Senckenberg Research

Conference: Alien and native vectors

Alien and native vectors - risks for human and animal health

29.10.2009 - 31.10.2009

Joint conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Entomologie und Acarologie e.V. (DGMEA) and the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)

Annual meeting of DGMEA

Venue: Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Climate change will affect the distribution and population dynamics of animal carriers of disease like mosquitoes or ticks, and the pathogens that are spread by these. For Germany, this means the risk of introductions and establishment of „exotic“ arthropods with high vector competence as well as new diseases transmitted by native species which had not before played any role as disease vectors. However, the distribution of pathogens and their vectors in Germany and their public health significance have remained surprisingly poorly known. Thus, systematic analyses of the influence of climate change on the diversity and distribution of vectors and pathogens are much needed, as are long-term surveys of species which may serve as disease vectors now or in the future. The first outbreak of a disease transmitted by blood sucking insects in Germany since the disappearance of endemic malaria in the middle of the last century – the sudden appearance in the summer of 2006 of blue-tongue disease which is transmitted by gnats of the family Ceratopogonidae – strikingly illustrated these research and monitoring needs.
This interdisciplinary conference will address these problems from different angles and is hoped to contribute to a revival of medical entomology in Germany where this discipline has long been neglected.

We are looking forward to your participation and contributions!

Confirmed invited speakers

  • Paul Becker
    Deutscher Wetterdienst, Offenbach
  • Michael Faulde
    Zentrales Institut des Sanitätsdienstes der Bundeswehr
  • Andrzej Grzywacz
    Instytut Ekologii i Ochrony Srodowiska, Torun
  • Martin Hall
    The Natural History Museum, London
  • Helge Kampen
    Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Insel Riems
  • Silvia Pluta
    Landesgesundheitsamt Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
  • Peter Kraiczy
    Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
  • Martin Pfeffer
    Institut für Tierhygiene und Öffentliches Veterinärwesen, Leipzig
  • Paul Ready
    The Natural History Museum, London
  • Francis Schaffner
    Universität Zürich
  • Doreen Werner
    Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut, Müncheberg

The official conference languages are English and German.

A taxonomic workshop on the "Identification of house flies of medical and sanitary importance (Diptera: Muscidae)" will be held in conjunction with the conference on 30 October 2009, and will be announced separately. Participation in this workshop is free but the number of participants is limited. Therefore, registration for this workshop is by informal e-mail application to Jens Amendt (amendt[at]

Preliminary programme

Thursday, 29.10.2009 

Conference opening

Evening lecture (in German, open to the public). Professor Dr. Michael Faulde of the Zentrales Institut des Sanitätsdienstes der Bundeswehr speaks on the topic of “Disease vectors everywhere: Medical Entomology in a globalised world” 

Reception (registered conference participants and accompanying persons only)

Friday, 30.10.2009

Scientific programme (oral and poster presentations)

Taxonomic workshop on the identification of house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) of medical and sanitary importance

DGMEA business meeting

Conference dinner

Saturday, 31.10.2009

Scientific programme (oral and poster presentations)

Farewell lunch

Closing of conference in the afternoon

Key dates

15 March 2009: Registration opens at reduced early fee
From 15 June 2009: Standard registration fee applies
30 June 2009: Deadline for abstract submission

Student awards

The two best abstracts authored and submitted by student participants will be honoured during the conference; the winners will also get a full refund of the registration fee. Students wishing to take part in the competition must be registered participants and must submit an abstract as single or first author before the abstract deadline, clearly stating “student abstract” below the abstract text body.

Conference fees

The evening lecture of the conference on 29 October 2009 is open to the public and free of charge (subject to availability of seats). Participation in the reception immediately after this lecture and in all other events of the conference requires paid registration as detailed below. Reduced fees apply for members and staff of DGMEA, SGN, and BiK-F and its partner organizations. 

Reduced fees for students

Reduced fees apply for students and student members of DGMEA, SGN, and BiK-F and partner organizations. Students must provide proof of student status at time of registration (e.g., copy of student card or letter of confirmation from professor or university). This must be submitted in a single fax or PDF together with a copy of the bank transfer form (see below).

Accompanying persons

Registration as an accompanying person entitles to participation in all conference activities (e.g., conference dinner and receptions) except scientific sessions.

Early registration (money transfer until 15 June 2009):

Regular 70 EUR
Member (DGMEA, BiK-F, SGN) 50 EUR
Student, non-member 30 EUR
Student member (DGMEA, BiK-F, SGN) 20 EUR
Accompanying person 30 EUR

Standard registration (money transfer after 15 June 2009 or cash payment on site, in EUR only):

Regular 85 EUR
Member (DGMEA, BiK-F, SGN) 65 EUR
Student, non-member 45 EUR
Student member (DGMEA, BiK-F, SGN) 35 EUR
Accompanying person 45 EUR

There will be no tickets or discounts for single-day attendance.


Payment should be made in Euro by bank transfer to the following account. If you are unable to make your bank transfer in Euro, 15 Euro must be added to the registration fee to cover additional banking charges.

Account holder: Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Name of bank: Frankfurter Sparkasse
Account number: 760157
Routing code/BLZ: 500 502 01
IDNr: DE 114235295
IBAN: DE15 5005 0201 0000 7601 57
SWIFT/BIC: HELADEF1822 - Frankfurter Sparkasse
Posting text: [participant’s name] + BiK-F/DGMEA2009

Please ensure to provide this essential information in the posting text (“Verwendungszweck” in German) and send a copy of your bank transfer receipt by fax to +49-69-7542-1800 (within Germany: 069-7542-1800). Alternatively, send a PDF of your bank transfer receipt by e-mail attachment to Ulrich.Kuch[at], with “BiK-F/DGMEA2009” in the header of your message.

Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations must be in writing and addressed to the organizers. Administrative fees of 15 Euro will be applied to all refunds for cancellations received before 1 September 2009. After that date, no refunds will be available.

Abstract submission

Abstracts must be prepared as individual Word or RTF files in the format detailed below and submitted as e-mail attachments to the organizers (amendt[at], with “Abstract BiK-F/DGMEA2009” in the message header.

Abstract format: Times New Roman script; title of presentation 14 pt, bold, all capital letters; author names 12 pt, in full, using superscript numbers not separated by spaces to indicate institutional affiliations/addresses in the case of two or more authors (e.g., John Meyer1, James W. Müller2, Jane B. Schultze1); full institutional and postal addresses of all authors in italics (preceded by superscript numbers where appropriate), with e-mail address of corresponding author only. The abstract text body must be prepared as single-paragraph running text of no more than 2000 characters including spaces.    
Below the abstract text body, skip a line and indicate your preference for “oral presentation” or “poster presentation”. If you are a student and wish to participate in the award competition, in addition indicate “student abstract”.

Oral presentations

Contributed talks are restricted to 15 minutes including discussion (i.e., up to 12 minutes talk and 3 minutes discussion). All presenters are kindly requested to leave room for discussion and to stay in the allocated time period.

The conference room is equipped with a beamer and a PC with Windows XP operating system and MS Office software for PowerPoint presentations. There will be no Macintosh computer. Please make sure that your PowerPoint presentation runs smoothly on a PC with Windows XP. PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded from CD or USB memory stick.

Poster format

Poster size should be A0 portrait format (120 cm high and 85 cm wide).


As an international financial and trade fair centre with a major airport, Frankfurt offers a broad range of accommodation opportunities. However, the city is a busy place so participants are strongly advised to make their accommodation arrangements as soon as possible, e.g., using the services of the Frankfurt tourism office ( The conference does not coincide with any trade fair or other major event so hotels should offer “off season” rates. We recommend that you do specifically request this because some hotels had erroneous information on the dates of the Frankfurt Marathon and Marathon Mall (see, which in fact take place 23-25 October 2009 and not on the weekend of the conference. Information on the Frankfurt youth hostel can be found at


Jens Amendt (amendt[at]
Institut für Forensische Medizin, Goethe-Universität

Ulrich Kuch (Ulrich.Kuch[at]
LOEWE Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F)

Online registration 

Please use the form provided for online registration. In the field “Membership Number” simply enter “DGMEA” if you are a member of this society, “BiK-F” if you are faculty or staff of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre or its partner institutions, “SGN” if you are a member of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, and “student” if you are enrolled as a full-time student. Multiple entries are welcome, if applicable, because student members enjoy particular fee reductions.

To online registration