National Science Meeting

Edge Hill University
Wed 29th – Friday 31st Aug 2018

Exploring the importance of lesser studied insects

Advancement in 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 understudied.

Plenary Speakers

Professor Stefan Scheu – Georg August University Göttingen

The Good – Belowground goodies: Ecology and evolution of soil microarthropods

Professor Lin Field – Rothamsted Research

The Bad – Aphids as vectors of crop diseases

Professor Richard Wall – Bristol University

The Bad – Ticks and tick-borne disease

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

Submissions on any topic are welcome including more popular areas of entomology! Further information on registration, and abstract submission can be found at

Meeting convenors: Dr Anne Oxbrough:; Dr Clare Strode: