Biological Invasions - Challenges for Science and Society - a CUSO workshop

14-15 September 2017

A workshop in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution

Organisers: Prof. Sven Bacher, Prof. Heinz Müller-Schärer, Prof. Louis-Félix Bersier, and Dr. Rudolf Rohr (University of Fribourg)

Venue: University of Fribourg


This workshop will review the status quo of Biological invasions and will ask how well we understand and manage current invasions, how well we can forecast new harmful alien species and pathways and prevent newly emerging problematic alien species.


  • Dov Sax, Brown University, Providence, USA
  • Jonathan Jeschke, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Petr Pysek, Czech Academy of Sciences, Pruhonice, CZ
  • Jonathan Levine, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sabrina Kumschick, Center of Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Christoph Kueffer, HSR Rapperswil, Switzerland
  • Franz Essl, University of Vienna, AT


We will tackle important questions such as:

  • Is there a fundamental difference between native and alien species?
  • What is the contribution of invasion biology to science?
  • How can we integrate environmental and socio economic impacts of alien species?
  • What do we need to know to reach Aichi target 9 (prioritization of alien species and pathways).
  • How effective is the new EU Regulation on alien species?                  

Renowned international researchers in invasion ecology will present state-of-the-art knowledge on this topic, from both conceptual and experimental angles.

Each speaker will give two talks, one as a general introduction and one on their research.

The course is aimed at students with a general interest in population, community, and conservation ecology, as well as at students working on the interface of science and society.

Participants will also have the opportunity to present their work in a 20 min talk or as poster.

General information

Schedule: see CUSO Doctoral Programme E&E web site

Venue:  University of Fribourg

ECTS: 1.0  and 1.5 (with poster presentation) (Scientific activities)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact the organisers

Registration fee: free for participants of the doctoral program Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol). Participation of CHF 25 for the dinner. Lunches are not included. No accommodation reimbursement.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E web site

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


Registration on the web site of CUSO doctoral program Ecology & Evolution closed

Deadline: see CUSO web site