Smbiosis in context


Event location

Wildbad Rothenburg
Rothenburg o.d.T.


Symposium Overview

Symbioses - the lasting interactions between living organisms - can range from mutually beneficial relationships to harmful pathogenic effects. This interdisciplinary meeting will explore symbiotic interactions in ecological, evolutionary, chemical, spatial, and methodological contexts, ranging from deep mechanistic studies to broader surveys. Our primary objective is to unite researchers and establish new interactions between symbiotic systems and fields. We hope this serves as an incentive to generate new ways of thinking in established fields and spur new directions in symbiosis research.

Session Topics

Ecological context: What are the consequences of symbioses for the partners and other organisms?

Ecological context: Costs and benefits of symbioses and consequences for other organisms
What are the consequences (costs and benefits)  of symbioses for the partners and their interactions with other organisms?

Host context: What chemical and molecular communication mechanisms are employed by symbiotic partners?

Host context: Chemical and molecular communication between symbiotic partners
How are symbioses controlled in different host systems and what are the similarities and differences of chemical and molecular communication mechanisms?

Methodological context: What are cutting-edge methods in symbiosis research and how are they applied across systems?

Methodological context: The last decade saw a rise in novel methods of symbiosis research, especially in accessing the microscale of many methods, from imaging, and sequencing to manipulation.
What are cutting-edge methods for imaging, sequencing, and manipulation of symbioses and how are they applied across systems?

Evolutionary context: which partners engage (repeatedly) in symbiotic interactions and how did they change during short or long-lasting associations?
Spatial context: In biofilms, host tissues, or intracellular environments - what consequence does spatial localization have on individual organisms?

Important dates


The deadline for abstract submission is 7th August 2024

Applicants will be notified of abstract outcome by 9th September 2024


  • The presenting author must be registered to attend
  • Submit abstract in English
  • Include a concise abstract title that clearly indicates the topic
  • The abstract should not exceed 200 words
  • Preferred means of presentation (Oral, poster)
  • List of authors with the presenting author indicated


Registration opens on XXX and will close upon reaching 100 participants

Register now! [Link to Indico]


Full program to be announced soon!

Invited Speakers


Full registration is 400 Euros and includes:

  • All lectures and poster sessions (½ day, 2 full days, ½ day)
  • Social activities
  • Lodging (in a double room, 3 nights) indicate at registration if you wish to share a room with a mate
  • Food and drinks (3x Breakfast, 3x Lunch, 3x Evening meal and drinks)
  • Electronic program
  • Wi-Fi access

Cancellation policy:

Refunds can be provided if the notice of cancellation is received by at least September 7th 2024.


Symbiosis in Context 2024 will take place at Wildbad Rothenburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. The facility is located just outside the historic city walls of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a picturesque town in northern Bavaria. Due to its exquisitely preserved medieval architecture and fully intact medieval city wall, it is a well-known highlight of the “Romantische Straße” (Romantic Road) through southern Germany.


By Train [Recommended!]

The Venue is within walking distance (2km) of the Rothenburg main train station or with the assistance of bus 817 or 856. [Link to directions on google maps]

By Car

The venue is just 4km from exit Rothenburg odT on the A7 [Link to directions on google maps].

By Plane

The nearest major airport is Nuremberg Airport [Link to Website]


You will find further information on travel and accommodation options here shortly.


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