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

Online registration is closed now.

The scientific programme is now published.

Please note that the abstract submission is closed now.

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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

The detailed programme with all presentation titles and abstracts is now also available.

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 the sessions in sync.

Time Wednesday 06.02. Thursday 07.02. Friday 08.02.
08:45 Plenary Talk: Tanja Slotte
Plenary Talk: Walter Salzburger
09:30 Adaptation I
Behavioural Ecology I
Speciation & Diversification I
Life history
11:00 Adaptation II
Behavioural Ecology II
Systematics & Macroevolution
13:45 SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Workshop

Public outreach at the Zoological Museum Zurich

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Plenary Talk: Virpi Lummaa
Plenary Talk: Meghan Duffy
14:30 Population & Evolutionary Genetics I
Ecology I
Speciation & Diversification II
Evolutionary & Ecological Theory
16:15 Population & Evolutionary Genetics II
Ecology II
Closing ceremony
20:00   Darwin talk: Barbara König

Workshop & Outreach

In the afternoon of 6 February 2019, we proudly offer two additional events associated with Biology19:

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

SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Workshop

This event will take place on University of Zurich's Irchel Campus, room 15-G-19.

Time Presentation
14:15-14:30 Grégoire Rossier
Training Group & Vital-IT, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Presentation of the SIB
14:30-15:15 Richard Neher
Microbial Evolution, Biozentrum Basel & SIB
Real-time tracking and visualization of pathogen sequence data
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:15 Damian Szklarczyk
Bioinformatics Systems Biology, University of Zurich & SIB
The STRING protein-protein interaction database, and its use in characterising functional modularity and enrichment
16:15-17:00 Nicolas Salamin, Daniele Silvestro, Théo Gaboriau
Computational Phylogenetics group, Department of Computational Biology, University of Lausanne & SIB
New developments in modeling quantitative traits at the macroevolutionary scale

This event is hosted by:  SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics logo

Public outreach at the Zoological Museum Zurich

Zoological Museum Zurich Have you ever wondered what research in biology looks like? Or how species-rich Switzerland is? Yes?
Then come to the Zoological Museum UZH on 6 February 2019, where visitors of the museum will have the opportunity to get to know the participants of Biology19 and to talk with them about various topics of biology.

Programme for families and schools

Biodiversity Means Life 13:30-16.30
With the help of interactive and playful elements as well as the beautiful museum exhibits, the biologists will present their research projects and answer questions from adults and children alike.

Public lecture (in German)

Biodiversity Means Life 18:15-19:15
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
"Biodiversität im Fluss"

This event is hosted by: Biodiversity Means Life logo   Zoological Museum Zurich logo

Ales Krivec


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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