Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology

Macroecology 2019 - Bridging local patterns and global challenges

11th March 2019 – 14th March 2019

At and Biocenter of the University of Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg



The Macroecology 2019 meeting will be the 13th annual meeting of the specialist group Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GfÖ). The Specialist Group on Macroecology of the GfÖ is one of the leading scientific platforms for macroecological topics in central Europe. With the topic ‚Bridging local patterns and global challenges‘, we invite contributions ranging from ‘small data’ to questions of global relevance for biodiversity research. Hence, Macroecology 2019 aims to foster the dialogue between empiricists dealing with local patterns, bioinformaticians, data scientists, theoreticians and modellers from central Europe and beyond, promoting scientific exchange and progress.

The Macroecology 2019 will be held at the Biocenter  of the University of Würzburg, which is located in the Hubland campus. The historical city of Würzburg is located at the Romantic route of Bavaria, offering an attractive scenario for scientific exchange. In the registration day, participants will have the opportunity to attend a public opening keynote at the Toskana seminar room of the Residence Palace (an UNESCO heritage site), followed by an icebreaker at the wine cellar of the Staatlicher Hofkeller, also at the Residence Palace.


Preliminary schedule

The Macro 2019 will be held in four days, from 11th March (Monday) until 14th March (Thursday) 2019, with a program including Keynote speakers, contributed talks, posters and group activities (workshops, mini-courses, discussion groups). The first day will be reserved for arrival at the city, with the registration, opening public keynote and icebreaker being directly at the city center in the Residence Palace. The following days will encompass submitted contributions and keynotes at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg.

Special events:
• Monday, 11th March: Public opening keynote
(4 pm, „I need my space - space borne technologies for macroecology “, Dr. Safi & Dr. Taubennöck) and icebreaker reception (6 pm) within the Residence Palace and its wine cellar. Wine tasting event and tour through the palace after the keynote.
• Conference dinner (13th March, 7 pm) at the Bürgerspital


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Hannes Taubenböck (Earth Observation Center): Environmental remote sensing

Dr. Kamran Safi (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology): Animal movement ecology

Prof. Dr. Alexande Antonelli (University of Gothenburg): Evolution and biogeography

Dr. Maria Dornelas (University of St. Andrews): Biodiversity and Behaviour


Important Dates

Abstract submission: 5 December 2018

Registration (including payment): 15 January 2019


Abstract submission

Macro 2019 will welcome contributions for oral presentations (12 min presentation + 3 min discussion), poster presentations (A0), and group activities (mini-courses, workshops, discussion groups). Following the success of previous meetings, we encourage submission for group activities, which will take place at afternoon on the 13th. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should follow the template for oral and poster presentation or for group activities.

Abstracts should be sent to macro2019@uni-wuerzburg.de until 5th December 2018



The participation in the conference will only be confirmed after payment of conference fees:

Postdoc and senior scientists: 130 €

Bachelor, Master and PhD students: 80 €

The payment can be done per transfer to account: bank details will be available soon



We encourage booking accommodation in advance in the touristic city of Würzburg. Special discount in the daily prices can be obtained in the following hotels:

Hotel Melchior Park****

Am Galgenberg 49, 97074 Würzburg



Free cancelling until 08.03.2019

Booking code: ABK UNI110319 (valid until 28.02.2019).


Hotel Walfisch***

Am Pleidenturm 5, 97070 Würzburg



Booking code : Macro2019 (valid until 11.02.2019)


Hotel Franziskaner***

Franziskanerplatz 2, 97070



Booking code: Macro2019 (valid until 01.02.2019)


Hotel Strauss***

Juliuspromenade 5



Booking code: Macro2019 (valid until 11.02.2019)


Recommendation for young people (early booking required)

Babelfish Hostel Würzburg - info@babelfish-hostel.de

Deutsche Jugendherberge Würzburg - wuerzburg@jugendherberge.de



Juliano Sarmento Cabral - Ecosystem Modeling, Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology (CCTB), Faculty of Biology

Marcell Peters - Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Faculty of Biology

Martin Wegmann - Remote Sensing Department, Conservation and Biodiversity Applications, Institute of Geography and Geology, Faculty of Arts. Historical, Philological, Cultural and Geographical Studies

Alice Claßen - Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Faculty of Biology


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Campus Hubland Nord
97074 Würzburg

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