ICE 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology - Entomology Without Borders

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In September 2016 from the 25th - 30th, iDigBio heads to ICE 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

From the ICE 2016 website: "The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is honored to host ICE 2016, the XXV International Congress of Entomology, under the theme Entomology without Borders. The event is expected to bring together the largest delegation of scientists and experts in the history of the discipline, ...The Congress will allow scientists and students to interact with the world’s leading experts in many specialties to exchange ideas and build on their research. Symposia will highlight the most recent advances in a wide diversity of entomological subjects around the global theme."

iDigBio at ICE 2016.

  1. Come see us in the Exhibit Hall in booth #433! Meet Molly Phillips, iDigBio's Education and Outreach Coordinator, and other iDigBio staff. Try out the Libraries of Life cards. Find out what's new from iDigBio and how you can be a part of it. If you're very lucky, we'll have a 3-D sticker ready and waiting for you, and maybe a live insect or two.
  2. Find out how you can be part of the Insect Expo at ICE 2016. This Expo will feature incredible exhibits that include arts & crafts, an insect petting zoo, cockroach racing, cricket spitting, songs, games, edible insects, and fun projects that kids can take back home. iDigBio can't wait to show the kids the Libraries of Life 3-D cards and talk to them about insects. Organized by Andrine A. Shufran, and Marianne Shockley.
  3. iDigBio Symposium: Data Without Borders - see the Symposium Wiki for a list of all the speakers and talks. Organized by Deborah Paul - Integrated Digitized Biological Collections (iDigBio), Florida State University, Institute for Digital Information; Pamela S. Soltis - Integrated Digitized Biological Collections (iDigBio), University of Florida  Paul K. J. Flemons - Atlas of Living Australia; Nicole Fisher - Australian National Insect Collection
    1. Many new and updated methods for collecting biological specimens now result in faster access for everyone to richer, more robust data for research. Scientists are learning new skills for collecting and managing field and lab data using relevant data standards, and publishing enhanced data sets as a result. Best practices for describing data sets with metadata are leading to improved data discovery. Researchers now have access to ever larger data sets for visualization, analysis, and modeling. In our symposium, we present a broad array of examples of the latest developments in biodiversity research using biological specimen data, including genomics, habitat, and trait data. We present current trends in collecting and vouchering of specimens and field data, methods and tools for digitizing the specimen data, and tools and skills needed for visualizing the data. We then highlight how the data are being used, especially for research that expands our understanding of biodiversity. Our Data without Borders session naturally fits the Entomology without Borders theme, addressing the worldwide need for fit-for-research-use data.
      1. We will be recording these talks, and broadcasting if circumstances allow.
  4. Symposium: Entomology in the Digital Age organized by Barbara J. Sharanowski - University of Manitoba; Ana Dal Molin - University of Manitoba; Miles Zhang - University of Central Florida; Leanne Peixoto - University of Manitoba. Friday afternoon, September 30th, 2016. Invited talks in this symposium:
    1. Insights from the Thematic Collections Networks and beyond on using digitized specimens for education and outreach. Talia Karim1, Misha Leong2, Molly Phillips (, Mari Roberts4 and Katja C. Seltmann5, 1University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 2California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, 3Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL, 4New York Botanical Garden, New York, NY, 5University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
    2. Biodiversity informatics skills for collections and research in the 21st Century. Deborah Paul (, Pamela Soltis2 and Matthew Collins3, 1Integrated Digitized Biological Collections (iDigBio), and Florida State University, Institute for Digital Information and Scien, Tallahassee, FL, 2Integrated Digitized Biological Collections (iDigBio), Gainesville, FL, 3University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Read more about it


Start Date: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day)
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)