The 2nd Global Conference on Entomology (GCE) 2013 is organised by the V. Sivaram Research Foundation (VSRF) in cooperation with the Century Foundation Bangalore and the University of Technology Mara. The event will take place in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia running November 8 – 12, 2013. The organisers are kindly seeking your participation.
“Insects and Humanity in the 21st Century“
The major objective of the 2nd Global Conference on Entomology is to showcase recent advances in entomological research and development in the insect world. The skills and knowledge of entomologists are needed worldwide helping farmers to produce crops and livestock more efficiently through sound pest management strategies, fighting to save endangered species and fragile ecosystems, and preventing insects from spreading agents that cause serious diseases.
Insects provide a readily accessible resource for us to use in developing a better scientific understanding of the world around us. For more than 350 million years, insects have evolved and adapted to become the creatures we know today. Through the millennia, insects have become an essential part of every terrestrial and freshwater ecosystem. They are the most numerous and diverse form of life on Earth. About one million species are known, and it is estimated that 10 million are undiscovered. The study of insects helps us increase the bounty of the land and preserve its natural beauty. It also helps us understand how to protect lives and property from harmful insects.
Food shortages still exist in many parts of the world. About 40 % of the world’s food production is lost to insect pests each year. Sound entomological research and extension programs are at the forefront of the sciences involving these important problems. Although reducing vast insect-caused losses will not automatically solve the hunger problems – other economic and cultural factors are important too – entomology is a central part of the solution. Vast areas of the world are dominated by insects that transmit parasites that cause yellow fever, river blindness, chagas disease, and sleeping sickness. Malaria, plague, and tick-borne fevers are diseases of worldwide importance, and entomologists lead the way in research to combat these ailments. Entomologists are seeking new, less expensive ways to prevent these losses.
The scheduled conference is organized by the Dr Sivaram Research Foundation and Century Foundation, Bangalore and co-organizers/supporters of this important event are Department of Agriculture, Government of Sarawak and University of Technology Mara, Sarawak. The scheduled conference is encouraged and supported by Government of Sarawak, Kuching and Sarawak Convention Bureau.
In addition to these agencies, there are several Entomological Societies, Universities and research organization have extended full support and technical guidance for the successful organization of the conference in association with other organizations will provide a scientific platform to exchange the information on the recent advances in entomological research and to bring together the International scientific community involved in the study of insects.
- Insect taxonomy and systematics including geography
- Insect ecology-population dynamics, climate change
- Insect toxicology: insecticide efficacy and resistance
- Insect behaviour and physiology
- Insect Molecular Genetics, Molecular biology and biotechnology
- Insect Biochemistry and physiology
- Insect Pathology and biological control
- Insects as vectors of crop diseases
- Public health, medical and veterinary entomology
- Forest entomology
- Useful and beneficial insects-sericulture, apiculture, resin culture
- Insects as bioresources-food, nutraceuticals, medicine and environmental health markers
- Insect Quarantine and SPS issues
- Insect pest management
- Biotechnological/Innovative Approaches in insect pest management.
- Prof. Govind Gujar – Head, Dept. of Entomology, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi (India)
- Dr. Margaret Chan Kit Yok – Faculty of Plantation and Agrotechnology, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Sarawak (Malaysia)
- Dr. Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan – Ashok Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore (India)
- Prof. Jerzy Wilde – Warmia-Mazury University, Olsztyn (Poland)
- Prof. Dr. N.J. Shetty – Chairman (Rtd), Dept. of Zoology, Bangalore University (India)
- Dr. Mark Eric Benbow – Department of Biology, University of Dayton (USA)