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!


Our November 2021 Newsletter is available, click HERE

List of Symposia at ICE2022 can be viewed HERE. Please note that the list is still incomplete, and that not all proposed and accepted symposia have been confirmed. View it as “work in progress”.


by the President of the ICE2022 Helsinki Organizing Committee (to the participants of the symposium on “Insect Olfaction and Taste” – see our August 2021 Newsletter – but extended here to all other entomologists!).


for latest updates about the ICE2022 Congress please click here: Newsletter August 2021


The ICE2022Helsinki organizers have initiated collaboration with Finnish golf courses to help threatened and declining inscets. The Finnish Golf Union has produced a guide for golf courses to support pollinating insects, and together with the ICE2022Helsinki organizers have agreed to prepare a practical guide on promoting rare and endangered insect species within the golf course settings.

Several Finnish golf courses already have – on their own initiative – taken measures and established habitats for endangered insects, such as the chequered blue lycaenid butterfly (Scolitantides orion) at a golf course 5 km away from one of the few locations of its occurrence in Finland. Another course has had a thorough nature inventory made as a MSc-thesis, and a PhD-Thesis was recently completed on “Biodiversity in golf courses and its contribution to the diversity of open green space in an urban setting”.


We have negotiated a special offer to ICE2022Helsinki attendees to play golf at one of these collaborating golf-courses: Hirsala Golf, located about 30 km from the Helsinki city center. More information here.

This beautiful forest course is carved to fit the naturally beautiful landscape and is proudly taken care of in an environmentally friendly way. Hirsala is the only golf course in Finland to receive the Finnish Golf Union’s Environment Award twice, in 2010 and in 2019. As the first golf course in Finland, Hirsala Golf received the international GEO certification of sustainable golf course maintenance in 2010 and has featured on Mother Nature Network’s list of five greenest golf courses in the world.


The 26th International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland, has been postponed until July 2022

The continuing covid-19 pandemic in key countries and regions such as the USA, Latin America, UK, Germany, etc. is forcing us to postpone the 26th International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland, by another year: the new dates are 17-22 July 2022. Rest assured: these are the final dates, and we will not postpone the congress further.

After sending out our December 2020 Newsletter we conducted a comprehensive survey among our Scientific Advisory Board and many other key organizing partners around the globe, concerning the covid-19 situation in their countries, and institutional policies for travels. The result does not leave any other reasonable option than postponement of the congress until 2022: Only 6% of participants, who have registered to participate in the congress, believe that they will get a permit to travel to Helsinki to the congress in July this year. Two out of three (66%) of participants would NOT get a permit to travel, and the rest say that it depends on the development of the pandemic in their home country, and in Finland. Information about the covid-19 infection numbers is available on the internet.

Vast majority of participants are not expected to get vaccinated against covid-19 before summer or autumn of the current year.

Replacing a physical meeting with a fully on-line virtual meeting fulfils only partially the objectives of an international congress of entomology: for many participants meeting colleagues and networking is an equally important reason to attend, to excellent science and participating in presentations about the latest developments in entomology. We wish to offer our participants the possibility of a safe physical congress – after two years of lockdown and not meeting colleagues. This should be an additional incentive to participate in the event in summer of 2022 in Helsinki.

We will send additional details as soon as possible and will continue our registration transfer and other policies as indicated previously, till 2022.

December 2020 newsletter is available here.

Congress postponed, new dates 17-22 July 2022 

The ICE2020Helsinki Local Organizing Committee has decided to postpone the congress by one more year, due to the global coronavirus situation. The new dates for the congress are 17-22 July 2022.

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 ento2020helsinki@gmail.com to request transfer).
* already accepted abstracts remain accepted, and can be freely edited by authors to reflect new research, until April 30, 2022.
* presenting author must be registered and paid before May 1, 2022, to ensure inclusion in the congress program.
* registration deadline (regular registration rate) is extended until 31 May, 2022.
* only walk-in rates will be available after June 1, 2022, to a limited number of delegates.
* submission deadline for new abstracts is extended until the end of February 2022.
* queries concerning the functioning of our interface for registration, abstract submission, and abstract editing, should be addressed to ento2020helsinki@gmail.com

We are determined to provide you with a most memorable International Congress of Entomology in July 2022 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 17 to 22 July 2022. 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

ICE2022Helsinki 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 ICE2022 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