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

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 145
  • 2020

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 145

Abnahme einer spezialisierten Käferart in der Region Basel
EEA Report 24/2019: Floodplains: a natural system to preserve and restore
  • 2020

Floodplains: a natural system to preserve and restore

The preservation and restoration of Europe’s largely degraded floodplains, must be better prioritised according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. The report says floodplains have a key role to play in improving biodiversity, water, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs
  • 2020

Variety is the source of life

For millennia, humankind’s food security and resilience were ensured by thousands of cultivated plant species, dozens of domesticated animal species, and the wider biodiversity from which they derive. But with the expansion of industrial agriculture and globalized standardized food systems, this long-running agricultural biodiversity has fallen steeply. Today, just three plant species account for half of all plant-based food calories, and only four animal species account for the vast majority of meat supplies. Looking ahead, restoring agrobiodiversity – the richness of what we cultivate, breed, consume, and conserve in the wild – is crucial to ensure resilient food systems against the backdrop of climate change. In particular, we must safeguard the livelihoods of the “guardians of agrobiodiversity”: approximately 500 million small farms across the world – particularly those in the global South. This factsheet outlines causes and consequences of agrobiodiversity loss, areas of promise, and options for policy and research.

Contact

SEG
c/o Dr. Oliver Yves Martin
ETH Zürich
D-BIOL
CHN E 19.2
Universitätsstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
Switzerland


+41 44 632 36 60
E-mail

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