Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica is the European society for the study of moths and butterflies and for the conservation of these insects and their natural habitats.
The society was founded in 1976 with the aims of promoting collaboration among the lepidopterists of Europe, Western Asia and North Africa, and of promoting conservation of Lepidoptera and their habitats. We now have more than 600 members.
The Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica promotes research in lepidopterology and dissemination of the findings therefrom primarily through the arrangement of the biennial congress and through the publication of the biennial scientific journal Nota lepidopterologica. Its strong point is the collaboration between amateurs and professional researchers.
A newsletter, ‘News’ serves the communication within the society. The Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica Council is elected by the members at the General Meetings which take place during every European Congresses of Lepidopterology. The council can set up committees for special tasks.
Members receive Nota Lepidopterologica and News as well as eventual Lists of Members, and are entitled to register for participation at the biannual European Congresses of Lepidopterology at a lower fee.
The statutes of the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica can be found here: SEL statutes and bye-laws, SEL Satzung und Geschäftsordnung, SEL statuts et règlements intérieurs.