10. IUCN Ladybird Specialist Group meeting

IUCN Red List Training Course for the proposed Ladybird Specialist Group

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal 10-11 September 2018

Organizing Committee:

About this training course:

Following the proposal to establish an IUCN SSC Ladybird Specialist Group, led by John Losey (Department of Entomology, Cornell University), one of the expected key activities is to assess the IUCN Red List status of ladybird species (through the application of IUCN Red List categories and criteria).

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. It plays a prominent role in guiding conservation activities of governments, NGOs and scientific institutions. Red List assessments help to identify species with a high extinction risk as well as the major threats to species. They also help to identify knowledge gaps. IUCN Red List assessments thus help to highlight species that require either conservation action or more research (including taxonomic, ecological or conservation-related research).

This two day training course is targeted at scientists and professionals preparing to conduct IUCN Red List assessments for Ladybird species. It will focus on how the IUCN Red List criteria can be applied to insect species, particularly considering cases with insufficient data availability.


This practical training course intends to i) offer an introduction to the use of the IUCN Red List categories and criteria and ii) provide a forum for discussion of examples of best practices to address the key conservation issues included in the proposal of IUCN SSC Ladybird Specialist Group.

Scientific trainer:

Axel Hochkirch (Trier University, Germany) hochkirch@uni-trier.de

Axel Hochkirch is chair of the IUCN SSC Invertebrate Conservation Sub-Committee and co-chair of the IUCN SSC Grasshopper Specialist Group. He has a PhD in Zoology (University of Bremen, Germany) and is currently working as associate professor at Trier University (Department of Biogeography). His research focus is biodiversity research (including evolutionary, ecological, behavioural, biogeographical, genetic and conservation studies). Since 2014, he is IUCN Red List Trainer.