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Ento '17

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 09:30 to Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 16:00

Venue: Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

Entomological Networks: Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution

The theme of 'Entomological Networks' has implications at all scales within entomology from the roles of genes in the evolution of complex social behaviour to the impacts of environmental change on species-interaction networks.

Proposed sessions

  • Social insects
  • Cognition
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Sexual selection
  • Molecular ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Ecological networks



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Provisional programme

Outline provisional programme is now available, CLICK HERE

Keynote speakers

Lars Chittka - Queen Mary University: Analysisng plant-pollinator interactions with spatial networks.
Audrey Dussutour - University of Toulouse: Recent advances in the integrative nutrition of ants.
Janice Edgerly - Santa Clara University: Silk as armour and a web of adaptation (the Order Embioptera).
Jenny Hodgson - University of Liverpool: Networks to enable species to survive climate change.
Mathieu Lihoreau - University of Toulouse: Nutritional interactions in insect societies.
Charlotte Miller & Sheena Cotter - University of Lincoln: Nutritional complexity its role in the mediation of host-parasite interactions.
Ramiro Morales-Hojas - Rothamsted Research: New molecular approaches and the use of collections in insect molecular ecology.
Nicola Nadeau - University of Sheffield: How did the butterfly get its colours? The evolution and genetics of colour and pattern in Heliconius butterflies.
Ana Sendova-Franks - University of West of England: Ants as a model of social interaction.
David Shuker - University of St Andrews: Reproductive interference and the behavioural ecology of insects.
Nina Wedell - University of Exeter: Sex, conflict and selfish genes.  
Yoshifumi Yamawaki - Kyushu University: Decision-making and motor control in predatory insects.

Convenors: Gordon Port , Darren Evans, James Gilbert

Public understanding of entomology special interest group meeting

The first meeting of the Public Understanding of Entomology SIG will be on Wednesday 13 September 1:30-5:30pm, University of Newcastle, during Ento '17. The meeting is free-of-charge but all delegates MUST register in advance, including those already attending Ento 17,  to ensure there are enough spaces and refreshments.




Newcastle has a wide variety of hotels and hostels. We have worked in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau as an official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference. View the full range of accommodation options to suit all budgets - including great rates on 3 and 4-star hotels starting from just £59.00 - and book online quickly and easily.

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Venue information

Newcastle is a beautiful, historic, fun and friendly place and has gained an enviable reputation as one of the UK's favourite student cities. One in six people in Newcastle is a student, helping create the city's vibrant social scene and renowned nightlife. Newcastle University's campus is in the city centre and has good travel links, and plenty of accommodation and entertainment options. For more information about the University see and for general information for visitors, please see where you will find maps and travel advice.

Ento '17 will be based in the Herschel Building, just over the road from the Haymarket Metro station. There are direct links by Metro (a light rail service) to Newcastle railway station (3 minutes) and Newcastle International Airport (25 minutes)

Please note, there is no visitor parking available at the university. Local public car parking and Park and Ride options are available

We have not planned any excursions for the conference, but why not extend your stay before or after the meeting to see the castles, coast, Hadrian's Wall etc.? See

Additional information

Photographs of Ento meetings

This year sees the 20th birthday of the RES Ento meetings and the first meeting, in 1997, was also held in Newcastle. We will be compiling a pictorial record of the last 19 meetings, and if you have any photos please send copies to Gordon Port together with a note of which meeting and, if possible, the identities of any people in the photos.

Mentoring scheme

With the theme of Entomological Networks we will be trialling a new feature this year; a mentoring programme for the benefit of junior entomologists. Junior entomologists might include undergraduates, PhD students, postdocs, newly appointed researchers/lecturers etc. all of whom might benefit from contact with and advice from more senior entomologists. Given the range of experience of junior entomologists the senior entomologists might be PhD students or people at any later stage in their career. It is possible that some people may wish to act as mentors, but also benefit from contact with a mentor of their own.

If you are an ENTee, interested in being linked with an ENTOr, or willing to be an ENTOr, or both please contact the organisers at

The organisers will endeavour to put suitable ENTOrs and ENTees in contact before the meeting and we will arrange an opportunity for you to meet during the meeting.

Trade Exhibitors

Trade exhibitors are welcomed to Ento '17 and will be located in the Herschel Building at the University. Tables are £30.00 for the duration of the meeting, but DO NOT include lunch or refreshements or access to the scientific sessions, these can be booked separately.

There is no visitor parking available at the university. Local public car parking and Park and Ride options are available

Access for unloading and loading will be possible, and the Herschel is ground level for access.

Exhibitors can set up from 8am on Tuesday 12th September and dismantle anytime from midday on Thursday 14th. Delivery details will be sent to all exhibitors should you need to have merchandise sent in advance.

Cantact Kirsty Whiteford,, with any queries/bookings.

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