Purple-edged copper Lycaena hippothoe, foto: Pekka Malinen

Certificates of Distinction 2020

Certificates of Distinction for Outstanding Achievements 

The Council for Congresses of Entomology wishes to award Certificates of Distinction at each International Entomological Congress.  These awards are honorary only, and carry no monetary or material value.  Since the initiation of the Certificates of Distinction at the 1996 Congress in Florence, Italy, awardees have been E. O. Wilson (1996), M. Locke and G. Robinson (2000), J. Bitsch, J. Lawrence, S. S. Liu, S. Masaki, and J. Oliver (2004), A. Raina, L. Simmons and O. Yamashita (2008), J. A. Pickett, H. M. Robertson and J. van Lenteren (2012), M.R. Angharad, R. Cardé and M. Coetzee (2016). 

In giving these awards the Council wishes to emphasize the central and continuing importance of entomology in both basic and applied studies, ranging from populations and organisms down to cellular and molecular levels. Entomology is historically, economically and socially salient to human endeavor. It continues to be of critical importance to agriculture, forestry, human and animal health, and environmental wellbeing in most countries in the world.  Insects have also proven to be excellent models for many fundamental studies in biology.  We hope, by awarding these Certificates, to inspire and connect all entomologists throughout the world. 

The Certificates of Distinction are recognition by the International Congresses of Entomology and it’s Council of exemplary achievement in entomology.  They are also meant to foster future vigorous and creative study of insects by honoring:   

  1. Cross-disciplinary studies such as systematics and biodiversity, the experimental study of ecosystems, animal behavior, evolution, or developmental biology; 
  2. Practical aspects such as sustainable agriculture and food security, environmental quality and pollution, and new resources for medical and other applications; 
  3. Achievements in developing countries that contribute to preserving unique and valuable ecosystems and environments, and in societies facing crucial environmental decisions that will affect the entire globe.   

Selection Criteria  

 Contributions to fundamental knowledgeof central relevance to other disciplines of science, and of relevance to other groups of organisms. 

  1. Contributions to industry or the community of an economic or social naturefrom applied entomology.  
  2. Contributions to teaching, training, extension and popularizing entomology.  The development of novel teaching and training approaches or methodologies to increase access to information about insects and their roles. 
  3. Contributions to the quality of life. Increasing our appreciation ofthe rich and diverse insect biota, leading to the conservation and management of our shrinking natural world. 

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: 

1. Dr. Mariana Federica Wolfner, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Dr. Wolfner is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding, at the molecular/gene level, the important reproductive processes that occur around the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg using Drosophila melanogaster as the model species. For more info: 



Dr Mariana Wolfner

2. Dr. Nina Wedell, University of Exeter, U.K.

Dr. Wedell is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Director of Research. Her research is about various aspects of sexual selection and sexual conflict, in particular on the role of selfish genetic elements in reproductive biology using insects like Drosophila spp., Ephestia kuehniella and several lepidoptera as model species. For more info: 


Dr Nina Wedell

3. Dr. Li LiYing, Retired, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou, China 

Prof. Li worked in biological control of agricultural pests, particularly in leading the research and application of Trichogramma in China for over 40 years from 1970s onwards. She is the pioneer in developing an artificial rearing system for mass production of Trichogramma. The system has been widely used in China and has played a significant role in enhancing biological control. She has been very involved in numerous international events, including promoting academic collaboration between China and other countries, organization of many international conferences and ICE Council.

Dr Li LiYing