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The 26th International Congress of Entomology was held in Helsinki, Finland from 17 July until 22 July 2022.

The Local Organizing Committee warmly thanks all participants and contributors for creating a fantastic, enjoyable, and successful congress!

President of the ICE2022Helsinki Local Organizing Committee, prof. Heikki Hokkanen, opening the event.



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The host city

Helsinki, the sustainable capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green urban areas. Helsinki marches to a wonderful and unique beat of its own with dynamic food, design, architecture – and sauna! – scenes. Helsinki and its Nordic culture are made by the locals.

For more information about the host city, please explore the Helsinki websites:

Examples of contents at the myhelsinki-website (click on link to view):

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, which has just been named the world’s best new public library, is also a great place to start and end your jog. Oodi is just across the park from the Finlandia Hall – most of these routes pass the Finlandia Hall. Afterwards, you can recover with a light snack and refreshments on Oodi’s amazing terrace. Here are five urban jogging routes of varying distances and styles that will take you from the front of the library to the shores of the Baltic Sea! Suggestions for the jogging routes:
• Around Töölönlahti bay, approx. 3 km
• Over the Linnunlaulu bridge to the Tokoinranta shoreline, approx. 5 km
• Through the lively district of Kallio, approx. 10 km
• By the water in Kaivopuisto, Katajanokka and the Market Square, approx. 15 km
• Along the coastline past the Sibelius Monument and President’s Official Residence, approx. 20 km

Further suggestions (see descriptions and other suggestions under myhelsinki):

Entomology in Finland


Finland has a long tradition in entomological research extending over 200 years. The Finnish insect fauna is remarkably well-

known due to research pursued by both university researchers as well as a large and active amateur community. The important aspect of the current high knowledge level of Finnish entomology is that it has been achieved by the active participation of both academics and amateurs, both groups being members of the entomological societies. Since decades they provide species occurrence information for mapping species distributions and participate actively in compiling species red-lists.

The first Finnish academic society, which promoted research in entomology was Societas pro Fauna et Flora Fennica, established already in year 1821. The first president was the well-known entomologist Carl Reinhold Sahlberg. The first purely entomologicalsociety, Societas Entomologica Helsingforsiensis, was established in 1919, and the society published the journal Notulae Entomologicae 1921- 1989. Another entomological society was established in 1935, the Finnish Entomological Society (Suomen Hyönteistieteellinen Seura)publishing the journal Annales Entomologici Fennici and the monographic series Acta Entomologica Fennica. Both entomological societies regularly continue with well attended meetings in Helsinki. Their programs include scientific presentations and short notes presented by the members or by invited speakers at each meeting. Additionally every year longer and shorter insect collecting excursions in Finland are arranged. The societies annually provide stipends and grants to cover travel or other research costs particularly for students. The entomological publishing activity was reformed in late 1980ies, and since 1990 both entomological journals were merged to form the current journal Entomologica Fennica.

Lepidoptera are the most popular insect group with amateurs, and the Lepidopterological Society of Finland was established in 1955. The Lepidopterological Society currently has the highest number of members (>1100), publishes the journal Baptria, and annually hosts a weekend meeting for members as well as other entomologists with presentations and workshops on faunistics and taxonomy of all insect groups. Several other entomological clubs have been established in other Finnish cities.

The University of Helsinki has a strong tradition in ecological and evolutionary research on insects, and currently hosts two national Centers of Excellence in this field. One of these centers was initiated and lead by the late professor

Ilkka Hanski, the founder of metapopulation research. His work is now continued and expanded by several of his former students,

such as professors Ovaskainen and Laine, and ERC-grantee Dr. Saastamoinen. Prof. Liselotte Sundström leads the Helsinki branch of the second Centre of Excellence, partnered with the University of Jyväskylä. The University of Helsinki also hosts the Finnish Natural History museum, with extensive collections of specimens, and vibrant research especially in taxonomy and systematics.

The University of Helsinki is, however, by no means the only university with vibrant entomologicalresearch in Finland. There is astrong tradition in evolutionary ecology with professor Johanna Mappes at the University of Jyväskylä as a world leader in the study of aposematism in insects, and professor Arja Kaitala at the University of Oulu – a world leader in sexual selection in butterflies, deer ked, and more recently glow worms. The Universities of Turku and Eastern Finland both host several research groups with focus on both basic and applied aspects of entomological research.

Additionally Finland hosts two major national research institutes (the Natural Resources Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute), both of with have intensive collaboration with the universities, and conduct research in applied entomology (agricultural, forest entomology). These institutes also hold long-term monitoring databases, which are extensively used at the universities both for basic and applied research.

Finnish entomologists collectively support the hosting of the International Congress of Entomology in 2020 in Helsinki, and offer their help for example in arranging pre- and post-congress tours to attractive entomological and nature locations in the country.

ICE Council, outdated, see

Certificates of Distinction 2020

The Council for Congresses of Entomology wishes to award Certificates of Distinction at each International Entomological Congress.  These awards are honorary only, and carry no monetary or material value.  Since the initiation of the Certificates of Distinction at the 1996 Congress in Florence, Italy, awardees have been E. O. Wilson (1996), M. Locke and G. Robinson (2000), J. Bitsch, J. Lawrence, S. S. Liu, S. Masaki, and J. Oliver (2004), A. Raina, L. Simmons and O. Yamashita (2008), J. A. Pickett, H. M. Robertson and J. van Lenteren (2012), M.R. Angharad, R. Cardé and M. Coetzee (2016).

In giving these awards the Council wishes to emphasize the central and continuing importance of entomology in both basic and applied studies, ranging from populations and organisms down to cellular and molecular levels. Entomology is historically, economically and socially salient to human endeavor. It continues to be of critical importance to agriculture, forestry, human and animal health, and environmental wellbeing in most countries in the world.  Insects have also proven to be excellent models for many fundamental studies in biology.  We hope, by awarding these Certificates, to inspire and connect all entomologists throughout the world.

The Certificates of Distinction are recognition by the International Congresses of Entomology and it’s Council of exemplary achievement in entomology.  They are also meant to foster future vigorous and creative study of insects by honoring:

  1. Cross-disciplinary studies such as systematics and biodiversity, the experimental study of ecosystems, animal behavior, evolution, or developmental biology;
  2. Practical aspects such as sustainable agriculture and food security, environmental quality and pollution, and new resources for medical and other applications;
  3. Achievements in developing countries that contribute to preserving unique and valuable ecosystems and environments, and in societies facing crucial environmental decisions that will affect the entire globe.

Selection Criteria  

 Contributions to fundamental knowledgeof central relevance to other disciplines of science, and of relevance to other groups of organisms.

  1. Contributions to industry or the community of an economic or social naturefrom applied entomology.
  2. Contributions to teaching, training, extension and popularizing entomology.  The development of novel teaching and training approaches or methodologies to increase access to information about insects and their roles.
  3. Contributions to the quality of life. Increasing our appreciation ofthe rich and diverse insect biota, leading to the conservation and management of our shrinking natural world.

In Helsinki, the Council is pleased to advise that there will be recognition of outstanding entomologists representative of the depth and breadth of entomological science. The nominations Committee and Council unanimously endorsed the following three candidates:

1. Dr. Mariana Federica Wolfner, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Dr. Wolfner is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding, at the molecular/gene level, the important reproductive processes that occur around the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg using Drosophila melanogaster as the model species. For more info:


Dr Mariana Wolfner

2. Dr. Nina Wedell, University of Exeter, U.K.

Dr. Wedell is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Director of Research. Her research is about various aspects of sexual selection and sexual conflict, in particular on the role of selfish genetic elements in reproductive biology using insects like Drosophila spp., Ephestia kuehniella and several lepidoptera as model species. For more info:

Dr Nina Wedell

3. Dr. Li LiYing, Retired, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou, China 

Prof. Li worked in biological control of agricultural pests, particularly in leading the research and application of Trichogramma in China for over 40 years from 1970s onwards. She is the pioneer in developing an artificial rearing system for mass production of Trichogramma. The system has been widely used in China and has played a significant role in enhancing biological control. She has been very involved in numerous international events, including promoting academic collaboration between China and other countries, organization of many international conferences and ICE Council.

Dr Li LiYing

Organizing Committee

ICE2020Helsinki Local Organizing Committee
President: Heikki Hokkanen
Scientific Coordinator: Monique Simmonds
Secretary General: Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen


Reima Leinonen: President, Lepidopterological Society of Finland
Ilpo Mannerkoski: President, Finnish Entomological Society
Gunilla Ståhls-Mäkelä: President, Entomological Society of Helsinki;
Finnish Museum of Natural History
Walter S. Leal: ICE2016 representative
Outi Kokkarinen: DataPrisma; PCO
Heini Etsola: City of Helsinki
Kaiju Pitkänen: Congress Manager, Messukeskus, overall arrangements
Ralf Lopian: IYPH collaborator, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Petri Ahlroth: Finnish Environment Institute, Biodiversity Centre
Jarmo Holopainen: University of Eastern Finland
Suvi Lahti: Helsinki Region Transport, HSL/HRT travel cards
Kristjan Niitepold: Finnish Science Center Heureka
Laura Pulli: Instagram walks, visual effects
Stephen Venn: Ecological city walks, Accompanying Persons’ Program, Music Program
Liisa Vihervuori: Academic Choral Society; Finnish Food Authority
Harri Kolu: Financial officer, auditing; TF Taloushallinto Oy
Teemu Korkiakangas: DevNet Oy, website manager
Andrew Griffiths: Griffiths Design; graphics designs


Hannele Heino
Saku Juvonen
Anna Ali-Mattila
Laura Pulli
Stephen Venn
Reima Leinonen
Hanne Rajanen
Oksana Skaldina
Dietrich Oehlandt
Reino Seppänen
Jaana Sorjonen
Jiri Vihavainen
Mikael Englund
Monika Matikainen
Niina Kiljunen
Marianna Teräväinen


Registration is closed.


List of Section Conveners:

Lastname Firstname Contact Section
Abdelsalam Salaheldin sabdelraouf [at] Physiology and Developmental Biology
Aizen Marco marcelo.aizen [at] Ecosystem Services
Alberoni Daniele daniele.alberoni [at] Domesticated Insects and Insect Rearing
Alves dos Santos Isabel isabelha [at] Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Barrozo Romina rbarrozo [at] Physiology and Developmental Biology
Battisti Andrea andrea.battisti [at] Forest and Urban Landscape Entomology
Boomsma Koos jjboomsma [at] Ecology and Evolution
Brockerhoff Eckehard Eckehard.Brockerhoff [at] Invasive species and Regulatory Entomology
Chen Xiaoyulong chenxiaoyulong [at] Ecosystem Services
Chittka Lars l.chittka [at] Ecology and Evolution
Convey Peter pcon [at] Arctic, Alpine and Polar Entomology
Daniels Jaret C. jcdnls [at] Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Ekesi Sunday sekesi [at] Domesticated Insects and Insect Rearing
Fathipour Yaghoub fathi [at] Food Chain Entomology
Fukatsu Takema t-fukatsu [at] Insect and Microbial Molecular Biology
Gao Yulin gaoyulin [at] Current Special and Forward-looking Topics
Gorb Stanislav sgorb [at] Morphology, Systematics, Genetics, and Genomics
Groot Astrid A.T.Groot [at] Morphology, Systematics, Genetics, and Genomics
Hajek Ann aeh4 [at] Biological Control and Insect Pathology
Hambäck Peter peter.hamback [at] Ecology and Evolution
Hansson Bill hansson [at] Physiology and Developmental Biology
Havill Nathan P. nphavill [at] Forest and Urban Landscape Entomology
Hokkanen Heikki ento2020helsinki [at] Overall scientific coordination
Holopainen Jarmo Jarmo.holopainen [at] Interactions and communication between trophic levels
Hopkins Richard r.j.hopkins [at] Interactions and communication between trophic levels
Ichinose Katsuya ichis [at] Food Chain Entomology
Jactel Herve herve.jactel [at] Invasive species and Regulatory Entomology
Jiang Hongbo jhb8342 [at] Insect and Microbial Molecular Biology
Kenis Marc m.kenis [at] Invasive species and Regulatory Entomology
Logan James james.logan [at] Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Monteiro Antonia antonia8monteiro [at] Morphology, Systematics, Genetics, and Genomics
Musolin Dmitry musolin [at] Forest and Urban Landscape Entomology
Palavesam Azhahianambi nambibio [at] Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Pearse Ian ipearse [at] Invasive species and Regulatory Entomology
Peper Ferninand peper [at] Current Special and Forward-looking Topics
Ranson Hilary Hilary.Ranson [at] Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Reddy Gadi gadi.reddy [at] Food Chain Entomology
Schellhorn Nancy nancy.schellhorn [at] Ecosystem Services
Sheppard Andy Andy.Sheppard [at] Biological Control and Insect Pathology
Simmonds Monique m.simmonds [at] Overall scientific coordination
Stevenson Phil p.c.stevenson [at] Ecosystem Services
Takabayashi Junji junji [at] Interactions and communication between trophic levels
Tammaru Toomas toomas.tammaru [at] Ecology and Evolution
Thomas-Poulsen Michael mpoulsen [at] Insect and Microbial Molecular Biology
Tscharntke Teja ttschar [at] Ecosystem Services
Tu Zhijian jaketu [at] Morphology, Systematics, Genetics, and Genomics
Wajnberg Eric eric.wajnberg [at] Biological Control and Insect Pathology
Vale Ruben ruben.vale.16 [at] Current Special and Forward-looking Topics
van Dam Nicole nicole.vandam [at] Interactions and communication between trophic levels
van Huis Arnold arnold.vanhuis [at] Domesticated Insects and Insect Rearing
Vernick Ken kenneth.vernick [at] Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Veronesi Eva eva.veronesi [at] Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Viiri Heli heli.viiri [at] Forest and Urban Landscape Entomology
Zalom Frank fgzalom [at] Food Chain Entomology
Zeng Xinnian zengxn [at] Interactions and communication between trophic levels

Scientific Symposia

General information for symposium organizers
The ICE2022Helsinki congress will run from 17 to 22 July, 2022, and will be arranged in sections representing major fields of entomological interest. Each section will include a number of symposia.

The ICE2022Helsinki congress intends to attract world-leaders as symposium organizers who will be able to identify cutting-edge topics and to assemble the best-available established researchers, and excellent younger researchers, to present their work. Each symposium will have at least two organizers, and one will be designated as being in charge of the symposium. The symposium organizers will decide which contributions are most suited as poster presentations or as talks. The organizers will function as moderators during the oral presentations.

Symposium presentations will be 15 minutes each (including time for questions), allowing for the possibility of one ‘double-presentation’/keynote talk of 30 minutes (i.e. 20 minutes for the talk and 10 minutes for questions/discussion). There will be eight presentations per symposium (or seven if a keynote talk is included).

Concerning financial arrangements, the policies used at ICE2016 in Orlando, Florida will be followed: each contributor will have to pay his/her own registration fees. Symposium organizers will be encouraged to raise funding from sponsors, foundations, and institutions for their symposia. The general ICE2022Helsinki congress organizational funding will not be used to support symposium organizers or the invited speakers. Formal acknowledgements of sponsorships (such as visibility at the venue or in the Congress website and publications, for example) by ICE2022Helsinki will be appropriate to the levels of sponsorship received.

Symposium organizers are encouraged to initiate and arrange for publication of the proceedings in suitable journals, in special issues of journals, and/or in books that highlight advances in the topics presented at the congress.

Plenary speakers


Plenary lecture: “From Me to We: Searching for the Genetic Roots
of Social Life with the Honey Bee

Gene E. Robinson obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1986 and joined the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He holds a University Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professorship, is director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and director of the Bee Research Facility, and is a former director of the campus Neuroscience Program. Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior, led the effort to sequence the honey bee genome, authored or co-authored over 300 publications, and has trained 30 postdoctoral associates and 23 doctoral students, over half with faculty positions in academia. He uses a mix of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, genomics and molecular biology to study the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior, primarily in the Western honey bee. Robinson served on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and has past and current appointments on scientific advisory boards for companies and foundations with significant interests in genomics. His honors include: Fellow and Founders Memorial Award, Entomological Society of America; Fellow and Distinguished Behaviorist, Animal Behavior Society; Distinguished Scientist Award, International Behavioral Genetics Society; Guggenheim Fellowship; Fulbright Fellowship; NIH Pioneer Award; Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew University; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Wolf Prize in Agriculture; member, US National Academy of Sciences; and member US National Academy of Medicine.


Plenary lecture: “Innovations in insect science for impact”

Dr. Segenet Kelemu is the Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) Nairobi, Kenya. She is the fourth Chief Executive Officer, and the first woman to lead icipe.  Dr. Kelemu is a molecular plant pathologist with extensive experience in molecular determinants of host-pathogen interactions; development of novel plant disease control strategies including transgenics, biopesticides; pathogen population genetics and dynamics; and endophytic microbes and their role in plant development. After more than 25 years in the United States of America and Latin America applying cutting-edge science that saw her garner numerous professional and state honours for an exceptional career as a scientist, Dr Kelemu returned from the diaspora in 2007 to contribute to Africa’s development. Dr. Kelemu is a 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate for Women in Science Awards and won various other awards and recognitions.  She is one of the top 100 most influential African women featured in the May 2014 Edition of Forbes Africa. Dr. Kelemu was also listed among the 10 most influential African women in agriculture by the Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. In January 2018, she was recognised by Bill Gates, as one of five ‘heroes in the field’ who are using their talents to fight poverty, hunger and disease, and providing opportunities for the next generation; and in April 2018, the Women Economic Forum awarded Dr. Kelemu their highest award “Woman of the Decade in Natural and Sustainable Ecosystems” for leadership. She has been featured in “the Mind of the Universe”, Time Magazine, the BBC, CNN’s African Voices, among others. She serves in various Boards, advisory panels in major global initiatives and has served in international juries of key science awards.


Plenary lecture: “Insect Decline in the Anthropocene: Death by A Thousand Cuts”

Dr. David L. Wagner is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology with research interests in the biosystematics of Lepidoptera, insect decline, and invertebrate conservation, but he has also published on bees, dragonflies, insect behavior, insect ecology, and insect taxonomy. He has authored 9 books and over 230 scientific papers. Much of his current focus is on the consequences of global insect declines, and especially the role of drought as a driver of faunal change across aridlands and the tropics. While his core research interests are in phylogenetics and taxonomy of Lepidoptera, he has several ecological papers that address matters of ecological specialization, latitudinal diversity gradients, and species packing. Wagner has also published on the importance of early successional habitats to plants, insects, and other wildlife in forested landscapes, as well as focused studies on imperiled species of butterflies, moths, and tiger beetles.


Plenary lecture: “Changing the paradigm for measuring the impact of insect control interventions

Wigglesworth Award winner 2020

Janet Hemingway is Professor of Vector Biology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is also a Senior Technical Advisor on Neglected Tropical Diseases for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and has 38 years’ experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance.

She has been PI on projects in excess of £60 million including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Innovative Vector Control Consortium. She holds a BSc in Genetics and Zoology from Sheffield University; a PhD on ‘The biochemistry and genetics of insecticide resistance in Anopheles’ from the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). She has published over 250 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Hemingway was appointed the Director of LSTM in 2001 and stepped down on 1st January 2019, having overseen a period of exceptional growth of the organisation. This included the awarding of Higher Educational Institution Status & Degree Awarding powers to LSTM. This new status will facilitate expansion of both the research and teaching activities going forward.

Professor Hemingway was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Control of Tropical Disease Vectors 2012.


Plenary lecture: “Unveiling Invasion mechanisms by studying multispecific interactions: integration of chemical and and microbial ecology

Dr. Jianghua Sun is a professor of entomology at Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Distinguished Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Principal Investigator for the Group of Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects at the State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects & Rodents. He received his PhD in 1991 at the Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

His current research interest mainly centers on invasion biology of pinewood nematode and red turpentine beetle via studying their multispecific interactions among host pines, beetles, and their associated fungi and bacteria, which are dominated by chemical signals that exert feedback amongst multiple trophic levels. This research emphasizes the context-specific nature of multiple-partner associations, and how these associations affect the ability of insects to counter pathogens, host defense, food and pheromone production, and content with plant defensive chemicals. The work employs both chemical ecology and molecular methods to explain the mechanisms of multi-partite interactions that drive successful invasions and mediate symbioses.

He has worked as chair or member of various academic and consultative committees and councils advising government agencies on invasive species management drawing on his knowledge and experience in invasive species and forest insects in general. He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed research papers.


Plenary lecture: “Sex, conflict and selfish genes”

Nina Wedell is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Exeter, and recently took up an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, and has ~30 years’ research experience in evolutionary ecology since her PhD in 1993 at Stockholm University. She is known for her ground breaking discoveries illuminating the role of genomic parasites in generating intragenomic conflict. She has unravelled the fundamental characteristic of selfish genes as agents of sexual selection and sexual conflict, and elucidated the consequences of this for hosts’ mating systems, the evolution of new traits, the creation of biological novelty, and the survival of populations. Her work is characterised by a combination of behavioural, evolutionary, genetic, and molecular biology approaches.

Wedell is the former Non-North American Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the former President of the International Society of Behavioral Ecology (ISBE), and the former President of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), and has provided service to The Royal Society as a member of the Rosalind Franklin Award Committee, the Hooke Committee, and the Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship Committee. Her contributions have been internationally recognised, by Crafoord Foundation Awards from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, and a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, the Royal Society of Biology, and was among the very first evolutionary biologists elected to the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 2014 for distinction in neurobiology and ecology and evolution.


Plenary lecture: “On wings and wavelengths, or why moths
fly into candle flames

Naomi E. Pierce specializes in the ecology and evolution of species interactions between insects and plants, particularly those involving ants and their many symbionts. Since 1991, she has been Hessel Professor of Biology and Curator of Lepidoptera at the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard. Her research has ranged from studies of caterpillars and ants, to genetic analyses of biochemical signaling pathways underlying interactions between plants, pathogens and insects. Her lab has used molecular phylogenies and genomic techniques to analyze the evolution of social behavior in bees and ants, pollination and phytophagy in insects, and sexual selection, signaling and perception in moths and butterflies. As part of her work in the museum, she has been involved in surveying insect biodiversity and natural history on the savannas of Australia, South America and East Africa and in the forests of Southeast Asia, and has participated in digitizing the MCZ Collections as part of the National Science Foundation’s SCAN initiative (TCN for Ants of the American Southwest), LepNet (moths of North America), BigBee (bee images and trait data) and LightningBug (hardware and software to speed up digitization efforts). The author of almost 200 papers and an edited book, Pierce served as a member of National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration, was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received honors such as a MacArthur Fellowship and the 2019 International Prize for Biology.



Andrea Battisti is a full professor since 2002 at the University of Padova, Italy, Department of Agronomy Food Natural Resources Animals and Environment (DAFNAE). His scientific research activity is demonstrated by more than 200 publications (Scopus papers on October 2019: 157, H index 33) in international and national journals, books, and proceedings and by the coordination and participation to several international and national projects.
Battisti’s scientific research activity regards the following topics:
1) Ecology of forest insects – Mechanisms of response of insects to climate, population genetics, host plant quality, population dynamics. Model species: processionary moths, spruce and web-spinning sawflies, cone and seed insects, bark beetles.
2) Biological and integrated control of forest pests – Assessment of damage thresholds and cost-benefit analyses of IPM in forestry.
3) Invasive species – Surveillance networks at ports of entry for invasive species of insect herbivores, with the development of automatic devices designed for quarantine species.
4) Insects harmful to humans – Mechanism of action and ecological significance of urticating hairs of arthropods.
5) Biodiversity and conservation of insect populations – Evaluation of ecosystem services provided by insects in natural and managed ecosystems.

Congress Theme

Insects are in many respects the backbone for Life on our Planet, being the major engineers of ecosystems and dominating organisms of the Animal Kingdom. “To a first approximation, every animal is an insect” (J. Kukalová-Peck). The biomass of insects ranges from over 2000 kg/ha in the tropics to around 1000 kg/ha in the temperate zone, while the biomass of human beings averages at only 7 kg/ha. The Theme for the ICE 2022 is “Entomology for our Planet”, in order to highlight the crucial role of insects in maintaining and shaping our lives, and overall, life on Earth. Specific emphasis includes topics such as:

Entomology for a hungry planet

Insects and mites are main competitors for humans for food, feed and fiber, requiring understanding of their properties for successful management. Progress in entomology is essential to coping with the ever-evolving race with insect pests. Insects and mites are also part of any solution to successful pest management, as more than half of all known insects are natural enemies of herbivorous insects. As the growing human population on our planet is seeking for alternative sources of animal protein to satisfy the world hunger, increasing attention is paid to the possibility to use insects as a major source of proteins for food as well as for feed.

Entomology for a diverse planet

Global biodiversity is the ecological base for sustainability of the world’s ecosystems and the ecosystem services they produce for humans, but also the resource base for and driver of bioeconomy and businesses arising from innovative uses of biomaterials, many of which originate from arthropods. Insects pay a key role in global biodiversity, as over ¾ of all known animal species are insects, and they outnumber known vascular plant species by 1-2 orders of magnitude. Furthermore, it is believed that the vast majority of all insect species have not been described yet (are unknown), and that most species will go extinct before they have been discovered.

Entomology for a healthy planet

There is a dramatic increase in vector-borne disease epidemics over the past decades, and nearly all of the most important vector-borne human diseases have exhibited dramatic changes in incidence and geographic range. These include dengue fever, malaria, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and most recently, zika. Overall, vector-borne infectious diseases cause a significant fraction of the global infectious disease burden, and nearly half of the world’s population is infected with at least one type of vector-borne pathogen. Vector-borne plant and animal diseases not only pose serious health hazards to humans and reduce the quality of life, but also reduce agricultural productivity and disrupt ecosystems throughout the world. At the same time, the world is facing an extreme shortage of entomologists and vector control experts, as many countries do not have any entomology programs at the undergraduate university level, and some countries have only a handful of expert entomologists.

Entomology for a changing planet

Global ecological challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and invasive species all have a strong entomological component, and are usually interlinked. Thus climate change profoundly affects species distributions and abundances, exacerbates biodiversity losses, and facilitates invasions of harmful species into new geographical areas. Such drivers further disrupt critical ecosystem services such as biological control, pollination, and decomposition, in all of which insects play the determining role. Even a country like Finland records well over 100 new insect species per year, among them a recent, established invader Anoplophora glabripennis (the Asian long-horned beetle), found in 2015. In turn, we appear to be losing specialist arctic species at an accelerating pace, including some bumble bee species such as Bombus arcticus.

Entomology with latitude

Helsinki will be the northernmost ever location for the ICE Congress (at 60°10′N, equivalent to Seward, Alaska, or Nanortalink, Greenland). Thanks to the warm Gulf-stream, however, Finland enjoys (usually) warm and nice summers, and the world’s northernmost agriculture (self-sufficiency in all key agricultural products). Also insect life is adapted to the white nights (i.e., practically no night in the summer), which the delegates to the ICE 2022 congress are welcome to experience and to explore. One specific topic area for the proposed ICE2022 in Helsinki will be arctic entomology, or ‘entomology at the northern edge’.


Please find the overview of the ICE2022Helsinki programme HERE.

The daily program includes about 14 parallel symposia. The detailed program including the day and time of the symposia is under preparation and will be announced by the end of May.  Please monitor the NEWS at our front page.


Accompanying Persons’ Programme

Programme for Accompanying Persons has been completed: please CLICK HERE to view!

View the detailed program for our HUB-Day, open to all registered Accompanying Persons: click HERE

Gala Dinner

Post-congress cruise

Mayor’s Reception

Welcome reception

Nature adventure tours in Finland

While in Finland, do not miss the opportunity to experience natural wonders in the largest remaining, unspoiled and unique wilderness areas in Europe.

We have collated some of the many opportunities for special trips, which you can enjoy before the congress, during the congress, and after the congress. Please click HERE and start planning!

Ecological City Walks

Main organizer and guide: Dr. Stephen Venn and his team, Urban Ecology Research Group, University of Helsinki.

Playing Golf

Special offer for ICE2022 participants and their family members at Hirsala Golf!


Hirsala Golf is located about 30 km from the Helsinki city center. The beautiful forest course is carved to fit the naturally beautiful landscape and is proudly taken care of in an environmentally friendly way. Hirsala is the only golf course in Finland to receive the Finnish Golf Union’s Environment Award multiple times, in 2010, 2019 and in 2021. As the first golf course in Finland, Hirsala Golf received the international GEO certification of sustainable golf course maintenance in 2010 and has featured on Mother Nature Network’s list of five greenest golf courses in the world.

We have negotiated a special offer to ICE2022Helsinki attendees to play golf at Hirsala Golf:

  • Green fee (18-hole round) 59 € (normally 78 €)
  • One full week right to play unlimited golf: 149 €

These offers apply to registered ICE2022 participants and their family members

If you are interested in playing golf, you can book your tee times directly at Hirsala golf course, or if you prefer assistance, please contact:

Mikael Englund

+358 40 7514952

who is prepared to assist you in golf-related practical issues.


Hirsala Golf is collaborating with Finnish entomologists to support rare and declining insects including pollinators, by providing suitable habitats at the edges of the golf areas. See photo below!

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