Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Prof. Bernard J. Crespi, Simon Fraser University, Canada: How evolutionary biology can frame a unified theory for understanding human mental illness.
  • Prof. Dario Valenzano, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany: African killifishes shed light on the genomic basis of life history trait evolution in vertebrates.
  • Prof. Kayla King, University of Oxford, UK: Protectors vs. killers: microbes within the host as drivers of pathogen evolution.
  • Prof. Verena Sch√ľnemann, University of Zurich, Switzerland: Ancient DNA and pathogens: uncovering the past of human diseases


  • Also prize winners TBA will give plenary talks
    • G.C Williams Prize winner:TBA
    • Gilbert Omenn Prize winner: Nominations open January 1, 2019

Social activities

  • Tuesday August 13, afternoon: Individual visit of several museums in the near of the University main building, for example zoological museum
  • Tuesday August 13, evening: Welcome reception with bratwurst and beer (and vegetarian alternatives) on the University main building terrace
  • Wednesday August 14, evening: Make your own Swiss chocolate! Chocolate factory on the University main building terrace
  • Thursday August 15, evening: Conference Dinner
  • Friday August 16, evening: Farewell Dinner 
  • Friday August 16, late evening: Guided night city tour 
  • Saturday August 17, all day: Individual excursions in the surroundings of Zurich 


    Social activities are for free if booked during the early registration period. Afterwards a fee will apply to each event.



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