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Ento23 Delegate Information

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5 – 7 September
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall and online

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Please find all the key information about attending Ento23 below. You can use the below links to jump to specific sections. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

Travel information

Venue address

Daphne du Maurier building
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

Penryn Campus Map

Travelling to the venue

Please note there will be an informal mixer on the evening of Monday 4 September, where delegates can purchase their own drinks and food and meet colleagues.

The conference starts officially at 09:00 on Tuesday 5 September and finishes at 13:00 on Thursday 7 September.

A travel guide for getting to Penryn can be found here.

You can either get the train (including the sleeper service from London Paddington) to Penryn, or there are direct flights to Newquay airport where you can then get a taxi to Penryn/Falmouth.

Travelling by train?

GWR’s conference discount on train tickets allows you to travel to certain locations at a discount of up to 80%. There are a number of stations that can be useful to change at to travel to Penryn or Falmouth, so do consider booking this section of the journey with the conference discount. Stations include Totnes, Cardiff Central, Plymouth, and Bristol. Please be sure to note any small print on your booking.

  • Up to 80% saving based on an Anytime Return from major stations to Totnes, Cardiff Central, Plymouth and Bristol.
  • You must book via the above conference page on the GWR website.
  • Prices are not guaranteed and only via limited routes.
  • You will be asked to produce a confirmation by the train manager.

Travelling by car?

If you are travelling to the venue by car, please park your car in Car Park C. It is up to delegates to pay for parking based on the below:

  • 0 – 1 hour: Free
  • 1 – 2 hours: £2.00
  • 2 – 3 hours: £3.00
  • 3 – 4 hours: £4.00
  • 4 – 5 hours: £5.00
  • 5+ hours: £6.00
  • Mon to Fri, between 17.00 and 09.00 (overnight): Free but barrier system still in operation
  • Weekends (17:00 Fri to 09:00 Mon): Free but barrier system still in operation

Local Travel

Penryn and Falmouth are located very close to each other and linked by a regular train and bus service.

The train takes 7 minutes with a short walk up a hill to the Penryn campus. The bus takes 15 minutes directly to the campus. You can catch the U3 (quickest), U1 or U2, which all run regular services from early in the morning to late at night. You can use contactless cards to pay as you board. If you are getting a single ticket, make sure to tap out as you leave the bus. For return journeys you will be provided with a ticket. You can find more information and timetables on the First Bus website.

The Beryl e-bike hire scheme is also available and it is a 25-minute cycle between Falmouth and Penryn.

We encourage the use of public transport where possible, but there are also local taxi services available.

  • A2B Cornwall: 01872 272989
  • Abacus Taxis: 01326 212141
  • Radio Taxis: 01326 313131


If you booked accommodation through our website at the Glasney Rooms, located on the Penryn Campus you will have received a separate email with details of your stay.

If you have not received this email and believe you have booked accommodation, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can check this in advance of the conference.

Final numbers have now been provided, so booking is no longer available through our website. You can find out more about other accommodation in the area on

Key timings

You can view the full programme and abstracts via the Ento23 hub here.

The conference officially opens on Tuesday 05 September, with registration opening at 08:00.

On the evening of Monday 04 September there will be an informal mixer at Verdant Brewing Taproom from 19:30. Simply turn up from 19:30 to meet old friends and new contacts ahead of the conference. Delegates can purchase their own food and drinks.

On Tuesday registration opens from 08:00 and the main conference runs from 09:00 – 19:30. On Wednesday it runs from 08:00 – 19:00. There are optional social events both evenings.

On Thursday the conference starts at 08:00 and will close at 13:00. This will allow the majority of delegates to get trains back to airports and various locations in the UK.

Delegate list

Only delegates that opted in to their details being shared with other attendees are included on this list.

This list is for the viewing of Ento23 delegates only, please do not share this list as this would be a breach of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


On Tuesday and Wednesday, lunch, two refreshment breaks and an evening reception are included in your registration. On Thursday there is one morning refreshment break.

We encourage delegates to bring refillable bottles/coffee flasks. There are a number of water points in the venue.

Special dietary requirements must be supplied 2 weeks in advance of the meeting and will be passed onto the venue team. All dietary information will be clearly marked on catering – if your dietary requirements falls outside of the options available, please ask a member of staff who will get a specially made meal.

Extra activities

Please refer to the full programme for all activities, timings and locations. The below highlights some of the additional activities running alongside the main programme.

Bug Bingo!

Attending one of your first larger conferences can be daunting. We’ve created Bug Bingo as a fun way to get involved in different activities and network throughout the conference. Pick up your Bingo card on registration or at the RES stand. If you get 5 squares in a row, you’ve got a bingo, with prizes for the first 10. If you complete all squares, you get a full house with a special prize. Once you’ve completed a row head over to the RES stand.

Meet the speakers

On each conference day, grab a coffee and cake and chat to our plenary speakers. This is an opportunity for students and early career entomologists to ask our plenary speakers questions in a small, informal setting.


From 19:30 on Tuesday. We are delighted to welcome back EntOlympics – an entomology quiz and team-building competition for student and early career insect scientists. This is a pub quiz style activity, run by Liam Crowley and our student representatives, where teams compete using their entomological general knowledge and insect ID skills for a team prize.

Informal mixer

For those that aren’t taking part in EntOlympics, our local convenors have recommended an evening at Custom House Quay in Falmouth, a short bus or train journey away. Weather permitting, head to the outdoor seating on the harbour side between the Front and Chain Locker pubs, there are lots of food places available.

EntoFashion day

On Wednesday we encourage delegates to wear their entomology finest! This could be anything from socks and patterned clothing to your own entomological creation. Our Student Representatives will be taking the time to photograph their favourites, with the top dressed winning a prize, announced at the evening’s poster session. Feel free to share using #EntoFashion.

Conference fun run

Want to get your steps up ahead of another productive conference day? Join Karl Wotton on Wednesday morning, who will lead a guided 6k run, with the option of 10k around the reservoirs. The 6k should get you back in time to get ready for the Grand Challenges workshop. Meet from 06:50 on the grass in front of the campus shop.

Moth traps

Moth traps will be run overnight throughout the conference and delegates can then go through these on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 07:30. The campus has a rich moth fauna including some local specialities, and at this time of year there is always a chance of seeing an unusual migrant, so come along to take a closer look! Everyone is welcome and no experience is required, the moths will be identified by our expert student helpers.

LGBTQI+ meet-up

On Wednesday afternoon, grab a coffee and cake and join us at our LGBTQI+ meet up where you can chat and network in a welcoming setting.

Pitch a paper

Do you have a paper that you’re looking to submit? Our journal editors will be on hand during the Wednesday poster session, to give feedback. Bring along some of your key findings and be prepared to give a quick summary, time will be limited for each delegate.

Conference dinner

Tickets for the conference dinner on Wednesday evening have now sold out. If you purchased a ticket in advance, join us at Greenbank Hotel to continue networking over dinner by the harbourside. Coaches will take delegates from the conference venue to Greenbank at 19:15. Listen for an announcement of where to meet. Your dinner ticket can be found in your name badge. Coaches will return to campus accommodation at 23:00 and midnight.

Women in entomology

On Wednesday morning, join this opportunity to network and celebrate women in entomology. Join our past and present female presidents and RES Trustees and Fellows at this informal mixer. All genders are welcome. Make sure to grab a bite to eat before arriving. For those staying on the campus, breakfast starts at 7am.

Presenter guidelines

You can view the presenter guidelines via the Ento23 hub here.

We encourage all delegates to share their experience and join the discussion on social media using #Ento23.

If you see the do not Tweet symbol on a slide or poster, please respect this and do not share this content more widely.

Joining online

If you are joining Ento23 virtually please find out more about attending via the Ento23 hub here.

All plenary talks and talks will be livestreamed via Zoom. Please note there are parallel session, so ensure you join the correct stream.

In-person posters are not available to view online, but we encourage all delegates to view the online poster presentations and contact the presenters with any questions about their research.


We are pleased to welcome the following organisations as exhibitors at Ento23. We encourage you to take the time to engage with our partners who will be located in the Exhibition Hall throughout the conference.

Places to eat and drink

Penryn and Falmouth have a great variety of places to eat and drink. Below are a few recommendations for different cuisines.

  • Amanzi: A family-run restaurant in Falmouth creating South African inspired dishes made from Cornish produce.
  • Beerwolf Books: A bookshop with coffee and beer, what’s not to love?
  • The ChintZ: A quirky bar with vividly patterned wallpaper, walls of mirrors, secret rooms and extravagant vintage furniture.
  • Chain Locker: Pub located on Falmouth’s historic quayside, with light bites, full meals, and drinks.
  • Cribbs: Caribbean food and rum in the heart of Falmouth.
  • Gurkha: Casual restaurant serving Indian staples and Nepalese regional dishes in Falmouth.
  • Harbour Lights: Come here to get your fill of traditional fish and chips.
  • Indidog: British food with a strong focus on locally sourced Cornish produce and views of the harbourside.
  • Meat Counter: Family-run burger restaurant in Falmouth using local ingredients.
  • The Mulberry: For a fine dining experience. Menus change with the seasons, showcasing local, sustainable ingredients from top Cornish producers.
  • PloyThai: Restaurant and takeaway offering genuine Thai cuisine in Falmouth.
  • The Stable: Harbourside sourdough pizza & local pints.
  • Star and Garter: A lovely gastro pub on the harbourside serving French style chicken barbecue, or simply come for a drink with great views.
  • Verdant Brewery: Like your beer? Verdant Taproom is located right next to their Brewery in Penryn, and they also serve fresh seafood at The Seafood Bar in Falmouth.

Weather permitting, we suggest the outdoor seating on the harbour side by the Front and Chain Locker pubs as a good place to rendezvous in the evening for a drink.

Things to do

Things to do locally

First of all we recommend taking a stroll! Falmouth is a lovely town to walk around, with views over the harbourside, cobbled streets and plenty of independent cafes and shops to explore.

  • The National Maritime Museum: Located in Falmouth, the National Maritime Museum provides an interactive display of boats and their various functions in industry and recreation.
  • Falmouth Art Gallery: With over 2,000 pieces on display, you’ll find everything from Pre-Raphaelite and impressionist to contemporary pieces here. The collection has a strong Cornwall focus but includes artworks from around the world.
  • Enys Gardens: Said to be the oldest gardens in Cornwall, Enys Gardens date back to the early 1700s. Spread over 30 acres there are formal gardens, open meadow and woodland.
  • Glendurgan Gardens: Glendurgan is a National Trust property, with beautifully designed gardens, including a laurel maze, set in a valley, running down to the pretty fishing village of Durgan.
  • Trebah Gardens: A spectacular 26-acre Cornish ravine garden that descends 200 feet to a private beach on the River Helford.
  • Gyllngvase & Swanpool beaches: Two lovely beaches located to the South of Falmouth town centre. The South West Coastal Path passes through Falmouth, which offers incredible views along the coast.
  • Pendennis Castle: Pendennis Castle was built in the middle of the 16th century by Henry VIII as one of a pair of forts, with St Mawes Castle, to protect the Fal Estuary from the threat of invasion from France and Spain.
  • Flushing Ferry: Flushing is a small village across the estuary from Falmouth, and the Flushing Ferry runs year-round taking day trippers across the water. There are also plenty of other boat trips running from Falmouth.
  • Helford River: The Helford River is a large estuary nestled between the Western edge of Falmouth Bay and eastern side of The Lizard Peninsula. It is renowned for its scenic beauty and marine ecology.
  • The Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary: Founded by Mary Berryman in 1995, this sanctuary site now provides a safe home for over 100 donkeys and horses, all of whom have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. 

Things to do further afield

Cornwall is an incredibly beautiful part of the world with endless beaches, seaside towns, varied habitats, and culture to explore. If you are extending your stay, we recommend spending some time researching the surrounded area, but below are a few highlights to consider.

  • Eden project: A former clay mine with no soil or plants, which was transformed into beautiful global garden, with huge covered Biomes, including the world’s largest indoor rainforest.
  • Lost gardens of Heligan: A network of magical gardens, woodland walks and farmland brimming with interest and intrigue, considered one of the most popular gardens in the UK.
  • The Lizard Peninsula: Home to the UK’s most southerly point, the Lizard Peninsula is an outcrop of land on the South Coast of Cornwall with unusual geography and picturesque landscape and coastline that have made it a point of interest both for visitors and scientists.
  • Lizard Point: At the Southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula. It is situated half-a-mile south of Lizard village.
  • St Michaels Mount: A historic castle, garden and island community found off the coast of Marazion in Cornwall.
  • St Ives: If you have time to pop to North Cornwall, St Ives is a must. A beautiful historic town known for its surf beaches, like Porthmeor and art scene.
  • Land’s End: One of Britain’s best loved landmarks, famous for its unique location, natural beauty and stunning scenery, Land’s End is the furthest west and southwest point in the UK.

Nearby insects

The campus is a great place to walk around and see a nice selection of insects (e.g. a variety of solitary bees), and Hummingbird Hawkmoths are frequently present. If you want to explore a little further afield, the following locations have a lot of entomological interest.

  • For over 100 years stick insects have become naturalised in South West England. There are three New Zealand species, two of which have become widely distributed, so keep you eyes peeled whilst at Ento23!
  • Devichoys Wood CWT reserve: Located between Truro and Falmouth, near the village of Devoran about 10 mins drive from the campus, this ancient woodland is actively managed for wildlife and has a rich moth fauna.
  • Goonhilly Downs NNR: Further afield, the Lizard has many wonderful nature reserves. One of the most interesting is Goonhilly Downs SSI, a large area of wet heathland that supports one of the best colonies of Cornish Heath (Erica vagans), a plant restricted to the Lizard in the UK. Many special insects can be found here. In particular, there is a band of pines (Croft Pasco woods) and a pool nearby (Croft Pasco Pool), located on the eastern side of the downs; the pool is a good place to find scarce migrant dragonflies, such as Lesser Emperor, Vagrant Emperor and Red-veined Darter
  • Windmill Farm CWT reserve: If dragonflies are your main interest, the premier site to visit is Windmill Farm, which has a great selection of resident and migrant species.
  • Kynance Cove NT: this beautiful coastal location has amazing scenery and wonderful coves. The coastal grassland have many rare flowering plants and very interesting insects e.g. there are colonies of some scarce solitary bees, including: Long-horned Bee (Eucera longicornis), a Notable A species largely restricted to the south coast; and Black Mining Bee (Andrena pilipes), a rare species of a few south coast localities (although, sadly, the flight season of both species may have just ended by the time of the conference). In spring, this is a great place to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and you may be lucky enough to see a late second brood individual in early-autumn. Golden-ringed Dragonfly is also frequently seen on the coast.

Code of conduct

Our Ento23 conference provides a harassment-free experience for everyone, in-person and online, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants or staff in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, social occasions and on all social media. Conference participants violating these rules, in-person or online, may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

If you would like to raise any concerns, please speak to RES staff members, Emilie Aimé or Luke Tilley. You can also email them on: and

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable conference.

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