GfÖ Annual Meeting 2021, 30 August to 3 September in Brunswick, Germany

Dear Colleagues,

The local organizing committee and the board of GfÖ have decided to postpone the 2020 conference by one year due to the global Corona-virus situation. Despite all hopes that the situation could improve significantly by September, we believe that under the given circumstances a conference this year is not possible. It is still highly uncertain whether the conference can take place and the present situation does not allow a coordinated preparation that meets the expectations of the participants. That we have to postpone just our Jubilee Conference is of course bitter, but unfortunately it cannot be changed. Thankfully, our colleagues in Braunschweig have agreed to host the conference in 2021 as well. Their willingness to host the conference next year cannot be taken for granted and is very much appreciated!

Please note the new dates for the 50th annual meeting of the GfÖ in Braunschweig. It will take place from 30 August - 3 September, 2021 and will be held at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Thünen-Institut of Biodiversity, Braunschweig in Germany

Important points concerning the postponement:

With respect to the 50th anniversary, we would like to review the developments in ecology during the past 50 years. At the same time, we will highlight how these developments helped to prepare ecology for the scientific and societal challenges of change, which is affecting virtually all habitats. The theme of the annual meeting will thus be:
Ecology – Science in Transition, Science for Transition

We will prepare a diverse and exciting program that provides ample space for discussion, e.g. on the transformation of agricultural systems and the future of forests. During talk and poster sessions, discussion panels and workshops, we will work together to generate ideas, pathways and solutions for a sustainable development of ecosystems and to preserve the basis of our livelihood. Several keynote speakers promising thought-provoking talks have already accepted our invitation for the conference, including Gerlinde de Deyn (Wageningen, NL), Carsten F. Dormann (Freiburg, DE), and Michael J. Samways (Stellenbosch, RSA).

We look forward to meeting you in the Lion City Brunswick between Harz and Heath, a city of science, a “Future City”, a city full of culture and historic sites.

Venue: TU Braunschweig, Main Building and Audimax (Pockelsstr. 4 and Universitätsplatz 3, 38106

We look forward to arranging a stimulating conference and hope that you will be able to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference office at:

We look forward to welcoming you to Brunswick!

With kind regards,
Boris Schröder-Esselbach and Jens Dauber
(on behalf of the organizing committee)

50th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society
of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
"Ecology – Science in Transition, Science for Transition"
Braunschweig, Germany, 30 August - 3 September 2021