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    Virtual Conference 2022


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    What is ENTOSCI?

    ENTOSCI is a conference for schools and colleges all about entomology, the science of insects.

    Insects are actually rather fascinating and so important to us.  With a heavy focus on science (biology) this conference is ideal for STEM based learning, outside of anything that can be taught in school.  The event guest speaker and workshop leader is TV ‘gastronaut’ Stefan Gates, alongside other huge names in the industry.


    Experience exciting virtual 'zones', learning all about entomology from the experts.


    Learn about insect handling, evolution, ecology and forensic entomology.


    We hope to inspire future entomologists, who could very well save the world! Learn about further and higher education options within the entomology world, and the career paths available.

    ENTOSCI is a collaboration between the Royal Entomological Society (RES) and Harper Adams University, started in 2016.

    Welcome from Adam Hart

    Adam Hart

    Adam Hart is Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire. He teaches and carries out research in behaviour, ecology and evolution. Adam is also a science presenter on television and radio and has cofounded several Citizen Science surveys.

    Did you know?

    Dragonflies have been on earth for 300 million years!


    Welcome from Helen Roy

    RES logo

    Download our Garden Entomology booklet.

    Find out about entomology courses, careers and current job opportunities.

    Sign up for our student membership for over 18 year olds, first year is free.

    Welcome from the Harper Adams Entomology team

    Ten Reasons to Love Wasps

    with Seirian Sumner

    Seirian Sumner

    Seirian Sumner is Professor in Behavioural Ecology at University College London. She looks at the evolution of social behaviour in insects and cofounded the Big Wasp Survey. Seirian is an advocate for female scientists and cofounded Soapbox Science.

    From Jungles to Genomes: the evolution of butterfly wing patterns

    with Kanchon Dasmahapatra

    Kanchon Dasmahapatra

    Kanchon Dasmahapatra is Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the University of York. He is an evolutionary biologist and researches the genetic and ecological causes of speciation. In particular Kanchon has studied gene flow within Heliconius butterfly species in the Tropics.

    Can Eating Insects Save the World?

    with Stefan Gates

    Stefan Gates

    Stefan Gates is a broadcaster and writer and has presented and written programmes on science and food with the BBC and Channel 5. Stefan is also a presenter at live events such as the Big Bang Science Fair and Cheltenham Science Festival.

    How to Study Insects and Travel the World

    with Dr Heather Campbell

    Heather Campbell

    Heather is a lecturer in entomology at Harper Adams University. Her research interests include insect biodiversity, conservation and community ecology, particularly focusing on social insects. She works on a range of topics including community-level responses to forest disturbance, diversity patterns along elevational gradients, the use of citizen science to map species diversity and distributions, and insect-plant interactions. She is particularly interested in arid ecosystems and has worked in desert, savannah and dry forests in southern Africa.

    Twitter: @ScienceHeather

    Did you know?

    Fruit flies were the first living creatures to be sent into space.


    Forensic Entomology

    with Amoret Whitaker and Luca Manelli

    Amoret Whitaker


    Luca Manelli

    Amoret Whitaker is Senior Lecturer in Forensic Studies at the University of Winchester. She is a forensic entomologist and researches the development of forensically important insects under different environmental conditions. Amoret also carries out casework with police forces in the UK.

    Luca Manelli is a PhD Researcher at the University of Winchester.

    Part 2: Summary

    Watch this once you've completed the worksheet.


    Did you know?

    A bee’s wings beat 190 times a second, that’s 11,400 times a minute.



    with Janice and Graham

    Janice and Graham talk about their career journey as entomological consultants, introduce to their many insects and other arthropods, and talk about their experience filming and travelling.

    Janice and Graham

    Qualified entomologists with both of us holding fellowships from the Royal entomological society. Our work involves managing an insect house, project consultations,  including spending time in the field looking for and studying  species in their natural habitat. We achieve this as both Janice and I are researchers, wranglers and consultants but also giving us the opportunity to work together on projects when the chances arrive.

    With over 30 years experience we now specialise in enthusing the next generation through TV, film and wildlife documentaries, and have successfully served a range of clients including, BBC, ITV, SKY, Apple TV, NAT GEO, Discovery channel, Disney, NETFLIX, and many more.




    Thank you

    for joining us for our first virtual EntoSci event - we hope you enjoyed it and are inspired to learn more about the world of insects!

    If you haven't already done so, you can view our Exhibitor stands and Early Career Entomologists profiles.

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