Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has now closed.

The abstract deadline has now closed. If you have submitted an abstract, you will find out if you have been accepted to present by Tuesday 19 February.

Student Prizes

If you wish to be considered for the Student Talk or Poster Prize, please check the tick box at stage 2 of abstract submission. This includes both the BES Anne Keymer and Best Poster awards and the gtö Merian Awards.

gtö Merian Awards

In 2001 the gtö established the Merian Awards for the best contributions given by young scientists during the annual meeting. There are six Merian Awards annually, three for the best oral contributions and three for the best posters. ECOTROPICA – the society’s journal – highlights these contributions by publishing the abstracts.

The gtö has selected Maria Sibylla Merian as the patron of the award to commemorate her unique work as an outstanding artist and as the first female tropical naturalist who actually travelled to the tropics in order to study their fascinating diversity, in particular insects. She was the first scientist who recognized, and documented in her artistic work, that insects go through various developmental stages. This is particularly remarkable as the general public in her time still believed that, for instance, mosquitoes and caterpillars were generated in mud by the evil.

Who is eligible and how to apply? Eligible candidates are students and PhDs who are members of the gtö and finished their dissertation less than three years ago. The winners will be awarded during the closing ceremony.


The abstract deadline has now closed. You will find out if you have been accepted to present by Tuesday 19 February.

To guarantee your place in the programme, every abstract submitter must register by 17:00 (GMT), Monday 25 February. Your abstract will be withdrawn if you do not register by this date.

If you have any questions about abstract submission, please contact BES Events Officer, Siri.

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