Thank you for attending BioSystematics Berlin 2011

The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (Freie Universität Berlin) and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin were pleased to host the

7th International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB VII) of IOSEB (International Organization for Systematic and Evolutionary Biology),

12th Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Systematics (GfBS), and

20th International Symposium “Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology” of the German Botanical Society (DBG)

Major Conference Topics

  • Trends in Taxonomy
  • Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space
  • The Evolutionary Thought: History, Philosophy and Society
  • Evolution of Form and Function
  • Inventorying and Managing Biodiversity

Programme  Download here

    List of Posters:     Download here

Abstract Volume   Abstract Volume

Congress participants received their printed version on-site.

Conference Photo


See you all at the next ICSEB VIII which will be held 2015 in Seoul, Korea




The congress will be held at the new “Seminaris CampusHotel, Science & Conference Center”, located directly near the campus of Freie Universität in one of Berlins most greenest districts, Dahlem. It combines excellent and modern meeting equipment and vicinity to the Freie Universität, the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum as well as the Ethnological Museum. The venue is easily accessible by public transport from the airport and the city center's railway station.

How to get to Seminaris? Click here. For participants who use public transport, click  here for the journey planer of BVG, you get a detailled schedule for your trip through Berlin.

A more detailed map you find by following this link.

Maps available for download: Congress venue (wider area), congress venue (local map), congress venue with restaurants in vicinity.

The icebreaker party on Monday, 21 Feb. (also see programme) will take place at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin-Mitte. How to get there? Click here. A time schedule for public transport from Seminaris to Museum für Naturkunde on Monday afternoon you find here.


Tourist information

More information about arrival in Berlin is given by Berlin Tourist Information.


Public transport

Berlin has excellent public transport facilities enabling you to travel through the town 24 hours. Detailed information including journey planer you find here.



Participants are asked to organize their stay in Berlin by themselves. But if any help is needed please feel free to contact us. On this page your will find information about accomodation especially in vicinity to congress location.

Seminaris CampusHotel

For all attendees, who prefer to stay directly at the Congress Venue, we recommend the Seminaris CampusHotel, which offers special room rates for congress participants (78,50 € per night for single room including breakfast). A contingent of rooms is reserved for participants and can be booked directly by following this link: Reservation


Middle class hotels and guesthouses close to congress venue are listed here:

Ravenna Hotel

Grunewaldstr. 8/9, 12165 Berlin, tel. +49(0)30-79091100,

15 min walking distance to congress venue or 5 min by bus (direct connection)  

For reservation please indicated, that you are participant of a congress at the Freie Universität Berlin for getting a special room rate.


Hotel Pension Dahlem

Unter den Eichen 89 A, 12165 Berlin,

30 min walking distance to congress venue or 5 min by bus (direct connection only on weekdays)


Apartment Hotel Dahlem

Clayallee 150-152, 14195 Berlin, Tel.  (030) 841893-0, Fax. (030) 841893-19

25 min walking distance to congress venue or 4 min by underground + 5 min walking

Best Western Steglitz International

Albrechtstr. 2, 12165 Berlin, tel. +49(0)30-790050.

20 min walking distance to congress venue or 5 min by bus (direct connection)


Hotel Morgenland

Finckensteinallee 23-27, tel. +49(0)30-8438809,

10 min by bus (direct connection only on weekdays) to congress venue


Isaak Miles Hotel

Jungfernstieg 7a, tel. ++49(0)30-75 444 75-00

15 min by bus (direct connection only on weekdays) to congress venue



Low cost accomodation you find here

NFBB Projekt GmbH

c/o NFH "Karl-Renner"

Ringstraße 76/77, 12205 Berlin, Tel. 030 / 83 20 39 13, Fax 030 / 83 20 39 11,

Shared rooms less than 20 Euro, single rooms 30 – 35 Euro

10 min by bus (direct connection only on weekdays) to congress venue



Click here to find especially accommodation in Steglitz, the district of Berlin where the Botanic Garden is situated. This site is only available in German language, but request and booking forms are in English also.



More information about additional hotels throughout Berlin and urban hinterland is given by Berlin Tourist information:




Online-registration is closed.

Congress fee includes two coffee breaks and lunch on every congress day, conference binder with abstract volume, icebreaker in the dinosaur hall of the Museum für Naturkunde and social evening in the greenhouses of the Botanic Garden with promenade concert and buffet dinner.

Early registration fee is 390 € until 31st October 2010, late registration fee is 430 €. It has to be transferred to our bank account together with registration.

Possible methods of payment are by bank transfer or credit card.

Participants from European countries are kindly asked to transfer their fees to the following bank account by EU money transfer which does not infer any costs on any side.

Hauptkasse der Freien Universität Berlin
Bank: Berliner Bank
Bank code: 100 708 48
Account number: 51 21 58 700
IBAN: DE 35 100708480512158700
Reference: 0459117101 + BioSyst 2011 + Your name

Students pay a reduced fee of 200 € (early) or 230 € (late). For student rate please submit a photocopy of your student card as proof of your eligibility.

Financial support may be awarded to student members of GfBS and DBG. Students from abroad can apply for the ICSEB student award. For further information please click on the button 'Student information' or download PDF here.

Please note that Early-Registration closes 31 October 2010. All participants, who intend to pay their fee with credit card have to register before 10 January 2011.

Cancellation and revisions are free of charge until 31 October 2010. From November on we have to charge 40 € in case of cancellation, no refunding is possible after 10 January 2011.

One-day-tickets will only be available at registration desk at congress venue (100 €/ 50 € reduced fee). Those tickets will include attendance on one days scientific programme with coffee breaks and lunch, but they do not include the participation on additional social events and do not give you the possibility to present your own scientific contribution.


Congress Photos

Organizers thank all participants for lots of enriching contributions!

Guidelines for presenters

Organizers thank all participants for lots of enriching contributions. Successfull authors are already informed, please contact congress office, if you are still awaiting a reply.


For the scheduling of your talk (normally 15 min. + 5 min. discussion) please see programme. We kindly ask all presenters to use Power Point 2003 - 2010 or to bring with their own laptop.


Due to the lots of submission we had to split the poster presentations. All presenters dedicated to Poster Session I (Wednesday, 23 February, 11:00 - 12.30) are kindly ask to hang their poster on Tuesday morning and remove it on Wednesday evening. Posters presented within Poster Session II (Friday, 25 February, 11:00 - 12.30) should be mounted on Thursday morning and removed on Friday evening. See poster schedule here.

Max. Poster Size: 146 cm tall x 118 cm wide. Mounting material will be provided on site.


Sorry, you have already missed the deadline for abstract submission.

Guidelines for abstract submission

All Abstracts must be written in English and submitted as word-file by following this scheme:


    Last name, I.; Last name, I. & Last name, I.

    Institution, Address, E-mail.


    Font: Verdana 12 pt, max. 2500 characters (incl. title, authors, affiliation, and blanks)

Please  download  and complete this form,

and submit it together with your abstract via email to congress office. We kindly ask you to fill in one form for each abstract you submit. Please note that abstract submission does not make redundant online-registration. 

 The deadline for abstract submission is 14 November 2010. Successful authors will be notified in early January.




Up to five parallel Symposia and Poster Sessions are planned for each of the five major conference topics listed in the preliminary programme.

Proposals for symposia are currently being invited. To submit a proposal, contact the Congress Office via e-mail at Proposals corresponding to the five major conference topics are especially encouraged, but all relevant topics will be considered by the organizers.

Symposia across more than one group of organisms are welcome and strongly encouraged. Symposium organizers are free to open their session for contributed papers.


Guidelines for symposium organizers:

  • The organizing body of a symposium should consist of at least two organizers, ideally no more than one of whom should be from Germany. Organizers are allowed to give a talk within their symposium.

  • Sessions take two hours and consist of six 20 minutes presentations (including 5 minutes question time). We offer the possibility to get a maximum of two time-slots per symposium if necessary.

  • A symposium proposal should include a description of scientific content (not more than 300 words) and contact details of organizers (obligatory) and speakers (optional).

  • Please suggest to which of the five major conference topics your symposium can be assigned, but notice that conference organizers reserve their right to change this assignment depending on the the final arrangement of the congress programme.

  • Organizers should emphasize broad international participation and gender balance as much as possible.

  • Official language is English.


For the titles of confirmed symposia and time schedule please see  Programme (button on the left).


Invited Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following colleagues who agreed to give a plenary talk:

Arroyo, Mary T. K.

Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile

Evolution of the high elevation flora of the South American Andes in time and space

Eldridge, Niles

American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

The Advent of the Modern Fauna: The Role of Systematics and Paleontology at the Dawn of Modern Evolutionary Biology

Kang, Daeseok

Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea

Translating biodiversity studies into management strategies

Knapp, Sandra


Natural History Museum, London, UK

Back to the future – the changing face of taxonomy in the 21st century

Lane, Richard Natural History Museum, London, UK Scientific Collections: a vital infrastructure for biodiversity studies

Mallet, James

Galton Laboratory, University College, London, UK

Mimicry in butterflies: from local variation to speciation

Rieppel, Olivier

The Field Museum, Chicago, USA

The series, the network, and the tree: changing metaphors of order in nature

Rudall, Paula J.

Royal Botanic Garden,  Kew, UK

Reproductive evolution in early angiosperms

Stevens, Peter F.


University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA

250 years of solitude: the systematist as individualist

Wiley, Edward O.

University of Kansas, Natural History Museum, Lawrence, USA

60 Years of Phylogenetic Systematics: Progress and Issues


Download complete congress programme (detailed version including all oral presentation titles) here:     Programme

A complete list of the posters and the programme of the two poster sessions you find here:     Posters


The congress will open with a plenary lecture on "60 Years of Phylogenetic Systematics: Progress and Issues".

Additional plenary talks are planned on the following five major topics of the conference:

  • Trends in Taxonomy

  • Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space

  • The Evolutionary Thought: History, Philosophy and Society

  • Evolution of Form and Function

  • Inventorying and Managing Biodiversity

Contributed papers sessions and Symposia to all five topics are distributed throughout the whole week, so that there will be five parallel sessions every day (6 talks à 15 min. + discussion), each of them dedicated to one of the topics (distinguishable by different colours). We ask all participants to select one of those topics on the registration form, but you are free to change within the congress period. There will not be any parallel session during all ten plenary lectures.

A public evening lecture on the scientific work on tropical biodiversity and its connection to botanical research by Berlin born Alexander von Humboldt will be held by Hans-Walter Lack as the opening for the Social Evening taking part in the famous Greenhouses of Botanic Garden.

The programme is subject to short term alterations by the organizers.

Congress venue is the Seminaris Science & Conference Center in Berlin-Dahlem, if no different venue is indicated.

During the whole conference time, all registered participants have free entrance to the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Dahlem and to the Museum für Naturkunde. Your congress badge serves as identification card.


Monday, 21 February 2011

13:0017:00 Executive Committee Meeting of GfBS - Museum of Natural History (MfN)

13:00 - 18:00 Special Symposium: Recent aspects in the collection management of natural history wet collections (Marita Schuda, Birger Neuhaus), click here for the programme

16:30 – 20:00 Registration – Museum of Natural History (MfN)

17:00 – 18:00 Guided tours through the collections of MfN

From 18:00     Ice-Breaker-Party 'Under the Dinosaurs' (MfN)


Tuesday, 22 February 11

8:009:00 Registration - Congress Venue: Seminaris Conference Center (Dahlem)

9:00 – 9:30  Welcome and Opening

9:30 – 10:30  Opening plenary: 60 Years of Phylogenetic Systematics: Progress and Issues (Edward O. Wiley)

10:30 – 11:30 Back to the Future – the Changing Face of Taxonomy in the 21st Century (Sandra Knapp)

11:30 – 13:30 Coffee and Lunch break

                   Meeting of JuSys (Junge Systematiker of GfBS)     

13:30 – 15:30 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S1) Chromosomal Studies in Plants and Animals: still a Significant Approach in the Elucidation of Phylogenetic and Taxonomical Problems? – Georgia Kamari, Eva Giagia-Athanasopoulou

S2) Contributed Papers - Session 1

S3) Recent Paleontologic Contributions to the Study of Evolution. ‒ David Lazarus, Wolfgang Kiessling, Johannes Müller, Andrew Smith (click here for the synopsis)

S4) New Frontiers in Morphology: Potential and Limits of synchrotron/high Energy Radiation. - Rolf Beutel, Thomas Hörnschemeyer

S5) Data Quality and Phylogenies. ‒ Wolfgang Wägele (click here for the synopsis)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions)

S6) World wide Access to Biodiversity Literature: Digital and Virtual Libraries for Taxonomists. ‒ Boris Jacob, Jana Hoffmann (click here for the synopsis)

S7) Next Generation Sequencing and Genomics in Biodiversity Research ‒ Gernot Glöckner, Michael Monaghan (click here for the synopsis)

S8) Contributed Papers - Session 2

S9) ENNREB – European Network for Neotropical Research in Evolution and Biogeography. ‒ Alexandre Antonelli, Colin E. Hughes, Isabel SanMartin, Toby R. Pennington (click here for the synopsis)

S10) Contributed Papers - Session 3

18:30 – 19:30 IOSEB-Council Meeting

BioSyst. EU Council Meeting

Wednesday,  23 February 2011

9:00 – 10:00 The Advent of the Modern Fauna: The Role of Systematics and Paleontology at the Dawn of Modern Evolutionary Biology (Niles Eldredge)

10:00 – 11:00 Evolution of the High Elevation Flora of the South American Andes in Time and Space (Mary T. K. Arroyo)

11:00 – 12:30 Coffee break & Poster Session I

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

 13:30 – 15:30 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S11) Contributed Papers (Trends in Taxonomy + Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space) - Session 4

S12) Deciphering Mid-Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems. ‒ Barbara Mohr, Clément Coiffard, Alexander Schmidt (click here for synopsis)

S13) Contributed Papers - Session 5

S 14) Modernizing the Nomenclatural Codes to meet Future Needs of Scientific Communities (BIOCODE). ‒ David Hawksworth, Regine Jahn, Ellinor Michel

S15) Biodiversity Informatics for Biosystematics ‒ Walter Berendsohn, Pier Luigi Nimis

S16) Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation in Natural History Museums ‒ Peter Giere (Meeting of the GfBS Curators' Working Group, open to everyone)

15:3016.00 Coffee break

                        Business meeting of the GfBS Curators' Working Group

16:00 – 18:00 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S17) Contributed Papers (Trends in Taxonomy + Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space) - Session 6

S 18) Contributed Papers (Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space + Evolution of Form and Function)- Session 7

S19) Biosystematics of Polyploid Plant Complexes: Progress, Challenges, and Prospects (part one). ‒ Karol Marhold, Jan Suda (click here for synopsis)

S20) Plant-Animal Interactions. ‒ Sigrid Liede-Schumann, Jeff Ollerton (click here for synopsis)

S21) Contributed Papers - Session 8

S22) Long Term Storage and Availability of Primary Data - where, what, how? ‒ Birgit Gemeinholzer

18:15 – 19:30 General Meetings of GfBS and DBG (Section Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology)

                        General Meeting of DBG (Section Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology)


Thursday, 24 February 2011

8:30 – 10:30 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions)

S23) Integrating genes, genomes and morphology: Towards a comprehensive picture of angiosperm evolution ‒ Thomas Borsch, Eric Smets (click here for the synopsis)

S24) Evolutionary Patterns in Pathogenic and Symbiotic Relationships. ‒ Marco Thines (click here for the synopsis)

S25) Contributed Papers - Session 9

S26) Contributed Papers - Session 10

S27) Contributed Papers - Session 11

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S28) Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of Western Eurasian Refugia – Integrating Botanical and Zoological Approaches ‒ David Tarkhnishvili, Gerald Parolly (click here for synopsis)

S29) Biosystematics of Polyploid Plant Complexes: Progress, Challenges, and Prospects (part two). ‒ Karol Marhold, Jan Suda (click here for synopsis)

S 30) Contributed Papers (The Evolutionary Thought + Evolution of Organisms in Time and Space) - Session 12

S31) TEMPO AND MODE OF CHANGE - Reconstructing Morphological Evolution in the Light of the Current Debate on Evolutionary Processes ‒ Alessandro Minelli

S32) Contributed Papers - Session 13

S33) SOFTWARE BAZAR - Software Tools for Systematists, Manage and Share your Data ‒ Gabriele Droege, Agnes Kirchhoff (click here for synopsis)

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 16:00 250 Years of Solitude: The Systematist as Individualist (Peter F. Stevens)

16:00 – 17:00 The Series, the Network, and the Tree: Changing Metaphors of Order in Nature (Olivier Rieppel)

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30 Evening lecture: Alexander von Humboldt and the Botanical Exploration of the Americas (Hans Walter Lack)

From 19:00    Social Evening (Promenade Concert and Buffet Dinner in the Greenhouses of the Botanic Garden)


Friday, 25 February 2011

  9:00 – 10:00 Mimicry in Butterflies: from Local Variation to Speciation (James Mallet)

10:00 – 11:00 Reproductive Evolution in Early Angiosperms (Paula J. Rudall)

11:00 – 12:30 Coffee break & Poster Session II

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S34) Contributed Papers - Session 14

S35) Microbial Biogeography and Diversity Patterns: Extending Classical Ecology Theories or Defining New Paradigms? ‒ Annick Wilmotte, Alban Ramette (click here for synopsis)

S36) Contributed Papers - Session 15

S37) Niche Evolution. ‒ Joachim W. Kadereit, Peter B. Pearman

S28) Contributed Papers - Session 16

S29) Contributed Papers - Session 17

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S30) Contributed Papers - Session 18

S41) Cenozoic Diversification and Climate Change. ‒ Annette Klussmann-Kolb, Alexandra Müllner (click here for the synopsis)

S42) Contributed Papers - Session 19

S43) Stalk-eyed Flies (Diopsidae): a Model Organism for Studying the Evolution of Form and Function. ‒ Marion Kotrba, Philip Johns (click here for synopsis)

S44) Prokaryotes: from Genes to Cells ‒ Brian Tindall

S45a) Digital Identification Methods in the Digital Age - Morphological and Molecular, Computer-Aided and Fully Automated, Research and Citizen Science (part one)‒ Gregor Hagedorn, Régine Vignes Lebbe (click here for the synopsis)


Saturday, 26 February 2011

 9:00 – 11:00 Symposia/ Contributed Papers (Parallel Sessions):

S46) Next Generation Phylogenetics – from Gene Trees to Species Trees. ‒ Christoph Oberprieler (click here for the synopsis)

S47) Plant Diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean Area ‒ Guilhem Mansion, Panayotis Dimopoulos (click here for the synopsis)

S48) Contributed Papers - Session 20

S49) All you need is Light? Gain and Loss of Photosynthesis. ‒ Gela Preisfeld, Jens Boenigk (click here for the synopsis)

S45b) Digital Identification Methods in the Digital Age - Morphological and Molecular, Computer-Aided and Fully Automated, Research and Citizen Science (part two)‒ Gregor Hagedorn, Régine Vignes Lebbe (click here for the synopsis)

10:00 11:00 Bestowal Ceremony for the Rensch Award (GfBS). Laudation: Olivier Rieppel. Lecture by Laureate: Ingmar Werneburg, Zurich.

11:00 – 13:00 Coffee and Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Scientific Collections: a Vital Infrastructure for Biodiversity Studies (Richard Lane)

14:00 – 15:00 Translating Biodiversity Studies into Management Strategies (Daeseok Kang)

15:00 – 15:30 IOSEB General Meeting and Closing Session: Adoption of Resolutions, Next Venue, and Bestowal of GfBS Student Prizes

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Workshops (by pre-registration only)


Sunday, 27 February 2011

Excursions and further workshops


Workshops & Satellite Meetings

New: Vacancies in the Workshop "Biodiversity Heritage Library". For registration please contact congress office or workshop organizer, Henning Scholz.

The workshop "Species delimitation using nuclear sequence markers" is currently fully booked and you cannot register for this on online-registration form any more. If you are interested in participation please contact workshop organizers or congress office for putting you on the waiting list. But we have to ask for your understanding, that we cannot guarantee participation.

Up to now the following workshops and satellite-meetings are planned. For detailed information please see description or contact workshop-organizers.

  • Species delimitation using nuclear sequence markers: a practical training in using two software tools (Champuru, SeqPHASE) to resolve heterozygous chromatograms into allelic sequences without cloning Jean-François Flot

        Click here for description.

  • Data Management Workshop of the “Pan-Caucasian Plant Biodiversity Initiative”  – Thomas Borsch, Gerald Parolly

       Click here for description.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library: Hands-on training on search and retrieval of digital literature - Henning Scholz      

        Click here for description.

  • Symposium: Recent aspects in the collection management of natural history wet collections – Marita Schuda and Birger Neuhaus

       Click here for the programme.





On Sunday, 27th February, we offer the possibility to participate in several different tours to discover Berlin by bus or by foot, visit famous Pergamon Museum on the Museum Island and many other exciting sites. You can have a very different view on Berlin by discovering its underground or have a look on its changeful history by visiting 'The Story of Berlin'. Alternatively you can go on a trip to the city of Potsdam or the famous Saxon city of Dresden, beautifully situated in Elbe valley.

Excursions can be booked on the registration form as soon as it is online. All tours will start in the morning or on the forenoon on Sunday 27th February, and are completely accompanied by English speaking guides. Exact times, meeting points and directions will be posted here in due time. Bus tours will start at Seminaris CampusHotel.

All congress participants, who have already registered, please book excursion programme via email to congress-office.

Please note that all excursions are subject to a minimum attendance. If the minimum attendance is not achieved, we will of course reimburse you for the overpayment.


Berlin City Walking Tour

("Unter den Linden")


Start: Brandenburger Tor
End: Museum Island
Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 14 €

Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Sven Gross-Selbeck, Mai 2008

Discover famous sites of Berlin's Historic core, like the Berlin Cathedral, the Berlin State Opera, the Humboldt University and learn more about Berlin's changeful history by walking down the famous boulevard "Unter den Linden".


Short Berlin City Tour


Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem
End: Museum Island
Duration: 2 hours
Costs: 21 €

Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Christian Thiele (APPER), März 2005

Discover Berlin! Get an overview of our City and visit the Brandenburg Gate, "Unter den Linden" Boulevard, the shopping area around "Kurfürstendamm", the absorbing architecture of Potsdamer Platz, the government district with the Reichstags Parliament and the Federal Chancellery, the former Checkpoint Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall and many other fascinating sites.



Pergamon Museum




Start: Pergamon Museum

End: Pergamon Museum

Duration: 1 hour

Costs: 17 € (entrance fee is included)


Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Jan Mehlich, September 2007

The visit of Pergamon Museum can be booked additionally to the Short Berlin City Tour or the Berlin Walking tour which both end on the Museum's Island. Of course you can also get to the museum by yourself and participate in this tour. Let a competent museum's guide show you the highlights of the world-famous Greek, Roman and Babylonian collection. Discover the reconstructed monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus.



Berlin City Tour including "Berlin from below"


Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem

Duration: 4 hours (including 90 min. "Berlin from below")

Costs: 33 €

Ancillary to a City tour participants visit Berlin from below. Since 1997 the Berlin Underground Association is offering tours, which allow you to experience Berlin and its history from a very different perspective.



Berlin City Tour

including "Story of Berlin"



Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem

Duration: 4 hours (including 2 hours "Story of Berlin")

Costs: 37 €

Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Steffen Rehm, 13.8.1961

Ancillary to a City tour participants visit the interactive exhibition "Story of Berlin". You will experience an exciting journey through 800 years of history in 23 theme rooms, equipped with up-to-date animation technology and walk through sets. Museum completely different! Included is a tour through an original bunker from the times of the Cold War, hidden below the Kurfürstendamm.



Half-day trip to Potsdam


Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Florian Lindner, August 2005


Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem

Duration: 4 hours

Costs: 37 €

Only a stone's throw away from Berlin-Dahlem the ancient residence- and garrisontown Potsdam is beautifully situated at the Havel shore. The gorgeous palaces and royal parks are world-famous. The excursion contains a guided tour through one of the castles, probably Sanssouci (alternatively: New Palace, New Chambers etc.), a walk through its garden (depending on the weather conditions), a round trip through the historic core of Potsdam with the Dutch Quarter and a visit of the former Russian dependency Alexandrowka.



Day trip to Dresden


Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Dr. Thorsten Henning, September 2005


Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem

Duration: 11 hours

Costs: 40 € (+ 25 € three-course meal - optional)

Discover the famous Saxonian metropolis Dresden within an extensive sightseeing tour by bus and feet. Admire the architectural treasures like the Zwinger, the Semperoper, the Hofkirche, the Dresden Castle, the Brühl's Terrace and the Frauenkirche. Afterwards you will have time to discover the town on your own or to visit one of the museums. Please note that ticket reservation is necessary, if you intend to visit the famous Historic Green Vault, which contains the treasure of August II the Strong. Optionally you can also book lunch.



Day trip to Stralsund with Ozeaneum


Creative Commons Lizenzvertrag  Simon Koopman, Februar 2008


Start: Seminaris CampusHotel Dahlem or Berlin Hauptbahnhof (will be posted in time)

Duration: ca. 12 hours

Costs: 65 €

Travel to the Hanseatic city of Stralsund and discover the "European Museum of the Year 2010", the Ozeanum which visualizes a fascinating underwater journey through the northern seas. The charge includes entrance fee to Ozeaneum and "Meeresmuseum", guided tour by a scientist from "Meeresmuseum" with look behind the scenes, three-course lunch at Ozeaneum and journey by bus or train.

This excursion is sponsored by


Student Prizes 2011

Best oral presentations

1. Marc Appelhans, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands:

"The Spathelioideae: Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of a subfamily of Rutaceae (Sapindales) with remarkable morphological diversity."

2. Alexander Weigand, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany:

"Comparative phylogeography of two sympatric microsnail species (Pulmonata, Carychiidae)."

3. Dominique Zimmermann, National History Museum, Vienna, Austria:

"Phylogenetic and functional importance of the tentorium in Neuroptera (Insecta)."


Best poster presentations

1. Johan Decelle, CNRS/UPMC, Roscoff, France:

"Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary history of planktonic Acantharia (Radiolaria)."

2. Florian Krapp, University of Kassel, Germany:

"Extreme levels of homoplasy among chloroplast SSRs within the genetically invariant genus Dyckia (Bromeliaceae)."

3. Catalina Olano-Martin, LMU, Munich, Germany:

"Molecular phylogeny, biogeography and character evolution in the tribe Rhinantheae (family Orobanchaceae)."


GfBS- and DBG-Travel grants

Early career scientists who are official members of the GfBS can apply for a grant of 100 Euros. Please send your application to Michael Ohl including a brief statement of your financial situation (lack of other funding opportunities).
Deadline for application is 31 October 2010.

Students who do not hold a Ph.D and are member of the DBG or whose supervisor is member of the DBG can apply for financial support for registration and travel expenses. The total amount of grants depends on the amount of support by Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft and on the number of applications. Informal enquiries should be adressed to Prof. Dirk Albach. Deadline for application is 9 January 2011.


Student prize and evaluation

A student prize for the best oral presentations and student posters will be awarded during the BioSystematics Berlin 2011.

Information for students

The evaluation of the students’ presentation will not only select the prize winners but will provide detailed feedback for each student on what the jury liked and what needs to be improved. The filled in questionnaires will be handed back to all participants after the award ceremony at the registration desk. Questionnaires that are not picked up will not be saved after the conference

What is the award?
The 3 best students’ oral and poster presentation will be acknowledged with financial rewards of: 1st prize 200 EUR, 2nd prize 150 EUR and 3rd prize 100 EUR.
The award ceremony will take place Saturday, 26 February 2011, at 3 p.m. (‘Bestowal of Student Awards and Closing’).

Who can apply?
The students’ presentation evaluation is open to all undergraduate, graduate and PhD students not yet holding a PhD. Please, indicate your desire to participate in your abstract submission form, otherwise we cannot consider your contribution.

What are the criteria?
There are different questionnaires for oral and poster presentations. A jury of 2-3 well-established scientists will complete the questionnaires, which will be handed back to the students after the award ceremony at the registration desk.
oral presentation
poster presentation

A more detailed description of criteria was published in German in the GfBS Newsletter, p. 25-26.

Information for Jurors

In the name of all students the JuSys (German Young Systematists of the GfBS) would kindly ask well-established systematic researchers to volunteer as a member of the jury.
If you are interested please contact Jana Hoffmann.

The members of each jury will have to complete a questionnaire. This questionnaire does not solely allow the selection of the best oral student presentations and student posters but requests each juror to give a personal feedback for each student. At the end of the conference the questionnaires will be handed back to each participating student.
oral presentation
poster presentation

Thank you for any help in advance.

The German “Junge Systematiker” (Jusys) volunteered in organising the evaluation of all student presentations held at BioSystematics Berlin 2011.


ICSEB-Student Award

2011 Awardees Presentations

Benedetta Bernardini

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, TW9 3AB Richmond, Surrey, U.K.


Bernardini, B.; Forest, F.; Hawkins, J.; Biffin, E. & Lucas, E.: Drivers of speciation in large rainforest Myrtaceae genera.

S32) - Thursday, Feb 2011, Room: Stanford

Fernando Fernández-Mendoza

Biodiversität und Klima-Forschungszentrum (BiK-F), Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Fernández-Mendoza, F.; Domaschke, S. & Printzen, C.: Does a switch in hotobiont shape the evolution of the lichen Cetraria aculeata?

S24) - Thursday, 24 Feb 2011, Room: Oxford

Norbert Holstein

University of Munich (LMU), Systematic Botany and Mycology, Menzinger Str. 67, 80638 Munich, Germany

Holstein, N. & Renner, S.S.: Rapid filling of climatic niches in the African cucurbit Coccinia.

S37) Niche Evolution - Friday, 25 Feb 2011, Room: Cambridge

Christian König

Institut für Zoologie, FG, Tierökologie 220c, Universität Hohenheim, Garbenst.r 30, 70599 Stuttgart, Germany

König, Ch.; Steidle, J.L.M. & Tolasch, T.: Chemical communication as a genetically barrier - When sex pheromones do not attract mating partners from other populations.

S21) - Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, Room: Stanford

Ekaterina Shevtsova

Lund University, Department of Biology, Sölvegatan 35, 223 62 Lund, Sweden

Shevtsova, E. & Kjaerandsen, J.: The iWing concept - complex function of simple form.

S8a) - Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011, Room: Harvard

Azad Teimori

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology & Geobiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, 80333, Munich, Germany

Teimori, A.: Do phenotypically different populations from operational taxonomic units (OTU)? - Case study on the common tooth-carp Aphanius dispar (Rüppell, 1829) from southern Iran.

S21) - Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, Room: Stanford

Evanthia Thanou

Section of Animal Biology, Department of Biology, University of Patra, GR 26001 Patra, Greece

Thanou, E.; Fraguedakis-Tsolis, St.; Chondropoulos, B.; Paragamian, K. & Lymberakis, P..

S18) - Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, Room: Princeton

Viseotheary Ung

UMR 7207-CR2P, B°atiment de Géologie CP48, 57 rue Cuvier 75005 Paris, France

Ung, V.; Zaragueta-Bagils, R. & Williams, D. M.: South East Asia Biogeography: new insights with a new methodological approach.

S25) - Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, Room: Sorbonne

Anne Zakrzewski

Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Thormohlensgt. 55, N-5008 Bergen, Norway.

Zakrzweski, A.-C.; Bleidorn, C.; Raible, F.  & Hausen, H.: Comparing the formation of chaetae in Lophotrochozoa on the molecular and structural level.

S38) - Friday, 25 Feb 2011, Room: Stanford


Requirements for Applicants

Congress organizers provide funding to allow young and early career researchers dealing with a subject related to one of the five major conference topics (especially Ph.D.-students) to attend the BioSystematics Berlin 2011. All successful applicants will be required to give a talk at the conference and submit an abstract for conference volume.

Organizers offer complete release of congress fee, which includes lunch and coffee breaks during all conference days, icebreaker and social evening. Award-winning students will be accommodated in the guesthouse of the Botanic Garden free of charge. For students from overseas we additionally offer a travel support of up to 200 € each.

Sorry, no applications after the deadline (1 October) can be considered. All successful applicants will be notified probably before 14 November 2010.

To apply for an award, please submit:

  • Abstract of your presentation to be delivered at the Congress
  • A description of your current work on biodiversity or evolutionary topics including a list of your publications as well as your motivation to attend the BioSystematics Berlin 2011 (maximum one page)
  • Your postal and email address, your current employment or status, contact details and short statement of your supervisor and one referee, and any other relevant information (for example research collaboration)
  • Report of your motivation to attend the BioSystematics Berlin 2011 and financial statement, which should list the total costs (in Euro) of your travel to Berlin (for applicants on additional travel support)

Applications should be sent (preferably via email attachment) by 1 October 2010 to the congress office:

Birgit Nordt
Congress Office "BioSystematics Berlin 2011"
Freie Universität Berlin
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin
Phone: ++49/30/838 50 383


See PDF here.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Dan Brooks
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto, Canada

Prof. Dr. Chris B. Cameron
Sciences biologiques
University of Montréal, Canada

Dr. Dan Faith
Division of Research & Collections
Australian museum, Sydney, Australia

Prof. Dr. Georgia Kamari
Department of Biology
University of Patras, Greece

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Liede-Schumann
Department of Plant Systematics
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Prof. Dr. Diana L. Lipscomb
Department of Biological Sciences
George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

Prof. Dr. Wouter Los
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Nobuhiro Minaka
National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
University of Tokyo, Japan

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Minelli
Department of Biology
University of Padua, Italy

Prof. Dr. Mario de Pinna
Museu de Zoologia
University of São Paulo, Brasil

Prof. Dr. Jorge Soberón
Division of Ornithology
University of Kansas, USA

Prof. Dr. Tod Stuessy
Faculty Centre of Biodiversity
University of Vienna, Austria

Dr. Brian Tindall
German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ),
Braunschweig, Germany

Prof. Dr. Benito Valdés
Department of Organism Biology and Ecology
University of Sevilla, Spain

Prof. Dr. Marvalee H. Wake
Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Prof. Dr. James B. Woolley
Department of Entomology
Texas A&M University, USA


Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM)
President of the International Organization for Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (IOSEB)

Dr. Regine Jahn
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
President of the Society of Biological Systematics (GfBS), Secretary General of IOSEB

Prof. Dr. Dirk Albach
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences
Speaker of the Section of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology of the German Botanical Society (DBG)

Dr. Peter Giere
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin
Speaker of "AG Kuratoren" (curators' working group) of GfBS

Prof. Dr. Werner Greuter
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

IOSEB Council member

Dr. Christoph Häuser
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Jana Hoffmann
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Speaker “Young systematist” (JuSys) of the GfBS

Dr. Cornelia Löhne
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

Dr. Diana Mutz
Freie Universität Berlin, Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS)

Birgit Nordt
Freie Universität Berlin, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem

Dr. Michael Ohl
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin

Secretary General of GfBS


Conference Office

Birgit Nordt
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
14195 Berlin
Phone: ++49/30 838 50 383
Fax: ++49/30 841 72 952


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