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PRESS RELEASE 7 March 2022

Insects in a warming world

Professor Camille Parmesan, leading researcher into how life on earth is affected by climate change, has given the Royal Entomological Society’s prestigious Verrall Lecture this year.

Professor Parmesan is Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group II of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has spent the last four years looking at the impacts of global warming.

The lecture came just days after the publication of the IPCC Report and focused on how insects have been affected by our changing climate and the forecast for the future of this crucially important group of animals.

Professor Parmesan told a powerful story of change, extinctions and resilience. She highlighted the urgency of the climate situation drawing on conclusions from the recent IPCC report and the enormous amount of published research on which it was based. Over 34,000 studies and analyses were referenced in the full report and Professor Parmesan picked out some fascinating insect studies that increase our understanding of the impacts of climate change and what we need to do about it.

Professor Parmesan used research on insects, including butterflies, bees and mosquitoes, to show the complex, negative impacts that a warming planet has on insects, the diseases they carry and the huge number of benefits they provide our ecosystems.

“The window of opportunity to limiting global warming is small and rapidly shrinking but there are still options” said Professor Parmesan.

Despite the clear severity and urgency of the IPCC report’s conclusions, Professor Parmesan showed that there were still clear opportunities for action and hope. For example, taking a landscape approach to farmland ecology can increase beneficial insect communities and create a more climate resilient food production system by adjusting agricultural practices. She also pointed out the important role and benefits of creating habitats for insects in our cities.

Professor Parmesan also delivered a version of her lecture for younger scientists aged 11-16, organised by the Royal Entomological Society with the Amateur Entomologists Society.

Both versions of the lecture showed the audiences how insect research is a vital component of understanding life on earth.

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For more information about this news release, contact RES Director of Communications and Engagement Luke Tilley on +44(0)7912180844 or email [email protected]

Watch the whole lecture now on the Royal Entomological Society’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tQbaH7JR7M&t=3049s

Watch Young Verrall on the Amateur Entomologists Society’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAHfOVRLRf8

About Professor Camille Parmesan

Camille Parmesan is Director of Research at the CNRS Station for Experimental and Theoretical Ecology (SETE, in Moulis, France) as a French “Make Our Planet Great Again” Laureate.  Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on wild plants and animals and spans from field-based work on butterflies to synthetic analyses of global impacts on a broad range of species across terrestrial and marine biomes. She has also authored numerous assessments of impacts of climate change on agricultural pests and on human health, through changes in disease risk.  Her 2003 paper in Nature was ranked the most highly cited paper in Climate Change (Carbon Brief, 2015).  Her scientific awards include being the 2nd highest-cited author in “climate change” (T Reuters) and being named the “2013 Distinguished Scientist” by Texas Academy of Sciences. She has been elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.  She received the Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation and was named “Outstanding Woman Working on Climate Change,” by IUCN. She has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for >20 years, and is an official Contributor to IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  She is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report.  She also has affiliations with the University of Plymouth (UK) and the University of Texas at Austin (USA).

About the Royal Entomological Society (RES)

The Society unites experts across the globe to share and preserve knowledge about insects while engaging diverse audiences. It invests in meaningful insect science to benefit people and nature.

Founded in 1833, the RES supports entomology, the study of insects through its international scientific journals and other publications, scientific meetings and by providing a forum for disseminating research findings, such as its prestigious Verrall Lecture Series https://www.royensoc.co.uk/verrall-lecture/

The Society has a grants, awards and bursaries programme to support entomologists whether they are professionals, experts, students or enthusiasts. The Society also funds, organises and supports events and activities for anyone who wants to learn more about insects and entomology through its  outreach and education programmes. For more information visit www.royensoc.co.uk

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PRESS RELEASE 5 January 2022

Rebrand coming in 2022: Spotlight on Insect Science

We are proud to share our new RES brand with you before our rebrand launch later in January 2022 with a new website and rollout across the Society.

We have created a dynamic video to show you the main features of the new brand, looking to maximising the Society’s impact, reach and diversity for the future, whilst acknowledging our rich history as a learned society.

The new brand is a result of months of engagement and consultation with our members and fellows, and it sets our ambitions to change perceptions of entomologists and insects, repositioning the Royal Entomological Society as a global community with the means and drive to champion insect science worldwide.

We hope that you enjoy this first glimpse of our exciting and modern look, and you agree that it prepares the RES for a bright future.

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