The Council of the International Congresses of Entomology
The purpose of the Council is to provide continuity and direction for the International Congresses of Entomology, and to serve as the Entomology Section of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS). It may also encourage the holding of smaller inter-Congress meetings. For further details about the Council and how it functions, see its Constitution.
The Council consists of not more than twenty-three (23) members, who shall represent as wide a field as possible both geographically and by entomological discipline. Membership of the Council shall be limited to distinguished entomologists who are interested in the welfare and future of the International Congresses of Entomology. Members are elected for one term of 8 years. Members can be re-elected for a second term but are not permitted to serve more than two consecutive terms.
The Council is able to appoint Honorary Members as prescribed in the Constitution. Honorary Members are appointed from among entomologists who have made outstanding contributions to entomological knowledge, who have influenced entomology substantially both within and outside their own countries or regions, and who have made important contributions to the International Congresses of Entomology.
List of ICE Council Members
Born: 1953 | Appointed: 2008
Field: Evolution, Education and Outreach
Bio: May R. Berenbaum (USA) was born in 1953. Swanlund Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated with a B.S. and honors in biology from Yale University and received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in ecology and evolutionary biology. Since 1980, she has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at UIUC, serving as head of the department since 1992.
Her research addresses insect-plant coevolution at multiple levels, including molecular and biochemical adaptations of insects to toxins and impacts of chemical defense on insect distribution and abundance in natural and managed ecosystems, in the United States and recently in the Netherlands and New Zealand. This work has been published in over 220 journal articles and 30 book chapters.
She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Entomological Society of America, and the American Philosophical Society and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She has served as editor of Annual Review of Entomology since 1996 and is on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Journal of Chemical Ecology.
Devoted to fostering scientific literacy, she has authored numerous magazine articles, as well as six books, about insects for the general public. Her book Bugs in the System has been translated into German, Japanese, and Korean.
Born: 1959 | Appointed: 2016
Field: Applied Entomology and Plant Protection
Bio: Professor Borgemeister (Germany) born 1959. He obtained his PhD in Horticulture from Leibniz Hannover University (LUH) in 1991. He lectured at LUH before embarking on a research career in Africa in 1992. Until the end of 1997 he worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Benin, West Africa first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, then as an Associate and finally as a Senior Scientist coordinating a multi-country program on the integrated control of an invasive stored-product pest. He returned to Germany in 1998 working as an Assistant, then Associate and since 2003 as a Full Professor for Applied Entomology at LUH. From 2000–2001, he was also a Visiting Professor for Applied Zoology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. From 2005 to 2013 he was the Director General of icipe, the International Centre of Insect Physiology (www.icipe.org), a Nairobi, Kenya headquartered pan-African R&D Centre. In October 2013 he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Bonn as Head of the Department for Ecology and Natural Resources Management of ZEF, the Centre of Development Research (www.zef.de). Since January 2015 he is the Managing Director of ZEF. Borgemeister is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America. Borgemeister was for >8 years Chief Editor of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (published by Cambridge University Press) and has affiliations with other distinguished scientific journals as reviewer. He has authored and co-authored over 130 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has co-authored a book on biological control in Africa, and has written over 10 chapters for different scientific books.
Born: 1952 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Pathology
Bio: Yu-Chan Chao (Chinese Taipei), born in 1952. A professor at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph. D. from the Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, USA, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Cornell University.
He has been studying insect pathology for many years, with a special emphasis on baculovirus gene regulation in infected host insect cells. His laboratory is not only manipulating insect viruses for insect pest control, but also developing fluorescent technology and constructing recombinant viruses to aid research into insect pathology at the gene regulation, protein expression and miRNA interaction levels. He has published many high profile papers including in the Journal of Virology, Nucleic Acids Research, and Nature.
He served as Deputy Director of IMB from 2002 to 2005. He was then appointed as Dean of the College of Life Sciences from 2005 to 2007 at National Chung Hsing University, which is a highly-regarded agriculturally-oriented university. In 2006, he was elected as Chair Professor by the same university. Over the course of his academic career, he has received three Distinguished Research Awards from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan. He was elected as a MOST Distinguished Research Fellow in 2006. In 2013, he received the Merit MOST Research Award; this is the top award that MOST offers to professors and research fellows in Taiwan. He has been invited as a distinguished or keynote speaker to many international conferences. He was also the organizer of the Virology Session at the most recent XXIV International Congress of Entomology Symposium in Korea. In addition, he has served as an editor for many highly-regarded international journals, including currently for the Journal of Virology. Apart from his academic contributions, his work has also been reported by prominent international periodicals such as “Asia Weekly” and by several other international media outlets.
María Marta Cigliano
Born: 1959 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Taxonomy and Systematics, Orthoptera
María Marta Cigliano completed a Licenciate in Zoology (1982) and a Ph.D. (1987) in Natural Sciences at La Plata National University (Argentina). She is an Associate Professor at La Plata National University and a Research Scientist from the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET) at La Plata Museum. She has been President of the Orthopterists´ Society (2009-2013), Vice-President of the Argentine Entomological Society (2012-2015). Currently, she is Member of the Global Team Catalogue of Life (2017-2020), Affiliate Researcher at Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, USA, and curator of the world catalogue Orthoptera Species File (OSF) Online. She has published over 80 scientific papers and book chapters, and edited two books. Her main area of research is phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of grasshoppers (Orthoptera). She has a particular focus on aspects related to species diversification and character evolution; and is also involved in the design and implementation of web applications to assist researchers in sharing and managing biodiversity data on the web.
Born: 1944 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Taxonomy and Systematics
Bio: Jocelia Grazia (Brazil) born in 1944 is a Full professor of the Department of Zoology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul since 1980. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in zoology at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil in 1976 and pos-doc at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y., USA in 1995.
She has been a Researcher of National Research Council of Brazil for the last 50 years. She was President of the Entomological Society of Brazil (1984–1990) and also Editor in chief of the Annals of the Entomological Society of Brazil (1978–1984). She was Director of the Natural Science Museum, Zoobotanical Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1972–1975) and also Vice Rector of Graduate Courses, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2003–2004).
She has been conducting studies in systematics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology of Heteroptera (Insecta), with emphasis on Pentatomidae, comparative morphology, integration of morphological and molecular data for phylogenetic analysis.
She has published almost 200 on international peer-reviewed journals, including Cladistics, Annals of Entomological Society of America, Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, Arthropod Structure and Development, Zootaxa and so on; and also 23 book chapters, and one book.
She was conferred Jesus Santiago Moure Prize (2010) and Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira Prize (2013) given by the Brazilian Society of Zoology for the best paper published in taxonomy and the best book in zoology (senior author of the Hemiptera chapter), respectively; and also Edilson Bassoli de Oliveira Prize given by the Brazilian Entomological Society in recognition to the members who have contributed to the development of entomology in Brazil (2014)
Born: 1954 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Plant-Insect Interaction; Novel Approaches to Integrated Pest Management
Bio: Professor Angharad Gatehouse (UK) born in 1954 is the chair of the Invertebrate Molecular Biology Department at the University of Newcastle. She is also head of Molecular Agriculture within the Institute of Sustainability, which coordinates research across Newcastle University around key issues of sustainability, including food security. Her over-arching research interests are in the molecular and biochemical bases of insect-plant interactions for the development of novel approaches to crop protection. As part of this, her research interests also encompass the potential impact of such technologies on non-target organisms, particularly beneficial insects including pollinators such as bees, and natural enemies such as parasitoids and predators.
Born: 1957 | Appointed: 2012
Field: Population Genetics
Bio: Frantisek Marec (Czech Republic), born in 1957. Director of the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, both in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. He obtained his PhD in Entomology (insect genetics) in 1987 at the Institute of Entomology.
Since 1990 he has been a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He has had a long-standing collaboration with Prof. Walther Traut at the University of Lubeck, Germany, where he worked as a Humboldtian in 1991–1992 and 1998. Like many geneticists, he started his career in Drosophila, but soon become fascinated by Lepidoptera genetics. His research has focused on sex chromosomes in Lepidoptera, especially on meiotic pairing, molecular differentiation and evolution, and also applications of the sex chromosomes in genetic control strategies against pest species. In addition, his co-operation with the Insect Pest Control Section, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, resulted in a new approach for the construction of genetic sexing strains in lepidopteran pests.
So far Prof. Marec has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and contributed to 4 book chapters. He was also editor of a recently published book on “Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Lepidoptera” (edited by Marian R. Goldsmith and F. Marec, 2010, CRC Press). Since 2001 he has been an Executive Editor of the European Journal of Entomology. He co-organized symposia on insect genetics at the VIth and VIIIth European Congress of Entomology (ECE).
Born: 1966 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Evolutionary biology of Insect -endosymbiotic microorganism interactions
Bio: Takema Fukatsu (Japan) born in 1966 is Prime Senior Researcher and Group Leader at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. BSc in 1989 and PhD in 1994 from the Department of Zoology, the University of Tokyo, Japan.
His research areas are extremely broad, encompassing diverse sophisticated biological interactions associated with such phenomena as symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism, reproductive manipulation, morphological manipulation, insect sociality, etc. In particular, his scientific interest focuses on insect-microbe symbiotic associations and their biological relevance, which have been published as over 210 peer-reviewed papers describing symbiont-mediated insecticide resistance, symbiont’s modification of insect body color, symbiont’s broadening of insect food plant range, symbiont-mediated pest evolution, insect-symbiont lateral gene transfers, and many other topics.
His services for scientific communities other than the ICE councilor include: fellow, the American Academy of Microbiology (2013-); associate member, the Science Council of Japan (2011-); editor-in-chief, Zoological Science (2015-); associate editors, Zoological Letters (2014-), Journal of Experimental Zoology A (2007-); editorial board members, Current Opinion in Insect Science (2013-), Journal of Insect Physiology (2011-), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2007-2012), Entomological Science (2004-2005), Applied Entomology and Zoology (2003-2006); councilors, the Zoological Society of Japan (2016-), the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology (2009-), the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan (2006-).
Born: 1959 | Appointed: 2008
Field: Ecology, Molecular Biology
Bio: Le Kang (China), born in 1959, is a Professor of Entomology and Ecology at Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and courtesy professor of the University of Nebraska. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School and Institute of Zoology in 1990. Now he serves as Director Institute of Zoology and President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
He is Chairman of Scientific Committee of State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, and Dean of College of Life Sciences, University of CAS. He is elected as President of the Entomological Society of China since 2012. He was Director-General of the Bureau of Life Science and Biotechnology, CAS, from 1999 to 2008. He has been conducting studies focused on ecological genomics and adaptation in insects, especially in locust, grasshoppers and leafminers.
He has published more than 100 research papers on international peer-review journals, including Science, PNAS, PLoS Genetics, Genome Biology, Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Annual Review of Entomology, and so on. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Insect Science, editorial board member of the Journal of Insect Physiology, and Council Member of the International Congress of Entomology.
He was conferred an Honorary Doctor Degree of Sciences by the University of Nebraska in 2009. As a leading scientist, he was elected to be a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011 and TWAS’s fellow in 2012. He won the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2012.
Born: 1955 | Appointed: 2010
Field: Pest Management, Biology
Bio: Zeyaur R. Khan is a Principal Scientist and Leader of Habitat Management Program at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya and a Visiting Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Khan has dedicated his 30 year career as an agricultural scientist to advancing the science and practice of agriculture by studying and applying chemical ecology, behavior, plant-plant and insect-plant interactions to improve farm productivity to combat poverty and food insecurity in Africa.
He is responsible for the discovery and wide scale implementation of a scientific innovation through a biologically-based IPM technology called ‘Push-Pull’ (www.push-pull.net), providing practical solutions, and sustainable livelihoods for thousands of small-holder poor cereal-livestock African farmers. Dr. Khan obtained his Ph. D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1980.
Before joining ICIPE, he worked with Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar, Pusa, India (1980-1983), the International Rice Research Institute (1983-1991), University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985-1986) and Kansas State University, Manhattan (1991-1993). Dr. Khan is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London. He was a plenary speaker at during XXIII International Congress of Entomology in 2008.
In 2009 Dr. Khan was awarded the International IPM excellence award. In 2010 he received Nan-Yao Su award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology and was named as a Distinguished Scientist by the International Branch of Entomological Society of America. In 2011, ICIPE designated him as a Thomas Odhiambo Distinguished Research Fellow and in the same year he was a winner of TWAS Prize in Agriculture.
Born: 1947 | Appointed: 2004
Field: Taxonomy, Molecular Phylogeny
Bio: Byung-Jin Kim (South Korea), born in 1947. Professor Kim completed his BSc, MSc and PhD studies at the Department of Biology at Korea University. He was a full-time lecturer at Wonkwang University, South Korea in 1985, and studied ant ecology at CEH, Great Britain as a postdoctoral fellow in 1987-1988. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1988, Associate Professor in 1991 at the Department of Molecular Biology, and Full Professor at the Division of Biological Sciences at Wonkwang University, South Korea, in 1996.
His main research activities are in the field of insect taxonomy, in particular of the Formicidae. He was Director of the Center for Science at Wonkwang University in 1999-2002. He has been Director of the Entomological Society of Korea since 1987 and President in 2003-2004, Director of the Korean Society of Systematic Zoology since 1987 and President in 2004-2005. He also had been Director of the Zoological Society of Korea since 1987 and Vice-president in 2005-2006.
In 2005 He was appointed a columnist of daily newspaper, Joongang-Ilbo, and wrote 16 columns of ant life. He was Director of the Research Center of Development and Management of Endemic Species of Animals from Korea in 2003-2005 and the Research Center of Development and Management of Biological Resources from Korea from 2005 to 2009, Ministry of Environment, Korean Government. He won the Prize of the President from No Mu-Hyun, President of Korea, for good work in 2007.
He has published widely on the systematics of Formicidae. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society in 2010. He was President of ICE2012 Daegu from 2008-2012. He has appeared on TV, KBS, MBC, and EBS of insects many times. He won the Appreciation Award from ICE Council for excellent congress. He was appointed an Emeritus Professor September, 2012 from Wonkwang University. He was awarded a medal from Lee Myong-Bak, President of Korea, for amazing work on September, 2012.
Born: 1954 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Chemical Ecology
Bio: Walter S. Leal (USA) born in 1954 is Distinguished Professor at the University of California-Davis, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is former professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. Leal received his B. Eng. in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, M. Sc. in agricultural chemistry from Mie University, Japan, and Ph. D. in applied biochemistry from Tsukuba University, Japan. He received postgraduate training in entomology and chemical ecology at the National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science, Japan and Cornell University, USA, respectively. Leal distinguished himself as the first non-Japanese scientist to earn tenure in the Japan Ministry of Agriculture. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2000. Leal’s research if focused on insect chemical communication and olfaction. His laboratory discovered a mosquito receptor for the insect repellent DEET and published about 200 peer-reviewed papers. Leal is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (Hon. F.R.E.S.), and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Entomological Society of America. He is recipient of prestigious awards from three different countries, including the Nan Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology and the Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology. Leal served (with Dr. Alvin Simmons, USDA-ARS) as co-Chair of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology
Shu Sheng Liu
Born: 1955 | Appointed: 2012
Bio: Shu-Sheng Liu (China) born in 1955 is Distinguished University Professor at Zhejiang University and Deputy President of the Academic Committee of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He did his undergraduate study at Hunan Agricultural University 1974-1977 and his postgraduate study at the then Zhejiang Agricultural University 1978-1980. He then went to Australia and did his PhD study at CSIRO Entomology 1980-1984, and obtained his Ph.D. in Zoology from the Australian National University in 1984. He then returned to China and has been on the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, serving as head of entomology 1991-2009 and discipline leader of plant protection since 2007. His work focuses on integrated pest management (IPM) in vegetable crops and has promoted vegetable IPM in China, Australia and elsewhere. Apart from applied research and IPM implementation, he has been conducting studies on host-parasitoid interactions, vector-virus-plant interactions, and invasion biology. His work has been published in over 200 peer-reviewed articles in English journals and over 100 peer-reviewed articles in Chinese journals, one book and 10 book chapters. He has served as subject editor of the Bulletin of Entomological Research since 2006, column editor for the Journal of Integrative Agriculture since 2013, associate-editor for two Chinese journals including Acta Entomologica Sinica and Journal of Biosafety, and is on the editorial boards of six other journals including Science China Life Sciences, Insect Science, Chinese Journal of Biological Control and others. He has been active in international conferences, serving as section convener and symposium organizer at XVth International Plant Protection Congress, and plenary lecture speaker and symposium organizer at ICE XXII, symposium organizer at ICE XXIV, and member of the organizing committee for ICE XXV 2016.
Born: 1970 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Ecophysiology, Climate change, Forest Entomology
Bio: Dmitry L. Musolin (Russia) born in 1970 is Associate Professor of Department of Forest Protection, Wood Science and Game Management and Director of Department of Advanced Training and Graduate Studies at Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Saint Petersburg (Russia). He received his BSc degree in Forestry from the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy, MSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and PhD degree in Entomology from the Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) in 1997. He was a postdoctoral associate with Professor Hideharu Numata at Osaka City University (Osaka, Japan, 1998–2000) and Dr. Kiyomitsu Ito at National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region (Sapporo, Japan, 2001–2005), then an invited foreign researcher at Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan, 2005–2009) before joining the faculty at the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University.
His recent research focuses on eco-physiological control of insect diapause, ecology of forest insects and responses of insects to climate change. He has had a long-standing interest in true bugs (Heteroptera), especially their diapause and seasonal development. He has published over 50 papers in refereed journals, refereed conference papers, book chapters and edited conference proceedings. He serves on the editorial boards of Applied Entomology and Zoology and Transactions of the Saint Petersburg Forest Technical Academy. He co-organized a few national entomological meetings in Russia. Dr. Musolin served as a reviewer of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an expert of the Russian Science Foundation and Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also involved in protection of human rights in Russia. Dr. Musolin is a member of the Presidium and Central Council of the Russian Entomological Society (since 2012).
Born: 1963 | Appointed: 2016
Field: Agroecology, IPM
Bio: Norma Mujica studied agriculture (B.Sc.) and a Master Degree in Entomology at National Agrarian University La Molina (Lima, Peru), and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (2016) at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany). She started her career at the National Program of Biological Control in Lima, Peru (1989). She worked as a Senior Entomologist of the Agroecology/IPM program at the International Potato Center (1990-2017). During this time she implemented and coordinated agricultural R&D projects with governmental and non-governmental organizations in Latin America and Africa. Her research was centered in development of sustainable pest management strategies for potato and sweet potato crops focusing on conservation biological control. In the last years she developed temperature-based phenology models for pest and parasitoids, simulation of risk mapping under climate change scenarios, and conducted pest risk assessments. She is invited professor at National Agrarian University La Molina (Lima, Peru). She has published scientific and technical papers, technical bulletins and book chapters, and participated in scientific and technical congress and workshops for professionals, technicians and farmers. She is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of Peru, the Entomological Society of America, the Neotropical Section of the International Organization of Biological Control, and the Latin American Potato Association.
Born: 1957 | Appointed: 2010
Field: Chemical Ecology, IPM
Bio: Daniel Obeng-Ofori (Ghana), born in 1957. Professor of Agricultural Entomology at the Department of Crop Science in the College of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at the University of Ghana in 1982, M.phil and Ph.D degrees in Applied Biology and Agricultural Entomology from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1986 and 1990.
At the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-1994, he was a member of the Locust Research Programme which championed the pioneering work on pheromone-mediated communication in the desert locust. From 1994-1996, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute for Stored Product Protection, Berlin, Germany. Prof. Obeng-Ofori has worked at the University of Ghana since 1996, was Head of Department and Vice-Dean (2002-2005), Ag. Dean of the School of Agriculture (2005-2006), Deputy Provost and Coordinator of the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), West Africa Sub-Regional Centre since 2009.
He is currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. His research focus is on chemical ecology and integrated management of agricultural pests for sustainable crop production. He has published some 100 journal articles, 5 book chapters and four books. He was the African Association of Insect Scientists (2005-2009) and is the President of the Ghana Science Association and the Entomological Society of Ghana.
Born: 1960 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Physiology
Bio: Francesco Pennacchio (Italy) born in 1960 is Professor of Entomology at the University of Napoli “Federico II” (Italy) and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University (UK). In 1989 he received a PhD in Entomology, from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, for his research on parasitic Hymenoptera biology. He continued to focus on this research area as a visiting scientist (1989-1991) at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA). The study of parasitology and pathology of insect pests and pollinators is the core of his current research interests, along with technologies for sustainable insect control that can be developed on this background. He has published extensively within the field, including in discovery journals. In 2013 he was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the National Academy of Sciences of USA for his seminal work on elucidating the molecular mechanism through which the neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects the insect immune response. He co-edits the Journal of Insect Physiology and serves on the editorial boards of other entomological journals. He is the Co-Chair of the XI European Congress of Entomology, which will be held in Italy, in 2018. He is the President of the Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI) and member of the Italian National Academy of Entomology.
Thomas W. Scott
Born: 1950 | Appointed: 2012
Field: Medical Entomology
Bio: Thomas W. Scott (USA) born in 1950 is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Davis. He received his Ph.D. in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University, was a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and was a faculty member in the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland before relocating in 1996 to the Department of Entomology, University of California at Davis.
His research focuses on epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease, mosquito ecology, evolution of mosquito-pathogen interactions, and evaluation of novel products and strategies for disease control. He aims to generate the detailed, difficult to obtain data that are necessary for assessing current recommendations for disease prevention, rigorously testing fundamental assumptions in public health policy, and developing innovative, cost, and operationally effective strategic concepts for prevention of mosquito-borne disease. He has worked in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa with an emphasis on longitudinal studies in Peru and Thailand.
He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; National Research Council Associate; Past-President of the Society for Vector Ecology; past-Chair of the Mosquito Modeling Group in the program on Research and Policy in Infectious Disease Dynamics; Chair of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group; and Co-Chair of the WHO Steering Committee for the Global Vector Control Response.
He has published over 260 research articles and reviews. He served as an editor for several entomological and tropical disease journals. He organized the Medical and Veterinary Entomology section of the XXI International Congress of Entomology in Iguassu, Brazil.
Hari C. Sharma
Born: 1954 | Appointed: 2004
Field: Integrated Pest Management
Bio: Hari C. Sharma (India), born in 1954 in Himachal Pradesh, India, obtained BSc and MSc degrees at the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, and his PhD in Entomology at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India in 1979. Currently, he is Principal Scientist – Entomology at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad, India, where he has been working for the past 32 years.
He was a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin, USA, in 1987, and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Toowoomba, Australia in 1996. Dr. Sharma’s research involves insect ecology, bio-pesticides, host-plant resistance, transgenics and molecular for insect resistance, biosafety of transgenic crops to non-target organisms, climate change effects on arthropods, and integrated pest management.
He has published over 250 research papers, 150 book chapters, 10 research/information bulletins, and six books, including Heliothis/Helicoverpa Management, Application of Molecular Techniques for Pest Management, and Environmental Safety of Biotech and Conventional IPM Technologies. He has collaborated with several scientists in Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas.
His work has been recognized by many national and international societies, including the Archana Gold Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Academy of Environmental Biology, the Millennium Science Award of ICRISAT, the CGIAR Excellence in Science Award, and the International Plant Protection Award of Distinction of the International Association of Plant Protection Sciences. He is a fellow of six academic societies, and Life Fellow of the Entomological Society of India, and the National Academy Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Sharma is a Governing Board Member of the International Association of Plant Protection Sciences, and Co-chair of the program on, ‘Biological consequences of global change’, of the International Union of Biological Sciences.
Joop van Lanteren
Born: 1945 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Ecology and Biological Control
Bio: Joop C. van Lenteren (Netherlands) born in 1945 is Emeritus Professor of Entomology at Wageningen University. He graduated with honours in Ecology and Plant Anatomy from Leiden University and received a Ph.D. from the same university in behavioural and population ecology. He was a postdoctoral associate with Paul DeBach (University of California at Riverside, USA; 1976-1977), senior scientist and full professor of ecology and biological control at Leiden University (1977-1983), professor of entomology and head of department of the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University (1983 – 2003). He was/is visiting professor at universities in Brazil, China, Italy and the USA.
Joop’s scientific work concerns behavioural ecology and population dynamics of parasitoids and predators, and he develops biological and integrated control of pests programmes within sustainable crop production. He is also involved in developing Quality Control Guidelines and Environmental Risk Assessment Methods for biological control agents. He attended and lead many missions in developing countries for FAO, WHO, Worldbank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement, manage and evaluate IPM programmes. He published more than 200 peer reviewed papers, edited several books, served as editor of various ecological and entomological journals, including the Annual Review of Entomology.
Joop has served the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) in various functions during the past 40 years. He is a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Society for Sciences and arts, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Arts and Honorary fellow of the Italian Academy of Entomology and received Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from the Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Born: 1953 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Pest Management; Alternatives to insecticides in agriculture
Bio: Charles Vincent (Canada) born in 1953. He completed a B.Sc. in Agriculture at Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. (1983) in Entomology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Since 1983, he worked as an entomologist for the Horticultural Research and Development Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. In 1984, he has been appointed adjunct professor at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. He has been appointed as adjunct at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1992, and, since 2000, is invited professor at l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). His research focus is on the management of insect populations of horticultural importance with biological (including biopesticides) and physical control methods. To date he published 178 scientific and more than 200 technical papers. He edited 24 books or technical bulletins and did > 500 presentations worldwide. He received numerous awards, notably the Gold Medal of the Entomological Society of Canada, the L. O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America (Eastern Branch) the L. O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award from the Entomological Society of America (Eastern Branch) and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Entomological Society of America (International Branch). He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, the Royal Entomological Society (London, U.K.), and the Entomological Society of Canada.
Phyllis G. Weintraub
Born: 1953│ Appointed: 2016
Field: Pest Management, Alternatives to insecticides in agriculture
Dr. Phyllis G. Weintraub completed her B.A. in Biology at California State University, Northridge, a M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Entomology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Davis in 1984. She worked as a pesticides efficacy/regulatory affairs specialist for a private laboratory from 1990-1993 before moving to Israel. She is a senior researcher in the Department of Entomology, The Agricultural Research Organization, Gilat Research Center. Her research focuses on biological and physical control of arthropod pests, and management of insects transmitting plant pathogenic bacteria. She has authored over 150 articles and book chapters in the academic and popular press. Dr. Weintraub is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science and has served as editor for 8 books and proceedings.
Myron P. Zalucki
Born: 1954 | Appointed: 2004
Field: Ecology, Behaviour
Bio: Myron Philip Zalucki (Australia), born in 1954. He completed his first degree, a BSc with first class honours in Zoology, from the Australian National University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1982 from Griffith University, Brisbane. Joined the then Department of Entomology at the University of Queensland in 1981 as a part time temporary lecturer and “rose through the ranks” to full Professor in 2001.
He is an insect ecologist by “bent” working on various applied and basic research areas. He uses various model systems to ask questions ranging from the interaction of host chemistry and induced plant defences on oviposition behaviour and early stage caterpillar survival, to the effects of learning on oviposition behaviour at a landscape level and of climate on insect abundance and distribution. He prefers butterfly plant interactions, particularly Monarch butterflies and milkweeds as a model study system.
A substantial amount of his applied research has been on the ecology and biology of Helicoverpa spp., the major pest of Australian field crops, and more recently Diamondback moth, a key pest of horticulture worldwide. He was awarded the Ian MacKerras Medal in 1996 for excellence in Entomology by the Australia Entomological Society. He chaired the organising committee for the XXII International Congress of Entomology held in Brisbane in August 2004. He has worked with colleagues on various entomological problems and questions in China, North Korea, Iran, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Oman, Italy, Spain, Germany, the South Pacific and North America.