15 & 16 September 2022, University of Basel, old town of Basel, Switzerland

International Symposium in honour of Caspar Bauhin (1560-1624)

Caspar Bauhin, (1560-1624) was the first professor of Botany at the University of Basel, and one of the most prominent plant systematists of his time, a forerunner of Linnaeus. He also founded one of the first University Botanical Gardens and collected a herbarium of thousands of plants that survives to today. He published his pioneering Flora of Basel „Catalogus Plantarum circa Basileam sponte nascentium“ exactly 400 years ago – one of the first comprehensive local floras. This international Symposium will trace 400 years back from the origin of local floras and botanical collections to their significance for present-day research in Evolution, Systematics, and Global Change. 

Inspiring and show-casing herbarium-based scientific research, in the broadest sense, celebrating 400 years of Caspar Bauhin's pioneering Flora of Basel.

15 September 2022, 18:15h–appr. 19:15h, Bernoullianum, large lecture room, University of Basel, Bernoullistrasse 32, Basel

Prof. Richard B. Primack, Boston University: Climate change effects on wildflowers, trees and birds. Building on the observations of the famous American environmental philosopher Henry David Thoreau, author of «Walden». (Talk in English)

  • Tinde van Andel, Clusius Professor History of botany and gardens, Leiden University and Naturalis, NL
  • Freek Bakker, Professor of Molecular Systematics, Wageningen University, NL
  • Mark Carine PhD, Principal Curator in Charge, Botanical Collections, Natural History Museum London, UK
  • Stefan Eggenberg PhD, Head National Data and Information Center on the Swiss Flora (InfoFlora), Bern
  • Jason Grant, Professor of Biology and Director of the Herbarium, University of Neuchatel
  • Flavio Häner PhD, Historian of Science and Collections, Cultural Property Protection Expert, Basel
  • Ansgar Kahmen, Professor of Botany, Director Botanical Garden and Herbarium, University of Basel
  • Gudrun Kadereit, Professor of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants, Head Botanical Garden and Herbarium, University of München, DE
  • Austin Mast, Professor of Biology and Director of the Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University Tallahassee, USA
  • Reto Nyffeler PhD, Curator of Phanerogams, University of Zurich
  • Richard B. Primack, Professor of Biology, Boston University, USA
  • Michelle Price, Professor of Plant Systematics and Biodiversity, University of Geneva; Head of Science and Head of the Cryptogamic Herbarium, Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva, Vice-Chair of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF).
  • Verena Schünemann, Professor of Paleogenetics, University of Zurich & University of Vienna
  • Yvonne Willi, Professor of Ecology, University of Basel
  • Jurriaan de Vos PhD, Curator Herbaria Basel and Botanical Garden, University of Basel
  • Jürg Stöcklin, Professor emeritus of Botany, President of the Basel Botanical Society
  • Sylvia Martinez MSc, Dept of Environmental Science – Botany, University of Basel


Sylvia Martinez
Dept of Environmental Sciences – Botany
University of Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 6
4056 Basel, Switzerland

Basel University, Kollegienhaus, side entrance

University of Basel
Main building (Kollegienhaus)
Petersplatz 1
Lecture room 120 (1st floor)
4051 Basel – Switzerland

Map with all conference locations

01 March 2022
Call for submission & registration

15 June 2022, extended to 03 July 2022
Abstract submissions (closed)

15 July 2022
Confirmation of contribution acceptance/rejection (completed)

After 15 August 2022
Registration remains open for late-registration

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Stiftung zur Förderung der Pflanzenkenntnis

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Basler Botanische Gesellschaft

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Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel

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Schweizerische Botanische Gesellschaft

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Departement Umweltwissenschaften der Universität Basel