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Aquatic Insects Special Interest Group (SIG) 2023

25 September 2023 @ 10:00 26 September 2023 @ 16:30

Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 2023
World Museum Liverpool

Our Aquatic Insects SIG would like to invite you to an in-person event at the World Museum Liverpool in collaboration with the Tanypetera Trust.

This two day event will include a mix of talks, tours of the museum collection, using microscopes, and a practical workshop.


The key themes of the event will be led by the following speakers:

  • Ian Wallis, World Museum Liverpool: How to help Britain’s rarest caddis
  • Rachel Stubbington, Nottingham Trent University: Life in the drying streams of a wet country: the invertebrate biodiversity of UK temporary streams 
  • Martin Winter, Environment Agency: Developing digital tools and resources for identification: EA Bug App
  • John Murray Bligh, Environment Agency: The River Invertebrate Classification Tool: past present and applications

Day 1

Registration is necessary to take part in the first day, which also includes access to the workshop on the second day if you wish to attend both.

The morning session will be led by key speakers, covering the key themes of ‘Morphology and Identification’ and ‘Management and Conservation’. There will also be opportunities for open call flash talks. Abstract submission is now open, please see details below.

The afternoon session will be a choice of a tour of the museum collections (the entomology collections are nationally significant, with around 750,000 invertebrate specimens including pinned insects), using the laboratory microscopes, and learning specialist skills. There should be time to rotate to cover two of these activities, please specify when registering which you would like to take part in.

Day 2

The second day will be a hands-on lab workshop focusing on aquatic entomology: Amphipods of Groundwater and Rivers

Run by Tim Johns of the Environmental Agency, this workshop will cover some of the different Amphipods found in UK groundwaters and surface water, plus a few non-native species. There will be an opportunity to identify different amphipods (freshwater ‘shrimps’). We will be using the Freshwater Biological Association key to Crustaceans but no books are a requirement for the workshop.

If you only wish to attend the workshop, this is free, inline with the aims of the Tanyptera Trust to make entomology accessible to all. It is still necessary to register your details below so we know the numbers attending.

Please note, registering for the workshop only does not permit you to attend the meeting on the first day.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed.


Registration is now open at the bottom of this page. We offer significantly reduced rates for RES members, so if you aren’t already a member, join today!

Please note, registering for the workshop only does not permit you to attend the meeting on the first day.

Registration deadline: 17:00 (BST), Friday 15 September

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