Australian Entomological Society  47th AGM and Scientific Conference

and Entomological Society of New Zealand  – 2016 Conference


Theme: “Understanding and managing insects for our mutual benefits.”


Welcome/ Invitation

The Organising Committee is delighted  to invite you to attend the combined Australian Entomological Society and Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference to be held at Rydges on Swanston Street in Melbourne from Sunday 27th to Wednesday 30th November, 2016.

While you are visiting, we hope that you will have a chance to enjoy some of Melbourne’s  well known attractions. Melbourne is renown for its love of the arts, sports and food.  Rydges on Swanston is situated on the fringe of the city, opposite leafy Lincoln Square and within walking distance  to the famous Lygon Street restaurants and cafes, Melbourne University and close to Queen Victoria Markets and the CBD. Other landmarks in the vicinity include Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Gaol, National Gallery of Victoria, Victorian Arts Centre, Southbank, Crown Casino, the MCG, Ethiad stadium and more.

Our exciting scientific program will explore themes of insect and human interactions and understanding and managing  the environment and landscapes for our future co-existence and mutual benefits.  Symposia themes are to be announced but will cover aspects of insects and human health, agriculture, conservation, insect-plant interactions, biosecurity, biodiversity, systematics, evolution and biogeography.

The conference logo is of the clerid beetle, Lemidia frenchi  Lea (Cleridae) which was named after the first State Government appointed Entomologist of Victoria, Charles French (1842 – 1933) and the beetle is only known to occur in Victoria.  

We look forward to welcoming you in Melbourne in November 2016.  

Linda Semeraro

Conference Chair (on behalf of the Organising Committee).


Conference Committee

Linda Semeraro Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)

Alan Yen, DEDJTR

Mali Malipatil, DEDJTR
David Williams, DEDJTR
Piotr Trebicki, DEDJTR
Martin Steinbauer, La Trobe University
Tim New, La Trobe University
Ary Hoffmann, University of Melbourne
Ken Walker, Melbourne Museum
Cor Vink, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
Leilani Walker, University of Auckland


General Program

Welcome Reception and Registration  27th Nov

Three days of seminars and presentations 28th – 30th Nov

Conference Dinner 29th Nov

Possible field days and Tour of AgriBio/ Melbourne Museum 1st Dec


Theme Titles

  1. “Managing landscapes for co-existence of Insects and Humans.” (David Williams expansion of Martin Steinbauer’s idea)
    (or “Managing future landscapes and ecosystems for co-existence of Insects and Humans.”)
  1. “Understanding and managing insects for our mutual benefits.” (Tim New)
  2. “The symbiosis of Insects and Humans: developing future systems for our mutual benefits”.

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