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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR SESSIONS

GfÖ Annual Meeting 2023 September 12 to 16, 2023 in Leipzig, Germany


Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 12-16 September 2023 in Leipzig. Join ecologists from across the world for a vibrant conference hosted by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.

52. GfÖ Annual Meeting
The Future of Biodiversity – overcoming barriers of taxa, realms and scales
12-16 September 2023
Neues Augusteum of Leipzig University
Leipzig, Germany


The next years will be dedicated to developing strategies to implement the 2030 Biodiversity vision and goals of the Convention of Biological Diversity to foster a healthy, resilient and biodiverse planet. For this, we need to better understand how biodiversity change can be detected across time and space, how it supports ecosystem functioning and people, and how biodiversity can be conserved and enhanced in the long term. We therefore hold the 52nd GfÖ Annual Meeting under the motto "The future of biodiversity – overcoming barriers of taxa, realms and scales" to shed light on future challenges and opportunities with regards to biodiversity, as well as how to address and manage these in an interdisciplinary and integrative way.

We warmly welcome you to the 52nd GfÖ Annual Meeting and encourage you to join this interdisciplinary, lively platform for inspiring exchange with scientists from a broad range of ecological disciplines and beyond!

Call for sessions

The organizing committee encourages all members of the GfÖ and all scientists interested in ecological research to organize and chair sessions for presentations, interactive lunchtime events or (pre-conference) workshops.

Proposals for sessions, pre-conference workshops or lunchtime events will be accepted until 10 February 2023. Everybody is cordially invited to submit session topics relevant to ecologists.

Proposals should include the following information:
  • A session title
  • A short title (max 5 words or 50 characters)
  • The goal of the session (half A4 page)
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of chairs (up to three chairs per session)
  • List of potential speakers
    (Please note: all potential speakers and session chairs will have to register and pay registration fee)
  • Mode of interaction for workshops / interactive lunchtime events

Please submit your proposal online here in this conference portal.

More information will follow in the coming weeks

This brief note intends to provide you with the conference date and venue for your planning purposes. More detailed information will follow in the coming weeks.

We are looking 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 Leipzig!

With kind regards,
Aletta Bonn, Nico Eisenhauer and Henrique Pereira
(on behalf of the organizing committee)

52nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society
of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
"The future of biodiversity"
Leipzig, Germany, 12 – 16 September 2023