Annual Meeting of the German Society of Limnology and the SIL Austria

Dear colleagues, DGL-, SIL- and ÖK-IAD members,

the German Society of Limnology (DGL) and the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences are pleased to invite you to the 32nd Annual Meeting of the DGL in Vienna. This year’s event will be organised in cooperation with the SIL Austria and the ÖK-IAD (Austrian Committee - International Association for Danube Research).

The first time since 1998, the DGL conference will again take place in Austria. The annual meeting of the SIL Austria (Societas Internationalis Limnologiae Austria) has evolved to become an international platform for the exchange of freshwater scientists in the Alpine regions (AT, CH, DE, FR, SLO, IT), which especially addresses young colleagues. Additionally, this year the conference topics are geographically extended to the entire Danube River Basin. The DGL / SIL meeting in 2016 thus offers a particularly wide platform for exchanging ideas and experiences.

The conference will take place

from September 26th – 30th 2016


at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). The BOKU University has a long tradition in freshwater research. The IHG was established more than 30 years ago and focuses on applied aquatic ecology, especially in the field of river ecology and management.

Traditionally, both basic and applied research topics will be addressed in order to ensure an intensive exchange between practice, administration and science. The motto of the conference "Limnology of the Future / Future of Limnology" reflects this dialogue with a strong future aspect. What will freshwater science look like in 20 years, will it exist as a classical discipline with a long tradition, or will it reinvent itself by crosslinking with other disciplines? What will be demanded by the societies? Where do we need new approaches for problem-solving? In the frame of general and specific sessions these issues will be addressed from a current and a future perspective.

The sessions cover all areas of aquatic ecology, such as river ecology, lake ecology, aquatic food webs, biodiversity, carbon research, floodplains, wetlands, species ecology and taxonomy, genetics, invasive species, biogeochemical processes, sediment dynamics, habitats, restoration, water management, river basin management, Water Framework Directive, Habitats Directive, river protection, nature conservation, climate change, water bodies impacted by agriculture, urban water bodies, fish migration and fish passes, the role of users and NGOs, social demands and others.


Ideas and suggestions by young freshwater scientists will be prioritised at our annual meeting. We therefore invite students and post-docs to propose session and to mention topics that affect mainly young freshwater scientists. This meeting should be informative and interactive for everyone!

Time frame

  • February 15th 2016: Acceptance of session proposals
  • March 15th 2016: Announcement of the sessions & registration start
  • May 15th 2016: Submission of abstracts for posters and presentations
  • August 22nd 2016: Registration deadline.


We will keep you informed by email and on our website


We are looking forward to seeing you here!

Best wishes,

Stefan Schmutz, Lisa Schülting (BOKU), Mario Sommerhäuser (DGL), Martin Kainz (SIL Austria), Thomas Hein & Ilse Stubauer (ÖK-IAD)

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