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19th March 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

BENHS Annual General Meeting and Members’ Day Programme Saturday 19th March 2016

Hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

All of the meeting is open to both members and non-members, although only members are allowed to vote on any motions put to the AGM. Exhibits of live or dead insects, photos, literature etc. and posters will be most welcome. Please book these in by 5th March with Rosemary Hill (rosemaryhi@lineone.net) and display them in the Museum Annex when you arrive. They may then be viewed and discussed during the lunch break and at Tea. Posters will be reported in the Society journal.

Within the UK, the Hope Entomological Collections are second in size and importance to the national insect collection at the Natural History Museum, London. They house over 25,000 arthropod types, and comprise over 5 million specimens. These specimens include many of great historical interest from such sources as the Hope-Westwood and Verrall-Collin collections. For those wishing to consult the collections during the day, please contact Darren J. Mann in advance (darren.mann@oum.ox.ac.uk or on 01865 272957/272978).

How to get to the museum

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is located on Parks Road off Broad Street in central Oxford. Oxford has a busy city centre and car parking is limited and expensive for a full day. There are excellent transport links to Oxford centre via train and bus, as well as a series of ‘Park & Ride’ sites around the ring road with regular bus links to the centre (www.oxfordbus.co.uk and www.oxfordshire.gov.uk ). Park & Ride parking is £2 for up to 11 hours at the Thornhill and Water Eaton sites and £4 for 11-24 hours. Parking at the other Park & Ride sites is £2 per day. The return bus fare (after 9am) from all sites to the city centre is £2.80. Further parking and travel information can be found at www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com.

Programme for the day // Amazing Insects

10.00 Arrive, coffee/tea, display of exhibits and posters
10.30 Welcoming remarks and introduction to the day
10.40 Why aphids are fab – everything you wanted to know about aphids but were afraid to ask. Simon Leather, Harper Adams University
11.10 Forensic entomology – current applications and research. Katie Jetten and Helen Ody, University of Portsmouth. Student talk
11.30 Dead Good: what’s the use of insect collections? Darren Mann, Oxford Museum of Natural History
12.00 Break
12.10 The BENHS Student Group. Liam Crowley, Harper Adams University
12.20 Reading Lepidoptera wings. Alessandro Giusti and Alberto Zilli, Natural History Museum London
13.00 Lunch and viewing of exhibits and posters (bring your own packed lunch or forage in one of the nearby pubs or eateries).
14.00 Society notices
14.10 Annual General Meeting with elections, reports and Presidential Address
15.00 President’s guest speaker: A bee book for the 21st century. Steven Falk
16.00 Conclusion of the AGM and Tea
16.15 Tour of the entomological collections, led by Darren J. Mann
17.00 Close of meeting
17.15 Onwards: No meal has been arranged for this year, but attendees may continue discussions in nearby pubs.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 2.10pm. The agenda will include the following:

  1. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
  2. Council’s Report for 2015
  3. The Treasurer’s Report and Accounts for 2015
  4. The Reports of the Editor, Librarian and Curator for 2015*
  5. Election of Officers and Council for 2016-2017
  6. Questions invited under Bye-Law 26(d), see below
  7. The Presidential Address (There will be a short break between these two items)
  8. President’s guest speaker
  9. Election of Auditors
  10. Any other business

* These reports will not be read out but will be circulated at the start of the meeting

Bye-Law 26 (d) – Members shall be invited to bring forward any motion or ask any questions relating to the management of the Society without notice.

Bye-Laws 9 (c) & (d) given below relate to the election of Officers and Council:
(c) If any six or more Members shall desire to propose any other eligible candidate or candidates for election to any of the Offices or as one or more of the Ordinary Members of Council, such six or more Members shall, not less than one month before the Annual General Meeting, give notice in writing (signed by these Members and stating the name of every such candidate and the office or position as Ordinary Member of Council for which he or she is nominated) to the Secretary. If such notice is given, an election shall be held at the Annual Meeting before action on the Council’s nominees.
(d) When no such notice has been so given, with regard to any particular Office or concerning the Ordinary Members of Council, the President or Chairman shall at the Annual Meeting declare the Council’s nominee or nominees to that office or as Ordinary Members of Council.

The members recommended by Council as Officers or Ordinary Members of Council for 2016-2017 under Bye-Law 7 (a) are:-

EDITOR J.S. Badmin
CURATOR P.J. Chandler
SALES M.D. Darby

ORDINARY MEMBERS OF COUNCIL: J.F.H. Cole, B. Elliott, A.C. Galsworthy, A.J. Halstead, R.D. Hawkins, L.J. Hill, S.M. Jones, S.R. Leather, K. Lugg, A.J. Pickles


19th March 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW United Kingdom
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01865 272950

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