Endangered Species

Program Chair: Rory McDonnell and Véronique Martel

Insects are the most diverse and abundant group of animals on the planet and play critical roles in the functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  However, land use change, introduced species, climate change, pollution, and loss of habitat have resulted in significant declines in many parts of the world. In this session, we will examine some of the world’s endangered insect species, their ecology, threats to their existence, and measures being taken to help conserve them.

Virus Vector Interaction

Program Chair: Sophie Bouvaine

Insects (and other arthropods) have a huge impact on the health of humans and animals. The One Health approach highlights that the health of humans, animals and the environment are intertwined. Only by recognizing this animal-environment-human interface can we address complex health threats, such as newly emerging infectious diseases. Entomologists are conducting important research on the determinants of zoonotic and other diseases.

Climate Change and Its Impact on Biological Control

Program Chairs: Joan van Baaren

In the context of climate change, the aim of this topic is to present the effects of different aspects of climate changes (higher temperatures or CO2 levels, higher frequency of extreme events) on the control of insect pests in different ecological systems (forestry, arable crops, horticulture, vegetable crops) and in different types of interacting species (prey and predators, hosts and parasitoids, entomophtoralean fungi and pests….).