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Ento '20

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 16:00

Annual National Science Meeting .

Venue: University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE

Theme:  “Populations, pollinators, pathogens”

This years meeting explores a selection of topics that loom large early in the 21st century.   Insect populations face a range of threats, from habitat loss, to new diseases and climate change and many of these are exemplified in the declines in pollinator populations.  Nevertheless insect pest remain a problem and are increasingly on the move in our modern globalized society.   Predicting insect movements and developing more sustainable ways of managing pest populations are also priorities.  These topics and more will be explored in the Ento 2020 meeting in Penryn, Cornwall hosted by the University of Exeter.

Plenary speakers:

  • Prof Carla Sgro (Monash University, Australia) – insect responses to climate change, “Evolutionary responses to combinations of stressors”
  • Dr Jaap de Roode (Emory University, USA) – ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, "Migration, microbes and medication in the monarch butterfly”
  • Prof Geraldine Wright (University of Oxford, UK) – nutrition and physiology of bees, “Floral pollen: how bees use it to meet their nutritional needs”

Sessions and session chairs:

  • Securing a healthy future for pollinator populations- Session chairs: Ben Philips & Chris Kaiser-Bunbury. Invited: Lynn Dicks, University of Cambridge.
  • Insect pollinators-  Session chairs:Ben Philips & Juliet Osborne
  • Forecasting the spread of insect pests – Session Chair: Regan Early. Invited speaker - Pablo González, University of Córdoba and CABI.
  • Biological control and IPM – Session chair: Dave Chandler
  • Infection and Immunity  - Session chairs: Georgia Drew and Kat Roberts
  • Symbionts and microbes - Session chair: Ailsa McLean
  • 50 Years of Sperm Competition in Insects - Session chairs:Nina Wedell and Dave Hosken. Invited speaker - Leigh Simmons, University of Western Australia.
  • Insect Behavioural Ecology - Session chairs: Nick Royle & Tom Tregenza
  • Insect conservation and insect declines-  Session chair: Alan Stewart


Please complete the form here to submit your abstract, deadline 15 May 2020.

Travel and eating

Participants are responsible for booking their own travel. A travel guide for getting to Penryn can be found here. You can either get the train (including the sleeper service from London Paddington - would recommend booking a single cabin) to Penryn, or there are direct flights to Newquay airport where you can then get a taxi to Penryn. Penryn and Falmouth are linked by a regular train and bus service (7 min train w short walk up hill to campus, or 15 min bus trip direct to campus (U1, U2).

There are lots of places to eat in Falmouth including: Chain Locker (pub), Verdant brewery and seafood bar, Indidog, Star and Garter (gastro pub), Cribbs (Caribbean), Gurkha (Nepalese & Indian), PloyThai, Stable (pizza), Harbour Lights (fish and chips) or the Meat Counter (burgers) - can get takeaway from the last two to eat in the Front pub. Weather permitting, we suggest the outdoor seating on the harbour side by the Front and Chainlocker pubs as a good place to rendezvous in the evening for a drink.


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