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Ento '18

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 16:00

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

Convenors: Anne Oxbrough , , Clare Strode

Advancement in the field of entomology is frequently driven by a variety of factors beyond scientific exploration and interest, from ease of sampling and identification or the favouring of more 'charasmatic microfauna' to difficulties in obtaining resources required for specialised field or laboratory techniques or funding bias. This conference seeks to address this by providing a platform for areas of entomology that are often overlooked or understudied and discussing what can be learned from these groups.

PROGRAMME - you can download the draft programme here


Online registration is now OPEN. REGISTER HERE

Day registration form here


Plenary sessions

Three plenary sessions, each with an associated themed session, will explore three important and varied areas of entomology, which we have termed the good, the bad and the ugly:

The good will explore lesser studied groups which have key roles in ecosystem function
The bad will explore lesser known vectors of disease, current knowledge, and challenges faced
The ugly will explore the challenges and difficulties of studying and conducting research on less charasmatic species or the microfauna and discuss what we can learn from them

Plenary speakers

Professor Stefan Scheu - Georg August University Göttingen
The Good - Belowground goodies: Ecology and evolution of soil microarthropods

Professor Richard Wall - Bristol University
The Bad - Ticks and tick-borne disease

Dr Jason Dombroskie - Cornell University Insect Collection
The Ugly - Yes that's nice...but look at this! Challenges of generating interest in and relevance to the non-charismatic microfauna

Professor Lin Field , Rothamsted Research
Title : Aphids as vectors of crop diseases

Venue information:

Edge Hill University is a campus university located in the heart of the North West, close to the thriving market town of Ormskirk and the vibrant cities of Liverpool and Manchester. The combination of beautifically landscaped grounds, state-of-the-art facilities, historic architecture and lakes make it a unique and innovative campus. For more information about the University please see  and for general information for visitors please see which includes maps and travel advise.

Ento '18 will be based in the Faculty of Health building on campus. there will be free parking for all guests available on the campus for the duration of the conference. We have not planned any excursions for the conference, but why not extend your stay before and after the meeting to see red squirrels in Formby's pine forest or visit Martin Mere Wetland Centre? for more informtaion visit

Conference workshops

The conference will feature five workshops reflecting the specialist interests of researchers at Edge Hill University and the Royal Entomological Society. These will be available for booking prior to the conference and be of 2-4 hours duration.

1. Mosquito husbandry and identification. Dr Clare Strode, EHU.
2. Collembola identification and preparation techniques. Mr Thom Dallimore, EHU.
3. Spider identification and ecology. Dr Anne Oxbrough, EHU.
4. SEM your insect - bring a study specimen or use one of ours, be shown how to use the Scanning Electron Microscope and get a digital picture of your specimen to take away. Mr Dave Goodson, EHU. NOW FULLY BOOKED.
5. Public Outreach in Entomology. Dr Luke Tilley, RES.
6. Habitat mapping using drones. Dr Lisa Reimer (LSTM, Dr Michele Stanton (Lancaster University) and Aislinn Currie-Jordan (LSTM)
Drones are providing an increasingly popular and affordable way of mapping the ecological landscape. In this workshop we will demonstrate how drones have been used to map vector habitats in both the UK and Malawi. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience flying two different types of drone, as well as subsequent image classification techniques for identifying different habitats using drone-captured imagery.


To sign up for one workshop please complete the form here  Available to Ento 18 delegates only


There will be en-suite accommodation available for all guests on Edge Hill's campus for bed & breakfast per night, this can be booked via the registration form. There are several alternative accommodation options in Ormskirk and a wide range of hotels and hostels available in Liverpool, which is a 25 minute direct train journey away.


Our refund policy for cancellations is as follows:

Cancellation on or before 12 July 2018 – 50% refund

Cancellation on or after 13 July 2018 but on or before 7 August 2018 – 25% refund

Cancellations on or after 8 August 2018 – no refunds.


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