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EAAP Insect Study Commission at the EAAP 70th Annual Meeting

The EAAP Insect Study Commission invites you to the 70th Annual Meeting of EAAP. The meeting takes place from August 26th to August 30th 2019 in the historic city of Ghent, Belgium. Three theme sessions, two challenge sessions and two project sessions on insects are included in the preliminary program. In total 51 oral presentations and 32 poster presentations will highlight latest research results and developments highly relevant for the insect sector but also for other linked branches.
Registration is open. Early bird registration ends on June 1st!

Scientific interest for insects for feed is growing

More and more people are interested in the use of insects as animal feed or as animal feed ingredient. Insect products are allowed for use already in petfood and aquaculture. It is expected that EU-regulations will be adapted in the near future and thereafter insect products may also be used as feed material for poultry and pigs. Research is making progress and the number of papers on insects as mini-livestock increases rapidly as shown during a one-day symposium on “Insects for Feed” during the annual EAAP meeting. Read more

Dr. Deruytter awarded with best presentation

 The President of EAAP and the Council of EAAP has awarded Dr Deruytter, Inagro, Applied insect breeding research center, Belgium the “Best Presentation Award”, from the Insects Study Commission (Session 36) during the 69th Annual meeting held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The presentation was on ‘Early prediction of final harvest for the mealworm’.

 Dr. Deruytter presented a method to predict the number of offspring in mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) based on the beetle density and or egg density in order to have a more efficient feeding regime and hence a faster growth and more revenue. Two different techniques were assessed to predict the final harvest. In conclusion, it is possible to determine the final harvest at a very early stage via the two presented techniques potentially resulting in more optimal feeding and growth.


Producing alternative feeds and improving availability while reducing their footprint and cost, is a must for competitive aquaculture in the EU. INvertebrateIT aims to promote and facilitate invertebrate production to boost aquaculture in the EU Atlantic basin, and to help develop transversal value chains accessible to SMEs and strategic for coastal regions, assisting in diversification and integration towards Blue Growth and a more Circular Economy. The project aims to deliver three bankable commercial projects implemented through public private partnerships by 2019, and to support overall advance in the medium to long term.

To do so, a contest for ideas for SMEs was launched. Three selected projects will receive technical and business support, including mentoring, match-making, access to funds and assistance vouchers up to €10,000. You can submit your proposal online until 15th January 2018.

For more informations, please click here

The impact of cricket farming on rural livelihoods, nutrition and the environment in Thailand and Kenya by Afton Halloran. PhD thesis submitted to the University of Copenhagen, August 2017.

After three and a half years of research in collaboration with GREEiNSECT, Afton Halloran has released her thesis paper focusing on cricket farming in Thailand and Kenya. The report highlights that although countries such as Thailand have been engaged in insect rearing for many years, appropriate legislation is not in place, where as in Kenya there is a fundamental lack of awareness about the potential of cricket rearing among local farmers. Halloran also investigates the environmental impact of cricket farming in Kenya and Thailand, as well as providing recommendations for further development.

To read the paper in full, please click here

Events & Meetings

Summer School Insects as Food and Feed From producing to consuming
Location: Wageningen Campus
Dates: 24 – 28 June 2019

The field of rearing insects for human food and animal feed is new. There are many challenges in bringing insects on the market. How can we rear insects in a sustainable way with low environmental impact and contributing to a circular economy? What type of production design and facilities are needed to farm the insects in an optimal way? The Summer School will address the entire chain from genetics to farming, handling/logistics, processing, marketing and consumption. The aim of this Summer School for participants is to learn the basic principles behind the factors that affect all processes in the insect production and consumption chain from rearing, handling, processing and consuming insects as food or feed and understand how to apply this information in their daily practice by developing strategies.
More details can be found here.


Workshop: “Good Hygiene Practices in Insect Production”
27th May 2019 in Copenhagen (Denmark)

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF), together with the Danish Insect Network (DIN) cordially invite you to join our one-day workshop on good hygiene practices in insect production, taking place in Copenhagen on the 27th of May. The objective of this workshop is to present the latest EU regulatory developments that are relevant to the activities of insect producers, but also to offer a succinct introduction to the latest IPIFF publication, the Guide on Good Hygiene Practices. We also aim at consolidating the European network of professionals from the insect sector by bringing together high-level officials from Brussels, relevant actors from the agri-food chain and academia. We would be delighted to welcome you from 12 PM when we will organise a lunch before the opening of the event. For your convenience, you will find as accompanying document provisional version of the programme.

Please RSVP no later than the 10th of May, by filling in the registration form.


EAAP Annual Meeting in Ghent (Belgium) 2019

Abstracts submission is now open
On behalf of the EAAP Insect Study Commission we are pleased to announce that you can now submit abstracts for the 70th Annual Meeting of EAAP – the European Federation of Animal Science.
The EAAP Annual Meeting, with around 70 scientific sessions, will be organised in Ghent (Belgium) from 26th to 30th August 2019. To submit your abstracts, please follow the instructions available in the conference website:
The deadline for submission of the abstract will be March 1st 2019. Only abstracts submitted using the online application are considered for publication. Authors will be informed by mid-April 2019, whether their abstracts have been accepted for presentation during the meeting.
Five scientific sessions on Insects will be organised during the 2019 Annual Meeting that will be held in Ghent, Belgium from 26 – 30 August 2019.
For each session we will have one invited speaker and next to the invited speakers the organising committee invites you to submit abstracts for two theme sessions.

The topics of the five sessions are:

Session 1:    ‘inValuable: lessons and results from the Danish insect value chain’
Keywords: Mealworm; Industrial production; Reproduction; Nutrition; Health; Safety; Processing; Product documentation; Product development; Food
Project session inValuable: Only invited abstracts

 Session 2: ‘Insects in a circular economy’
Keywords:  Circular economy, Insects, Substrates, Insect rearing, Insect nutrition, Insect processing, Insect safety, Sustainability, Life cycle assessment socioeconomics
Theme session: Open for abstracts

 Session 3: ‘Insects in animal feed: beyond the protein concept’
Keywords: Insects, Feed, Bio-active compounds in insects, Chitin, Antimicrobial peptides, Lauric acid, Animal health and welfare benefits, Immune response
Theme session: Open for abstracts

 Session 4: ‘Standardisation of research methods and parameters’
Keywords: Insects, Scientific approach (method), Rearing conditions, Diet standardization, Results repeatability, Performance and quality, Large scale prediction
Challenge session: Only invited abstracts

 Session 5: ‘Match making for research, industry, policy makers’
Event to discuss in groups with shared interests on specific themes in insect production
Challenge session: Only invited abstracts

Call for abstracts for session 2 and 3!
The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 1st 2019