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5 – 7 September
University of Exeter, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK and online

In the current climate and biodiversity crises, insects are being increasingly recognised for their value as service providers, indicators of biodiversity loss and models for understanding ourselves and other animals.
The RES recently recognised a series of ‘Grand Challenges in Entomology’, and at Ento23, we will provide a platform for the key themes.
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Grand challenges in entomology

Grand Challenges In Entomology is an ongoing project of the Royal Entomological Society to develop an agenda for the future of global entomology and for the Society. It is inspired by the Entomological Society of America’s Grand Challenge Agenda for Entomology initiative.

After a membership consultation and expert workshop, eleven themes were determined to group scientific priorities in insect science. The eleven Grand Challenge themes are listed below.

Fundamental ResearchAnthropogenic Impacts & ConservationUses, Ecosystem Services & DisservicesCollaboration, Engagement & Training
TaxonomyAnthropogenic ImpactsEcosystem BenefitsKnowledge Access
Blue SkiesConservation OptionsTechnology and ResourcesTraining and Collaboration
Methods and TechniquesPestsSociety Engagement

Ento23 sessions and keynotes

At Ento23, we will provide a platform for these key themes to be discussed. The meeting will include three plenary speakers, followed by relevant Grand Challenges sessions, which will be led by a keynote talk.

Listed below are the key themes and keynotes at Ento23. The rest of the sessions will be made up from submitted talks. Submit your abstract by: 17:00 (BST), Thursday 15 June.

ThemeKeynote speakerOrganiser
PollinatorsJess Knapp, Trinity College DublinJuliet Osborne and Chris Kaiser-Bunbury
Insect genetics and genomicsThomas Mathers, Sanger CentreBartek Troczka and Angela Hayward
Pests, biological control and IPMJohan Stenberg, Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesDave Chandler, Ben Raymond and Michelle Fountain
Infection and immunity Jenny Regan, University of EdinburghMegan Wallace and Mark Hanson
Symbionts and microbesAnne Duplouy, University of HelsinkiAilsa McLean
Insect behavioural and evolutionary ecologyThomas Schmitt, University of WürzburgJeremy Field and Jodie Gruber
Insect conservation and insect declinesCharlie Outhwaite, UCLAlan Stewart
Insect movement and migrationShawan Chowdhury, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity ResearchJohanna Hedlund and Jason Chapman
RES Gradient Spacer


Registration is now open for Ento23. This includes options to join in person and online.

If you are joining us in Cornwall, please note we are offering an accommodation package and conference dinner. Be sure to add these to your booking when you register.

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