20.7.2018. - 29.7.2018.

About SymBioSE

SymBioSE is a Symposium of Biology Students in Europe. It was founded in 1996 by members of a German student association. The basic idea was to connect all European biology students, allowing for the exchange of ideas, perspectives and experiences about student concerns. This led to the first meeting in Berlin in 1997. After a successful start with twelve European countries, it was continued as an annual event to be held in the different participating nations. Since then, every host country has built upon the initial idea and upgraded it with different aspects of their own cultural background. Thus far, every time this has resulted in a unique and enriching symposium.

Today, SymBioSE meetings have three major goals: to broaden the horizons of the participating students by lectures and excursions, to share information about current university matters and to connect people by discussions and cultural exchange. The biological topics presented are always based upon the trends in research that complement both local institutions and their resources. Lectures are usually held at a local university, so the students gain a detailed insight into other university systems. Participants are strongly encouraged to present their research or interests, thus gaining experience on an international level. During interactive workshops, students discuss theoretical, practical and ethical topics related to science.

Social events further enhance contacts between the participants. This allows everybody to create a personal network of collaboration and friendship throughout Europe, thereby facilitating student exchanges and international work experience. This promotes a mutual understanding between countries and nations through academic and cultural exchange whilst developing a new perspective on their own educational systems. In general, SymBioSE is not a rigid organization with a hierarchical structure. Within these international meetings, representatives of the participating countries gather to discuss topics such as: developments within their universities, different biological study programs, and the various ways of student collaboration.

SymBioSE is an open and inclusive event and is non-political in all matters beyond science and education. During SymBioSE there is no discrimination based on nationality, religion, gender, or any other personal attributes, identity, or beliefs so long as these beliefs do not lead to discriminating expressions in word or action. SymBioSE is organized annually by students and is open to all students. Participants of SymBioSE are part of a living community that connects biology students throughout the year.

Good To Know

  • Currency: Kuna (HRK) 1 EUR = 7,48 HRK (25th September, 2017)
  • You can't pay with euros and some places don't take credit cards. Make sure to always have some cash with you.
  • Check if you need a visa!
  • Definitely bring sunscreen and summer clothes, but also bring a raincoat/an umbrella in case of summer showers. Temperatures can climb above 35 °C!
  • Croatia is a very safe country. However, take care of your belongings, especially when using public transport.

General Info

  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Population: 4 190 700
  • Area: 56,538 km2
  • Coastline length: 5,700 km (1246 islands)
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK, 1 kuna = 100 lipa)
  • Time zone: CET (UTC+1)
  • Calling code: +385
  • Anthem: Lijepa naša domovino

Fun Facts

  • Bordering Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Italy (across the Adriatic sea)
  • 2715 hours of sunshine a year (more than Sidney, Australia!)
  • 444 protected natural areas (8,5% of the country)
  • 37,000 known species, total number estimated to be between 50,000 and 100,000
  • The last specimen of the Mediterranean seal lives in the Croatian aquatorium.
  • Croatia has the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country!
  • Richest collection of remains of Neanderthal people in the world

Organization Crew


Graduate study of molecular biology


Graduate study of molecular biology


Graduate study of molecular biology


Graduate study of molecular biology


Graduate study of molecular biology


Undergraduate study of biology


Freshwater ecology and environmental protection


Graduate study of molecular biology


Graduate study of molecular biology


Master degree in Experimental Biology (Zoology)

Guest Lectures

Aside from your fellow students’ researches, SymBioSE 2018 will give you a chance to hear lectures, as well as participate in workshops, made by our professional associates.

  • dr. sc. Damjan Franjević evolutionary biology, namely molecular evolution
  • doc. dr. sc. Tomislav Ivanković bacterial biofilms, biological wastewater treatment, carriers of bacteria
  • mag. oecol. et prot. nat. Nikola Koletić macrophytes, freshwater macroalgae, botanical preparation and illustration
  • doc. dr. sc. Duje Lisičić comparative animal physiology and behavior, ecophysiology and interspecific relationships
  • dr. Staša Puškarić sequestration techniques to remove the anthropogenic fraction of CO2
  • doc. dr. sc. Petra Peharec Štefanić electron microscopy

SymBioSE Sponsors



~ Get in touch with us ~

If you're interested in attending the symposium, click on the link to apply!

For any further questions, feel free to contact us on the following e-mail :)

Email: symbiose2018croatia@gmail.com