DGL meeting 2021 at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany


Dear limnologists, dear members of DGL and SIL,

after last year’s meeting was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic, the German Society for Limnology (DGL) in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) cordially invites you to the DGL’s 36th annual meeting, which will be held from 27 September to 1 October 2021.

The conference motto “When extremes become normality - inland waters under climate change Elbe flood is as relevant now as ever. The topic came into special focus beyond the scientific community after the past two extremely dry summers in Central Europe. Climate change alters both the global and local water cycles and leads to an increasing frequency of hydrological extremes such as floods and droughts. These extremes impact not only the communities of water-dwelling organisms, but also our usage of lakes, rivers and groundwater. This topic is hence of high relevance to all limnologists, independently of their focus on applied aspects or fundamental research.

Elbe drought We invite contributions across the fields of classical limnology, organismic biology and ecosystem research, as well as innovative, inter-disciplinary approaches to fundamental research and applications. We are looking forward to welcoming you in September in Leipzig to discuss current and ground-breaking projects across all limnological disciplines.

Regarding the COVID-19 situation: due to the expected increased vaccinations in the second and third quarters of this year and the continual improvement of testing strategies, we are currently planning on meeting on-location and in person. However, this requires that we are able to maintain safety and obtain the authorization from the authorities. If this is not possible, we will hold the meeting in a hybrid or online format. The organizing committee will decide on the meeting format at the latest in June 2021. Please do not let this unavoidable uncertainty stop you from registering your scientific contributions and planning the program.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Leipzig! Sincerely, the conference steering committee,
Prof. Dr. Markus Weitere, UFZ
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt, UFZ
Dr. Karsten Rinke, UFZ


and the Organisation Committee

Flood and drought at Elbe river (photographs: M.Koschorreck)