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    Plant Population Biology for the coming decade
    Luxembourg, 1–3 May 2008

    21th Annual Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GfÖ).

    Organized by the Department of Population Biology, Musée national d’histoire naturelle


    We invite all interested colleagues to the 21th Annual Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

    We will offer two and a half days of talks with attractive keynote speakers, a conference dinner on Friday night, and excursions on Saturday afternoon. We explicitly invite students to present oral contributions.

    Scope of the Conference

    The 21th annual conference of central European plant population biologist will explore current issues in Plant Population Biology. Renowned keynote speakers will cover topics such as conservation biology, demography, restoration ecology, ecological and evolutionary genomics, reproductive biology and landscape ecology. We encourage contributions to all aspects of plant population ecology and genetics.

    Organizing Committee

    • Guy Colling
    • Nora Elvinger
    • Tiphaine Maurice
    • Ronny Mozek
    • Tania Walisch

    Scientific Committee

    • Markus Fischer, University of Bern (CH)
    • Diethart Matthies, University of Marburg (D)
    • Serge Muller, University of Metz (F)
    • Guy Colling, Musée national d’histoire naturelle (L)

    Keynote Speakers

    • Mike Hutchings, University of Sussex (UK)
    • Gerard Oostermeijer, University of Amsterdam (NL)
    • Emmanuelle Porcher, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (F)
    • Mark Schwartz, University of California, Davis (USA)
    • Fabienne van Rossum, National Botanic Garden, Meise (B)

    Important Dates

    • December 2007: Opening of registration via web site
    • 15 Mar 2008: Deadline for reduced fee registration
    • 15 Mar 2008: Deadline for submission of talks/posters
    • 15 Apr 2008: Full programme announcement

    Conference Language

    The conference language is English. Talks have to be in English. Posters should preferably be in English. However, German posters will be accepted.

    Call for Talks and Posters

    We invite you to submit abstracts for oral and poster contributions. We especially encourage talks by students.


    Talks will have slots of 17 min including discussion. Computer and beamer will be available in the lecture hall. Please bring your presentation on a compact disc or memory stick. It will not be possible to use your personal laptop.


    Posters should be in A0 format; poster walls size is 100 cm width x 180 cm height. Material for poster mounting will be made available.

    Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 March 2008


    Please register using the web site . Point out whether you want to give a talk or present a poster. Please include your abstract (max. 2200 characters, no figures or tables). This text will be used for the conference proceedings (please indicate: title, author, co-authors, institutional addresses, abstract text). For details, see section registration & fees .

    Excursions and Guided Tours

    On Saturday afternoon we offer:

    • A guided tour to the Arboretum of the Museum (free of charge)
    • Field trip to calcareous grasslands in former open pit mines in the south of Luxembourg (€ 10)

    Tentative Programme & Conference Site (venue)

    • Conference begins on Thursday, 1st May 2008, first talk at 9.00h
    • Registration desk opens on Wednesday (30 April) from 17 to 20h at the reception desk of the Museum and on Thursday (1st May) at 8.00h at the conference site (Chambre de commerce).
    • Conference ends on Saturday, 3 May 2008, at noon, optional field trips in the afternoon
    • Conference will be held in the building of the Chambre de commerce, 7 rue Alcide de Gaspari, Luxembourg-Kirchberg
    • Conference dinner on Friday evening (2 May) will be held in the Museum of Natural History, 25 rue Munster, L-2160 Luxembourg