Swiss Entomological Society

The Swiss Entomological Society (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

EEA (2019) The European environment — state and outlook 2020: knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe
  • 2019

The European environment — state and outlook 2020

Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report states that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. The report says, however, there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and stepped up EU action like the European Green Deal.
BAFU: Umwelt und Gesundheit in der Schweiz
  • 2019

Umwelt und Gesundheit in der Schweiz

Die Beseitigung von Schadstoffquellen und der Schutz natürlicher Lebensräume sowie der Arten- und Pflanzenvielfalt nützen nicht nur der Umwelt, sondern auch der menschlichen Gesundheit. Ein von den Bundesämtern für Umwelt (BAFU) und Gesundheit (BAG) gemeinsam herausgegebener Bericht zeigt auf, wie sich Umwelt und Gesundheit auf vielfältige Weise gegenseitig beeinflussen, welche Fortschritte im Umweltschutz unserer Gesundheit zugutekommen und wo Handlungsbedarf besteht.
  • 2019

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 142

Waldreservate – was lange währt, wird endlich gut


c/o Hannes Baur
Naturhistorisches Museum Bern
Bernastrasse 15
3005 Bern

+41 31 350 72 64

Willkommen im Reich der Insekten!

Baur, Hannes Portrait Foto

In no other animal group are so many new species described every year. Not surprising, given that insects represent approximately 80% of all known species. Nevertheless, it is remarkable that so many new species are discovered in a region as well studied as Switzerland.

The description of new species represents a fundamental part of taxonomic research. Equally important is our understanding of the biology, distribution and ecology of these species.

Since the founding of the society in 1858, the SES has encouraged the study of indigenous species through the publication of books and a journal, 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.

Become a member of the Swiss Entomological Society today!

– Hannes Baur

President of the Swiss Entomological Society