SEL Congresses

SEL congresses are biennial conference meetings of Lepidopterists from Europe and other parts of the world. The SEL's General Meetings are held during the SEL Congresses.


23rd SEL Congress & 11th Forum Herbulot 2023 in France

"Conservation, Ecology and Systematics of Lepidoptera in a changing world"

The global Covid-19 pandemic forced us to postpone the 22nd SEL Congress planned for 2021 to 2022. In order to keep our Congresses in odd years, the 23nd Congress of the Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica will be organised in 2023.

The conference, organised by Carlos Lopez Vaamonde, will take place from Monday, 25th to Friday, 29th September 2023 in the French city of Orléans situated at the Loire river, approximately 130 km south of Paris. The congress will be a joint event with the 11th Forum Herbulot, which will run in parallel. The place of the conference will be the hotel Dupanloup Le Studium located in the city centre. More information can be found in the SELepidoptera News Vol. 67 and on the conference website. We will add further information here as soon as it becomes available.

You can now pre-register for the conference and submit your abstract – both can be done on the conference website. Authors must select one of three options: oral talk, short talk (3 minutes, one slide), or poster. Authors are limited to a maximum of one abstract per category as presenting author, although an individual may be listed as a co-author on several abstracts. Please note that abstracts may be submitted in English only. Deadline for abstract submission is 15th May 2023.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Orléans!



Past SEL Congresses

Information on past congresses congresses can be found here:

22nd SEL Congress 06–11 June 2022 in Laulasmaa, Estonia
21st SEL Congress
03–07 June 2019 in Campobasso, Italy
  20th SEL Congress 2430 April 2017 in Podgora, Croatia
  19th SEL Congress 27 September  02 October 2015 in Radebeul, Germany
18th SEL Congress 29 July – 04 August 2013 in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  17th SEL Congress 0913 May 2011 in Luxembourg
  16th SEL Congress 2531 May 2009 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  15th SEL Congress 08–12 September 2007 in Erkner, Germany
14th SEL Congress 12–17 September 2005 in Rome, Italy
  13th SEL Congress 01–06 June 2002 in Korsør, Denmark
  12th SEL Congress 2000 in Bialowieza, Poland
  11th SEL Congress 2226 March 1998 in Malle, Belgium
  10th SEL Congress 0307 May 1996 in Miraflores, Spain
  9th SEL Congress 0509 September 1994 in Lednice, Czech Republic
  8th SEL Congress 1923 April 1992 in Helsinki, Finland
  7th SEL Congress 0308 September 1990 in Lunz am See, Austria
  6th SEL Congress 0509 April 1988 in Sanremo, Italy
  5th SEL Congress 0710 April 1986 in Budapest, Hungary
4th SEL Congress 2427 April 1984 in Wageningen, the Netherlands
  3rd SEL Congress 1316 April 1982 in Cambridge, Great Britain
  2nd SEL Congress 1980 in Karlsruhe, Germany
  1st SEL Congress 1978 in Paris, France