Welcome!

Insect festival working group

This is the central hub for Insect Festivals and the people who run them


What is an Insect Festival, anyway?

We use a definition modified from Bultitude et al’s definition of science festivals:

  • The main focus is a celebration of insects and related arthropods.
  • The main intention is to engage non-specialists with scientific content.
  • There is an emphasis on insect science as FUN and an activity for everyone
  • The event is time-limited and recurring, usually on an annual or biennial frequency.
Ant Exhibit

Get On The Map

Are you on our map of insect festivals? Check it out!

crowd of people in an auditorium

Evaluation

Are you interested in contributing to a shared evaluation instrument with common questions?

Setup for cricket spitting; stylish Aaron

Share Exhibits

We would love to have info about your exhibits, and to develop best practices for training volunteers, animal handling, and safety issues.

butterfly bracelet craft and crayons

What will joining IFWG do for me?

  • Access to a library of evaluation and event materials
  • Shared examples of funding and IRB proposals
  • Shared volunteer training materials and videos
  • Online discussion group with peer festivals
  • Increased visibility for your festival on our map

Let’s build something great together.