Eighth International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science


The programme is currently being compiled and will include plenary talks by invited speakers supplemented by contributed oral and poster presentations.

The deadline for submission of abstracts for talks has passed but abstracts will be considered for posters until 29 March 2019

Invited lectures

Speakers biographies are detailed on the speaker page.


Patrick Callaerts, KU Leuven, Belgium
Presentation: Nature's lessons: what insects are telling us about brains, physiology and behaviour


1. Development, growth, and endocrinology

  • Yoshinori Tomoyasu, Miami University, USA
    Presentation: Exploring the origin of insect wings from an evo-devo perspective
  • Mirka Uhlirova, University of Cologne, Germany
    Presentation to be announced

2. Physiology, metabolism and immune responses

  • Shirley Luckhart, University of Idaho, USA
    Presentation: Networked life history traits, metabolism, and anti-Plasmodium resistance in the major malaria vector Anopheles stephensi
  • Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College London, UK
    Presentation: Sex differences in organ plasticity

3. Neurobiology and behavior

  • Jeff Riffell, University of Washington, USA
    Presentation to be announced
  • Scott Waddell, University of Oxford, UK
    Presentation to be announced

4. Molecular phylogenetics and "total evidence" cladistics

  • Greg Edgecombe, London Natural History Museum, UK
    Presentation: Arthropod phylogeny: integrating morphology and fossils with molecules
  • Karen Meusemann, University of Freiburg, Germany
    Presentation to be announced

5. Adaptation to climate change

  • Johannes Overgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Presentation to be announced
  • Krijn Paaijmans, Arizona State University, USA
    Presentation to be announced

6. Symbiosis and molecular ecology

  • Molly Hunter, University of Arizona, USA
    Presentation: Comparative biology of the reproductive manipulator symbiont Cardinium
  • Greg Hurst, University of Liverpool, UK
    Presentation to be announced

7. Pests of crops (including resistance)

  • Chris Bass, University of Exeter, UK
    The molecular innovations underlying resistance to natural and synthetic xenobiotics in the aphid Myzus persicae
  • Henry Fadamiro, Auburn University, USA
    Presentation to be announced

8. Disease vectors (including resistance)

  • Luciano Moreira, Fiocruz, Brazil
    Presentation: Tri-partite interactions between symbiont, pathogens and their mosquito vectors
  • Charles Wondji, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
    Presentation: A single cytochrome P450 allele conferring pyrethroid resistance in the major malaria vector Anopheles funestus is reducing the efficacy of bed nets in Africa.

9. Genetic engineering & genome editing

  • Dave O'Brochta, University of Maryland, USA
    Presentation: Gene drive technologies: Pathways for gene drive mosquito products
  • Christopher Potter, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
    Presentation: Using genomic HACKing to manipulate insect genomes