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.

  • Fascinating ovipositioning behavior of an unidentified chironomid from a lake in western Maine, USA. Any information about this behavior of this or similar taxa would be gratefully received by Dave Funk at the Stroud Water Research Center. (added Sep 2016)
  • The MUSE (Museo delle Scienze/Science Museum) of Trento invites you to the 20th International Symposium on Chironomidae, to be held in Trento, Italy from 2-8 July 2017, with a mid-conference trip on 5 July 2017 to Verona. All the information you need is now available at their website. Registration fees include a ticket for the Verona Opera Festival. The deadline for final registration will be the end of February 2017. The post-conference trip (probably 2 days) will be organized to enjoy alpine freshwaters and chironomids in the Alps and to taste the delicious local food and wines. To help preliminary organization of the symposium, please fill the online pre-registration form at by 31 August 2016. Please save the date! (added July 2016, updated August 2016)
  • And can't remember when and where the 1st, or 3rd, or 7th Symposium took place? Here's a list. (added August 2016)
  • The Gustav Stresemann Institut and the German Society of Limnology offers the Arbeitskreis Taxonomie's 52th course on identification - "Chironomidae – practically orientated introduction into identification“. It runs from 07-10 November 2016 in Bad Bevensen, Germany. The course is run by Sabine Schiffels, Lina Schäfer, Brigitta Eiseler and Kai Möller. Information on registration and more at the Gustav Stresemann Institute. (added July 2016)
  • Djuradj Milosevic announces the 1st European Workshop on Chironomidae Identification Methodology (EWCIM), to be held at the Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Niš, Niš, Serbia (30-Jan-2017 to 03-Feb-2017). Introductory lectures, demonstrations and practical work suitable for participants with different levels of foreknowledge are led by an international team of researchers will work closely with the participants of the workshop. Participation fee of €300 covers theoretical and practical lectures, accommodation, local transportation, half board (breakfast and lunch), and an official dinner. (added June 2016)
  • Paper by Andersen et al. (2016), which can be freely downloaded from the PlosOne website, describes an amazing new cave-dwelling genus and species - Troglocladius - collected from the Trojama cave system in Croatia (added May 2016)
  • Obviously with a little spare time, imagination, and perhaps drink, Berthold Janecek and friends put together a musical tribute (and the text) of sorts to some chironomid researchers. And it didn't require a grant (added April 2016)
  • John Martin's Chironomus Group Research is back on line and finally has a new home (added February 2016)
  • John Epler's well-known and used website has a new domain (added November 2015)
  • Loss of our colleagues: Martin Spies informs us that Nikolai Shobanov, who worked for over 30 years at the Institute for the Biology of Inland Waters of the Russian Academy of Science, passed away in early November. Tadashi Kobayashi writes that Hiroshi Hashimoto has also passed. Finally, Narcís Prat wrote to us about the passing of Maria Rieradevall last October. (added November 2015)
  • Another chironomid genome has been sequenced - Chironomus tentans - by Kutsenko et al. (2014). (added November 2014)
  • Dr. I. I. Kidnazde has been added to the gallery of outstanding chironomid workers, in honor of her influencial research in systematics and molecular biology as well as - especially early in her career - enduring difficult conditions. (added September 2014)
  • The first entire genome of a chironomid (Belgica antarctica Jacobs, 1900) has been sequenced, with results published in Kelley et al. 2014. Gene jocks delight! (added August 2014)
  • Web site changes:
      1) "im memoriam" that appeared below has been moved to a separate page accessible via the "Worker Directory"menu item
      2) "Free and Useful Documents" item has been added to the Literature section
  • John Epler has written a new guide for the larval Tanytarsini (Chironominae) of Florida, which updates portions of his 2001 manual for Southeastern (USA) Chironomidae larvae. Better yet, it's free! An alternate download site is throught the Florida DEP. (added June 2014)
  • Pre-2014 announcements, broken links removed

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