Thematic Sessions

  • Morphology and Systematics

    This session covers the oldest interconnection between modern fields of Entomology, i.e., Systematics and Morphology. The study of insect systematics and morphology has changed over time, embracing new technologies and state-of-the-art analytical approaches, without neglecting traditional methods. Today -in the era of biodiversity-, insect systematics are more popular than ever. An alloy of molecular and morphological tools is being used to tackle stimulating questions regarding insect phylogeny, ecology, physiology, management and many other disciplines, always under the light of evolution.

    Session Organizers
    Mark de Meyer, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
    Lars Krogman, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, Entomology, Germany
    Alexey Solodovnikov, Natural History Museum of Denmark
    Apostolos Trichas, Natural History Museum of Crete, Greece (Session Head)

  • Genetics and Evolutionary Biology

    The Genetics and Evolutionary Biology session accepts oral presentations and posters on the general fields of arthropod genetics, genomics and evolutionary biology with the aim of highlighting current and significant research developments. The session will be divided into three broad sub-sessions entitled Evolutionary Genomics, Evolutionary Ecology and Evolution and Development of Functional Traits. Both fundamental research and applied topics will be considered.

    Session Organizers
    Leo W. Beukeboom, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    Sara Magalhães, University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Kostas   Mathiopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece
    Philippos Papathanos, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Session Head)
    Efthimios Skoulakis, Biomedical Sciences Research Centre “Alexander Fleming”, Greece

  • Physiology and Biochemistry

    Physiology and Biochemistry Session covers the fundamental and applied research on insect physiological systems and the background biochemistry. The session will focus on the new insights into the structure and operation of physiological systems in response to biotic and abiotic factors; as well as biochemical pathways. Research topics integrated with molecular approaches will be also highlighted. Potential of insect physiological systems as target sites in pest control will be also considered. Both oral and poster presentations are welcomed.

    Session Organizers
    Claudio Lazzari, UFR de Sciences et Techniques, France (Session Head)
    Marylène Poirié, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
    Umut Toprak, Ankara University, Turkey (Session Head)

  • Ecology and Behavior

    Ecology and behavior session covers all the new achievements related on the interactions between insects and environment, adaptation, chemical communication and evolutionary approach. The session will be divided into three broad sub-sessions entitled: Sensory biology, Evolutionary ecology and behavior and Chemical communication/engineering. Both fundamental research and applied topics will be considered.

    Thematic Session Organizers
    Stefanos Andreadis, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece
    Kostas   Iatrou, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Greece
    Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France
    Maria Konstantopoulou, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Greece (Session Head)

  • Multitrophic Interactions

    We welcome high-quality contributions from the field of basic and applied ecology of insects. This session will highlight speakers, at various career stages, with diverse approaches to stimulate discussion about paths to push the discipline forward. We seek to cover a wide range of topics, including the genetic, molecular and chemical mechanisms underlying multitrophic interactions, evolution of multispecies interactions, role of microbes in mediating these interactions and applications to pest management, biodiversity conservation and climate change.

    Keynote speakers
    Sergio Rasmann, Switzerland
    Martin Kaltenpoth, Germany
    Shuqing Xu, Germany

    Invited speakers
    Maria Pozo, Spain
    Sylvain Pincebourde, France

    Session Organizers
    Anne-Marie Cortesero, University of Rennes/INRAE, France
    David Giron, CNRS/University of Tours, France (Session Head)
    Maria L. Pappas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

  • Insect Biotechnology

    To achieve successful insect pest management that meets the increasing expectations on safety and specificity aspects, biotechnological approaches represent an essential tool. The session “Insect Biotechnology” will be organized in three sub-sessions that highlight progress in the following key areas:

    1. Improved methods for RNAi-mediated pest control
      Organizer: Gianluca Tettamanti, University of Insubria, Italy
      Keynote: Olivier Christiaens, Syngenta Ghent Innovation Center, Belgium
    1. Genome editing of insect pests and vectors of disease to understand physiological processes and resistance mechanisms
      Organizer: Vassilis Douris, University of Ioannina, Greece
      Keynote: George K. Christophides, Imperial College London, UK
    1. Discovery and engineering of viruses and micro-organisms for improved pest control
      Organizer: Luc Swevers, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, Greece
      Keynote: Murad Ghanim, Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, Israel

    Session Organizers
    Vassilis  Douris, University of Ioannina, Greece
    Luc Swevers, National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, Greece (Session Head)
    Gianluca Tettamanti, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

  • Symbiosis and Insect Pathology

    The Symbiosis and Insect Pathology session covers all aspects of insect – microbiome microbiota interactions, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa, expanding from mutualism to parasitism and from obligatory to facultative symbiosis. The different forms of the art of ‘living together’ are presented and discussed in this session. Both fundamental research and applied topics are considered, including the use of microbes in environment-friendly control methods of insect agricultural pest and insect disease vectors.

    Session Organizers
    Antonios Augoustinos, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece (Session Head)
    Laurence Mouton, University of Lyon, France
    Anastasia Tsagkarakou, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece
    Vera Ros, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

  • Urban and Forest Entomology

    In the years to come, urban environments and forest ecosystems are expected to be heavily affected both by native and invasive insect species. International trade and globalization facilitate the movement of insects beyond their natural range while changes in climatic and environmental regime not only allow the establishment of invasive species but even trigger population outbreaks of native ones. This session aims at presenting the latest advances in forest and urban entomology, highlighting the challenges in this changing environment.

    1. Urban and Forest Entomology – Insects in urban landscapes – pests, friends and allies
      Keynote: Dr. Marc Kenis, Head Risk Analysis and Invasion Ecology, CABI, Switzerland
    1. Urban and Forest Entomology – Forest insects in a changing environment – challenges and new approaches
      Keynote: Prof. Ferenc Lakatos, University of Sopron, Faculty of Forestry, Institute of Forest and Natural Resource Management, Hungary
    1. Urban and Forest Entomology – Ecology and evolution of bark beetles
      Keynote: Prof. Dr. Massimo Faccoli, Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment, University of Padua, Italy

    Session Organizers
    Dimitrios Avtzis, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece (Session Head)
    Dimitris Papachristos, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Greece
    Alain Roques, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France

  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology


    1. Paradigms of “One Health” approach in combating vector borne diseases (VBDs)
      Organizer: Smaro Sotiraki
      This sub-session is dedicated `to the effect of climate variability, socioecological dynamics on the human, animal, and environmental interface and the risk of VBD transmission.
      Keynote: Dr. Gioia Bongiorno, Instituto Superiore di Sanita, Department of infectious diseases, DMI Unit of Vector-borne diseases, Italy
    1. Next generation vector surveillance: Emerging technologies and the role of society
      Organizers: Alexandra Chaskopoulou, Mary Cameron
      This sub-session will be dedicated to new tools and approaches for the surveillance of vectors and vector-borne pathogens, including but not limited to citizen-based strategies.
      Keynote: Dr. Lee Cohnstaedt, The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), US
    1. Innovative vector control strategies: Adapting to the future
      Organizers: Antonios Michaelakis, Alessandra della Torre
      This sub-session will focus on results from the implementation of innovative mosquito control methods.
      Keynote: Dr. Jeremy Bouyer UMR ASTRE Cirad, France
    1. Changing patterns on VBDs transmission risk
      Organizer: Elina Patsoula
      In this sub-session, we aim to shed light on possible future trends related to changing patterns on VBDs transmission, in view of the increasing probability of global climate change.
      Keynote: Dr. Marieta Braks , National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands (RIVM)

    Session Organizers
    Mary Cameron, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
    Alexandra Chaskopoulou, European Biological Control Laboratory of USDA-ARS, Greece
    Alessandra Della Torre, University of Rome, Italy
    Antonis  Michaelakis, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Greece
    Eleni Patsoula, University of West Attica, Greece
    Smaro Sotiraki, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece (Session Head)

  • Invasion Biology and Climate Change

    Facilitated by climate change and human activities, invasive species threaten agricultural productivity, increase the risk of vector-borne diseases and act as agents of biodiversity loss. The session shares the newest research achievents on the insect invasion biology, highlighting the impact of climate change on species range distribution, population dynamics and epidemic configurations. The session focuses on three groups of organisms with emphasis on the European context: invasive fruit flies, the invasion of Popillia japonica, and the threat of invasive mosquitoes.

    Session Organizers
    Nikos Kouloussis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Nikolaos Papadopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece (Session Head)
    Anna M. Szyniszewska, CABI, United Kingdom

  • Biodiversity and Conservation

    The Biodiversity and Conservation session accepts papers from the general field of insect, mite and other arthropod conservation and diversity to highlight any current and significant research developments. Τopics are focused but not limited to biogeography, environmental factors and climate change, emerging threats and challenges to arthropod diversity, conservation genetics, arthropod ecological services, strategies to halt biodiversity loss, conservation of pollinators, natural enemies interactions, and ecological indicators.

    Session Organizers
    Panagiotis A. Eliopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece (Session Head)
    Filitsa Karamaouna, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Greece
    Denis Michez, University of Mons, Laboratory of Zoology, Belgium
    Lene Sigsgaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Menelaos Stavrinides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

  • Social Insects and Apidology

    ‘Social’ insects live in colonies and they are characterised by group integration, division of labour and overlapping generations. Under ‘Apidology’ in this congress we include the scientific studies for all bees, social and non-social.

    1. Sociality in insects
      All issues related to insect sociality (e.g. nest-building, prey capture, recruitment for food)
      Keynote: Dr. Deborah Smith, University of Kansas, U.S.
    1. Wild bee ecology and biogeography
      Processes determining patterns in nature at different spatial and temporal scales
      Keynote: Dr. Denis Michez, Department of Zoology, Université de Mons, Belgium
    1. Bees and pollination
      Pollination by wild and managed bees wildlife conservation, crop quality and quantity, food security, and global economy
      Keynote: Dr. Fabrice Requier, UMR-EGCE Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, IRD, France
    1. Bee threats in a changing environment
      Land use change, agrochemicals, intensive agriculture, pests and pathogens, extinction or loss of food resources, bad nutrition, global warming
      Keynote 1: Dr Jordi Bosch, CREAF. Campus UAB, Portugal
      Keynote 2: Prof. Dirk De Graaf, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, Guent University, Belgium

    Session Organizers
    Maria Bouga, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
    Dirk de Graaf, University of Gent, Belgium
    Fani Hatjina, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Greece
    Theodora Petanidou, University of the Aegean, Greece

  • Toxicology and Pesticide Resistance

    Modern pest control largely depends on the application of insecticides and acaricides, but often hampered by the evolution of resistance. However, if resistance evolves, the understanding of molecular and genetic mechanisms is important to implement resistance management strategies. Likewise, the elucidation of mechanisms underlying metabolic and target-site resistance are crucial to overcome cross-resistance issues with novel mode of action. The field has recently gained momentum by several genomic and genetic tools allowing to dissect molecular interactions between agrochemicals and interacting proteins.

    Keynotes Speakers
    Daniel Swale, University of Florida, USA
    Linda Grigoraki, IMBB, Greece
    Chris Bass, University of Exeter, UK
    Ralf Nauen, Bayer AG, Germany

    Session Organizers
    John Margaritopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece
    Ralf Nauen, Bayer AG, Monheim, Germany (Session Head)
    Emmanouil Roditakis, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece
    Thomas Van Leeuwen, University of Ghent, Belgium (Session Head)
    Ioannis Vontas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

  • Biological Control and Biopesticides

    In the framework of EU Green Deal and current needs in insects and mites pest management, use of biological control agents and biopesticides is becoming increasingly important. Furthermore, for introduced pests in new regions classical biological control programmes are emphasized for long run sustainable solutions. We encourage presentations on successful paradigms and solutions, and future aspects for new developments in greenhouse biocontrol, biological control of orchard pests and the use of entomopathogens as biopesticides. Sub sessions and Keynote speakers:

    1. New developments in greenhouse biocontrol.
      Keynote: Dr. Gerben Messelink, Wageningen University & Research Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture, The Netherlands
    1. Biological control of orchard and vineyard pests.
      Keynote: Associate Professor Alejandro, Tena Institut Valencià d’Investigacions Agràries (IVIA), Spain
    1. Entomopathogens as biopesticides.
      Keynote: Associate Professor, Nicolai Meyling, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Session Organizers
    George  Broufas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
    Apostolos Kapranas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
    Gerben Messelink, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
    Panagiotis G. Milonas, Scientific Directorate of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Greece (Session Head)

  • Integrated Pest Management

    In the context of global trends and challenges of modern agriculture and in the European Union legislative framework, it is necessary to review the Integrated Pest Management protocols thoroughly. Session Integrated Pest Management is framed to present innovative solutions for pest management. Contributions will focus on behavioral control methods; plant defense mechanisms and applications; biotechnology tools; the sustainable use of pesticides; agroecology applications and the use of functional biodiversity; all different control tools alternative to chemical methods and innovative technological tools for IPM. Sub sessions and Keynote speakers:

    1. Pest bio-ecology, monitoring and control.
      Keynote: TBA
    1. Plant defenses, elicitors and antagonists.
      Keynote: Dr. Maria Pappas, Associate Professor in Entomology and Acarology, Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
    1. Novel technological tools in IPM.
      Keynote: Christopher John Topping, Department of Ecoscience, University of Aarhus, Denmark

    Session Organizers
    Dionysis Perdikis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
    Alberto Urbaneja, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias, IVIA, Spain (Session Head)
    Lucia Zappalà, University of Catania, Italy

  • Stored Product Protection

    Stored product protection is a key element in safeguarding global food security. Post-harvest infestations by storage pests can cause serious quantitative losses and qualitative degradations. The term “stored products”, apart from durable food, also includes a wide range of non-food items, that vary from tobacco to museum artefacts. At the same time, many of these pests are also presented in the urban and the sub-urban environment, while, recently, certain stored product insect species have been approved for food and feed.

    Keynote Speakers
    James Campbell, USDA-ARS, USA
    Rudolf Plarre, BAM, Germany
    Laura Gasco, University of Torino, Italy

    Session Organizers
    Christos Athanassiou, University of Thessaly, Greece (Session Head)
    Laura Gasco, University of Torin, Italy
    Nickolas G. Kavallieratos , Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

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