AK Biogeographie 2019

Special Interest Group Biogeography 2019 in Frankfurt

Dear biogeographers,

We invite you to participate in our gathering of biogeographers from universities across Germany, Austria and Switzerland in order to stimulate scientific exchange and discussion. The Biogeography and Biodiversity Lab at the Institute of Physical Geography (Goethe-University Frankfurt) and the Quantitative Biogeography Lab at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) are delighted to host the Special Interest Group Biogeography 2019 Meeting in Frankfurt. The SIG Biogeography 2019 Meeting will take place from May 9-10 2019 at SBiK-F in Frankfurt.

Venue location

The SIG Biogeography 2019 Meeting will be held at the facilities of the SBiK-F: Georg-Voigt-Straße 14-16, D-60325 Frankfurt am Main.


Two outstanding scientists will be presenting keynotes at the SIG Biogeography 2019 Meeting who nicely reflect the breadth of our discipline. Dr. Suzette Flantua (University of Bergen, Norway) will use palaeoecology to provide insights into the distribution of biodiversity and endemism in mountains and islands, whereas Prof. Tobias Kuemmerle (Humboldt University Berlin) will be highlighting “The Geography of Threats to Biodiversity”.


For the first time within its framework, the SIG Biogeography 2019 Meeting will offer half-day workshops! The two workshops will focus on “Species distribution modelling in R” by Prof. Manuel Steinbauer (GeoZentrum Nord, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen) and „Introduction to remote sensing for biogeographers“ by Prof. Hannes Feilhauer (Institute of Geographical Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin) in order to introduce two important methodological approaches in biogeography – species distribution modelling and remote sensing. Both workshops are free of charge for conference participants! We aim at attracting Master students and junior researchers with a basic knowledge of R.

Schedule and Registration

The workshops will take place in the morning of May 9th. The conference will start noon that day and will last until the afternoon of May 10th. A conference dinner will be held on the evening of May 9th in downtown Frankfurt at a typical ‘Apfelwein-Wirtschaft’ after the evening keynote. We’ll provide more information on the conference dinner soon. On our way to the dinner Prof. Thomas Hickler will give a narrated city tour about „Kings, wars and a 10.000-year flood“.

As of now, registration is open. Contributions can be submitted as talks or posters. Conference language is English.

The regular conference fee is 45€ per person. For students and PhD students a reduced fee of 35€ is available. Registration is open as of now and will last until April 1st (extended until April 10th). Please follow the instructions in the registration form accordingly!


You will find several hotels within close proximity to the SBiK-F offering different price categories, e.g.:

Hotel West, https://www.hotelwest.de/

Motel One Frankfurt-Messe, www.motel-one.com

Novum Business Hotel Imperia, www.novum-hotels.de/hotel-frankfurt.php 

Hotel an der Messe, www.hotel-an-der-messe.de 

Hotel NH Frankfurt Villa,  http://www.nh-hotels.de/hotel/nh-frankfurt-villa 

Fleming's Hotel Frankfurt Hamburger Allee, www.flemings-hotels.com

Important: We offer an option for students to stay overnight with students from the Goethe-University free of charge. However, places are limited. Also, sleeping bags and travel mattresses might be necessary. Please read the information in the registration form and register in time. We will let you know, if you have been selected for the student overnight option. First come, first serve!

If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact irl@geo.uni-frankfurt.de

Looking forward to a great biogeography meeting!

Prof. Severin Irl & Prof. Thomas Hickler

Wanted: Beds for Students

We want to offer visiting students the possibility to stay a free accommodation during the meeting and therefore we need you!

We are searching for Goethe-University students which are able to offer a bed, a sofa or similar for two nights in Frankfurt (8th to 10th of May 2019).

In exchange we waive the meeting fees for you. Plus, you will be able to visit one of the workshops for free!

If you are interested in sharing your accommodation, please let Dagmar Hanz know and write her an email: Hanz@geo.uni-frankfurt.de