Eighth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science

7-10 July 2019 | Sitges, nr Barcelona, Spain

The Eighth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science will highlight the latest cutting-edge research on both basic and applied approaches in molecular insect science. Basic research will include such topics as insect development, evolution and neuroscience. Topics focusing on the effects of climate change and disease vectors will incorporate translation and applied research, as will sessions on symbiosis, ecology, insects and agriculture, and genetic manipulation.

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Poster Winners


Effects of the Rhodnius prolixus IMD pathway on bacteria and trypanosomes

N. Salcedo-Porras*1, P. L. Oliveira2, A. A. Guarneri3, C. Lowenberger1,  1Simon Fraser University, Canada, 2Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil


Exploring the developmental origin of butterfly eyespots and the evolution of novel traits

H. Connahs*1, M. Das Gupta2, A. Monteiro1 ,3, 1National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2University of Potsdam, Germany, 3Yale-NUS College, Singapore


Genetic variability and population dynamics of Drosophila suzukii in Germany

S. Petermann*, S. Otto, M. Schetelig, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Germany

The Eighth Symposium continues a tradition begun in 1989 with the creation of the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science. Since 2011 the Symposia have been hosted in partnership with Elsevier, a leading publisher of works that focus on the broad range of approaches to research on insect science, including impacts on human health, agriculture, and insects as indicators of climate change.

As in the past, the conference offers unique opportunities for young and mid-career scientists to contribute to oral sessions and poster presentations and provides a vibrant milieu for discussions and networking in a delightful and informal setting in Sitges, on the Catalan coast.

The Eighth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science will cover the following topics:

  • Development, growth, and endocrinology
  • Physiology, metabolism and immune responses
  • Neurobiology and behavior
  • Molecular phylogenetics and “total evidence” cladistics
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Symbiosis and molecular ecology
  • Pests of crops (including resistance)
  • Disease vectors (including resistance)
  • Genetic engineering & genome editing

Speakers include:

  • Chris Bass, University of Exeter, UK
  • Patrick Callearts, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Greg Edgecombe, London Natural History Museum, UK
  • Kacey Ernst, University of Arizona, USA
  • Henry Fadamiro, Auburn University, USA
  • Molly Hunter, University of Arizona, USA
  • Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Shirley Luckhart, University of Idaho, USA
  • Karen Meusemann, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College London, UK
  • Luciano Moreira, Fiocruz, Brazil
  • Dave O'Brochta, University of Maryland, USA
  • Johannes Overgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Christopher Potter, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  • Jeff Riffell, University of Washington, USA
  • Yoshinori Tomoyasu, Miami University, USA
  • Mirka Uhlirova, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Scott Waddell, University of Oxford, UK
  • Charles Wondji, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK


Supporting publications

Journal of Insect Physiology

Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology