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Cancellation of the second SEL Field Congress 2020 to North Macedonia

Due to the Covid19 situation, SEL council has unanimously decided that the second SEL Field Congress this year in the North Macedonian Sharr Mountain area has to be cancelled, with the option to postpone it to 2022, as in 2021 we meet for the “normal” SEL Congress in Estonia. Further related information will be announced in coming SELepidoptera newsletters. People who have already registered will be reimbursed. SEL council takes the opportunity to thank Vladimir Krpach for his efforts in organizing this Field Congress.


Save the Water Framework Directive

Today, the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica and 11 other organisations plus nearly 500 individual signatories have released an Open Letter to Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, and Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, to save the Water Framework Directive in its current form and to step up its implementation to ensure the health and future resilience of Europe’s freshwater ecosystems.

You can read the Open Letter here. For more info on this initiative you can visit WWF Europe's website.

Open Letter to the European Parliament

The European Mammal Foundation, together with other European scientific and conservation organisations like Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica, has released an Open Letter to the European Parliament. The letter is urging for a profound reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) to halt the catastrophic declines of mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian and insect populations observed all over Europe. You can read the Open Letter here.

​If you are a scientist who shares these concerns, please also consider becoming a signatory of the call „Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges“.

SEL Congress 2019

The 21st European Congress of Lepidopterology took place from 3 to 7 June 2019 in Campobasso, Italy. The Congress website is available here. More information on the congress and its outcomes will be published in the upcoming SELepidoptera News 63 in autumn 2019.


Joint Meeting of the North America Lepidopterists' Society and SEL

During 11–15 July 2018, the 67th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society took place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as a combined meeting with SEL. More information can be found on the Congress website and on Facebook. For the Programme and Abstracts booklet see here.

Nota Lepidopterologica

We are very pleased to inform you that the journal of the SEL, Nota Lepidopterologica, has passed a rigorous selection process and will be covered in Clarivate Analytics products and services that measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and show the relationship between citing and cited journals. The publication will be indexed and abstracted in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE). This means that our journal has met certain standards and quality criteria required from journals included in this index and will eventually receive an impact factor.
Keep the good submissions coming!

SEL Council Meeting

The SEL council has met at the Natural History Museum in London, UK, on 26th and 27th March 2018 to discuss a number of topics and to plan the next SEL congresses.

SELepidoptera News — Nouvelles — Nachrichten

This is the informal communication medium for members of the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica in English, French and German. It is published at irregular intervals by Dominic Wanke, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Rosenstein 1, 70191 Stuttgart, Germany. e-mail:

Here are the latest issues of our news for download: