri is responsible for the organisation of the PhD summer school (Sandrine Gouinguené) taking place annually in Muerren (CH). This event is a great opportunity for SPSW PhD students to be together, learn, and discuss subjects related to plant science that may not directly touch their research project. The goal is to expand the future vision of PhD students within plant science subjects and provide inspiration about what they can do as future plant scientists.
BeNeFri is also organizing the SPSW Career Day (Natacha Gassman-Aubert and Sandrine Gouinguené) with the goal of informing PhD students about potential future employers. Industrial partners are invited to present their company and the skills they look for in their employees. They will be present at company stands to directly discuss with the PhD students and answer questions. It is a great opportunity for PhD students to think about their future career and to make contacts.
In addition, mobility grants offered by the SPSW are managed by SPSW BeNeFri, it gives the opportunity for SPSW PhD students to be compensated for visits to other Universities in Switzerland.
SPSW Technology platforms
The SPSW technology platforms offer their customers the latest equipment for bio-molecular, chemical, and genetic diversity analyses. SPSW BeNeFri is responsible for the chemical analytical services (CAS) that provide up-to-date equipment and expertise in analytical and plant chemistry for scientists examining plant composition. The CAS technology platform is located at the University of Neuchatel and is headed by Dr. Gaetan Glauser.
SPSW BeNeFri is active in collaboration projects in plant research
- National Centre of Competence in Research Plant Survival
(Management at University of Neuchâtel)
- SystemsX Plant Growth (Management in Bern)
- InvaVol as part of the EuroVol project: plant volatiles in plant-insect interactions, see also our newlsletter article