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17th Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik


‘Taxa in Time and Space’




Final Circular & Programme 4,6 MB

Abstract Volume small version 976 KB

Abstract Volume print version 3,8 MB

Third Circular download (February 2016) small version 679 KB

Third Circular download (February 2016) print version 9,1 MB

Second Circular download (January 2016)

First Circular download (October 2015)

Registration is now open

On behalf of the organising committee you are cordially invited to attend the 17th annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS), which will take place from 21–24 February 2016 at the University of Munich, Germany.

The meeting will be hosted by the GeoBio-CenterLMU, and the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB).

Proposed schedule (more detailed information can be found in the 3rd circular)

Sunday, 21st February 2016
Arrival and registration of participants
Council Meeting

Guided tour Paleontological Museum Munich (PMM)

An icon of evolution: the 'Urvogel' Archaeopteryx: The historical importance of Archaeopteryx and recent advances in our understanding of this iconic fossil.

• Start: 16.30 h
• Meeting point: Gomphotherium (Atrium, PMM)
• Duration: ca. 1 hr
• Contact person: Prof. Dr. Oliver Rauhut
• Maximum number of participants: 40

Icebreaker Party

Monday, 22nd February 2016
Scientific program including two parallel sessions of talks
Poster Session
Meeting AG Kustoden
GfBS General Assembly

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016
Scientific program including two parallel sessions of talks
Student Awards & B. Rensch-Award
Meeting AG Junge Systematiker
Conference Dinner

Wednesday, 24th February 2016

Guided Tour Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) with demonstration of the Virtual Reality Laboratory.

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) is the main provider of IT and communication-infrastructure for Munich's universities, and the main computational facility for Munich's research centers. The LRZ hosts the 'Super MUC', one of the world's fastest computers, and hardware for virtualizations. Its "Center for Virtual Reality and Visualisation" facilitates scientific high-quality visualizations and presentations of virtual 3D worlds.

• Start: 14.30 h
• Meeting point: LRZ Main Entrance.
• Duration: ca. 2 hrs.
• Contact person: Rainer Oesmann
• Maximum number of participants: 15

Diversity Workbench Workshop

The workshop addresses researchers who intend to organise, manage and preserve their own biological raw data. They will come in contact with GFBio teams at three of the GFBio collection data centers, learn more about the Diversity Workbench (DWB) and related GFBio services.

• Start: 9.00 h
• Meeting point: Menzinger Str. 67, first floor, room number 139
• Duration: until ca. 16.00 h
• Contact person: Dr. D. Triebel, T. Weibulat
• Maximum number of participants: 15
further information

Workshop on statistic methods in phylogeny with "R"

This R workshop will cover the basics of R usage and the R programming language, as well as programming, application of statistical approaches and the development of user adapted scripts. From 10.00-12.00 a basic introduction to R is planned. Those who are already familiar with R can join in the afternoon at 13.00.

• Start: 10.00 h
• Location: Botanical Institute Menzinger Str. 67, Munich
• Duration: until ca. 18.00 h
• Contact person: Dr. Natalie Cusimano
• Maximum number of participants: 20
• Participants must provide own computer with R and RStudio

Please contact indicating your purpose to use R and previous knowledge.

Workshop on the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS)

The CETAF Legislation and Regulations Group has just released a 74-pages Code of Conduct & Best Practices for Access & Benefit-Sharing.

• Start: 10.00 h
• Location: Lecture Hall C006
• Duration: until the afternoon
• Contact person: Dr. Peter Giere, Dirk Neumann
further information

Guided tour Zoological State Collection Munich (ZSM)

• Start: 9.30 h
• Meeting point: ZSM Lobby
• Duration: ca. 2 hrs.
• Contact person: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar

Guided tour Botanical State Collection Munich (BSM)

• Start: 10.00 h and 14.00 h
• Meeting point: Botanical Institute Menzinger Str. 67, Munich
• Duration: ca. 2 hrs.
• Contact person: Dr. Andreas Fleischmann

Please register with in advance.

Guided tour Paleontological Museum Munich (PMM)

A journey through vertebrate evolution with a focus on mammals

• Start: 14.00 h
• Meeting point: Gomphotherium (Atrium, PMM)
• Duration: ca. 1.5 hrs.
• Contact person: PD Dr. Gertrud Rößner
• Maximum number of participants: 40

Possibility to split into working groups, Guided tours through Bavarian State Collection for Botany (BSM), Bavarian State Collection for Paleontology and Geology (BSPG), Bavarian State Collection for Zoology (ZSM)
Departure of participants

Keynote Speaker

Gustav Paulay "Diversification on coral reefs"

Davide Pisani "Are ctenophores really the sister group of all the other animals?"

Stacey D. Smith "Connecting genetic mechanisms to phylogenetic patterns: Studies of flower color evolution in Solanaceae"

Katrine Worsaae "How small animals provide clues to large scale questions"

Registration and call for abstracts

Abstract submission has been extended to 17th January 2016 and we will not be able to consider abstracts submitted after this date. Maximum length of abstracts is 250 words (example). Abstracts can be submitted after  re-login as registered participant via confTool. Early registration ends on 17th January 2016, afterwards registration fees will be increased by 25%. No refunds will be considered after that date. Please register here.

Registration fees are (early bird/late registration):
Regular: 149/189
Member1: 139/175
Student: 99/119

1 GfBS member and sister societies (e.g., PalGes)

Registration includes the Icebreaker Party on Sunday evening, full registration package, coffee breaks, and the Conference Dinner. However, please tick the boxes in the registration process, if you would like to attend the Icebreaker Party and/or the Conference Dinner.
There will be a student prize for the best talk and the best poster. If you would like to be considered for any of the prizes, please indicate this during submission!

Dates & Deadlines

Second Reminder: 23th December 2015

Second Circular: 15th January 2016

Abstract submission: 17th January 2016

End of early bird registration: 17th January 2016

Third and final circular: 15th February 2016


Paleontological Museum Munich
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München

Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences
Luisenstr. 37
80333 München

More information about the location, accommodation and travel


Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften, Paläontologie & Geobiologie

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 2180 6630 | Fax: +49 (0)89 2180 6601

Local Organising committee (in alphabetical order)

Monika Brinkrolf (LMU)
PD Dr. Dirk Erpenbeck (LMU)
Nicola Heckeberg (LMU, BSPG)
René Neumaier (LMU)
Britta Nüske-Illenberger (LMU)
PD Dr. Mike Reich (BSPG)
Ella Schönhofer (BSPG)

Scientific committee

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar (LMU, SNSB, ZSM, GeoBio-CenterLMU)
Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide (LMU, BSPG, GeoBio-CenterLMU)
PD Dr. Dirk Erpenbeck (LMU, GeoBio-CenterLMU)
Dr. Andreas Fleischmann (BSM, GeoBio-CenterLMU)
Dr. Katharina Jörger (LMU)
PD Dr. Mike Reich (BSPG, LMU, GeoBio-CenterLMU