Lausanne to host evolutionary biology congress

The University of Lausanne, Switzerland, has been chosen to stage the 15th European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) congress next month.

The University of Lausanne, Switzerland
The University of Lausanne, Switzerland
The five-day event, from 10-15 August, is one of the largest scientific meetings in evolutionary biology. It is expected to attract 1,400 delegates from all over the world, representing 40 different nationalities.

This will be the first time the biennial event has returned to Switzerland since the inaugural meeting in Basel in 1987. Researchers, lecturers and students will be accommodated among the city’s 60 hotels for the duration of the event.

Lausanne Tourism’s congress and meetings manager Olivier Mathieu said: "We’re delighted to be welcoming ESEB to Switzerland for their 15th biennial congress. We are so pleased they have chosen Lausanne for such a momentous event in the field of evolutionary biology.

"The University of Lausanne as a hub for international research, offers the perfect environment and infrastructure to welcome the event and we hope that the delegates will enjoy the hospitality and culture of the city during their stay."

Professor Nicolas Perrin, professor at the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and ESEB 15 congress director, added: "We’re very happy to be hosting the event here in Lausanne this year. We hope that the participants and delegates will really enjoy the calibre of research that will be unveiled along with the many scientific sessions which will take place throughout the event.

"The university and the city in general offer the perfect background for educational events of this nature and I hope that the participants will have the chance to appreciate the city, the food and the scenery as well as the atmosphere on campus".

The city hosted the International and European Association Congress (ACIE15) in May and will welcome delegates for the Swiss Association of Women Pilots on 3 October, which will make use of the City’s own airport.


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