20th International Symposium on Chironomidae

MUSE - the Science Museum of Trento | 2-8 July 2017


Dear Colleagues,

it is time of the triennial cycle again where we find ourselves to another International Symposium on Chironomidae (ISC), the twentieth. As was for previous editions, such gathering is a great occasion for the Chironomid community to meet, share new data, review and discuss about new approaches, methods and future challenges, learning from each other.

The 20th International Symposium on Chironomidae will be hosted at the MUSE-Museo delle Scienze/Science Museum in Trento (Italy), from 2 to 8 July 2017.

Trento is the capital of the Trentino Province, a mountain region located in the heart of the Alps, in the Adige valley. The MUSE, the main venue of the 20th ISC, it is one of the main cultural centre of the Trento city built along the banks of the Adige River, the second longest river in Italy. The MUSE, that traces back its origin in the mid XIX century, now is the first museum in Italy that harmoniously blends nature, science and technology, devoted to research, dissemination and education. It has traditionally carried out multidisciplinary research activities, both basic and applied, in the field of the environment with particular attention to the issue of biodiversity and ecology of mountain ecosystems. Participants will have the possibility to visit the exhibition halls of the new museum at any time during the congress and plan visits to its natural history and archaeological collections.

The scientific programme will consider all topics involving Chironomid workers, from taxonomy and systematics to ecology, biomonitoring, biogeography, genetics, physiology and palaeolimnology. The social programme will give, as in previous editions, the possibility to enjoy the sights and the flavours of the host country that, in 2017, for the first time in 53 years, will be Italy - during summer, as is traditional. The visit to the Natural History Museum of Verona (which will host a scientific session) and the Verona Opera Festival will enrich the cultural programme of the ISC, while a field trip in the Alps will be the occasion to admire some UNESCO World Heritage sites and taste the delicious local food and wines.

MUSE will welcome you to attend the 20th International Symposium on Chironomidae, looking forward to meeting you in Trento,

Valeria Lencioni
Chief Curator, Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology Department MUSE-Trento, Italy
(The Organizing Secretariat)

Important deadlines

Wednesday 31 August 2016
Early Registration Friday 24 February 2017
Abstract submission Friday 24 February 2017
Late Registration Monday 15 May 2017

Please note that the registration deadline for participants intending to present a contribution is Friday 24 February 2017; this is the last date to buy tickets for the Arena Opera. After this deadline, it will be possible to register with increased fee, without contributions nor ticket for the Arena Opera.

Preliminary programme

A first version of the preliminary programme is ready. The scientific sessions will be defined after the Early Registration and process of the Abstracts.
Sunday 2 July Pre-conference Trento city tour


  Welcome Aperitif evening
Monday 3 July Scientific programme (coffee breaks and lunch included)
full day
  Visit to Ferrari Winery late afternoon

4 July

Scientific programme (coffee breaks and lunch included)full day
  Guided visit to the MUSE's exhibition late afternoon
  Social Dinner Event evening
(in Verona)
5 July Scientific programme (coffee breaks and lunch included) morning
​Visit to the Natural History Museum of Veronaafternoon
  Verona city tour afternoon
  Arena Opera Festival evening
Thursday 6 July Scientific programme (coffee breaks and lunch included) morning
  Taxonomy workshop afternoon
  Forum, closing ceremonylate afternoon
Friday-Saturday7-8 JulyField Trip in the Alps all day



The 20th International Symposium on Chironomidae is organized by Valeria Lencioni, MUSE-Museo delle Scienze, chief-curator of the Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology Department, curator of the MUSE Research Informative Systems, chief-editor of the MUSE scientific journals.

Local Organizing Committee

Research Area
Valeria Lencioni
Alessandra Franceschini
Leonardo Latella (Natural History Museum, Verona)

Fundraising & Marketing
Anna Redaelli

Denise Eccher
Eleonora Callovi
Eleonora Tolotti

Technological Services
Vittorio Cozzio

Press Office
Loris Berardi
Monika Vettori


Valeria Lencioni (valeria.lencioni@muse.it; +39 0461 270371)