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Our annual conference returns in-person at University of Lincoln for the first time since 2019

This week is one of mixed emotions for members, fellows and staff of the Royal Entomological Society. It is a sorrowful week mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Patron of the Royal Entomological Society for 70 years. It is also a week in great anticipation of the cutting-edge insect science that will be shared by the delegates of Ento22 at the University of Lincoln and online, over the next three days. Ento22 is the first in-person annual conference of the Society since 2019. Bringing entomologists together to share and discuss their research and to forge new collaborations  is one of the key aims of the Society to achieve its vision to enrich the world with insect science.

The week ahead will see talks and posters delivered in-person and online from delegates from over 15 countries. The programme was put together by the Ento22 convenors from the University of Lincoln, Sheena Cotter, Paul Eady and Graziella Iossa, covering a diverse range of entomological research.

The programme is available here and registration to participate online is still open if you would like to join the conference. The session themes have been guided by the RES Grand Challenges project

We have three excellent plenary speakers kicking off each day. On Wednesday, Prof. Sylvain Pincebourde, Director of research, CNRS, France will be presenting “The role of microclimate at fine scales in driving exposure of ectotherms to climate change: integrating biophysics, physiology and ecology”. Thursday we will hear from Prof. Jessica Ware, Associate curator in invertebrate zoology, American Museum of Natural History, USA about “Diversity in entomology: creating space while studying insect evolution”. Our closing plenary speaker is Prof. Nalini Puniamoorthy from the Reproductive Evolution Lab at the National University of Singapore, who will present work on “Insect reproduction: Understanding evolutionary diversification and seeking sustainable solutions”.

Before the plenary talks on Thursday and Friday we have informal breakfasts focused on women in entomology and mentoring, respectively. During the week, there are over 50 talks being presented, including winners of the RES Journal Awards, Early Career Entomologist Award, Student Awards, and the J.O. Westwood Medal. There are also other opportunities for students to compete in the EntOlympics and for delegates to visit the Doddington Hall rewilding project.

With an exciting week of conference ahead, we look forward to fascinating presentations, convivial networking and celebrating entomological research in all its aspects.

Registration to participate online is still open until Friday 16 September.

Lincoln Cathedral

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