Please contact the webmaster on how YOU can contribute and make an impact on our research! Below are links to events and meetings, newsletters, important publications, research web sites and other recent items of interest to the Chironomid community over the last year. If you know of something that would interest the chironomid researcher, please let the webmaster know about it so that it can be included.

  • Of possible interest to chironomid researchers is the upcoming Dipterists Society. "This is a reminder to anyone interesting in attending Dipterists Society 2024 North American Field Meeting (held July 15-19th at the Evergreen State College, see the Fall 2023 issue of Fly Times for more information) that the early registration period closes tomorrow, April 30th. On May 1st the regular registration fee will increase from $510 to $600, though student registration will remain $350. Registration will remain open until June 30th, and includes both lodging at Evergreen State and four breakfasts and dinners over the course of the meeting. If you are interested register here; for any questions feel free to contact Andrew Fasbender or co-organizer Barbara Hayford. We’re excited to see you in Washington!" (added April 2024)
  • Website is now assigned with a SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate, a digital authentication of the website's identity and enabling an encrypted connection. Some browsers and institutions require this in order for the website to be displayed. If you are still finding difficulty in connecting from certain sites, please notify the webmaster. (added Feb 2024)
  • Torbjørn Ekrem notifies the community that there are a few paper copies remaining, free of charge, of the Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium on Chironomidae that was held in Trondheim in 2011. Seems like only yesterday, eh? If you desire one, check the worker directory for his contact informion and send him a message. Electronic copies of the symposium as well as the current issue of the journal Chironomus are also available. (added Jan 2024)
  • Alyssa Anderson announces special session commemorating the late Len Ferrington this coming June. "Chironomidae Researchers: Please consider presenting your research in a Chironomidae-focused special session at the upcoming meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), planned for this June in Philadelphia, PA, USA (June 2-6, 2024). The intent of this session is to honor the life and research contributions of Dr. Leonard C. Ferrington Jr., and to inspire current and future chironomid researchers. The formal description of this session, titled Ecology and taxonomy of Chironomidae (Diptera): A memorial session to honor Leonard C. Ferrington, Jr., is below. As many of you know, Len’s research revolved around the aquatic fly family Chironomidae, with themes of his work ranging from taxonomy, life history, biological assessment, and interactions with other organisms; therefore we encourage any submission broadly focused on the Chironomidae. Len also had significant interest in topics such as aquatic insect cold hardiness and certain other non-chironomid Nemetocera, and we would also welcome submissions in these areas. Annual SFS meeting details. Please note that abstracts are due by February 7th, 2024. Also, note that the early registration timeframe for the meeting ends on March 15. We hope to see you there!" More details here. (added Dec 2023)
  • If the upcoming 22nd Chironomid Symposium isn't exciting enough, Jelena Stojanović announces that applications for the Symposium in Paleolimnology are now open! Make your mark in the field of paleolimnology by registering to attend the 15th International DEADHEADS WORKSHOP that will be held from 14.-16. June, 2024. in Niš, Serbia. Be a part of the most prominent Chironomid symposium in the world and catch the Early bird registration till 31. December, 2023. Present your work at the 22nd International Symposium on Chironomidae ISC22, and gain an opportunity to advance the network with other passionate chironomid researchers all around the globe. Join the pre-symposium workshops, explore new topics, and improve your skills by applying for three courses FREE OF CHARGE! Additionally, we have provided general information about the post-symposium Field Trip. We encourage you to explore these offerings further and consider integrating them into your ISC22 journey. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Niš, a city known for its kind and hospitable people, delicious traditional dishes, and numerous historical sights. Read more about the event and stay in touch with the updates by visiting the ISC22 website. (added Nov 2023)
  • Djuradj Milošević joyfully announces that registration for 22nd International Symposium on Chironomidae is now officially open, and will take place at the University of Niš, Serbia, from June 17 to June 19, 2024. Complete the registration process by clicking on the this link. As you move along the registration form, please note that abstract submission is an integral part of the registration process for all presenting participants. Please don't forget to express your interest in the pre-symposium and post-symposium activities. Your input will aid us in planning and organizing these events effectively. The venue will be . Per Dr. Milošević : "Leaning on a 60-year tradition of the International Symposium of Chironomidae, the goal is to, yet again, bring scientists from around the world together, share our knowledge, exchange the brightest new ideas, and have fruitful scientific discussions about chironomids while having a good time. To achieve this, ISC22 will devote special attention to young researchers. With the desire to attract as many fresh faces as possible, the main event will be preceded by a three-day series of workshops covering morphological and molecular identification, chironomids as models organisms in ecotoxicological studies, methods in paleolimnology, as well as numerical ecology in R. Committed to overcoming the boundaries between approaches in chironomids studies, we look forward to welcoming interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research as well. " (added Apr 2023, updated Nov 2023)
  • Martin Spies notified us that Masaru Yamamoto (1948-2023) of Japan, has passed away (added Oct 2023)
    Martin Spies notified us that Mauri Hirvenoja (1928-2023) of Finland, one of the longest-standing members of our research community, passed away on 10 July 2023. Dr. Hirvenoja authored or coauthored numerous works, but he was perhaps most renowed for his magnum opus 1973 revision of Cricotopus and neighboring genera, a 350+ page publication based on his doctoral dissertation. (added Aug 2023)
  • Mathew Seymor of the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, announces a post-doc and research assistant position as part of their Chironomidae survey and eDNA application project here in Hong Kong. Links are provided to the post doc job and a short description of the project. (added Aug 2023)
  • Webmaster Notice: I have changed the hosting plan for several sites, including for this domain that contains the files for The Chironomid Home Page, the Exchange Forum, and Jon Martin's site on Phylogeny and Evolution. Several problems with the Exchange Forum have been fixed, your webmaster apologizes for any problems experienced. (edited Apr 2023)
  • [The symposium has already occurred, so I am still awaiting some sort of post-event summary from the organizer] Last Update on The 21st International Symposium on Chironomidae in Tsukuba, Japan: Richard Cornette announced the symposium if finally scheduled! "It is my pleasure to announce that the 21st International Symposium on Chironomidae in Tsukuba, Japan, will be held (on-line) next 4-7 July 2022. The home page of the symposium is available at the following link: ( We are looking forward to meeting all of you this summer at the 21st International Symposium on Chironomidae! (edited Sep 2022)
  • Torbjørn Ekrem has communicated that the lastest full issue of CHIRONOMUS has been published on the journal website: (added Feb 2022)
  • Martin Spies has communicate the sad news of the passing of Henk Vallenduuk this past November. A notice has been published as a PDF in Macrofauna Newsletter (Macrofaunanieuwsmail 157, 18 november 2021, in Dutch) (added Feb 2022)
  • Mike Broomall at the Stroud Center has sent a link for FSB certified taxonomists, including for Chironomidae. (added Sep 2021)
  • Martin Spies and Pete Cranston have communicated the sad news of the passing of two esteemed colleagues of ours, Clive Pinder and Len Ferrington. (added Sep 2021)
  • Pre-2021 announcements, broken links (mostly) removed.

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