The 59th annual Nobel Conference, themed Insects: Little Body, Big Impact, is taking place at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. It can also be attended virtually.
Conference presenters will address the disproportionate effects insects have on humans and the earth. From the caterpillar that eats our crops before metamorphosing into a stunning moth, to the mosquito that elegantly sips our blood (in exchange for a proboscis full of virus particles or parasites), to the socially-connected bee that pollinates flowering plants, to the humble, but mighty fruit fly that continues to teach us how our bodies function, these tiny creatures fascinate, confound, and inspire us. “Little Body/Big Impact” invites us to learn about, wonder at, and celebrate these little creatures that run the world.
Featured participants include award-winning and internationally recognized researchers in entomology, chemical ecology, genetics, conservation biology, anthropology, and philosophy, with Nobel laureate Michael Young (Physiology or Medicine, 2017) among the speakers.