Member of SCNAT

Under the umbrella of the SSS, biologists from different fields are dedicated to the interests of systematics and taxonomy. The SSS serves as a competent contact for the scientists and the society, and maintains an international exchange.more

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Grants & PhD offers in systematics

Student Travel Grant

Unfortunately no grants were given in 2020 or 2021, but the possibility is now open for 2022!


  • being a MS or PhD candidate in a Swiss research institution
  • having a research project that includes systematics
  • submitting a talk or a poster to an international meeting
  • !NEW! confirmation of visit of a Swiss collection holding institution
  • being a member of the SSS (10 CHF for student)

Please note that the grant might not cover all your expenses. We plan to support several students, and some years we’ll favour the attendance to a particular meeting. Projects of applicants who do not have support from their own institution will be favoured.

To apply, please send to before 16.05.2022:

  1. A description of the project, including an abstract of the presentation or poster, the budget requested and your motivations to attend the meeting (maximum 2 pages, in English)
  2. A short curriculum vitae
  3. A letter of support of your supervisor, with indications about the unavailability of internal funding for attending the meeting
  4. A letter of confirmation of visit from the Collection holding institution you would like to visit - ONLY for projects involving systematic work with specimens

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Student travel grant 2019

This year the grant was awarded to:

  • Jeannette Kneubühler, PhD student at the University of Bern and the Natural History Museum Bern, who will present the research based on her master thesis at the World Congress of Malacology 2019 in Monterey, USA
  • Mathilde Ruche, PhD student in Life Sciences at the University of Geneva & Conservatoire and Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève (CJB), who will make a poster presentation at the International Association of Bryologists Bryology19 Symposium in Madrid, Spain