The 69th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference, Dunedin


Kia ora!

The 69th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference will be held in the beautiful city of Dunedin, from 15th – 17th April, 2020. 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.

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 2020 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. Various thematic sessions within entomology are encouraged, including:

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

Included in registration for this year’s conference is: lunch (each day), morning and afternoon teas, nibbles + cash bar (poster session/welcome reception) and banquet dinner.

Many thanks to this year’s organising committee: Jenny Jandt, Barbara Barratt, Emma Curtin, Cilla Wehi and Sheri Johnson.

Key Dates:

21 January 2020: Registration and abstract submission opens
14 February 2020: Abstract submission closes
14 February 2020: Deadline for KJ Fox Awards and 21st Anniversary Awards
31 March 2020: Early bird registration closes
15 April 2020: Conference begins


The following motels have offered 10% discount for direct bookings with them (i.e. not through or other). Mention that you are attending the conference when booking.

Dunedin Motel and Villas
Amross Motel
Aurora on George
Alcala Motel


‚ÄčThere will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum insect collections. There is no charge but limited availability (first come, first serve). ‚Äč

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 14-19 April only.

Abstract Guidelines

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

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 27 March 2020. 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 14 February 2020. 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 14 February 2020. 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.