ZOOLOGY Congress

About the congress

    ZOOLOGY, formerly named the Benelux Congress of Zoology, is an annual zoological meeting, held alternatingly in The Netherlands and Belgium, and is organised by the KNDV or our Belgian sister organization, the Royal Belgian Zoological Society.

    The congress includes invited lectures and oral/poster presentations by participants. It is an excellent opportunity for zoology students and young scientists to meet colleagues and to present and discuss the results of their research.

    Moreover, the congress gives an overview of the current scientific work at most universities and zoological institutes in Belgium and The Netherlands, and thus provides ample opportunity for establishing contacts for collaboration. The approximately 200 participants range from newly graduated students to senior scientists.

    Since 2001 the Distinguished Zoologist Lecture is delivered during the meeting in The Netherlands.


Forthcoming ZOOLOGY congress

    On the 14th and the 15th of December, ZOOLOGY2018 will take place back-to-back with the FWO Kennismakers meeting @ZOO in Antwerp that will host a special theme on the Impact of Climate on Ecosystem services. Please note the location has changed from Luxembourg to Antwerp to celebrate 90 years with FWO and FNRS.

    This year's edition will be the 25th zoology congress that was formerly called the Benelux Congress of Zoology.

    The general theme of the meeting will be "Zoology in the Anthropocene". Two special sessions are already planned on this subject:
    1. "Crossing borders: why and how biologists and climatologists must speak together"
    2. "How animals face global change: plasticity, resilience, adaptation".
    In addition, a workshop on essential skills for young scientists (e.g., networking, paper writing, reviewing, presentation feedback) will be organized on the 13th of December by the Young Zoologists Group of the Royal Belgian Zoological Society.

    You can download a poster/flyer here.

    As usual, the congress will also welcome all contributions from the field of zoology, from the molecule to the biosphere. Thematic sessions will be organized depending on received abstracts.

    All zoologists, at any stage of their career, are very welcome to participate actively during the meeting, and young scientists are particularly encouraged to contribute (especially to the Young Zoologist workshop).

    Confirmed keynote speakers are Hilde Eggermont (Belgian Biodiversity Platform), Eelke Jongejans (Radboud University, Nijmegen) and Andreas Wilting (ZOOBerlin). The floor will also be given to the winners of the Kets award and the Dutch Zoology prize.

    Please fill out the registration form and send it to Zoology2018@uliege.be. You will also find further information including key dates and deadlines on ZOOLOGY2018's website.

    IMPORTANT: Please also register for the back-to-back FWO Kennismakers event, given that the first ZOOLOGY sessions will take place at the early evening of December the 14th.

    On behalf of the Zoology 2018 conference scientific committee, the RBZS Scientific committee: Prof. Ellen Decaestecker, Dr. Bruno Frédérich, Dr. Gilles Lepoint, Dr. Patricia Mergen, Prof. Caroline Nieberding, in collaboration with Dr. Peter Klaren (KNDV), Prof. Jan Kammenga (KNDV), Dr. Pierre Gallego (Odyssea) and Dr. Alain Fraintz (GDL). RBZS Young Zoologist Group: Allison Luger, Marianna Pinzone and Marielle Kaashoek.

Past meetings