Invertebrate Link (JCCBI) Symposium 2015


Specialist Group Day Meeting

11:00 Wednesday 23rd September 2015

In association with the Linnean Society’s Taxonomy & Systematics Committee

Formed in 1968 as the Joint Committee for the Conservation of British Insects, Invertebrate Link (JCCBI) brings together organisations concerned with the conservation and study of invertebrates in the UK. It provides a forum for the sharing of information and views amongst its member organisations, which include leading conservation charities, statutory bodies, entomological societies and specialist groups. Over the years, Invertebrate Link has produced various well-regarded codes of practice, guidance documents and policy statements, and has organised conferences highlighting its concerns, many of which are shared by the Linnean Society’s Taxonomy & Systematics Committee. Speakers at this Symposium, which marks Invertebrate Link’s 100th meeting, will address a range of such themes, including recruitment of the next generation of invertebrate specialists and biological recorders, and the importance of specimen collections, best practice in site surveys, and co-operation towards shared goals.

Symposium Programme

10:30 Registration

11:10 Welcome. David Cutler Chairman, Taxonomy & Systematics Committee, Linnean Society

11:15 Introduction. Oliver Cheesman Chairman, Invertebrate Link (JCCBI)

11:20 Reflections on one hundred meetings. Mike Morris Honorary President, Invertebrate Link (JCCBI)

11:35 Just a load of dead bugs? The value, use and future of insect collections in conservation. Darren Mann Head of Life Collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

12:20 New guidance on commissioning invertebrate surveys: working towards a more rigorous framework for site assessment. Sarah Henshall Lead Ecologist, Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

13:05 Lunch

14:00 Biological recording of invertebrates: celebrating the past and looking to the future. Helen Roy Co-ordinator of Zoological Data & Research, Biological Records Centre, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

14:45 All Linked Up? The value of partnership working for invertebrate translocations. Jane Sears Biodiversity Projects Officer, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

15:30 Tea

16:00 “I started with the AES” - supporting the entomologists of tomorrow. Dafydd Lewis Honorary Secretary, Amateur Entomologists’ Society

16:45 Species monitoring in the Environment Agency: developing new training resources for invertebrate identification. Richard Chadd Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer, Environment Agency

17:30 Concluding remarks. Oliver Cheesman

18:00 Wine reception

A nominal fee of £10 per delegate will be charged to cover lunch and tea/coffee.

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