Back from two conferences in Cambridge organised by the Royal Entomological Society.
The first was a special interest group conference (Infection and Immunity) which was interesting with much of the research being done on well established model systems leaving me a little bitter that so much foundation work is still to be done on the humble bumblebee!
Following this one day meeting, it was over to Ento’12,again hosted by the RES and this was themed on insects in agriculture (paying tribute Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”). There’s currently some very interesting research being done on pesticide effects on insects, including pollinators and this area seems like it will continue to find worrying findings as more focus is brought upon it.
Whilst there, I presented some work currently in prep for publication and despite talking a little beyond the allotted time, it went down well.
All in all, a busy week meeting lots of new faces and hearing some interesting ideas.