Conference: U of St Andrews. Thirty Years of Thornhill & Alcock.

Conference: U of St Andrews. Thirty Years of Thornhill & Alcock.

17 October, 2012

Royal Entomological Society: Ento ’13 International Symposium and Annual National Science Meeting
4th-6th September 2013, University of St Andrews, Scotland
“Thirty years of Thornhill & Alcock: The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems”
Symposium Convenors: David Shuker ( and Leigh Simmons (
National Science Meeting Convenor: Graham Stone (
The International Symposium:
The International Symposium will celebrate 30 years of Thornhill and Alcock’s ground-breaking book The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems. The book has had an enormous impact on multiple generations of entomologists and behavioural ecologists, and we will celebrate that achievement and explore the progress we have made in understanding insect mating systems and reproductive behaviour since 1983. The original book covered many aspects of insect mating systems, from the evolution of sex and sexual systems, through to how ecology and sexual selection interact to shape the mating systems we see. Much has happened in the three decades since the book was published, including major advances in our understanding of the evolution of sex, sexual selection (especially mate choice and post-copulatory sexual selection), the mechanistic basis of reproductive behaviour, and of course sexual conflict. Insects have played a major role in all these developments, as the symposium and the accomp

anying volume will highlight.
Symposium speakers to include:

Gran Arnqvist (Uppsala)

Boris Baer (University of Western )

Roger Butlin (University of Sheffield)

Trish Moore (University of )

Ben Normark (UMASS)

Leigh Simmons (University of Western Australia)

Per Smiseth (University of Edinburgh)

Rhonda Snook (University of Sheffield)

Nina Wedell (University of Exeter)
National Science Meeting:
The National Meeting will comprise a series of themed sessions as well as general sessions open to talks on any entomological topic. Depending on the presentations offered by delegates, sessions may be combined or delegates may be asked to present a poster instead of a talk (or vice versa).
Proposed Themed Sessions:

Pollinator Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution

Beneficial Insects: Biological Control and Beyond

Sexual Selection in Insects

Entomology for the Masses: Impact and Outreach


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REGISTRATION DETAILS and a full list of SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS to follow shortly.

** ENTO 2013 University of St Andrews 4th-6th September 2013**
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