Next SIL Congress

Next SIL Congress

36th Congress of the International Society of Limnology in Berlin (Germany) from August 7 – 10, 2022


Founded in 1922 by visionaries August Thienemann and Einar Naumann, the International Society of Limnology (SIL), established the science of inland waters, encompassing lakes and ponds, streams and rivers, surface and ground water, and wetlands. This comprehensive coverage embodies the founders’ broad perspective. What is more, the course was set to consolidate limnology as a systems science that draws on physics, chemistry, biology and increasingly the socioeconomic sciences, while recognizing the value of twinning curiosity-driven research and analyses of real-world problems. Perhaps most notable, however, SIL and its conferences stand out by being genuinely international in nature, aspiring to represent science and people from all continents, a hallmark of the society from its inception at the 1922 inaugural congress in Plön, Germany.

Today, we look upon a century of rich science and dedicated stewardship. That double foundational mission was as important then as it is now, with limnology having evolved from a peripheral discipline into a backbone of environmental science. This is engrained in our motto of the Centennial: The next 100 years – Sensing and Safeguarding Inland Waters. We invite you to share your enthusiasm, insights, worries and solutions pertaining to inland aquatic ecosystems by participating in SIL 100 – The Centennial. Let us build on the foundations laid by Thienemann, Naumann and others following in their footsteps, to propel limnological knowledge and the wise protection of inland waters.

We very much look forward to welcoming you in Berlin in August 2022!

For more information please visit the conference website:

Rita Adrian

Mark Gessner

Lars Tranvik

Co-Chairs of the 36th Congress of the International Society for Limnology

Call for Workshop Proposal Submissions:

We cordially invite you to submit a workshop proposal to SIL2022, the Centennial Congress of the International Society of Limnology (SIL), which will take place in Berlin, Germany, from Sunday, 7 August to Wednesday, 10 August 2022. Pre-Congress Workshops will be scheduled between 5-7 August 2022 in an online format.

Please submit a proposal on the online form at: and read page carefully for details about submitting a proposal.

Deadline to submit a workshop proposal is February 28, 2022.

Abstract Submission and Registration now OPEN:

We cordially invite you to submit an abstract for an oral or ePoster presentation to SIL2022. Contributions are welcome from attendees across all career levels, including graduate and undergraduate students, early career scientists, and established researchers in academia and water management practice.

Please visit for details about abstract submission and congress registration.

Deadline to submit your abstracts and get reduced-price early bird registration is April 5, 2022.


37th Congress of the International Society of Limnology

SIL is seeking organizations to help host our 37th International Congress. The last nine SIL meetings have been scattered across the globe in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and Canada. Therefore, SIL is excited to return and have its next meeting in Latin America in 2024. We are calling for proposals from local organizations (National Societies, research institutions or Government Agencies) to host the 2024 congress. Please review proposal document for all details about submitting a proposal for SIL2024.