Department of Evolutionary Biology, Unit for Integrative Zoology

The 5th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology is hosted by the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Unit for Integrative Zoology headed by Andreas Wanninger. Vienna is one of the leading international centers of animal evolution with a tradition that spans more than 150 years of cutting-edge research into invertebrate morphology. Research at the Department spans across a wide range of animals including vertebrates, arthropods, and lophotrochozoans. These are analyzed using various morphological and molecular methods, including immunolabeling, advanced light and confocal microscopy, 3D reconstruction, high-speed video analysis, electron microscopy, gene expression studies, genomics, and transcriptomics. The data generated are used in integrative and comparative approaches to elucidate body plan evolution, development, functional morphology, ecomorphology, and phylogeny of non-model organisms.

The Department of Integrative Zoology feels honored to have been elected as organizer of the 5th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, which has established itself as the leading platform of scientific exchange for various areas of research concerned with the morphology and evolution of invertebrate animals. Ever since the founding congress in Copenhagen back in 2008, the Congress of Invertebrate Morphology has promoted evolutionary research that bridges the gaps between individual research fields. As a result, and well in line with the mission of its associated organization, the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology, the congress brings together colleagues from all over the world who use diverse approaches spanning from molecular biology through phylogeny, EvoDevo, functional morphology, neurobiology, paleontology, and others. The organizers hope that the 2022 congress will be as great a success as its predecessors and we look forward to meeting established colleagues and friends as well as young researchers new to field for exciting presentations, vivid discussions, and, overall, for celebrating the grand morphological diversity of invertebrate animals that currently do and previously have roamed our planet. Welcome to Vienna! 


In the last three years, the new Biology Building of the University of Vienna has been built at the location Djerassi-Platz 1 (formerly Schlachthausgasse 43) in Vienna’s 3rd district. At the end of May 2021, the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft as the building contractor and property owner completed the new building and handed it over to the University of Vienna.

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In research, teaching, studies and administration, 500 employees and 5,000 students can work and study in this inspiring building characterised by flexibility and sustainability and designed by the Berlin-based architects Karsten Liebner and Marcel Backhaus.

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© Universität Wien / Der Knopfdrücker

© Universität Wien / Der Knopfdrücker

© Universität Wien / Der Knopfdrücker

© Universität Wien / Der Knopfdrücker

 International Society for Invertebrate Morphology

The Society was founded during the 1st International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, in Copenhagen, August 2008. The objectives of the Society are to promote international collaboration and provide educational opportunities and training on invertebrate morphology, and to organize and promote the international congresses of invertebrate morphology, international meetings and other forms of scientific exchange.

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