2020: Leipzig, Germany - cancelled!

24 - 27 March 2020: Campus Augustusplatz / Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany


Our annual conference provides an international platform for the exchange of current scientific ideas and helps promote the establishment of collaborations between members and attending guests.

COVID-19 - Corona

The university of Leipzig has, with IMMEDIATE EFFECT, banned all meetings, conferences of international nature to slow down further spreading of the corona virus. We therefore have to cancel and postpone the conference. The new date will be announced soon.

We keep you updated.

With regret
Local Organizing Committee
Board Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)


Dear colleagues, dear young scientists, dear students of tropical ecology,

we are pleased to announce that the “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” and the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö) in 2020 will be hosted by Leipzig University, Germany.

The overarching topic will be "The future of tropical ecosystems – new insights and innovative methods“. The conference will take place from Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 March 2020, at the Campus Augustusplatz/Leipzig University, in Leipzig´s historic center. 

This brief note intends to provide you with the conference date and venue for your planning purposes. More detailed information (including materials concerning the submission of talks and posters, and registration information, etc.) will follow in the coming weeks. 

We are looking forward to arranging a stimulating conference and hope that you will be able to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference office at: info@soctropecol-conference.eu . The conference website will soon provide further information.
Please share the information on the “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” with colleagues, students and all other persons who have an interest in participating. 
Please forward this email to interested colleagues, students etc. 

With best regards,
Alexandra MUELLNER-RIEHL, Professor University of Leipzig, Director LZ, 
Andreas HUTH, Professor Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig

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 Past Meeting: European Conference of Tropical Ecology 2019

Joint Meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) and the British Ecological Society Tropical Ecology Group (BESTEG). #UTE2019

Joint BES/gtö Symposium – Unifying Tropical Ecology: Strengthening collaborative science

The European Conference of Tropical Ecology aims to connect researchers at all levels of their career and from all disciplines relevant to tropical ecology, and to promote scientific exchanges and cooperation in a friendly atmosphere...

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NEW - Student Travel Grants of the Society for Tropical Ecology

The Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) will grant TRAVEL GRANTS of 200 EUR to participate in the annual meetings of the gtoe. With this contribution, the society would  like to provide support to participants in need of securing their travel cost. If you would like to apply for a travel grant, please register and submit an abstract at the conference webpage and also send the abstract, a short motivation letter, a budget calculation, your CV and one brief recommendation letter to the Travel Grant Selection Committee (email: travelgrant@soctropecol.eu,).

Deadline for submissions is the 15. February 2020. As soon as your abstract has been accepted by the conference organizers, the committee will select up to 25 students that will receive a travel grant. Students eligible to apply will need to:

• be a student member (BSc, MSc or PhD) of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö)

• be the first author of the conference contribution (poster or talk)

• be personally present at the venue

For any questions regarding the travel grants, please contact:

Dr. Simone Pfeiffer
e-mail:  spfeiff(a)gwdg.de 

We are also very happy to announce our future conference locations for the upcoming years!

  • 2021: Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2022: Leipzig, Germany (moved from 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic)
  • 2023: Lisbon, Portugal


Carbon Neutral Conferences

The gtö-conferences are planned as Carbon Neutral Conferences. Carbon neutrality will be achieved by sequestrating the amount of CO2 which is released in the air mainly by energy consumption and mobility of the participants of the gtö-conference. With PRIMAKLIMA e.V. we have found a reliable partner to calculate the CO2-emissions caused by the conference. PRIMAKLIMA e.V. guarantees with a fulfillment factor of five to compensate the emissions from the conference by afforestation and forest conservation projects all over the world. Participants of the conference can take their personal share and contribute to mitigate global climate change by paying a voluntary CO2-fee of 15.00 €. We think this is a good investment.