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.


The final programme has been defined.



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.

Organizing Committee

Valeria Lencioni, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento (Italy)
Leonardo Latella, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona (Italy)
Francesco Bellamoli, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento (Italy)
Bruna Burato, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona (Italy)
Alessandra Franceschini, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento (Italy)
Francesca Paoli, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento (Italy)

Scientific Committee

Peter S. Cranstron, Australian National University, Canberra (Australia)
Torbjørn Ekrem, NTNU University Museum, Trondheim (Norway)
Leonard C. Ferrington, Jr., University of Minnesota (USA)
Valeria Lencioni, MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento (Italy)
Eugenyi A. Makarchenko, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok (Russia)
Narcís Prat, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)

Special thanks to the MUSE Director Michele Lanzinger, the MUSE President Marco Andreatta, and to all employees, contractors and volunteers of the two museums who contributed to the event.
In particular

at the MUSE – Museo delle Scienze, Trento:

Audience Development
Samuela Caliari
Elisa Maria Casati
Massimiliano Tardio
Stefania Tarter
Michela Zenatti

Communication and Marketing
Antonia Caola
Loris Berardi
Serena Morelli
Elisa Tessaro
Chiara Veronesi
Monika Vettori

Accounts and Finance
Massimo Eder
Iva Busana
Anna Daprà
Denise Eccher
Elisa Largaiolli
Claudia Marcolini

Contract Management
Eleonora Callovi
Anna Redaelli
Eleonora Tolotti

Technical area
Lavinia Del Longo
Vittorio Cozzio
Nicola Angeli
Paolo Bonvecchio
Christian Lavarian
Francesco Papi
Alessandra Tomasi
Ivan Biason and all Duty Managers

Research and Development
Mauro Gobbi
Costantino Bonomi

at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Verona:
Stefano Azzi
Angelo Brugnoli
Giuseppe Fumagalli
Lucia Petri
Roberta Salmaso
Camilla Spagnol

Matteo Lencioni



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

Symposium temporary exhibition: "Painted mountains"

by Matteo Lencioni

The temporary exhibition “Painted Mountains” will be exhibited in the Conference Hall “Giovanni Canestrini”, on floor -1 of the MUSE, only for the duration of the conference, as a special homage to the delegates.
Matteo Lencioni is an Italian architect-painter currently residing in Barcelona, Spain. “Painted Mountains” consists of a series of landscapes painted on canvas that depict the peaks of his “mountain” origins.