The 69th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference

Public Lecture, Thursday 8th April, 5:30pm

Rod Morris: How the ‘moss leopard’ got its name – invertebrate ‘discovery’ stories

Kia ora!

We are pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 69th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference ​ is now open!

The 69th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference will be held in the beautiful city of Dunedin, in the takiwā of Ngāi Tahu, from 7th – 9th April, 2021. The conference venue is at the venerable and innovative Otago Museum, approximately 30 mins travel from Dunedin airport, or 4.5 hours from Christchurch by car or public transportation. We are planning for an in-person meeting, but assure you the conference will take place regardless of Covid alert levels, and are also preparing a fully on-line format if it is needed. 
EntoSoc is one of the best scientific meetings for experiencing interactive presentations in a congenial atmosphere where students, professors, and researchers discuss ecology, genetics, biosecurity, behaviour, morphology and more in the entomological sciences.
EntoSoc 2021 brings together international researchers from universities, industry and government with common interests in insects to help solve all sorts of ecological problems, and, well, just for the fun of it. This year, EntoSoc will focus on the growing evidence of global and regional insect decline, as well as conservation efforts that are being developed to mitigate this trend. Various other thematic sessions within entomology are encouraged, including:

  • Genetics and entomology
  • Entomology from individuals to communities
  • New models and conceptual approaches using insects
  • Biosecurity
  • Insects in biodiversity research
  • Ecophysiology and behaviour
  • Taxonomy

EntoSoc features non-parallel sessions to ensure cross-disciplinary exposure and learning opportunities, along with poster sessions, conference field trips and tours, and great social activities, including local food and beer. We offer specialised workshops by leading researchers.

We look forward to seeing you in Dunedin!

Nga mihi,
Jenny Jandt, Barbara Barratt, Emma Curtin, Cilla Wehi and Sheri Johnson 

2021 EntoSoc NZ Organizing Committee
For any enquirers or further information please email the conference organisers.

Draft Schedule


Conference registration includes: lunch (each day), morning and afternoon teas, nibbles + cash bar (poster session/welcome reception) and banquet dinner. If you are interested in ordering additional tickets for the conference banquet, please contact the conference organisers directly.

Early-bird registration (closes 12 March)

  • Full – $350
  • Student/unwaged – $250
  • Day rate – $150

Late registration (after 12 March)

  • Full – $400
  • Student/unwaged – $300
  • Day rate – $200

Key Dates:

8 February 2021: Registration and abstract submission opens
1 March 2021: Abstract submission closes
1 March 2021: Deadline for KJ Fox Awards and 21st Anniversary Awards
12 March 2021: Early bird registration closes
7 April 2021: Conference begins
9 April 2021: Conference close (~4 pm)

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Plenary Speakers


The following motels are located within walking distance of the conference venue. Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer discounts for conference associated bookings but they are still reasonably priced.


​There will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum insect collections. There is no charge but limited availability (first come, first serve). You can express your interest in a tour when you register for the conference.

Otago Museum is offering a reduced rate to the Tropical Forest (includes live butterfly exhibit). Regular price $15, reduced price $12 (with conference badge). Reduced rate is available 7-9 April only.

Abstract Guidelines

All oral and poster submissions require an abstract to be uploaded . Changes to the abstract can be made up to 1 month before the meeting by contacting the scientific organizers.

Please use the abstract template at the top of the abstract submission page, and upload during abstract submission.

Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a conference Advisory Committee. Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their contributions and type via email by 12 March 2021. An electronic Book of Abstracts will be available at the meeting and posted on the website.

KJ Fox Awards

The KJ Fox Award is open to current members to provide financial assistance to attend the annual conference. Applications must be received by the secretary by 12th March 2021. Successful applicants will be notified at the conference. Please find more information on the awards, including the application form, here.

21st Anniversary Awards

The 21st Anniversary Awards are open to groups, clubs or individuals to provide financial assistance with their research. Applications will be assessed on the quality of the proposed research and the ability of the applicant to complete the project. Applications must be received by the secretary by 1st March 2021. Successful applicants will be notified at the conference. Please find more information, including the application form, here.


For any enquiries or further information please email the conference organisers.