Join us for the 5th Annual Meeting in Zurich, August 13-16, 2019

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    • November 15, 2018   Discounted early registration and abstract submissions open. 
    • April 1, 2019 Abstract deadline 
    • May 1, 2019  Abstract notifications  
    • June 1, 2019  Regular registration opens
    • July 1, 2019   Last day to cancel and get a full refund
    • August 1, 2019    Regular registration ends late registration begins, final program posted
    • August 13, 2019  Welcome reception in the evening, Pre-Meeting activities during the day
    • August 14-16, 2019  The 5th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health  


    The Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health will be in Zurich, Switzerland August 13-16. Students, researchers, clinicians and others are all welcome. 

    ISEMPH 2019 will gather delegates from around the world. It follows in the footsteps of successful previous meetings in Tempe, Arizona; Durham, North Carolina; Groningen, The Netherlands and Park City, Utah. ISEMPH 2019 is profoundly interdisciplinary and emphasizes the multiple interfaces between evolutionary biology and human health in the complementary fields of medicine, evolutionary biology, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, behavioral ecology and epidemiology. The meetings particularly welcome students and clinicians at all stages of professional development.

    The International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health's fosters communication among scientists, students, clinicians and public health professionals who use evolutionary insights to improve medical research and practice, and information on human health and disease to advance evolutionary biology.  ISEMPH sponsors annual meetings, the journal Evolution, Medicine, & Public Health, The Evolution and Medicine Review, and EvMedEd.

    We are in the process to request continuing medical education credits (CME) from Europe and from Switzerland. The European CME are recognized in USA and in Canada.  



    Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland with more than 400'000 inhabitants. First signs of settlement at the Zurich lake shore were dated 5000 years ago. The first mentioning of the name Turicum (latin for Zurich) was 57/58 BC. Today Zurich is a vibrant modern city with a high life quality and standard of living.

    There are numerous guided tours, museums, parks, and other sightseeing possibilities in and around Zurich. Please visit the Zurich toursism website for a comprehensive overview:



    The 5th annual ISEMPH meeting will take place at the main building of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. The University of Zurich is one of the leading research universities in Europe and is situated at the heart of the city, few minutes from the Zurich main station. The main building is a pittoresque ancient building of the 19th century. The main lecture hall, the Aula, was the place where Winston Churchill in 1946 issued his famous call to action "Therefore I say to you: Let Europe Arise!".

    The keynote talks will take place in the Aula, posters and catering will be placed in the Patio, parallel sessions and meeting will take place at further lecture halls and rooms in the same building. 

    Address:  Rämistrasse 71,  CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland 


    Patio of the University main building               Aula, the main lecture hall                             The University main building entrance


    Hosting Committee

    • Frank Rühli, Prof. Dr . Dr. med. (Professor of Evolutionary Medicine,  University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Nicole Bender, MD, PhD (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Lafi Aldakak, PhD Student (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Corina Steiner, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland) 
    • Susanne Ruckstuhl, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    • Marianne Ott, Administration (University of Zurich, Switzerland) 

    Program Committee

    • Jacobus (Koos) Boomsma, PhD (Chair) , Professor of Evolutionary Biology (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
    • Joe Alcock, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA)                                    
    • Nicole Bender, MD, PhD (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
    • Gillian Bentley, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham (Durham, UK)
    •  Isabel Gordo, PhD, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal)
    • Paul Griffith, PhD, Professor of Philosophy (University of Sydney, Australia)
    • Michael Hochberg, PhD, Professor of Population Biology (University of Montpellier, France)
    •  Jon Laman, PhD, Professor of Immune Physiology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Professor of Medicine/Cardiology (UCLA, USA)                                                     
    • Anne Stone, PhD, Professor of Evolutionary Medicine (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA)                                           
    • Marlene Zuk, PhD, Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA)    


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