Applications of conservation genetics, both in science and practice, are ever increasing. The ongoing revolution in molecular methodology opens up new possibilities for conservation genetic research. At the same time, conservation management is increasingly using genetic approaches for various practical applications, such as diagnosis, population size estimation, mating patterns and inbreeding, gene flow, fragmentation, connectivity, hybridization, adaptation and genetic monitoring.
While in English-speaking countries several recurrent meetings exist that allow researchers and managers to exchange results and discuss new ideas on conservation genetics, we were lacking such an event in Central Europe. The aim of the Annual Meetings in Conservation Genetics is thus to bring together scientists and managers from Central Europe working on conservation genetics. The core organizing team comprises researchers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland, and these three countries are supposed to take turns in hosting the meetings, but of course participants from other countries are also highly welcome.
After first successful meetings in Birmensdorf/Zurich, Switzerland in January 2015 and in Göttingen, Germany in October 2016, we now invite all scientists, postdocs, PhD students, Master students and, especially, conservation practitioners interested in conservation genetics to attend and contribute to the 3rd Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics held in Vienna, Austria, in February 2018.
- Inform researchers and managers on exciting conservation genetic research and emerging new developments, with a focus on Central Europe
- Provide a platform for personal exchange for scientists, students, practitioners and stakeholders interested in conservation genetics (including an extended poster session)
- Establish a network for researchers in conservation genetics in Central Europe and beyond.
- Present keynotes given by renowned scientists from within the European conservation genetic community.