Locust and bee plasticity in a changing world

20 - 21 May 2024 09:00 - 17:00 Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel Cambridge Free
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Locus and bee

Theo Murphy meeting organised by Professor Stephen Simpson, Professor Gene Robinson, and Professor Andrew Barron.

Locusts and bees, a major pest and a vital pollinator, owe their success to remarkable plasticity.  Both species adopt distinct forms in response to changing environments.  This meeting contrasts the genomic, neural, and physiological mechanisms of plasticity in both species to deliver a comprehensive understanding.  We examine plasticity in response to global change to improve future management of these species. 

Poster session

There will be a poster session on Monday 20 May. If you would like to present a poster, please submit your proposed title, abstract (up to 200 words), author list, and the name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than 22 April 2024. Please include the text 'Poster abstract submission - Locust and bee plasticity' in the email subject line.


The programme and speakers' biographies will be available soon. 


This is a residential meeting taking place at Hilton Cambridge City Centre Hotel, 20 Downing St., Cambridge CB2 3DT, UK. 

Attending this event

  • This is a residential meeting intended for researchers in relevant fields
  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration is essential (please request an invitation). When requesting an invitation, please briefly state your expertise and reasons for attending. Requests are reviewed by the meeting organisers on a rolling basis. You will receive a link to register if your request is successful
  • This is an in-person meeting only
  • Catering options are available to purchase during registration. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation booking 

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team.


  • Professor Stephen Simpson AC FRS, University of Sydney, Australia

    After graduating from the University of Queensland as a biologist, Steve undertook his PhD at the University of London, then spent 22 years at Oxford before returning in 2005 as an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, then ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Sydney. Steve and David Raubenheimer have developed an integrative modelling framework for nutrition (the Geometric Framework), which was devised and tested using insects and has since been applied to a wide range of organisms, from slime moulds to humans, and problems, from aquaculture and conservation biology to the dietary causes of human obesity and ageing. Steve has also pioneered understanding of swarming in locusts, with research spanning neurochemical events within the brains of individual locusts to continental-scale mass migration. Steve is Executive Director of Obesity Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and of the Royal Society of London, a Companion of the Order of Australia, and in 2022 was awarded the Macfarlane Burnet Medal of the Australian Academy of Sciences.

  • Professor Gene E Robinson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

  • Andrew Barron

    Professor Andrew Barron, Macquarie University, Australia

    Professor of Comparative Neuroscience, Director of The Macquarie Minds and Intelligences Initiative at Macquarie University. Andrew Barron studies the evolution of cognitive systems. His research is currently supported by awards from the Templeton World Charity Foundation, The Australian Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom. He has held fellowships from the Australian Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, The Fulbright Commission and The Royal Society of London.