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Christian Borgemeister

Born: 1959 | Appointed: 2016
Field: Applied Entomology and Plant Protection
E-mail:  cb

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Bio:  Professor Borgemeister (Germany) born 1959.  He obtained his PhD in Horticulture from Leibniz Hannover University (LUH) in 1991. He lectured at LUH before embarking on a research career in Africa in 1992. Until the end of 1997 he worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Benin, West Africa first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, then as an Associate and finally as a Senior Scientist coordinating a multi-country program on the integrated control of an invasive stored-product pest. He returned to Germany in 1998 working as an Assistant, then Associate and since 2003 as a Full Professor for Applied Entomology at LUH. From 2000–2001, he was also a Visiting Professor for Applied Zoology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. From 2005 to 2013 he was the Director General of icipe, the International Centre of Insect Physiology (, a Nairobi, Kenya headquartered pan-African R&D Centre. In October 2013 he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Bonn as Head of the Department for Ecology and Natural Resources Management of ZEF, the Centre of Development Research ( Since January 2015 he is the Managing Director of ZEF. Borgemeister is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America. Borgemeister was for >8 years Chief Editor of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (published by Cambridge University Press) and has affiliations with other distinguished scientific journals as reviewer. He has authored and co-authored over 130 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has co-authored a book on biological control in Africa, and has written over 10 chapters for different scientific books.

Yu-Chan Chao

Born: 1952 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Pathology
E-mail: mbycchao

Bio:  Yu-Chan Chao (Chinese Taipei), born in 1952. A professor at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph. D. from the Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, USA, and completed his postdoctoral training at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Cornell University.

He has been studying insect pathology for many years, with a special emphasis on baculovirus gene regulation in infected host insect cells. His laboratory is not only manipulating insect viruses for insect pest control, but also developing fluorescent technology and constructing recombinant viruses to aid research into insect pathology at the gene regulation, protein expression and miRNA interaction levels. He has published many high profile papers including in the Journal of Virology, Nucleic Acids Research, and Nature.

He served as Deputy Director of IMB from 2002 to 2005. He was then appointed as Dean of the College of Life Sciences from 2005 to 2007 at National Chung Hsing University, which is a highly-regarded agriculturally-oriented university. In 2006, he was elected as Chair Professor by the same university. Over the course of his academic career, he has received three Distinguished Research Awards from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan. He was elected as a MOST Distinguished Research Fellow in 2006. In 2013, he received the Merit MOST Research Award; this is the top award that MOST offers to professors and research fellows in Taiwan. He has been invited as a distinguished or keynote speaker to many international conferences. He was also the organizer of the Virology Session at the most recent XXIV International Congress of Entomology Symposium in Korea. In addition, he has served as an editor for many highly-regarded international journals, including currently for the Journal of Virology. Apart from his academic contributions, his work has also been reported by prominent international periodicals such as “Asia Weekly” and by several other international media outlets.

María Marta Cigliano

Born: 1959 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Taxonomy and Systematics, Orthoptera
E-mail: cigliano

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María Marta Cigliano (Argentina) completed a Licenciate in Zoology (1982) and a Ph.D. (1987) in Natural Sciences at La Plata National University (Argentina). She is an Associate Professor at La Plata National University and a Research Scientist from the Argentine National Research Council (CONICET) at La Plata Museum. She has been President of the Orthopterists´ Society (2009-2013), Vice-President of the Argentine Entomological Society (2012-2015). Currently, she is Member of the Global Team Catalogue of Life (2017-2020), Affiliate Researcher at Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, USA, and curator of the world catalogue Orthoptera Species File (OSF) Online. She has published over 80 scientific papers and book chapters, and edited two books. Her main area of research is phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of grasshoppers (Orthoptera). She has a particular focus on aspects related to species diversification and character evolution; and is also involved in the design and implementation of web applications to assist researchers in sharing and managing biodiversity data on the web.

Jocelia Grazia

Born: 1944 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Taxonomy and Systematics
E-mail: jocelia

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Bio: Jocelia Grazia (Brazil) born in 1944 is a Full professor of the Department of Zoology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul since 1980. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in zoology at the University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil in 1976 and pos-doc at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y., USA in 1995.

She has been a Researcher of National Research Council of Brazil for the last 50 years. She was President of the Entomological Society of Brazil (1984–1990) and also Editor in chief of the Annals of the Entomological Society of Brazil (1978–1984). She was Director of the Natural Science Museum, Zoobotanical Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1972–1975) and also Vice Rector of Graduate Courses, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2003–2004).

  She has been conducting studies in systematics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology of Heteroptera (Insecta), with emphasis on Pentatomidae, comparative morphology, integration of morphological and molecular data for phylogenetic analysis.

 She has published almost 200 on international peer-reviewed journals, including Cladistics, Annals of Entomological Society of America, Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, Arthropod Structure and Development, Zootaxa and so on; and also 23 book chapters, and one book.

She was conferred Jesus Santiago Moure Prize (2010) and Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira Prize (2013) given by the Brazilian Society of Zoology for the best paper published in taxonomy and the best book in zoology (senior author of the Hemiptera chapter), respectively; and  also Edilson Bassoli de Oliveira Prize given by the Brazilian Entomological Society in recognition to the members who have contributed to the development of entomology in Brazil (2014).

Angharad Gatehouse

Born:  1954 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Plant-Insect Interaction; Novel Approaches to Integrated Pest Management
E-mail: a.m.r.gatehouse

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Bio: Professor Angharad Gatehouse (UK) born in 1954 is the chair of the Invertebrate Molecular Biology Department at the University of Newcastle. She is also head of Molecular Agriculture within the Institute of Sustainability, which coordinates research across Newcastle University around key issues of sustainability, including food security. Her over-arching research interests are in the molecular and biochemical bases of insect-plant interactions for the development of novel approaches to crop protection. As part of this, her research interests also encompass the potential impact of such technologies on non-target organisms, particularly beneficial insects including pollinators such as bees, and natural enemies such as parasitoids and predators.

Takema Fukatsu

Born: 1966 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Evolutionary biology of Insect -endosymbiotic microorganism interactions
E-mail: t-fukatsu

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Bio: Takema Fukatsu (Japan) born in 1966 is Prime Senior Researcher and Group Leader at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Professor at the University of Tokyo, and Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. BSc in 1989 and PhD in 1994 from the Department of Zoology, the University of Tokyo, Japan.

His research areas are extremely broad, encompassing diverse sophisticated biological interactions associated with such phenomena as symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism, reproductive manipulation, morphological manipulation, insect sociality, etc. In particular, his scientific interest focuses on insect-microbe symbiotic associations and their biological relevance, which have been published as over 210 peer-reviewed papers describing symbiont-mediated insecticide resistance, symbiont’s modification of insect body color, symbiont’s broadening of insect food plant range, symbiont-mediated pest evolution, insect-symbiont lateral gene transfers, and many other topics.

His services for scientific communities other than the ICE councilor include: fellow, the American Academy of Microbiology (2013-); associate member, the Science Council of Japan (2011-); editor-in-chief, Zoological Science (2015-); associate editors, Zoological Letters (2014-), Journal of Experimental Zoology A (2007-); editorial board members, Current Opinion in Insect Science (2013-), Journal of Insect Physiology (2011-), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2007-2012), Entomological Science (2004-2005), Applied Entomology and Zoology (2003-2006); councilors, the Zoological Society of Japan (2016-), the Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology (2009-), the Society of Evolutionary Studies, Japan (2006-).

Le Kang

Born: 1959 | Appointed: 2008
Field: Ecology, Molecular Biology
E-mail: lkang

Bio: Le Kang (China), born in 1959, is a Professor of Entomology and Ecology at Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and courtesy professor of the University of Nebraska. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in ecology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School and Institute of Zoology in 1990. Now he serves as Director Institute of Zoology and President of Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

He is Chairman of Scientific Committee of State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, and Dean of College of Life Sciences, University of CAS. He is elected as President of the Entomological Society of China since 2012. He was Director-General of the Bureau of Life Science and Biotechnology, CAS, from 1999 to 2008. He has been conducting studies focused on ecological genomics and adaptation in insects, especially in locust, grasshoppers and leafminers.

He has published more than 100 research papers on international peer-review journals, including Science, PNAS, PLoS Genetics, Genome Biology, Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Annual Review of Entomology, and so on. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Insect Science, editorial board member of the Journal of Insect Physiology, and Council Member of the International Congress of Entomology.

He was conferred an Honorary Doctor Degree of Sciences by the University of Nebraska in 2009. As a leading scientist, he was elected to be a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011 and TWAS’s fellow in 2012. He won the Prize for Scientific and Technological Progress of Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong) in 2012.

Zeyaur Khan

Born: 1955 | Appointed: 2010
Field: Pest Management, Biology
E-mail: zkhan


Bio: Zeyaur R. Khan (Kenya) is a Principal Scientist and Leader of Habitat Management Program at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya and a Visiting Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Dr. Khan has dedicated his 30 year career as an agricultural scientist to advancing the science and practice of agriculture by studying and applying chemical ecology, behavior, plant-plant and insect-plant interactions to improve farm productivity to combat poverty and food insecurity in Africa.

He is responsible for the discovery and wide scale implementation of a scientific innovation through a biologically-based IPM technology called ‘Push-Pull’ (, providing practical solutions, and sustainable livelihoods for thousands of small-holder poor cereal-livestock African farmers. Dr. Khan obtained his Ph. D. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1980.

Before joining ICIPE, he worked with Rajendra Agricultural University, Bihar, Pusa, India (1980-1983), the International Rice Research Institute (1983-1991), University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985-1986) and Kansas State University, Manhattan (1991-1993). Dr. Khan is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, London. He was a plenary speaker at during XXIII International Congress of Entomology in 2008.

In 2009 Dr. Khan was awarded the International IPM excellence award. In 2010 he received Nan-Yao Su award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology and was named as a Distinguished Scientist by the International Branch of Entomological Society of America. In 2011, ICIPE designated him as a Thomas Odhiambo Distinguished Research Fellow and in the same year he was a winner of TWAS Prize in Agriculture.

Walter S. Leal

Born: 1954 │ Appointed: 2016
Field:  Chemical Ecology
E-mail: wsleal

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Bio: Walter S. Leal (USA) born in the beautiful city of Recife, Brazil in 1954 is Distinguished Professor at the University of California-Davis, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He is former professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology. Leal received his B. Eng. in chemical engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, M. Sc. in agricultural chemistry from Mie University, Japan, and Ph. D. in applied biochemistry from Tsukuba University, Japan. He received postgraduate training in entomology and chemical ecology at the National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science, Japan and Cornell University, USA, respectively. Leal distinguished himself as the first non-Japanese scientist to earn tenure in the Japan Ministry of Agriculture. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2000. Leal’s research if focused on insect chemical communication and olfaction. His laboratory discovered a mosquito receptor for the insect repellent DEET and published about 200 peer-reviewed papers. Leal is member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (Hon. F.R.E.S.), Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of America, and Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Entomological Society of America. He is recipient of prestigious awards from three different countries, including the Nan Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology and the Silver Medal of the International Society of Chemical Ecology. Leal served (with Dr. Alvin Simmons, USDA-ARS) as co-Chair of the 2016 International Congress of Entomology.

Shu Sheng Liu

Born: 1955 | Appointed: 2012
Field: Ecology
E-mail: shshliu

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Bio: Shu-Sheng Liu (China) born in 1955 is Distinguished University Professor at Zhejiang University and Deputy President of the Academic Committee of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He did his undergraduate study at Hunan Agricultural University 1974-1977 and his postgraduate study at the then Zhejiang Agricultural University 1978-1980. He then went to Australia and did his PhD study at CSIRO Entomology 1980-1984, and obtained his Ph.D. in Zoology from the Australian National University in 1984. He then returned to China and has been on the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, serving as head of entomology 1991-2009 and discipline leader of plant protection since 2007. His work focuses on integrated pest management (IPM) in vegetable crops and has promoted vegetable IPM in China, Australia and elsewhere. Apart from applied research and IPM implementation, he has been conducting studies on host-parasitoid interactions, vector-virus-plant interactions, and invasion biology. His work has been published in over 200 peer-reviewed articles in English journals and over 100 peer-reviewed articles in Chinese journals, one book and 10 book chapters. He has served as subject editor of the Bulletin of Entomological Research since 2006, column editor for the Journal of Integrative Agriculture since 2013, associate-editor for two Chinese journals including Acta Entomologica Sinica and Journal of Biosafety, and is on the editorial boards of six other journals including Science China Life Sciences, Insect Science, Chinese Journal of Biological Control and others. He has been active in international conferences, serving as section convener and symposium organizer at XVth International Plant Protection Congress, and plenary lecture speaker and symposium organizer at ICE XXII, symposium organizer at ICE XXIV, and member of the organizing committee for ICE XXV 2016.

Dmitrii Musolin

Born: 1971 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Ecophysiology, Climate change, Forest Entomology, Invasive Insects
E-mail: musolin

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Bio: Dmitrii Musolin (Russia/France) born in 1971 is a Scientific Officer of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). He received his BSc degree in Forestry from the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical Academy (Russia), MSc degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), PhD degree in Entomology from the Saint Petersburg State University (Russia), and a degree of Doctor of Biological Sciences (Entomology) from the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 2017. He was a postdoctoral associate with Professor Hideharu Numata at Osaka City University (Osaka, Japan, 1998–2000) and Dr. Kiyomitsu Ito at National Agricultural Research Center for Hokkaido Region (Sapporo, Japan, 2001–2005), then an invited foreign researcher at Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan, 2005–2009) before joining the faculty at the Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University. He moved to EPPO (Paris, France) in 2022.

His recent research focuses on eco-physiological control of insect diapause, ecology of forest insects, responses of insects to climate change, ecology and distribution of forest invasive pests. He has had a long-standing interest in true bugs (Heteroptera), especially their diapause and seasonal development. He has published over 90 papers in refereed journals, refereed conference papers, and book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of Applied Entomology and Zoology, Transactions of the Saint Petersburg Forest Technical Academy, and EPPO Bulletin. He co-organized a few national entomological meetings in Russia. Dr. Musolin served as a reviewer of the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as an expert of the scientific foundations in several countries. In 2018–2022, he was a member of the Expert Council on Biological Sciences of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles, Russia. He was also involved in protection of human rights in Russia. Dr. Musolin is a member of the Presidium and Central Council of the Russian Entomological Society (since 2012).

Daniel Obeng-Ofori

Born: 1957 | Appointed: 2010
Field: Chemical Ecology, IPM

Bio: Daniel Obeng-Ofori (Ghana), born in 1957. Professor of Agricultural Entomology at the Department of Crop Science in the College of Agriculture & Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at the University of Ghana in 1982, M.phil and Ph.D degrees in Applied Biology and Agricultural Entomology from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1986 and 1990.

At the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-1994, he was a member of the Locust Research Programme which championed the pioneering work on pheromone-mediated communication in the desert locust. From 1994-1996, he was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute for Stored Product Protection, Berlin, Germany. Prof. Obeng-Ofori has worked at the University of Ghana since 1996, was Head of Department and Vice-Dean (2002-2005), Ag. Dean of the School of Agriculture (2005-2006), Deputy Provost and Coordinator of the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), West Africa Sub-Regional Centre since 2009.

He is currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana. His research focus is on chemical ecology and integrated management of agricultural pests for sustainable crop production. He has published some 100 journal articles, 5 book chapters and four books. He was the African Association of Insect Scientists (2005-2009) and is the President of the Ghana Science Association and the Entomological Society of Ghana.

Francesco Pennacchio

Born: 1960 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Insect Physiology
E-mail: f.pennacchio

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Bio:  Francesco Pennacchio (Italy) born in 1960 is Professor of Entomology at the University of Napoli “Federico II” (Italy) and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University (UK). In 1989 he received a PhD in Entomology, from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, for his research on parasitic Hymenoptera biology. He continued to focus on this research area as a visiting scientist (1989-1991) at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA). The study of parasitology and pathology of insect pests and pollinators is the core of his current research interests, along with technologies for sustainable insect control that can be developed on this background. He has published extensively within the field, including in discovery journals. In 2013 he was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the National Academy of Sciences of USA for his seminal work on elucidating the molecular mechanism through which the neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects the insect immune response. He co-edits the Journal of Insect Physiology and serves on the editorial boards of other entomological journals. He is the Co-Chair of the XI European Congress of Entomology, which will be held in Italy, in 2018. He is the President of the Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI) and member of the Italian National Academy of Entomology.

Thomas W. Scott

Born: 1950 | Appointed: 2012
Field: Medical Entomology
E-mail: twscott

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Bio: Thomas W. Scott (USA) born in 1950 is Distinguished Professor at the University of California at Davis. He received his Ph.D. in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University, was a post-doctoral fellow in epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and was a faculty member in the Department of Entomology, University of Maryland before relocating in 1996 to the Department of Entomology, University of California at Davis.

His research focuses on epidemiology of mosquito-borne disease, mosquito ecology, evolution of mosquito-pathogen interactions, and evaluation of novel products and strategies for disease control. He aims to generate the detailed, difficult to obtain data that are necessary for assessing current recommendations for disease prevention, rigorously testing fundamental assumptions in public health policy, and developing innovative, cost, and operationally effective strategic concepts for prevention of mosquito-borne disease. He has worked in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa with an emphasis on longitudinal studies in Peru and Thailand.

He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; National Research Council Associate; Past-President of the Society for Vector Ecology; past-Chair of the Mosquito Modeling Group in the program on Research and Policy in Infectious Disease Dynamics; Chair of the WHO Vector Control Advisory Group; and Co-Chair of the WHO Steering Committee for the Global Vector Control Response. 

He has published over 260 research articles and reviews. He served as an editor for several entomological and tropical disease journals. He organized the Medical and Veterinary Entomology section of the XXI International Congress of Entomology in Iguassu, Brazil.

Charles Vincent

Born: 1953 │ Appointed: 2016
Field: Pest Management; Alternatives to insecticides in agriculture
E-mail: ch20100

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Bio: Charles Vincent (Canada) born in 1953. After completion of a Ph.D. (1983) in Entomology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), he worked from 1983 to 2021 as a reserach scientist (agricultural entomology) for the Horticultural Research and Development Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. In 1984, he has been appointed adjunct professor at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. He has been appointed as adjunct at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1992, and, since 2000, is invited professor at l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France).


His research focus is on the management of insect populations of horticultural importance with biological (including biopesticides) and physical control methods. To date he published 186 scientific and more than 200 technical papers. He edited 24 books or technical bulletins and did > 500 presentations worldwide. Elected to the Académie d’agriculture de France in 2012, he received numerous awards, notably the Gold Medal of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Entomological Society of America (International Branch), and an International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Entomological Society of America, and the Royal Entomological Society (London, U.K.). He is an Honorary Member of the Société entomologique de France and the Entomological Society of America.

Marcel Dicke


Born: 1957; appointed 2023

Field: Insect Ecology, Multitrophic Interactions, Insect-Plant-Microbe Interactions

E-mail: marcel.dicke AT

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Dr. Marcel Dicke (the Netherlands) completed his MSc at Leiden University and his PhD at Wageningen University (both in the Netherlands). He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He is professor of Entomology and chair of the Laboratory of Entomology of Wageningen University (the Netherlands).

His research focuses on chemical, molecular, behavioural and community ecology of insects. He aims to understand ecological processes including the underlying mechanisms at the subcellular and physiological levels. His fundamental research is connected to applications in the fields of insects for biological control, host-plant resistance and insects for food and feed. He is the recipient of the Spinoza Award, 2007 (also known as the Dutch Nobel Prize), the Rank Prize for Nutrition (London 2006).

He published more than 500 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and several books among which (1) the text book Schoonhoven, L.M., van Loon, J.J.A., & Dicke, M. 2005. Insect-Plant Biology. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 421 pp. and (2) the Insect Cookbook,  by A. van Huis, H. van Gurp and M. Dicke 2014. Columbia University Press, 191 pp.

Dicke supervised more than 95 PhD students: for access to their theses click here.

He was Rhodes Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA (2013-2016), Visiting Professor at the Institute of Insect Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China (2008), Visiting Professor at the Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College at Silwood Park, UK (2002), Visiting  Professor at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany (1999) and Adjunct Associate Scientist at the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, U.S.A. (1993).

He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Chemical Ecology, Ecological Entomology, Current Opinion in Insect Biology, Insect Science and Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata.

Outreach activities include e.g. the organisation of the week-long festival Wageningen City of Insects (2006) and his TED talk at TED global entitled ‘Why not eat insects’. He was awarded the Eureka prize for science communication (2013).

Gail S. Anderson


Born: 1961│ Appointed: 2022

Field: Forensic Entomology

E-mail: ganderso AT


Dr. Gail S. Anderson (Canada) completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology at Manchester University, England, and her Master of Pest Management (M.P.M) and PhD in Entomology at Simon Fraser University, BC Canada.


Dr. Anderson is a Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Co-Director of the Centre for Forensic Research and holds a Burnaby Mountain Endowed Professorship. Since 1988, she has been a forensic entomology consultant to police, SPCA and Wildlife Enforcement and has testified as an expert witness many times. Her work has been featured in numerous television programs. Anderson was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science and Technology, the SFU Outstanding Alumni Award, the CSFS Derome Award, the most prestigious award the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences bestows for “outstanding contributions to the field of forensic science”, the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence and the AAFS, Path/Bio Award for Achievement in the Life Sciences.


TIME magazine listed her as one of the top five global innovators in the world, this century, in the field of Criminal Justice in 2001 and as one of the Leaders for the 21st Century in 1999. She was listed as one of the 100 most Influential Women in BC by the Vancouver Sun in 2010, and one of the six most influential scientists in 2015. She is a past President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, President of the Entomological Society of Canada, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the BC Entomological Society as well as a past Chair of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. She was recently awarded the ESC Gold Medal and the ESA Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology Recognition Award. She has published numerous papers and two books (both in 2nd editions).

Alison R. Mercer


Born: 1954│ Appointed: 2022
Field: Neuroethology, Neural mechanisms underlying insect behavior
E-mail: alison.mercer AT


Dr. Alison R. Mercer (New Zealand) is Professor Emerita at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She graduated with an Honours degree (Class I) in Zoology from Otago University in 1977 and completed her doctoral degree in 1979. After 3 years at the Free University in Berlin, Alison returned to a faculty position at the University of Otago in 1983. In 2002 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2008 received the award of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Science.


Her research focuses on the central role biogenic amines play in enabling insects to adapt to complex and ever-changing environments. She is Past President of the International Society for Neuroethology, a former Associate Editor of The Journal of Comparative Physiology A, and she continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, a position she has held since 2016. Dr. Mercer was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2022.

Mustapha El Bouhssini


Born: 1955 | Appointed: 2022

Field: Integrated Pest Management

E-mail: mustapha.elbouhssini AT



Dr. El Bouhssini earned his PhD in entomology from Kansas State University (KSU) in 1992. He started his research career as entomologist at the Dryland Research Center (INRA-Morocco) before joining the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in 1996. Dr. El Bouhssini has been an Adjunct Faculty at KSU, Entomology Department since 2005.  He joined Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in 2021 as Professor of Entomology and Program Lead, Biodiversity and Plant Sciences. Since February 2023, Dr. El Bouhssini has been appointed Associate Dean for Research at the College of Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UM6P.  His major research focus has been on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of key pests of cereals, food legumes, date palm and cactus.


Dr. El Bouhssini has made exceptional contributions to the development of IPM options that are increasingly used and scaled out particularly in the West Asia, Central Asia, and North Africa regions. Dr. El Bouhssini has been the recipient of several awards that have recognized his achievements in the scientific field of entomology. Major awards include the 2021 Grand Prix Hasan II for Invention & Agronomic Research, category of Advanced Sciences and Technologies, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in plant resistance to insects from the International Association of Plant Resistance to Insects, the 2014 Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Branch of the Entomological Society of America, the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Kansas State University Department of Entomology and the 2007 International Plant Protection Award of Distinction from the International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences.

Jessica Ware


Born: 1977 | Appointed: 2022
Field: Insect systematics, evolution and behaviour
E-mail: jware AT



Jessica Ware is a full curator in invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Ware serves as the chair of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology for the American Museum of Natural History and serves on several editorial boards including Science. Dr. Ware’s research focuses on the evolution of behavioral and physiological adaptations in insects, with an emphasis on how these occur in Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) and Dictyoptera (termites, cockroaches, and mantises). She holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and a PhD from Rutgers, New Brunswick. Dr. Ware served as president of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association 2019-2021 and serves as past president of the Entomological Society of America. She serves as president elect of the Society of Systematic Biologists. She was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) medal from the US government for her work on insect evolution in 2019.

Helen Roy

Born: 1969 | Appointed: 2022
Field: Ecology
E-mail:hele AT


Professor Helen Roy MBE Hon. FRES, is an ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Her research focuses on the effects of environmental change, particularly biological invasions, on biodiversity and ecosystems. Helen leads many collaborative national and international research projects on biological invasions with a focus on enhancing information to inform understanding of the impacts of invasive alien species. Helen also enjoys science communication and public engagement with research, which led to her interest in citizen science; an approach that she has implemented in a number of contexts perhaps notably the collaborative studies she has led alongside volunteers to track the spread of the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis and other alien species. Helen leads a Defra-funded project to produce a comprehensive information portal on non-native species in Great Britain, which also includes annual reports on status and trends of invasive alien species and the development of an alert system for people to report sightings of concern. Over the last few years, she has had the privilege of working with the UK Overseas Territories to predict and prioritise invasive non-native species. Her research on invasive non-native species has received international recognition and she is currently one of the co-chairs for a thematic assessment of invasive alien species for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Helen is past-president (2019-2023) of the Royal Entomological Society.

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