The 66th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference

You are warmly invited to attend the 66th annual conference of the New Zealand Entomological Society, to be held at Victoria University, Wellington.

When: The conference will run from Wednesday 19 April 2017 until the afternoon of Friday 21 April 2017.

A field trip, Zealandia By Night, will be held in conjunction with the conference, on Wednesday 19th April at 5pm. Tickets cost $76.50 per person, and can be purchased on the registration page. Everybody is welcome to join the tour, and attendance of the rest of the conference is not necessary. Zealandia By Night runs for around 2.5 hours. Tours are weather independent, so please dress to the conditions. Wear sturdy footwear, plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket. Tour follows sealed and unsealed paths, and may include steps and gentle slopes. Torches are provided.

Where: The conference will be held at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus in Central Wellington.

Organising committee: Phil Lester (Victoria University), Phil Sirvid (Te Papa).

Key Dates:

24 March 2017: Early bird registration closes
31 March 2017: Abstract submission closes
5 April 2017: Deadline for KJ Fox Awards and 21st Anniversary Awards
19 April 2017: Conference begins


16 February 2017: Registration and abstract submission is now open!

Invited Speakers

Ruud Kleinpaste

Ruud is a well known media personality whose passion for entomology has inspired many people.

Lou Gallagher & Richard Hall

Lou and Richard will be talking about MPI’s New Zealand Bee Pathogen Programme.

Peter Dearden, University of Otago

Peter will talk about emerging genetic tools for pest control.

Frank Lindsay, Wellington Beekeepers Association

Frank is the President of the Wellington Beekeepers Association, and will discuss the challenges facing beekeepers.

George Gibbs

George is the bestselling author of “Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand”, now in its second edition.