12 August 2011

Strewth! Australasian insect conference at Lincoln


The third combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies conference will be held at Lincoln University from 28th August to 1st September. The theme of the conference is "The Status of Australasian Entomology: Where the bloody hell are we?". Currently, about 200 lovers of all things insecty (and honorary insects like spiders) are set to swarm on Lincoln. Participants will hear from keynote speakers Peter Cranston (What can insects, especially Chironomidae, tell us about austral ecological and biogeographical history?), Georgina Langdale (The economics of nature- findings from the TEEB study), Mark Burgman (Making the most of intelligence information and expert judgements for biosecurity), and Andy Suarez (The biogeography of ant invasions and its implications for biosecurity). Plenary speakers feature Steve Goldson, Steven Chown and Robert Hoare.


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There are several themed sessions including:
Australia: Mothership or sistership th the New Zealand invertebrate fauna
Strategic trans-Tasman collaborations enhance arable and vegetable IPM in Australia and New Zealand
Biological control of athropods
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Communication in a digital age
Climate change and insects
Community ecology
Conference organiser John Marris (Lincoln University Research Museum) promises an informative and fun time with lashings of 3 Boys beer and Wither Hills wine!


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