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Dear Colleagues,

it is a great pleasure to cordially invite you to participate in the 111th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG) which will be held in Greifswald from September 11 to 14, 2018!

The conference venue is a newly build lecture hall complex in the city center of Greifswald. Apart from the interesting main program of the meeting which includes a public lecture and six keynote lectures addressing topics in evolutionary biology, ecology, sociobiology, neurobiology and developmental physiology, up to 16 lectures by speakers of the DZG-Fachgruppen, up to 128 short talks and up to 200 posters, we have plans for several satellite symposia which will take place ahead of the main meeting on Monday and Tuesday (Sept 10 and 11, 2018). Suggestions for such symposia are welcome! Moreover, there will be several excursions to zoologically interesting places in the vicinity of Greifswald on Saturday (Sept 15).

The University of Greifswald is one of the oldest universities in Germany (founded 1456) and zoological research was performed here for over 100 years. However, an annual meeting of the DZG was hosted by this university just once in 1934. As we have used the last decades to restructure the research groups at the Zoological Institute and Museum according to the needs of modern zoological research, have almost completed the building activities of modern research facilities and lecture halls, and have started a joint research project with emphasis on animals (DFG-Research Training Group 2010: RESPONSE)  we feel now competent in all necessary aspects to host another DZG meeting and provide you with an exciting program.

The Hansestadt Greifswald is the smallest city in Germany that is home to a full university with all classical disciplines (theology, medicine, law, humanities and natural sciences). Scientists of the University of Greifswald have intense scientific co-operations with the Max Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP), both located within the city, and the Friedrich Loeffler-Institute (Federal Research Institute for Animal Health) on the island of Riems close by. Fruitful interactions with the Alfried Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald, where one of our satellite symposia will take place, make academic life in Greifswald even more attractive.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Greifswald in 2018 and ask you for early hotel reservations as we have always many tourists in Greifswald during this time of the year!

Jan-Peter Hildebrandt

for the local organizers