ENTO’18 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

ENTO’18 hosted at Faculty of Health and Social Care (FOHSC Building)

Wednesday 29th – Friday 31st August 2018
9am – 4pm

ENTO '18 logoAdvancement in the field of entomology is frequently driven by a variety of factors beyond scientific exploration and interest, from ease of sampling and identification or the favouring of more ‘charismatic microfauna’ to difficulties in obtaining resources required for specialised field or laboratory techniques or funding bias.

This conference seeks to address this by providing a platform for areas of entomology that are often overlooked or understudied and discussing what can be learned from these groups.


A monochrome macro photo of an insect.

The meeting will include three plenary speakers each with a corresponding session on the conference theme.

The remaining sessions will be linked to the areas of interest highlighted by the Society’s journals, with the aim that at least one presentation in each will feature a lesser studied element of entomology. Oral and poster presentations on any topic of entomology are welcome, including on more popular areas of entomology!

Open sessions will be scheduled as required.

Plenary Sessions

Three plenary sessions, each with an associated themed session, will explore three important and varied areas in entomology, which we have termed the good, the bad and the ugly:

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Professor Stefan Scheu – Georg August University Göttingen
The Good – Belowground goodies: Ecology and evolution of soil microarthropods

Professor Richard Wall – Bristol University
The Bad – Ticks and tick-borne disease

Professor Lin Field – Rothamsted Research
The Bad – Aphids as vectors of crop diseases

Dr Jason Dombroskie – Cornell University Insect collection
The Ugly – Yes that’s nice…but look at this! Challenges of generating interest in and relevance to the non-charismatic microfauna

Proposed Sessions

  • Agriculture and Forest Entomology
  • Ecological Entomology
  • Insect Conservation and Diversity
  • Insect Molecular Biology
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
  • Physiological Entomology
  • Systematic Entomology
  • Outreach and Citizen Science
  • Open Sessions (topics not included above)

Further information, registration, abstract and accommodation booking forms are available from www.royensoc.co.uk.

All those contributing papers or posters are required to register for the meeting.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations and posters. Oral presentations will be allocated a 15 minute slot, with 12 minutes for the presentation, followed by 3 minutes for questions. Powerpoint presentations are encouraged. A poster session will also take place. Posters should be A1 size portrait.

Meeting Convenors

Travel and Venue

Ento ’18 will be based in the Faculty of Health building on campus, there will be free parking for all guests available on the campus for the duration of the conference.

Information on travelling to Edge Hill University.

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