Insect experts are set to swarm upon Edge Hill University next August for the annual meeting of the Royal Entomological Society, Ento’18.

This prestigious international conference will bring together academics and others working in the entomology field for three days of fascinating talks and workshops.

Themed ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,’ the meeting will focus on lesser-studied insects and research areas.

Edge Hill biologists Dr Anne Oxbrough, whose research concerns forest insects, and Dr Clare Strode, an expert in mosquitoes, will be among those speaking at the conference.

Dr Anne Oxbrough said: “It will be fantastic to focus on important but often overlooked areas of entomology at Ento’18 on the Edge Hill campus. We’ll be looking at ‘good’ insects that are important to ecosystems, the ‘bad’ such as pests, mites and those that spread disease, and the downright unusual!”    

Those attending the conference will also have the chance to test out cutting edge technology – such as Edge Hill’s Scanning Electron Microscope – on their own insects in five workshops reflecting the specialist interests of researchers at Edge Hill University and the Royal Entomological Society.

Plenary speakers will include Professor Stefan Scheu (Georg August University Göttingen), Professor Richard Wall (Bristol University), Professor Lin Field (Rothamsted Research) and Dr Jason Dombroskie (Cornell University Insect collection).