8th to 12th January, 2015 - Bayreuth, Germany

Social Events

Welcome Reception

Greenhouses OBG 2InGreenhouses OBG 3 the evening of January 8th the IBS 2015 conference will welcome its guests at the place of the Bayreuth University campus which is both warmest and best known to the citizens in the region: in the green houses of the Ecological Botanical Gardens.


Enjoy first conversations on international biogeography - and a first taste of the local "beerdiversity"!
Food and drinks will be served.

Extra opening hours of the EBG
during the IBS Conference for individual visits:

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Brown Bag Discussions

IBSBrown bagDuring lunch on Saturday and Sunday you are invited to join our informal "brown bag discussions", which will actually take place with real plates and without brown bags in an adjoining room of the cafeteria. These discussions are aimed at soliciting input from all members of IBS, in particular with regards:

  1. Directions of IBS as we move ahead and grow;
  2. how you can become more involved; and
  3. any other topics that you would like to have discussed.

With regards moving ahead and growing - both in size and global extent - we need to be thinking how we can enhance the global connection of IBS. Possible activities include workshops that focus on tool development; online resources; setting up social media. We should also be thinking about whether we want to - or should - grow conceptually; are there areas of biogeography that we should seek to expand?

We very much hope that as many members as possible who are interested in the future of the society, can attend. And please email the President, Rosemary Gillespie, with suggestions for additional agenda items.


Conference Banquet

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The banquet will take place on January 10th in the German Museum of Steam Engines, 20 km north of Bayreuth.
Transfer to the banquet will start directly from campus: 

Bring warm shoes/clothing!

The engine shed is used for celebrations. You may stroll through the museum which has been recently re-opened with all explanations given in English and German.


Website of the museum (not yet translated):
-> Deutsches Dampflokomotivmuseum


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Live and Silent Auction

Don't forget the live & silent auction at the conference dinner!  Bring items from home (books, field equipment, anything you think a biogeographer would like to buy) to have auctioned off to raise money for future student travel awards and other IBS projects!  Drop off at the membership table on Friday, January 9.