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Dear Colleagues,

on behalf of all my colleagues of the Julius-Maximilians-University, I would like to warmly invite you to the

113th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society.

Due to COVID-19 we had to postpone the meeting that will now take place from August 30 - Septmenber 4, 2021 in Würzburg.

This will be the fourth time our city hosts the DZG meeting (after 1903, 1922, and 1969), exactly 50 meetings after zoologists have gathered here for the last time.
Würzburg has a strong and rich zoological tradition, and today, four chairs actively cover a wide research field within modern zoology, and are also very active in fostering a new generation of zoologists. These are ‘Cell and Developmental Biology’ (Zoology I), ‘Behavioural Physiology and Sociobiology’ (Zoology II), ‘Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology’ (Zoology III) and ‘Neurobiology and Genetics’. The common location of our research groups at the Theodor-Boveri-Institute of the Biocentre promotes integrative and collaborative studies across this broad field and beyond, and allows us to maintain a broader picture of animal biology.

Our aim and wish for the meeting is that the wide field of modern zoological research is reflected by the plenaries, regular talks and poster presentations, allowing fruitful discussions and the development of integrative concepts that span across our specialties. To make this possible, we strongly encourage you to participate and to bring in your zoological expertise no matter whether it is on molecules or ecosystems or anything between.

Especially good opportunities for discussions are our get-together at the residence (a UNESCO world heritage sight) and the boat trip to Veitshöchheim (on Saturday after the meeting) where we have the chance to enjoy a tasting of Franconian wines in the scenic gardens of a baroque castle.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Würzburg soon!