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Cooperations and Networks


International Project Sciaridae (IPS)In 1994 the »International Project Network Sciaridae« (IPS) was founded, which unites scientists of different disciplines and brings them together in a binding network of projects. A worldwide network for interdisciplinary co-operative research was created to solve global problems in biodiversity and phylogenetic research, as well as to elucidate causal relationships in the fields of palaeontology and applied research on Diptera (with respect to the study object "Sciaridae"). Currently coordinated within the project network is the work of 13 Sciaridae specialists from Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Japan, Kazachstan, Russia, Sweden and South Korea. As a result of the research profile and because of its specialised entomological library, the SDEI became responsible for project coordination and its function as a centre for literature and information (Dr. Frank Menzel). The results of research are jointly published by members of the IPS, and exchanged within the group and with project partners in order to answer questions of interdisciplinary nature. The compilation, processing and analysis of the research results takes place in a database. You can find more information on the »International Projekt Network Sciaridae« on the following pages.

Short description of cooperation within the IPS  PDF-Datei
Network projects of the IPS PDF-Datei
Sciaridae specialists in the IPS PDF-Datei
Publications from the IPS (selection) PDF-Datei



Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI).The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI; Swedish: Svenska Artprojektet) is a state funded research project presently intended to run for 20 years. Its objective is to record and document the 60,000 multicellular animal and plant species found on Swedish territory.  The STI inventories not only the previously known groups of organisms, but provides generous funding for research on particularly neglected groups of organisms. The SDEI is involved in two part-projects under the remit of the STI (Dr. Mathias Jaschhof). The first part-project was concluded in 2009 with the publication of the book „The Wood Midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Lestremiinae) of Fennoscandia and Denmark“. The second part-project also concerns fungus-feeding gall midges (Cecidomyiidae) and focusses on taxonomic research on the Porricondylinae of Sweden. This work will continue into 2012. More information on the »Swedish Taxonomy Initiative« (STI) can be found on the Website of ArtDatabanken.


Fauna Europaea.Recorded and considered are all data on the diversity of dark-winged fungus gnats (Sciaridae) in member states of the European Union. To this end, literature searches are conducted, own collections of material made, more recent material at the SDEI or other research institutes is scientifically assessed and the data on occurrence recorded electronically (IPS datenbase). The results flow in processed form into the »Fauna Europaea Database Project«, supported by the European Union. In 2004 the data were made available to this project for 621 sciarid species and the first checklists with distribution maps published (Heller & Menzel 2004: Fauna Europaea: Sciaridae. - In: de Jong, H. (ed.): Fauna Europaea: Diptera, Nematocera. - Fauna Europaea. Database version 1.1, Amsterdam). In future work will be concentrated on little known regions of central and western Europe or on the analysis of larger batches of material acquired from jointly run ecological projects. Additionally, work will be done on national faunas of individual states (Germany, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic) or on diverse checklists (Estonia, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Republic). A significantly re-worked edition of Version 1.2 is currently being prepared, in which also new knowledge on the nomenclature and systematics of Sciaridae is presented. More information on this database project can be found on the Website of Fauna Europaea.


AK Diptera.The German Diptera Working Group (AK DIPTERA) is an independent forum for German dipterists. Both amateur scientists and professional entomologists belong to this super-regional and interdisciplinary organ. The working group has no strict organisational structure. It is supported by the Deutschen Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (DGaaE) and the Entomofaunistischen Gesellschaft (EFG). The honorary administration of the AK DIPTERA is currently in the hands of Dr. Frank Menzel, SDEI Müncheberg (head) and Dr. Doreen Werner, ZALF Müncheberg (deputy head). As a platform for work in progress and discussions, the AK DIPTERA encourages contact between dipterists across national borders and initiates its own research projects. It delivers first and foremost contributions to the Diptera fauna of Germany, conducts literature searches on the Diptera fauna and collates information on the size and place of repositories of collections of Diptera in the German Federal Republic. Further areas of activity derive from the growing significance as a centre for information and advice. To these activities may be reckoned the recommendation of cooperative partners and advice on persons who might be prepared to identify specimens. To the significant fields of work of the working group belong - with special emphasis on the Diptera - faunal studies and zoogeography, comparitive morphology, phylogenetic systematics, ecology and aspects of behavioural and applied studies. The AK DIPTERA meets annually. To this end a two day symposium consisting of 5-6 talks and a whole day excursion is held usually between the 1st and 30th of June. Participants are also able to exchange thoughts and views during the evening in an informal atmosphere. More information can be found at Website of the AK DIPTERA.


Studia Dipterologica.The »Studia dipterologia - Journal of taxonomy, systematics, ecology and faunistics of Diptera« (ISSN 0945-3954) was founded in 1994 by Dr. Andreas Stark (Halle an der Saale) and Dr. Frank Menzel (Müncheberg). Resulting from a private initiative, it has developed into the most significant journal with content exclusively referring to Diptera. Original works in the field of  taxonomy, phylogenetic systematics, faunal studies, biology, ecology, zoogeography and behavioural research are published, as long as they principally relate to the order Diptera. Additionally, works on the life’s work of dipterists (biographies, festschriften, obituaries, publication lists), travel and expedition reports, works on collections of Diptera, catalogues and checklists on selected groups of Diptera, announcements of events for dipterists, reports on symposia and congresses, short  notes and book reviews are also published. The »Studia dipterologica« was published up to 2009 by the Ampyx-Verlag (Halle an der Saale). Since January 2010 it is issued by the Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut (Müncheberg). Editors are Frank Menzel (Müncheberg), John Kramer (Oadby) and Andreas Stark (Halle an der Saale). Editorial duties are performed at the SDEI by Frank Menzel, Mathias Jaschhof and Andrea Thiele. The journal possesses an international editorial panel, actively supported by the editors. The scientific panel comprises 21 people from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Czech Republic and the USA. Subscribers to the »Studia dipterologica« come from over 30 countries spread worldwide. The journal is abstracted by the Zoological Record (BIOSIS), CAB Abstracts (CABI) and VINITI (Moscow). More information can be obtained at Website of the Studia dipterologica. Please send enquiries and orders to .


Studia Dipterologica Supplement.

The series »Studia dipterologica Supplement - Dipterological Monographs« (ISSN 1433-4968) was founded in 1997 by Dr. Andreas Stark (Halle an der Saale) and Dr. Frank Menzel (Müncheberg). Appearing irregularly, but normally with one or two volumes per year), the series contains monographies on Diptera that are longer than 50 printed pages. In this way authors are given the opportunity to publish longer original articles on Diptera. Similarly to the journal »Studia dipterologica«, the series sets out to support the scientific objectives of dipterists. The profile of »Studia dipterologica Supplement« accordingly is orientated on that of »Studia dipterologica«. The main content consists however of complete revisions, works on identification, complex national faunas, checklists, catalogues, collection and type catalogues, bibliographies as well as theoretical and entomological-historical contributions on the Diptera. Doctoral theses concerning Diptera are also published, as long as these are judged at least “good” by the reviewers. You can obtain further information at the Website of the Studia dipterologica Supplement. Please send enquiries and orders to .