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The members of the committee responsible for the different practical exams are listed in the table below. Practical

Institute

Person in charge Institute

Person in charge Swiss Biology Olympiad

1 - Cell

Institute of Cell Biology

Prof. Isabel Roditi Andreas Gruber

Adeline Colussi

2 - Plant

Institute of Plant Science

Prof. Doris Rentsch Stefan Meier, PhD

Michael Jutzi

3 - Etho

Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Prof. Michael Taborsky Joachim Frommen, PhD

Thierry Aebischer

4 - Syst

Natural History Museum 1

Stefan Hertwig, PhD Christian Kropf, PhD

Thierry Aebischer

TABLE 3 . 1  Institutes and people in charge of organizing the practical exams. The Natural History Museum of the Burgergemeinde Bern is not an institute of the University of Bern, but an independent Institution of the Burgergemeinde of the city of Bern. The museum has a long tradition in collaborating with the Department of Biology of the University of Bern. 1

Similarly, one person from each of the three institutes was responsible to communicate ­between the scientific committee and the researchers in their respective institute regarding the writing of theoretical questions. These were: ▪▪ Gerald Heckel, PhD, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern ▪▪ Daniel Prati, PhD, and Oliver Bossdorf, PhD, Institute of Plant Science, University of Bern ▪▪ Christa Rhiner, PhD, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern Finally, the theoretical questions were also reviewed by a committee of high school teachers to aid in adjusting the level of difficulty and to assure many formal requirements. The members of this committee were: ▪▪ René Gfeller, Gymnase de la Cité de Lausanne ▪▪ Markus Jordi, Gymnase Auguste Piccard Lausanne ▪▪ Matthias Gappisch, Gymnasium Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein

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