About the Conference

Biology19 is the largest conference of organismal biology in Switzerland to stimulate exchange between students, researchers and professors across scientific institutions, research groups and disciplines. It is also the annual joint meeting of the Swiss Zoological, Botanical, and Systematics societies.

The two-day conference will include four plenary talks by invited speakers, many oral presentations by early-career scientists and poster sessions. Thursday evening, the traditional Darwin Dinner in honor of Darwin's birthday will feature Barbara König (University of Zurich) as our invited speaker.

Important news

We are pleased to announce two satellite events on 06.02.2019:

  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Workshop
  • A public outreach programme at the Zoological Museum Zurich

And here some important dates:

  • 23.12.2018   Talk & poster submission closes
  • 07.02.2019   Conference begins

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Keynote Speakers

Meghan Duffy

University of Michigan

Virpi Lummaa

University of Turku

Walter Salzburger

University of Basel

Tanja Slotte

Stockholm University



Barbara König

University of Zurich

Darwin speaker


Florian Altermatt
Wolf Blanckenhorn
Frédéric Guillaume
Anna Lindholm
Stefan Lüpold
Arpat Ozgul
Péter Szövényi

General Programme (tentative)

Except for plenary talks, oral presentations will take place in two parallel sessions and are strictly limited to 12 mins plus 3 mins of questions to keep sessions synchronized. Flash talks are short (max. 2 mins) presentations of a select number of posters and are limited to be a single slide (animations are possible).

Wednesday 06.02. Thursday 07.02. Friday 08.02.
08:45 Plenary Talk: Tanja Slotte Plenary Talk: Walter Salzburger
09:30 Talks Talks Talks Talks
11:00 Talks Talks Talks Talks
14:15 Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Workshop:

from real-time tracking and visualization of pathogen sequence data to characterising functional modularity and enrichment using the STRING protein-protein interaction database
Plenary Talk: Virpi Lummaa Plenary Talk: Meghan Duffy
15:00 Talks Talks Talks Talks
16:30 Talks Talks Closing Ceremony
18:00 Public outreach at the Zoological Museum Zurich  
18:30 Darwin Plenary Talk: Barbara König


University of Zurich-Irchel
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich


If you travel by train through Zurich Main Station (HB), Irchel Campus can be reached by tram line 10 to "Universität Irchel", or tram lines 7 or 14 to "Milchbuck".

From Zurich Oerlikon, you can take tram line 10 or 14 to "Milchbuck".

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