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European Butterflies Group does not plan or run events itself but rather encourages individuals and organisations to plan trips and conferences that are beneficial to the aims of the European Butterflies Group.

Trips shown below are therefore not "holidays" but have some element of lepidoptera conservation or research work.


Trip reports are published in the regular European Butterflies Group newsletters.

Forthcoming Trips are advertised through the regular European Butterflies Group newsletters. Please contact European Butterflies Group should you wish to promote a Trip on this page.


2023 ~ EBG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on 21st October 2023 may be downloaded below.
The powerpoint slides from Roger Gibbons's talk “They may fly together and they may look the same but ….”, can be seen here.

2021/2022 ~ EBG AGM

  • The 2021 AGM was held on the 19th March 2022 by zoom video conference and is available to see on BC's YouTube channel here. The video includes a presentation by Sam Ellis, Chair of Butterfly Conservation Europe entitled "Promoting International Conservation Action".

2020 ~ EBG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on 10th April 2021 by Zoom Videoconference may be downloaded below -
2019 ~ EBG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on 12th December 2019 may be downloaded below -
2018 ~ EBG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on 1st December 2018 may be downloaded below -
2016 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 29th October 2016 may be downloaded below -
2015 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 28th November 2015 may be downloaded below -
2014 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 25th October 2014 may be downloaded below -

Please contact European Butterflies Group if you would like the European Butterflies Group website to show any forthcoming conferences here.

Conservation, Ecology and Systematics of Lepidoptera in a changing world.
The 23rd European Congress of Lepidopterology & 11th Forum Herbulot will be held from 25th - 29th September 2023 at the Hôtel Dupanloup,1 rue Dupanloup, 45000 Orleans,(Loiret) France

The conference will bring together world experts to discuss the conservation, ecology and systematics of Lepidoptera. It will be a joint event organized by the Society for European Lepidopterology (SEL) (http://www.soceurlep.eu/) and the International Forum Herbulot (FH) (http://www.herbulot.de/), which organizes a regular conference for the study of looper moths (Geometridae).
It is the first time that SEL & FH have organized their biennial conferences together (http://www.soceurlep.eu/congresses/).

For further information, see here https://www.lestudium-ias.com/events/conservation-ecology-and-systematics-lepidoptera-changing-world

Butterfly Conservation's ninth International Symposium is to be held at Wyboston Conference Centre, Bedfordshire, UK from 13 - 16 April 2023 on the theme: Conserving Lepidoptera in a Changing World.

The Symposium will include the latest science on the ecology of butterflies and moths, and how to conserve them and their habitats in the face of numerous drivers of change.

Keynote speakers include Professor Nick Haddad from Michigan State University, author of The Last Butterflies, which describes his research into some of the US's rarest and most threatened butterflies, and Dr Eva Knop from the University of Zurich, a leading researcher into artificial light at night and the ecosystem services Lepidoptera provide society.

International Symposium: Future of Butterflies in Europe V - 8th & 9th April 2021

You can watch the presentations from the Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting) 5th international online symposium on the Future of Butterflies in Europe, on YouTube here: https://www.vlinderstichting.nl/futureofbutterflies/programme

International Symposium: Future 4 Butterflies in Europe

Papers from the Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting) 4th international symposium on the Future of Butterflies in Europe (held 31st March - April 2nd 2016) can be found here)

XXII European Congress of Lepidopterology 6th - 11th June 2022 in Estonia

The XXII Congress of the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica (SEL) which was programmed for the 31st May to the 5th June 2021, is now planned for the 6th - 11th June 2022, in the Estonian village of Laulasmaa, situated on the Baltic coast.
You can find information on the congress website: https://sel2021.ut.ee/ more details will be made available nearer the date.

XXI European Congress of Lepidopterology, 3rd  - 7th June 2019

The Council of the Societas Europaea Ledipopterologica (SEL) and the University of Molise (Campobasso, Italy) held the XXI European Congress of Lepidopterology, from Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June 2019, University of Molise (Campobasso, Italy).

The book of abstracts from the conference can be downloaded here:

20th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 24th - 30th April 2017, Podgora, Croatia

The book of abstracts from the conference can be downloaded here:

2013 ~ International conference European Butterflies Group & Jardin des Papillons Proserpine

In June 2013, the European Butterflies Group and Jardin des Papillons Proserpine held an International Conference in Digne Les Bains (France). Entitled 'The butterflies of France and the state of knowledge with a perspective of conservation', the conference was extremely successful. See here for the presentations: http://proserpine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Actes_Colloque-Papillons_Digne2013.pdf  

Marsh European Lepidoptera Award

The Awards are the creation of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Charitable Trust, who wanted to support areas such as conservation and volunteering. The Marsh European Lepidoptera Award was presented for the first time in 2009.
The scheme is run in partnership with Butterfly Conservation, and the European Butterflies Group committee, the Award aims to recognise the efforts of those whose work has had a major and positive impact on butterfly and moth conservation within Europe. Nominations are made via Butterfly Conservation’s European Butterflies Group and judged by a panel of experts from the field.

European Marsh Award 2022 to Professor Josef Settele

Josef has used his knowledge of ecology, including detailed studies on butterflies, to influence global environmental policy. Josef is well known for his two large EU projects which brought together 100 scientists working on butterflies. Since 1993, he has worked at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Germany where he is the Head of the Animal Ecology section of the Department of Community Ecology. Josef has been a driving force in conserving butterflies in Germany and helped to start the German Butterfly Monitoring Scheme in 2005. He has also been Chair of the Butterfly Conservation Germany since 2010. Josef was a founding Board member of Butterfly Conservation Europe in 2005.

See here:

Previous recipients of the Marsh European Lepidoptera Award:

2019 Ole Karsholt
2018 Professor Constanti Stefanescu
2017 Professor László Rákosy
2016 Rudi Verovnik
2015 Miguel Lopez Munguria
2014 Chris Van Swaay
2013 Professor Ilkka Hanski
2012 Christer Wiklund
2011 Tristan Lafranchis
2010 Lazaros Pamperis
2009 Dr Otakar Kudrna

Photographic Competition!

The photo competition that we have run for quite a few years now continues to attract plenty of entries and the Calendar continues to be popular - all copies of recent calendars were sold. A big thank you to all who submit photographs.

Anne Spencer is organising another competition for the 2025 European Butterflies Group Calendar and requests entries by September 1st 2024.

Please do not send more than 3 photos per individual. Photos should of course be sharp. They should also be JPEG files only, with a minimum of 1500 pixels on the long edge. We would like a bit of information about the butterflies – English and scientific names, where/when they were photographed, and any other relevant information.

Please send photographs to Anne Spencer rhoslan.anne@gmail.com by September 1st 2024.  We often have a use for butterfly photos for our European Butterflies Group website and we would like members who submit photographs to give us permission to use them for European Butterflies Group activities.

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