Grasshoppers of Europe

Iberian banded grasshopper Arcyptera tornosi

Photo: Roy Kleukers

European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII) 19-21 march 2020

The third European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII) will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands from 19-21 march 2020. It will be combined with the 16th biannual meeting of the German Society for Orthopterology (DGfO). The venue is the completely renovated Naturalis Biodiversity Center, which in 2020 celebrates its 200-year anniversary. Besides attending an exciting program, extending one's network and meeting old acquaintances, the meeting also offers a unique opportunity to consult and work in the Orthoptera collection of Naturalis.

You can register here. Registration ends at February 5, 2020. 

Accomodations: we advise you to book a hotel room as soon as possible, as in the same period a big medical convention will be held in Leiden. Therefore the number of hotel rooms will be limited. You can find most accommodations through Booking.com or Trivago.com. The Netherlands is quite expensive. A hotel room will cost at least 100 euro per night, for a single or double room. So sharing a room can save you a lot of money. Cheaper options might be Airbnb, www.couchsurfing.com and such. You could also consider looking for a hotel in nearby Den Haag or Amsterdam, from where you can reach Leiden by train in 20 and 40 minutes, respectively. 

General layout of the meeting
19-III: arrival of participants, evening: icebreaker and diner
20-III: first congress day, in the evening: diner and pub quiz
21-III: second congress day, afternoon DGfO

Confirmed lectures
Michael Samways: Orthoptera in the current debate surrounding global insect decline and strategies for reversing it.
Vassiliki Kati: Natura 2000-history, implementation, perspectives: what is the connection with Orthoptera conservation?
Axel Hochkirch: Rediscovery and conservation status of two grasshopper species on Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)
Baudewijn Odé: Grasshopper sounds on Xeno-Canto.
Josip Skejo: Biogeography of Adriatic Orthoptera.
Gergely Szövényi: Paracaloptenus caloptenoides in Hungary.
Armin Landmann: Grasshoppers on dynamic riverbanks of the Alps.
Bruno Massa & Paolo Fontana: Orthoptera study in Italy.
Michele Lemonnier-Darcemont: Peripodisma ceraunii.
Luc Willemse: How killing grasshoppers can help to protect them. 
Anja Danielczak: Conservation of Zeuneriana marmorata.
Vassiliki Kati: The dancing Epirus grasshopper: status, threats and actions for a critically endangered species.
Luc Willemse: The remarkable distribution of the genus Eupholidoptera on Crete. 
Joost Vogels: The effect of food quality on grasshoppers.
Roy Kleukers: History of Orthoptera study in the Netherlands.

In case of questions please contact the coordination team at ecocIII@naturalis.nl .