XXXVI Annual Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society

Saturday, August 26th – Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, Florida, USA

Meeting schedule at a glance

  • Saturday, August 26th
    1. registration opens at 10:00 a.m.
    2. Evening Mixer
  • Sunday, August 27th
    1. Biogeography Symposium
    2. Applied Systematics Symposium
    3. Contributed talks
  • Monday, August 28th
    1. Phylogenomics Symposium
    2. Contributed talks
    3. Poster Session
    4. Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, August 29th
    1. Insect Systematics Symposium
    2. Contributed talks
    3. Congress Banquet
  • Wednesday, August 30th
    1. Contributed talks
    2. Mid-afternoon Conclusion


  • Applied Systematics – organized by Marc Allard (e-mail)
  • Phylogenomics – organized by Vanessa González (e-mail) & Sebastian Kvist (e-mail)
  • Data issues: on how bias and imperfect sampling affect biogeographical inferences – organized by Dolores Casagranda (e-mail)
  • Insect morphology and phylogeny: diverse data to answer new questions – organized by Marc Branham (e-mail) & Torsten Dikow (e-mail)


  • early-bird registration extended to July 22nd, 2017 (originally July 15th, 2017)
    WHS member: $250 (without banquet)
    WHS member: $250 + $50 banquet
    WHS student member: $150 (banquet included)
    Student non-member: $275 (banquet included)
    non-member: $275 (without banquet)
    non-member: $275 + $50 banquet
  • late registration after July 22nd, 2017
    WHS member: $350 (without banquet)
    WHS member: $350 + $50 banquet
    WHS student member: $200 (banquet included)
    Student non-member: $375 (banquet included)
    non-member: $375 (without banquet)
    non-member: $375 + $50 banquet
  • all registered students receive a free ticket to the Society’s banquet
  • please register here – xxxvi-2017-registration

Oral & poster presentations

Accommodation at Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

  • conference rate available until July 26th, 2017
  • US$119 (single/double occupancy)
  • US$129 (triple/quadruple occupancy)
  • direct reservation link –

    If you get a message such as “rate is not available”, please call the hotel or get in touch with the organizers.
  • make sure to use group code WHS or group name Willi Hennig Society for all reservations
  • toll free phone +1 800-HILTONS (8667)
  • contact hotel
    phone +1 727-894-5000

Student Travel Awards (application deadline has passed)

  • applications are due June 1st, 2017 and students will be notified of their awards on June 15th, 2017.

Marie Stopes Travel Awards

  • Students who travel from within North America will receive US $600 each.

Kurt Milton Pickett Intercontinental Awards

  • Students who travel from outside of North America will receive US $1,200 each.

Applicants will either present an oral paper or poster at the annual meeting and are currently graduate students or have recently finished their Ph.D. (less than one year ago at the time of the meeting).

Applications should be submitted electronically to the chair of the Student Travel Award Committee, Torsten Dikow (DikowT at, in a single PDF document. Complete applications consist of a CV, a travel budget to justify the proposed expenses, and a one-page abstract (not to exceed 500 words) of an oral paper or poster to be presented at the meeting. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Only graduate students and recent Ph.D. graduates are eligible, and the advisor must certify status in a separate email to the chair of the Student Travel Award Committee.

For further information on the meeting contact:

  • Rebecca Dikow – Chair of scientific committee – e-mail
  • Ward Wheeler – WHS President – e-mail
  • Gustavo Hormiga – WHS Vice President – e-mail
  • Torsten Dikow – Chair Student Travel Award Committee – e-mail