Registration is open for the first international conference for Blattodea research, the ICBR, which will take place on 3rd to 4th April 2023 in Münster Castle, Germany.

We are still accepting registrations for virtual attendance:

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We will be bringing together scientists at all career stages from all over the world to present and discuss exciting new research on Blattodea biology. We look forward to receiving you next Spring in Münster!

Preliminary schedule and plenary speakers:

Day 1 - 3rd April

Session 1: Metamorphosis, physiology & development

Session 2: Microbiome, hormones & immunity

Xavier Belles
Honorary Professor of the CSIC at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra), in Barcelona, Spain.

Xavier Beles’ lines of research focus on the study of the evolution of insect metamorphosis, from the morphological to the molecular scale, and using cockroaches as a model.

Thomas Bourguignon
Associate Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Thomas Bourguignon studies the ecology and evolution of termites, non-termite cockroach-es, and their associated symbionts using a combination of phylogenetics, genomics, and transcriptomics.

Poster session: 16-18

Dinner: 19:00

Day 2 - 4th April

Session 3: Social evolution, ageing & termite ecology

Session 4: Blattodea phylogeny & evolution

Judith Korb
Professor, Institute of Biology, University of Freiburg

Judith Korb is an evolutionary biologist and ecologist, interested in topics such as social evolution, evolution of ageing and tropical ecology, using termites as model organisms.

Frédéric Legendre
Associate Professor, Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité.
MNHN, Paris

Frédéric Legendre reconstructs phylogenetic trees to study the evolution of Blattodea, from their social behaviour to their patterns of diversification in space and time.

General assembly - 16-18

Dinner 19:00