GfÖ Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, 30 August to 1 September

Dear colleagues!

Please note, online registration is now available for the 50th Annual Meeting of the GfÖ (30 August to 1 September). Due to the pandemic, we have opted for a fully virtual format of the conference. We have chosen an online conference platform, which besides hosting our sessions, lectures and posters also offers good networking opportunities and is managed by a professional company. Hopefully, this will compensate somewhat for the lack of face-to-face exchange, which cannot be replaced by anything else.

The conference programme will be structured similarly to what you are used to from our past conferences. After a very successful call for sessions with 40 proposals, we are looking forward to receiving your abstracts. Due to the digital format, the conference is scheduled to 3 days. On each of the three conference days we will offer plenary talks, 4-5 parallel sessions and workshops.

The format of the presentations will be 15 minutes as usual (12 minutes talk and 3 minutes for discussion). To ensure that the sessions run smoothly, safely and on schedule, speakers will be asked to pre-record their talks, while questions from the audience can be answered live. Thus sessions will be ‘simulive’ with pre-recorded talks and live interactions and engagement.

To stimulate discussions between the participants and the oral and poster presenters, we have planned to set up virtual "debate lounges" (called "Meet the Speakers" or "Meet the Poster Presenter"). These will provide an opportunity to meet the speakers or those who have presented posters for further discussion and questions.

If you are planning to submit a paper with title and abstract, please complete the on-line registration as a first step. Information on how to submit a paper and how to register can be found on the conference webpage.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration is 4 July 2021.

All scientific sessions will be recorded on the day of the livestreaming, and will be available in a video-on-demand format for up to 3 weeks after the conference. All videos on demand are only accessible to registered GfÖ conference participants.

A first draft of the scientific programme can be found on the conference website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We look forward to your active support and participation in making this a stimulating GfÖ conference!

Yours sincerely,
Boris Schröder-Esselbach and Jens Dauber

50th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society
of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
"Ecology – Science in Transition, Science for Transition"
30 August - 1 September 2021