Swiss Entomological Society (SES)

The SES fosters cooperation among both professional and amateur entomologists and promotes the scientific study of indigenous insects.

Insects — Boundless diversity

Insects are by far the most diverse group of living organisms. There are over 30’000 species in Switzerland, or approximately ten times more insects than plants! In addition to their spectacular diversity, insects have a significant impact on our environment and daily lives.

On this website, we regularly publish insect news from all fields of research. Let yourself be inspired!

  • Publications

Arten vor dem Aus
  • 2020

Arten vor dem Aus

Still und leise verschwinden in der Schweiz unzählige Tier- und Pflanzenarten. Zusammen mit dem Fotografen Tomas Wüthrich begleiteten die Journalisten Gregor Klaus und Nicolas Gattlen Artenforscherinnen und Artenforscher auf der Suche nach den letzten Überlebenden von elf Spezies.
GSDR 2019
  • 2019

Global Sustainable Development Report 2019: The Future is Now – Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

According to this United Nations report, achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people — expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030 — is still possible, but only if there is a fundamental — and urgent — change in the relationship between people and nature, and a significant reduction in social and gender inequalities between and inside countries. The quadrennial report was commissioned by the Member States of the United Nations in 2016, to help inform the 2019 SDG Summit. It was drafted by an independent group of 15 scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General.
Nahrungsnetze im Schweizerischen Nationalpark
  • 2020

Nahrungsnetze im Schweizerischen Nationalpark

Pflanzenfressende Tiere spielen in den Weide-Ökosystemen von Nationalparks eine zentrale Rolle. Während grosse Tiere wie Hirsche und Gämsen für eine hohe Biodiversität sorgen, halten kleine wirbellose Tiere wie Schnecken, Insekten und Fadenwürmer das Ökosystem am Laufen. Fehlen bestimmte Artengruppen, werden Nahrungsnetze und Nährstoffkreisläufe unterbrochen, das Zusammenspiel vielfältiger Lebensgemeinschaften zerfällt. Dies zeigen Forschende der WSL und des Schweizerischen Nationalparks in einem Fachbuch.


c/o Dr. Oliver Yves Martin
ETH Zürich
CHN E 19.2
Universitätsstrasse 16
8092 Zürich

+41 44 632 36 60

Willkommen im Reich der Insekten!

Martin, Oliver Porträt

Insects account for the majority of animal species. Beyond this diversity, insects impress due to various remarkable facets of their biology, as well as far-reaching interactions with other organisms. Insects provide key ecosystem services, and are of central importance for humans.

Insect species are currently endangered worldwide. It has hence become more important than ever to understand more about the diversity, evolution, distribution and ecology of these fascinating animals.

Since the founding of the society in 1858, the SES has encouraged the study of insects through the publication of the “Fauna Helvetica” book series and the journal “Alpine Entomology”, the organization of annual meetings and the support of various research groups. All of these activities have the same objective: to create an active network of entomologists and other entomologically interested people.

Become a member of the Swiss Entomological Society today!

Oliver Martin

President of the Swiss Entomological Society