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Penn State University's Center for Chemical Ecology is pleased to announce a two-week summer course in Insect Chemical Ecology called ICE 20 that will be conducted on the Penn State campus June 1–15, 2020. 

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Graduate students, post-doctoral and faculty researchers/teachers, as well as other professionals are welcome.

ICE 20 will feature guest lectures by, and discussions with, 15 different internationally recognized experts in insect chemical ecology, including: Cam Oehlschlager, ChemTica International, Costa Rica; John Pickett, Cardiff University, England; Christer Löfstedt, University of Lund, Sweden; Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly, INRA, Paris, France; Jocelyn Millar, University of California, Riverside; Silke Sachse and Ian Keesey, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany; Sharon Hill, Rickard Ignell, Ylva Hillbur and Teun Dekker, Swedish Agricultural University, Alnarp, Sweden; Clare Casteel and Rob Raguso, Cornell University; Don Thomson, Pacific Biocontrol, Vancouver, WA.

Fourteen expert faculty members from Penn State's Center for Chemical Ecology will also deliver lectures and be present for discussions with the students. These lecturers include Flor Acevedo, Jared Ali, Etya Amsalem, Tom Baker, Gary Felton, Christina Grozinger, Sara Hermann, Kelli Hoover, Greg Krawczyk, Nina Jenkins, Tanya Renner, Matt Thomas, John Tooker and Rose Zhu

ICE 20 is a continuation of the highly successful ICE short course series that rotates annually between Penn State, SLU Alnarp, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany.

There will be a field trip to fruit orchards in southern Pennsylvania to see applied uses of semiochemicals in successful commercial-grower IPM settings. Another day will be devoted to laboratory demonstrations of chemical ecology techniques. In addition there will be an afternoon visit to ConidioTec, a company producing fungal-based products for insect control and an additional afternoon on-campus visit to Penn State's campus-wide microscope facilities supporting chemical ecology research.

June 1st is the student arrival date and hotel check-in. There will be no lectures or events that day. June 15th is the student departure date with again, no lectures or events.

The early registration fee will be $600 US if students register on or before April 15, 2020. After April 15, the registration fee will be $700 US. The registration fee covers enrollment in the course, a day-long field trip to Southern Pennsylvania orchards, the opening mixer and farewell banquet, as well as coffee, tea, and snacks at the coffee breaks. The course will be on a first-come, first-served basis and enrollment will be capped at 50 students. Graduate students will have priority, but post-docs and others will be accepted as well if there is room.


  • Where

  • Forest Resources Building
    Penn State University
    Corner of Park Avenue & Bigler Road
    University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

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