Purple-edged copper Lycaena hippothoe, foto: Pekka Malinen


The International Congress of Entomology returns to Europe, for the first time in 25 years! The Finnish capital Helsinki is proud to host the ICE congress with latitude! The venue is the world-famous Finlandia Hall, situated in a beautiful park right in the heart of Helsinki.


Postponement decision was correct, and in everyone’s interest

During March 2020 we were facing a difficult decision, with only two options concerning the organization of the 26th ICE in Helsinki:

  1. keep to our original schedule and host the Congress on 19-24 July 2020 in Helsinki, or
  2. postpone the Congress by one year to the only available alternative dates: 18-23 July 2021

 Implications of these options include:

  1. It was obvious that restrictions on travel due to the pandemic would severely limit attendance. For the most part, these restrictions were imposed in mid-March, after our deadline of 1 March to cancel registrations and to be eligible for refunds.
  2. Given the impracticality of hosting a Congress without the participation of many of the world’s entomologists, we decided to postpone the Congress by a year at a time when travel restrictions would ostensibly be lifted, and participants allowed to travel again. This decision was made in good faith and in order to provide the world entomological community the congress they deserve. This postponement allows you to attend the congress next year, and not to lose the registration fees as would have happened under option (1).

At the time of writing this – one week after the original congress dates – it is clear that the decision to postpone served everyone’s interests. We could have followed Option1 and have organized the ICE2020Helsinki last week in Finland as planned.  There are practically no new COVID19 cases in Finland, zero or 1 deaths associated with the virus per week, limitations on gatherings have been lifted, etc. However, the vast majority of congress participants would not have been allowed to leave their home country to travel to Finland (including the USA, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, etc).

Now we are determined to hold a successful ICE2020Helsinki in July 2021. We believe that flexibility and resourcefulness are required from all parties given the current situation. For example, funding agencies are extending their grant expiration and reporting deadlines, because currently hardly anyone can conduct research as planned. Therefore, we would urge those who are affected by the policies of granting agencies to approach them and request flexibility in this unusual situation.

Just as we at the ICE2020Helsinki organising team have invested our time and work in the past years, we pledge you all to continue your support in the months to come, for the benefit of the world entomological community. We have the will to host a spectacular 26th ICE congress in 2021 as announced, and hope that you share our determination.


It has come to our attention that unauthorized housing companies have been contacting ICE2021Helsinki sponsors and attendees, claiming to work on our behalf. Legal actions have been taken against these pirates. ICE2021Helsinki has NO affiliation with these companies. These companies are contacting you by phone (and in some cases email). Please note that ICE2021Helsinki does not provide them with any contact information. We are not working together with them. Most bookings made by them may end up in fraud.  Read more

Congress postponed, new dates 18-23 July 2021 

The ICE2020Helsinki Local Organizing Committee has decided to postpone the congress by one year, due to the global coronavirus situation. The new dates for the congress are 18-23 July 2021.

Important points concerning the postponement:
* all registrations to the congress will be transferred as such to the new dates without extra costs to the participants.
* cancellation policy remains as mutually agreed at the time of your registration (see congress website). However, paid registrations can be transferred to another person, without extra costs to the participants (contact support@peerageofscience.org  to request transfer).
* already accepted abstracts remain accepted, and can be freely edited by authors to reflect new research, until April 30, 2021.
* presenting author must be registered and paid before May 1, 2021, to ensure inclusion in the congress program.
* registration deadline (regular registration rate) is extended until June 1, 2021.
* only walk-in rates will be available after June 1, 2021, to a limited number of delegates.
* submission deadline for new abstracts is extended until the end of February 2021.
* queries concerning the functioning of our interface for registration, abstract submission, and abstract editing, should be addressed to our service provider, Peerage of Science. Contact by email:  support[at]peerageofscience.org

We are determined to provide you with a most memorable International Congress of Entomology in July 2021 in Helsinki, Finland. We thank the President, Secretary General, and members of the ICE Council for their help and support in this process, as well as the numerous participants who have contacted us and advised us on this matter. Furthermore, we thank our service providers for their flexibility and understanding in this exceptional situation.

Nominations for recipients of ICE Council’s Certificates of Distinction 2020

The Council for Congresses of Entomology awards Certificates of Distinction for Outstanding Achievements at each International Entomological Congress. In Helsinki, the Council is pleased to advise that there will be recognition of outstanding entomologists representative of the depth and breadth of entomological science. The nominations Committee and Council unanimously endorsed the following three candidates: Dr. Mariana Federica Wolfner, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA; Dr. Nina Wedell, University of Exeter, U.K.; and Dr. Li LiYing, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou, China.

For full information concerning these nominations, please click HERE

Free public transportation for all registered participants for the days of the congress!

The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL supports the ICE2020Helsinki congress by granting a free travelcard to all registered participants for the time of the congress, valid from 19 to 24 July 2020. The travel card covers the whole region (A, B and C zones), and allows participants to explore Helsinki and its surroundings for free. Please consider this possibility also when selecting the location of  your accommodation. More information at: https://www.hsl.fi/en/help-and-info

ICE2020Helsinki collaborates with the “International Year of Plant Health 2020”

See the link: https://www.ippc.int/en/iyph/

See the promotional video»

Plenary speakers for ICE2020 Helsinki have been selected. We are excited to announce the following plenary speakers:
Gene E. Robinson, Segenet Kelemu, Alexey Polilov, Louise E.M. Vet, Janet Hemingway and Jianghua Sun! 
Please click here for details.



Congress theme

Entomology for our planet



Contact information:

General email: ento2020helsinki[at]gmail.com  
President of the Organizing Committee: prof. Heikki Hokkanen, email heikki.hokkanen[at]uef.fi
Peerage of Science (service provider for registration and submissions):  support[at]peerageofscience.org