19th Benelux Congress of Zoology



to the website of the 19th Benelux Congress of Zoology.

This year, the congress will take place in Brussels, on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 2012. The general theme of the meeting will be «Integrative biology: from ecology to molecules».

The boundaries between classical biological disciplines such as systematics, development, behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, cellular biology, genetics and molecular biology are increasingly crossed through the development of trans-disciplinary research projects. This leads to the integration of all levels of biological organization, from the entire biosphere to molecules, which improves our ability to decipher biological complexity. Recent technological breakthroughs in DNA sequencing considerably facilitates our exploration of genomes, which has implications for virtually all areas of biology and contributes to the effort of integrating different biological disciplines. While it has first impacted mostly human genetics and molecular biology, new generation sequencing techniques are gradually reaching most other areas of biology and will probably considerably modify our way of studying natural systems in the future. Undoubtedly, this is an exciting time for biologists!

While keynote speakers will give presentations related to the general topic of the congress, we welcome oral presentations and posters from researchers at all stages of their scientific career (master students, PhD students, post-docs or confirmed scientists) and from all fields of zoological research

Practical informations about the congress will be regularly added to this website, as they become available.

Registration now open! 

Hoping to welcome you this fall in Brussels,

The organizing and scientific committees, the Royal Belgian Zoological Society and the Royal Dutch Zoological Society

The poster of the 19th BCZ can be downloaded here.

Scientific Committee

Patrick Mardulyn - Université Libre de Bruxelles

Denis Fournier - Université Libre de Bruxelles

Guy Josens - Université Libre de Bruxelles

Marc Kochzius - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Franky Bossuyt - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dominique Adrians - Universiteit Gent

Nico Van Straalen - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Johan Bolhuis - Universiteit Utrecht

Organizing committee

P. Mardulyn - Université Libre de Bruxelles

D. Fournier - Université Libre de Bruxelles

G. Josens - Université Libre de Bruxelles

F. Detournay - Université Libre de Bruxelles

E. Terwinghe - Université Libre de Bruxelles

M. Kochzius - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

F. Bossuyt - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

P. Dauby - Université de Liège

E. Le Boulengé - Université Catholique de Louvain

B. Frederich - Université de Liège

T. Artois - Universiteit Hasselt

D. Adriaens - Universiteit Gent

R. Blust - Universiteit Antwerpen

L. Brendonck - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

F. De Vree - Universiteit Antwerpen

Ph. Helsen - Universiteit Antwerpen

R. Huybrechts - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

H. Leirs - Universiteit Antwerpen

M. Louette - Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

I. Schön - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

M. Switten - Universiteit Antwerpen

O. Vanderborght - Universiteit Antwerpen

E. Verheyen - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences


We thank the
Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS
for their financial support to the congress and the
Royal Belgian Zoological Society
and the
Royal Dutch Zoological Society
for providing the 4 best presentation awards for master and PhD students.