Programme at-a-glance

Below you will find a the ICO2023 programme. This is the most up-to-date version and will be kept updated as the programme develops.

A printed version of the programme and abstracts will be available on site for registered delegates.

ICO2023 programme overview

Congress programme

There are five main themes of the ICO2023 (see descriptions below). But the congress is also open to all other topics such as dragonfly ecology, evolution, behaviour, physiology and all other aspects concerning dragonflies.

Dragonflies on islands (Host Andreas Martens, Germany)

For odonates, islands offer opportunities and limitations. On one hand, there is the limited population size, the limited range, the high risk of extinction and the strong impact of habitat destruction and invasive species under island conditions. On the other hand, islands offer good opportunities for radiation and speciation. Secondly, island may be resorts for endemics or act as stepstones for invaders, especially under climate change conditions. The third perspective is that islands may serve as good models for trends in population size, habitat use, threads and extinction risks, worldwide. Because of isolation and clearly defined land size, it is easier to gain complete data sets, especially in the tropics.

Plenary speaker Andreas Martens: A theory of island odonatography

Biogeography (Host Vincent Kalkman, The Netherlands)

Data on distribution and phylogeny of dragonflies and damselflies has increased steadily in the past decades.  With this data we can start to better describe and understand diversity patterns. How does habitat choice shape distribution patterns? Which distributions can best be explained by present day climate and which reflect past geological events? How will climate change impact the odonates of Cyprus?

Plenary speaker: n.n.

Taxonomy and Phylogeny (Host Jessica Ware, USA)

The intra-ordinal relationships among dragonflies and damselflies will be covered in this session on the taxonomy and phylogeny of Odonata. Both molecular and morphological systematics have been in a sort of renaissance over the last few years as new genomic and morphological tools have become available. We welcome talks on revisionary taxonomy, systematics, divergence time estimation, phylogeography and presentations which use phylogenies more broadly. 

Plenary speaker Lacie Newton: GEODE: generic level sampling across Odonata allows for better understanding of the dragonfly and damselfly tree of life. 

Conservation (Host Geert de Knijf, Belgium)

Many species of dragonflies are declining and are threatened in many parts of the world. To halt their decline and to restore their habitats, it is crucial to know their habitat requirements, both for the larval and for the adult stage. In this session we welcome presentations on habitat requirements, including their terrestrial habitats, on restoration projects, on population monitoring and trends.

Plenary speaker Roy van Grunsven: From records to conservation 

Dragonflies in a changing climate (Host Frank Suhling, Germany)

There is no doubt that various aspects of climate change particularly warming and drought are affecting dragonflies in several ways. In this session we want to explore all aspects of climate change that may affect dragonfly distribution, life cycles, behaviour, species interactions, and community composition. We welcome presentations on field and laboratory studies exploring effects for instance on changes of development and phenology, on interactions between species, or on interactions between warming, drought and other stressors. Also trends in the development of dragonfly populations and major changes in the distribution of species that may be associated with climate change are appreciated. Of special interest is how range expansion and invasion of species caused or supported by climate change may affect the indigenous species and communities of Odonata.

Plenary speaker Frank Johansson: Potential effects of climate change on distribution and ecological interactions in Odonata

Sunday 25th June

15.00 – 20.00    Registration in Neapolis University reception area

18.00 – 20.00    Welcome drinks in the University cafeteria

Monday 26th June

08.00 – 08.45    Registration

08.45 – 09.10    Introductory remarks and introduction of delegates

09.10 – 09.30    Introduction to Cyprus
Rosalyn Sparrow and David J. Sparrow         

Session 1: Dragonflies on islands Chair: Jessica Ware

09.30 – 10.10    Plenary lecture: A theory of island odonatography
Andreas Martens

10.10 – 10.30    Dragonflies on oceanic and sky islands face similar challenges
Michael J. Samways, Charl Deacon & James S. Pryke

10.30 – 11.00    Refreshment break

11.00 – 11.20    Interplay between pond size and matrix extent drives dragonfly diversity patterns in                   a fragmented landscape
Charl Deacon, Michael J. Samways & James S. Pryke

11.20 – 11.40    Phenology of the Odonata of the Maltese Islands
Charles Gauci             

11.40 – 12.00    Dragonflies and damselflies of Cyprus: their amazing underwater stages
Christophe Brochard

12.00 – 12.20    Monitoring the dragonflies of Cyprus
David J. Sparrow, Geert De Knijf & Rosalyn Sparrow                 

12.20 – 13.30 Lunch

Session 2: Biogeography Chair: Vincent Kalkman

13.30 – 14.10    Plenary lecture: Diversity of Nearctic and Palaearctic Dragonflies and Damselflies                        John C. Abbott, Vincent Kalkman, Cornelio A. Bota-Sierra, Jean-Pierre Boudot, Ryo                  Futahashi, Enrique GonzálezSoriano, Rodolfo Novelo-Gutiérrez, Robert Guralnick,                        Seth Bybee, Jessica Ware & Michael W. Belitz

14.10 – 14.30    Historical Biogeography in the Neotropics an overview from the banner-winged and                   ruby-spot damselflies 
Melissa Sanchez Herrera & Samantha Standring

14.30 – 14.50    Timing and direction of faunal exchange between Neartic and Palaeartic in Odonata                   Maria Pàmies-Harder, Cesc Múrria, John Abbott, Kendra Abbott & Vincent J.                             Kalkman  

14.50 – 15.10    Diversity and distribution patterns of the dragonflies and damselflies of Suriname                       Karin Verspui, Marcel Wasscher & Peter van Horssen

15.10 – 15.40    Refreshment break

15.40 – 16.00    Annual patterns of emergence and population sizes in Gomphidae: an overview                         Frank Suhling & Mike Averill

16.00 – 16.20    Status and distribution of Nigerian Odonata from confirmed county-level data for                       two decades
Ojonugwa Ekpah, Kehinde A. Kemabonta, Sylvester S. Ogbogu, Babasola W. Adu,                        Azeezat O. Alafia, Bibitayo A. Owolabi & Abiodun M. Adedapo

16.20 – 16.40    Distribution records of Javan endemic Odonata with notes on habitat characteristics                   for: Heliogomphus drescheri & Rhinocypha heterostigma
Diagal Wisnu Pamungkas, Amelia Nugrahaningrum, Wahyu Sigit Rahadi, Hening                         Triandika Rachman, Nanang Kamaludin & Frendi Irawan

16.40 – 17.00    Indian Dragonflies (Odonata) with special emphasis on the Doon Valley fauna and                       conservation
Brij Kishore Tyagi                    

17.00 – 17.20    Urbanization effects on life history traits in the damselfly Ischnura elegans
Gemma Palomar, Guillaume Wos, Robby Stoks & Szymon Sniegula


17.45 – 19.00 Wine Tasting and student mixer

Tuesday 27th June

 08.45 – 09.00 Housekeeping

Session 3: Conservation Chair: Andreas Martens

09.00 – 09.40    Plenary lecture: From records to conservation
Roy van Grunsven

09.40 – 10.20    A new Red List of the dragonflies and damselflies of Europe
Geert De Knijf , Magnus Billqvist, Roy van Grunsven, Florent Prunier & Damjan Vinko

10.20 – 10.40    Northern shift of Odonata and decline of Mediterranean river species in Spain and                     Portugal
Florent Prunier, Martiño Cabana, Adolfo Cordero-Rivera, Cecilia Díaz-Martínez, Adrià                  Miralles-Núñez, Pere Luque, Carmen Díaz Paniagua, Albano Soares, Geert De Knijf,                        Magnus Billqvist, Damjan Vinko & Roy van Grunsven  

10.40 – 11.10 Refreshment break

11.10 – 11.30    Using environmental DNA to assess rare dragonflies
Kendra Abbott, Kevin Kocot & John Abbott

11.30 – 11.50    First insight into the DRAGON project: Dragonflies as bellwether for the human                          impact on interface ecosystems
Martin Jeanmougin, Reto Schmucki & Colin Fontaine         

11.50 – 12.10    Sum or mean? Calculation problem of the Dragonfly Biotic Index, and the novel R                       package for its solution
Hana Šigutová, Petr Pyszko, Veronika Prieložná, Eva Bílková & Aleš Dolný

12.10 – 12.30    Dragonfly diversity patterns at the landscape scale – comparison between urban,                       agricultural and more natural landscapes
Diana Goertzen           

12.30 – 12.50    Post-mining sites as ecological traps for dragonflies
Filip Harabiš , Anna-Marie Poskočilová, Adam Tetaur & Marketa Josková

12.50                Group photograph

13.00 – 14.00    Lunch

Conservation (continued) Chair: Geert De Knijf

14.00 – 14.20    Environmental drivers shaping Odonata assemblages in a Ramsar declared                                 floodplain wetland in South-Eastern Europe
Marina Vilenica, Andreja Brigić, Viktorija Ergović, Miran Koh, Antun Alegro, Vedran Šegota, Anja Rimac, Mario Rumišek & Zlatko Mihaljević

14.20 – 14.40    Population abundance and structure of dragonflies: does concentration of nitrates                     and orthophosphates matter?
Agnieszka Tańczuk

14.40 – 15.00    Of mice and men
Dušan Šácha                   

15.00 – 15.20    Peat pools – a rescue wheel for aquatic fauna in drying peatlands, based on the                           example of dragonflies (Odonata)
Adam Tarkowski

15.20 – 15.40    Conservation of the threatened Lestes macrostigma: from detailed ecology to                            habitat management and restoration
Philippe Lambret & Robby Stoks                

15.40 – 16.10    Refreshment break

16.10 – 17.10    Workshop: Beyond P-value: effect size estimation and visualization with Durga R                         package
Md Kawsar Khan                

17.10 – 18.10    IUCN meeting

                        Free Evening

Wednesday 28th June

 08.45 – 09.00 Housekeeping and briefing for the mid-congress trip

Session 4:         Phylogenetics, Systematics and Taxonomy Chair: Steve Jordan

09.00 – 09.40    Ordinal level phylogenomics of Odonata based on anchored hybrid enrichment
Lacie G. Newton, John C. Abbott, Seth M. Bybee, Paul B. Frandsen, Aaron Goodman,                    Robert Guralnick, Vincent J. Kalkman, Judicael F. Lontchi, Pungki Lupiyanigdyah,                              Melissa Sanchez-Herrera, Laura Sutherland, Ethan Tolman, Rhema Uche-Dike &                          Jessica L. Ware

09.40 – 10.00    Evolutionary history and divergence times of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies)                    revealed through transcriptomics
Manpreet Kohli & Jessica Ware           

10.00 – 10.20    Mitochondrial DNA markers and their limitations in Odonata research
Stanislav Ožana, Tomáš Pánek & Aleš Dolný  

10.20 – 10.40    Systematics of Synthemistidae and Corduliidae (Anisoptera: Libelluloidea)
Aaron Goodman & Jessica Ware     

10.40 – 11.10    Refreshment break

11.10 – 11.30    Phylogenomics, population structure and behaviour of Neurocordulia
Jessica L. Ware, Patrick Hulick, Angelo Soto Centeno, Manpreet Kohli & Ethan                           Tolman

11.30 – 11.50    Assessing and resolving relationships within family Macromiidae using targeted                          enrichment
Rhema Uche-Dike & Jessica Ware               

11.50 – 12.10    New descriptions of Micrathyria venezuelae and Oxyallagma dissidens exuviae                           Matthias Hartung

12.10 – 12.30    Modelling Past and Present Population Dynamics of the Black Petaltail Dragonfly                        Ethan Tolman, Christopher D. Beatty, Jonas Bush, Aaron Goodman & Jessica Ware                 

12.30 – 12.50    The X chromosome of insects predates the origin of Class Insecta
Melissa A. Toups & Beatriz Vicoso       

12.50 – 14.00    Lunch

14.00 – 15.00    Poster session

15.00 – 15.30    Refreshment break

15.30 – 17.00    WDA bi-annual meeting

Free Evening

Thursday 29th June

Mid-congress field trip

08.15                Coaches depart from Paphos Garden Hotel

08.30                Coaches depart from Neapolis University

Friday 30th June

08.45 – 09.00 Housekeeping

Session 5: Climate Change Chair: Frank Suhling

09.00 – 09.40    Plenary lecture: Potential effects of climate change on distribution and ecological                       interactions in Odonata
Frank Johansson

09.40 – 10.00    Development of two common dragonfly species with diverging occupancy trends                       Jolan Hogreve

10.00 – 10.20    Bivoltinism in the univoltine Lestes sponsa? Possible effect of water management                       and climate change
Philippe Lambret, Szymon Śniegula & Ulf Norling

10.20 – 10.40    Transcriptomics reveals high phenotypic plasticity of Coenagrion puella to                             experimentally induced temperature changes
Cesc Múrria, Alba Julià-López, Carla Fernández, Xavier Maynou & Cinta Pegueroles

10.40 – 11.10    Refreshment break

11.10 – 11.30    Climate change impact on damselfly-parasite interactions
Md Kawsar Khan

11.30 – 11.50    Climate stability is a key driver of difference in the global richness of lentic and lotic                    odonates
Laura A. Mähn, Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra, Christian Hof, Roland Brandl & Stefan Pinkert  

11.50 – 12.10    Impacts of climate change on dragonflies and damselflies in West and Central Asia                      Vincent J. Kalkman, John Cadena & Leon Marschall

Session 6: Ecology and ethology Chair: Klaus-Jürgen Conze

12.10 – 12.50    Plenary lecture: For the love of demoiselles: tips they have taught me for the next                      generation
Ola M. Fincke             

12.50 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.40    Ecology, behaviour and speciation in Mnais damselflies
Yoshitaka Tsubaki

14.40 – 15.00    Disentangling the evolution of the metabolic allometry in dragonflies and                            
damselflies (Odonata)
Daniel Schönberger, Moa Metz & Erik I. Svensson

15.00 – 15.20    Novel hatching cue in the neotropical damselfly Megaloprepus caerulatus: larval                        adaptation and maternal constraint
Arjèn van’t Hof & Ola M. Fincke

15.20 – 15.40    To hunt or to hide – effects of chemical cannibalistic cues on individual behavior –                       Ischnura elegans as a model
Monika Sysiak, Matylda Kubiak, Barbara Pietrzak, Anna Bednarska, Andrzej Mikulski       

15.40 – 16.10 Refreshment break

16.10                Winding up

                        An Invitation to ECCO 2024: Florent Prunier

                        An invitation to ICO 2025: Melissa Sanchez Herrera

                       Thanks and acknowledgements