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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time.

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet.

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Professor Walter Leal

Prof Walter Leal
Honorary Fellow
Date of fellowship 2015

Professor Walter Leal is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California Davies. His research has significantly unravelled the molecular mechanisms that make the insect’s olfactory system so sensitive and selective. In collaborations with structural biologists, including UC Davis colleagues, Prof Leal studies the molecular mechanisms of odorant binding, release, and transport, including novel, pH-dependent conformational changes in moths and mosquitoes. He was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2012 and in that same year he was awarded a Selected-Silver Medal from the International Society of Chemical Ecology.

In 2016, Prof Leal was one of the chief convenors of the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando Florida, the largest gathering of entomologists in history.

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