Swiss Entomological Society (SES)

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

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 147
  • 2020

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 147

Überraschend hohe Wildbienen-Vielfalt in der Stadt Zürich
Gene drives: benefits, risks, and possible applications
  • 2020

Gene drives: benefits, risks, and possible applications

Gene drives are genetic elements that skew the pattern of inheritance of a given characteristic in sexually reproduc- ing organisms. They can be used to spread a characteristic that can alter or even reduce the numbers of individuals in wild populations of a certain species.
EASAC Commentary "How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?"
  • 2020

How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?

The design of efforts by the European Union (EU) and its Member States to recover from COVID-19 will determine the quality of people’s lives for decades to come. Related to the EU’s plans for a green recovery, European Academies urge policymakers to recognise the critical role of science and to step up efforts in three key areas: energy, ecosystem and health.


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