Applications of conservation genetics, both in science and practice, are ever increasing. The ongoing revolution in molecular methodology opens up new possibilities for conservation genetic research. At the same time, conservation management is increasingly using genetic approaches for various practical applications, such as diagnosis, population size estimation, mating patterns and inbreeding, gene flow, fragmentation, connectivity, hybridization, adaptation and genetic monitoring. While in English-speaking countries several recurrent meetings exist that allow researchers and managers to exchange results and discuss new ideas on conservation genetics, we were lacking such a venue in Central Europe. The aim of the Annual Meetings in Conservation Genetics is thus to bring together scientists and managers from Central Europe (mainly Germany, Austria and Switzerland) working on conservation genetics. After first successful meeting in 2015 in Switzerland, we now invite all scientists, postdocs, PhD students, Master students and, especially, conservation practitioners interested in conservation genetics to attend and contribute to the 2nd Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics taking place in Göttingen, Germany.

Conference objectives

Inform researchers and managers on exciting conservation genetic research and emerging new developments, with a focus on Central Europe Provide a platform for personal exchange for scientists, students and managers interested in conservation genetics (including an extended poster session) Establish a network for researchers in conservation genetics in Central Europe Present keynotes given by prominent scientists from within the European conservation genetic community


Organizing committee and contacts

Organizing committee

  • Niko Balkenhol (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Rolf Holderegger (WSL Birmensdorf and ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Gernot Segelbacher (University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • Janine Bolliger (WSL Birmensdorf, Switzerland)
  • Axel Hochkirch (Trier University, Germany)
  • Felix Gugerli (WSL Birmensdorf, Swizerland)
  • Frank Zachos (Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria)
  • Jan Engler (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Johannes Signer (University of Göttingen, Germany)


For any information regarding the English part of the conference, please contact:

Niko Balkenhol Dept. of Wildlife Sciences University of Göttingen nbalken#gwdg.de

Für Infos zum deutschsprachigen Teil der Konferenz kontaktieren Sie bitte:

Jan Engler; Dept. of Wildlife Sciences University of Göttingen JEngler#gmx.de