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Circular 8th International Congress of Dipterology

10-15 August, 2014, Potsdam, Germany

Dear fellow Dipterists,

Preparations for the ICD8 proceed as planned and the scientific program is taking shape. In the first circular you were informed about the ICD8 organizing committee, venue, accommodation, fees, etc. Please visit our webpage at for this and other information.

More than 150 dipterists have already registered their interest. At this point we would like to provide some preliminary information on the scientific program and the post congress tours, which will help you plan your attendance.

We make efforts to reach as many potential delegates as possible so please excuse if you receive this information more than once.

To assist us in planning ahead for the congress and shape the congress to everybody’s needs, please complete and return the attached form to Mrs. Sara Werner at or via fax +49 (0) 30 - 76 76 84 -29.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the ICD8 Organizing committee,

Sincerely yours,

Marion Kotrba (ICD8 chair)

Registration of interest

Important Dates

Early registration: September 2013 - 1st February 2014

Regular registration: until 1st July 2014

Abstract submission deadline: 1st May 2014

Scientific Program

The Scientific Committee is headed by Netta Dorchin ( and includes Daniel Bickel, Martin Hauser, Ashley Kirk-Spriggs and Rudolf Meier. The following is a preliminary list of plenary talks and symposia. Additional symposia are in planning and will be added to the program pending sufficient interest from potential speakers.

If you want to contribute to a specific symposium, please contact the relevant symposium organizer or Netta Dorchin ( Contributed talks are most welcome! You can also submit talks on topics that are not represented in the following list or suggest additional symposia. Contributed talks will be allocated to appropriate symposia by the scientific committee.

Plenary talks

* Maureen Coetzee (RSA) - Mosquitoes and the prospects for malaria elimination
* Steve Marshall (Canada) - Dipteran diversity through a different lens: digital photography and the democratization of dipterology
* Rudolf Meier (Singapore) - Using genomics, morphology, and behavior to reveal the creative power of sexual selection in Sepsidae
* Thomas Pape (Denmark) - Europe as a frontier in fly diversity research


* Advances in Neotropical Dipterology - Claudio Carvalho, Marcia Couri, Marta Wolff
* Behavioral ecology - Wolf Blanckenhorn
* Bibionomorpha - Chris Borkent
* Biodiversity surveys - Marc Pollet
* Calyptrata - Daniel Whitmore
* Ceratopogonidae - Art Borkent Diptera anatomy and morphology - Rolf Beutel
* Diptera biogeography – patterns and processes - Ashley Kirk-Spriggs
* Empidoidea - Marc Pollet
* Evolution and ecology of parasitoid Diptera - John Stireman
* Fossil Diptera - Dan Bickel, Christel Hoffeins
* Global Dipterology - Torsten Dikow, Thomas Pape
* Higher phylogeny - Brian Wiegmann
* Lower Brachycera Phylogeny - Torsten Dikow
* Psychodidae - Rüdiger Wagner
* Sciomyzidae - Mike Gormalli
* Simuliidae - Doreen Werner
* Stalk-eyed flies - Philip Johns, Richard Baker
* Syrphoidea- Ximo Mengual
* Tephritoidea - Marc de Meyer
* Traps, attractants and collection techniques for dipterans - Andreas Rose

Post congress tours (leave on Saturday morning and end Monday evening)

The three following post congress tours are currently planned:

* Gdańsk (Poland) - the city of Baltic amber (amber museum, amber factory, sightseeing);
* Thuringia (Germany) - collecting trip to Hainich National Park at "Thiemsburg" and Thuringian Forest at "Großer Inselsberg"; with guided tour to Wartburg castle and accommodation in Eisenach
* Saxony (Germany) - collecting trip to Saxony Switzerland National Park (Elbe Sandstone Mountains); with guided tour in Meißen and accommodation in Pirna

Additional information will be posted on the congress webpage soon. The tours can be booked through our website once registration opens. Respective collecting permits will be organized upon request.
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