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Rosie Key with family at Insect Festival Bristol 2019 Credit Stefano Dalcanale / RES
Rosie Key with family at Insect Festival Bristol 2019 Credit Stefano Dalcanale / RES

Outreach activities at the Royal Entomological Society aim to increase public understanding of entomology.


Insect Week is an annual public campaign celebrating ‘the little things that run the world’.  We welcome insect related events from all over the world as part of the week in late June.  Find out how you can take part on the Insect Week website.

Insect Festivals are one day events celebrating insects, they have been held in York and Bristol, UK, with an Edinburgh event in development.  You can come and see live insects, meet entomologists from different organisations and do art activities related to insects.  Check our events page to see if there is an upcoming Insect Festival.

Young peopl at microscopes at Big Bang Fair
Young people around microscopes at the RES stand at the Big Bang Fair

The Society attends exhibitions, fairs and festivals to show people the importance of entomology.

Read about the RES stand at The Big Bang Fair – the largest STEM event in Europe.

The Verrall Lecture

The Society organises an annual public lecture on entomology every March, you can see the list of previous speakers and watch the 2021 event on the Verrall page.

Check our events page to see if there are details of the next lecture.

EntoCast podcast logo


entocast is an insect podcast by Liam Crowley and Nick Howe, funded by the RES Outreach Fund.

Listen on the entocast website or search for ‘entocast’ on your podcast listening platform.


Peacock colouring image from Klick Klack RES colouring book

British Insect colouring books

We recently started a range of British Insect colouring books with KlickKlack.

You can download sample colouring sheets on butterflies and moths, and purchase the full books in our shop.

Garden Entomology Booklet cover

Garden Entomology Booklet

The Royal Entomological Society’s publishes a short introduction to insect science, themed around insects you might find in a temperate garden or park, you can read and download the booklet online (pdf file).

You can also order a free paper copy of this booklet in our shop (post and packing costs apply).


Insect Week Photography Competiton

We run an annual insect photography competition, with entries submitted from the start of Insect Week to the end of October. There are categories for under and over 18 year olds.

Great Bug Hunt

Great Bug Hunt 2021 competition logo Credit Association for Science Education

We collaborate with the Association for Science Education on the Great Bug Hunt. This competition runs from March to June every year, and encourages 5 to 11 year olds with their educators to explore a local habitat, and record invertebrates.

Knowledge Exchange

The Society’s Outreach Special Interest Group focusses on how entomologists communicate with the public and how the public connects with entomology in return.  The SIG meets annually, find out more on the SIG page.


Looking for funds to support your insect outreach activities?

Outreach Fund

The Society’s Outreach (ORF) fund for members and fellows aims to support activities relating to insect outreach.  Find out more on the fund page.

Goodman Award

The RES Goodman Award funds work that communicate research on insect behaviour and physiology.  Find out more on the award page.

Society staff

The Society employs staff dedicated to insect outreach, if you would like more information please contact Fran Sconce.

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