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School groups invited to explore insect science at world-first event

Posted 29 January 2016

With interactive workshops, educational talks and up-to-date careers advice, EntoSci16 will be inspiring, exciting and fun."

Dr George McGavin is patron of EntoSci16

Dr George McGavin is patron of EntoSci16

Teenagers from throughout the UK are being invited to be delegates at the world’s first entomology conference for schools. 

The event is being held at Harper Adams University, Shropshire and school groups are encourage to sign up for free. All of the delegates at EntoSci16, on April 13, will be school pupils in Key Stages 4 and 5, aged 14 to 18. 

Principal organiser, Sally-Ann Spence, of Minibeast Mayhem, said: “The Entomology Conference for Schools, EntoSci16, is not only the world’s first event of its kind, it's also a fantastic opportunity for pupils to meet some of the UK's top entomological scientists. 

“With interactive workshops, educational talks and up-to-date careers advice, EntoSci16 will be inspiring, exciting and fun.

“You will go away knowing more about entomology and other closely-related sciences, as well as gaining a greater understanding about studying beyond secondary school, and about future employment. 

“You might attend as a delegate on the day, but this event will put you on the path to becoming the scientist of tomorrow!"

The event’s organisers are delighted to have secured renowned explorer, entomologist and zoologist, Dr George McGavin as patron of EntoSci16. 

Dr McGavin studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. He has written numerous books on insects and other animals.

He is an accomplished broadcaster having made many programmes for the BBC including the phenomenally successful Lost Lands expedition series. George is also a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1) and recently presented the Radio 4 programme The Etymology of Entomology.

Places at EntoSci16 are FREE, with lunch and refreshments provided for pupils and their teachers (booking is essential).

Pupils will experience five exciting different 'zones' to learn all about the study of insects from the experts, including some big names in the field.

Zones include:

•Entomophagy with the Gastronaut: a session with TV’s Stefan Gates

•Bugs and Beetles: being an entomologist - with Maxwell Barclay, Dr Richard Comont, Darren Mann, Prof Helen Roy and Dr Andrew Salisbury

•Maggots and Murders: entomology in forensics - with Dr Amoret Whitaker and Dr Erica McAlister

•Discover Arthropods: live handling - with Dr Tim Cockerill and Graham and Janice Smith

•Careers and Soapbox Scientists: discover career paths within entomology


Sign up at  harper.ac.uk/entosci

Learn more about entomology at Harper Adams University. 

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