Josie Parker attended the 2015 Royal Entomological Society Postgrad Forum hosted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on 16-17 February. This is an event for early career researchers to present and discuss their research, with topics ranging from exotic ladybird species to bumblebee foraging.
Josie presented her AvecNet research on mosquito biology. Working with the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae s.s. Josie has been using a novel camera tracking system to record mosquito flight and look at the effects of insecticide on mosquito behaviour. Her results show how long lasting insecticide treated bed nets (LLINs) inhibit mosquito foraging WP3 Her presentation won the student-voted Arctec sponsored prize for best talk.
The theme of the forum was science communication and the invited speakers enthused about the benefits of telling people about their research using science festivals, writing and radio. Over the two day event attendees had the opportunity to meet and get to know people from other research groups, discussing ideas and comparing experiences of working with different insects.