Following the success of the 1st Iranian International Congress of Entomology (IICE) held in Tehran from 29–31 August, 2015, and on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I have great pleasure in inviting entomologists worldwide and all those with an interest in insects to attend the 2nd IICE which will be held in Karaj, Iran, 2–4 September, 2017.

The earliest records of Karaj date back to 30th century BC. The city was developed under the rule of the Safavid and Qajar dynasties, and is home to historical buildings and memorials from those eras. Until the second half of the 20th century, it used to be known mainly as a summer resort. Today, it is a major industrial city, with factories producing sugar, textiles, wire, and alcohol.

Karaj has been hosting communities since 3000 years BC. The Xurvin region of Karaj has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the Kelāk region on the left bank of Karaj River since the Iron Age. The stone built Taxt e Rostam, located on a mount in the west of Šahriār County, was built in the Parthian era as a Zoroastrian fire temple. Until the late 20th century, the city was mainly crossed into by a stone bridge built in the Safavid era. The stone built Šāh-Abbāsi Caravansary, located at the southeast of Towhid Square, was built in the same era, under the rule of Šāh Esmāil. In the 1810s, the Palace of Soleymānie, which included four towers surrounded by gardens and walls, was built as a summer resort by the order of Šāhzāde Soleymān (Soleymān Mirzā), an old prince governor of Kermānšāh.[3] Granted in the Pahlavi era by Rezā Šāh Pahlavi, it is now housing the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Tehran.

The Congress venue, the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources is the oldest higher education center in Iran. The foundation of the University of Tehran, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (UTCAN), goes back to year 1900 when it was first established under the title of "School of Agriculture" in the village of Chardange in Tehran. After six years, the school was developed to the "School of Higher education". In 1917, the school was moved to the Palace of Soleimanieh in the city of Karaj. In 1921, the school was further expanded and the "School of Higher Agricultural Studies, Rural Handicrafts & Industries" with three departments was established. After two decades of activities in the field of agriculture (in 1940), it was reshaped as the "Faculty of Agriculture (FA)". In 1949, the FA was finally proclaimed as one of the faculties of the University of Tehran. The ten departments of the FA provided opportunities to admit students in 54 majors and 66 specializations in undergraduate and graduate programs in Agricultural Science & Engineering disciplines (http://utcan.ut.ac.ir/en).

The Congress will cover all aspects of entomology and will include plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations with workshop(s) being held immediately before and/or after it.  Attendance will provide an excellent forum for making new links between participants and for initiating collaborative work.

The proposed topics are:

-    Agricultural Entomology

-    Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conversation of Arthropods

-    Biological Control of Insects

-    Ecology and Population Dynamics

-    Ecotoxicology and Toxicology

-    Forest and Rangeland Entomology

-    Industrial Entomology

-    Insect Behavior

-    Insect Chemical Ecology

-    Insect Pathology

-    Insect Physiology and Biochemistry

-    Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture

-    Medical and Veterinary Entomology

-    Molecular Entomology

-    Pest Resistant and Genetically Modified Crops

-    Quarantine

-    Social and Pollinator Insects

-    Stored Product Pest

-    Systematic, Phylogeny and Evolution

-    Urban Entomology

-    Vectors of Plant Diseases

 We are sure that participants will enjoy attending the 2nd Iranian International Congress of Entomology (2017) and look forward to meeting everyone at Karaj where you will be warmly welcomed.

 If you have any questions relating to the symposium please contact the local organizing committee at iice@ut.ac.

 

Mohammad Saeed Mossadegh                                           

The president