ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI


Chaired by


University of MünsterFaculty of BiologyAnimal Evolutionary Ecology GroupMünsterGermany


University of MünsterInstitute for Evolution and BiodiversityMünsterGermany
ETH ZürichInstitute of Integrative Biology (IBZ)Department of Environmental SciencesExperimental EcologyZurichSwitzerland


4-9 May 2009


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.
Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB)

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

The threat of diseases: considering the options - is the second in a series of two conferences on the impact of the environment on innate immunity. The first conference was held in April 2007, and set the stage for discussing basic knowledge about one of the most important defence functions of organisms against parasitic diseases: the innate immune system.  

In May 2009 the follow-up conference will build upon the knowledge gained in the 2007 conference and will have a more applied angle. Its highlights will include vectors of disease – both an introduction to the model organisms, and what the prospects are for immunological interference in these organisms; innate defence molecules for use as antibiotics, environmental stressors and global change, emerging disease and innate immunity, and how our knowledge can be used to develop strategies against the spread of new diseases.

Final Programme PDF (334 KB) Last Updated 27-April-2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Participants at the conference in Obergurgl, Austria (May 2009)

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme. All other abstracts have been accepted as posters.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (139 K)

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (306 KB)


Two buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport and Obergurgl. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.  

Bus departure times on Monday, 4 May
From Innsbruck railway station: 15.45 and 17.45
From Innsbruck airport: 16.00 and 18.00
Bus departure times on Saturday, 9 May
From Obergurgl: 8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Anne Blondeel-Oman.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Registration Form
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 5 April 2009

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 22 March
700 €
Registration and payment between 23 March and 5 April
800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after 5 April
Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-223 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)