On the KPS

Margriten Südamerika KPS
Margriten Südamerika KPS
Margriten Südamerika KPS

The Commission for Phenology and Seasonality (KPS) provides a platform for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary dialogue between all interested branches in the field of Phenological science.

The KPS is a member of the Platform Geosciences of SCNAT.

Our responsibilities:

Promotion of research:

A broadly supported network

  • We support observation networks and their operators
    →The CPS is partner of the Citizen Science Projects OpenNature.
  • We are dedicated to embedding phenological amateur observers in the scientific environment and are involved in the training of new observers.
    → A Phenology Day is held every year.


  • We encourage the exchange between science and the public
    → We run the thematic portal "Seasons", where interested parties can inform themselves about the research branch of phenology.
  • We cultivate contacts to international institutions

Support of young people

  • We support geoscientific education at pedagogical colleges and schools of all grades
  • We provide information about the range of studies and training in the field of phenology
  • We support the participation in lectures, internships, field experiments, summer schools and scientific conferences, especially for young researchers.

Expert council

  • We answer general questions in the field of phenology. For this purpose, the KPS maintains a list of experts that can inform media professionals, politicians and administrators.

    Please consult our online list or contact us at kps@scnat.ch.


Dr. Sibylle Stöckli

Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL)
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick


Dr. Yann Vitasse

Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf


Citizen Science Projekt

OpenNature mit SCNAT Farbe Logo
Teaser Image Phenology & Seasonality Portal


Seasons order the course of nature to a natural calendar. Many scientific disciplines deal with the beginning, duration and shifting of seasons. Scientists also call this field of research phenology. Precise knowledge of causes and consequences is important in agriculture, weather and climate research, ecology, medicine and tourism.