Meetings / Conferences

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2012Workshop on Freshwater Invertebrates of Southeast Asia: Biodiversity and Origin Maha Sarakham, Thailand, 30.7.—4.8.2012

1) Keynote speaker: Michael Balke ("Aquatic insects in Asian wetlands - molecular biodiversity assessment, evolutionary history, and why molecules might really help us out")


2013BioSyst.EU 2013 Vienna, Austria, 18.—22.2.2013

1) Hawlitschek, O., Hendrich, L. & M. Balke (2013): Speciation and species delimitation of Australian diving beetles: the impacts of glaciation and aridification.- In: Kroh, A., Berning, B., Haring, E., Harzhauser, M., Sattmann, H., Walochnik, J., Zimmermann, D. & D. Zuschin (Eds.). BioSyst.EU 2013 Global systematics! 18-22 February 2013.- Abstract Volume NOBIS Austria, Vienna, 279 pp.

2) Balke, M., Hendrich, L., Toussaint, EFA., Hawlitschek, O., Riedel, A. & R. Tänzler (2013): Lineage diversification and speciation across the Australasian Archipelago - from tropical shores to sky islands.- In: Kroh, A., Berning, B., Haring, E., Harzhauser, M., Sattmann, H., Walochnik, J., Zimmermann, D. & D. Zuschin (Eds.). BioSyst.EU 2013 Global systematics! 18-22 February 2013.- Abstract Volume NOBIS Austria, Vienna, 279 pp.

3) Hausmann, A., Hendrich, L., Balke, M., Morinière, J., Schmidt, S., Segerer, A.H., Hebert, P.D.N. & G. Haszprunar (2013): A major contribution of the ZSM to the genetic library of life: 35,000 insect species barcoded in 7 years.- In: Kroh, A., Berning, B., Haring, E., Harzhauser, M., Sattmann, H., Walochnik, J., Zimmermann, D. & D. Zuschin (Eds.). BioSyst.EU 2013 Global systematics! 18-22 February 2013.- Abstract Volume NOBIS Austria, Vienna, 279 pp.

4) Poster: Schmidt S, Lafogler S, Balke M "High-performance imaging of entomological collections"

5) Shaverdo H, Toussaint EFA, Balke M "Speciation of hyperdiverse taxa across the highly complex New Guinean terrane system: diving beetle genus Exocelina"


2013SAGE 2013: Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution meeting Berlin, Germany, 11.—15.3.2013

1) "Aquatic insects in Asian wetlands - molecular biodiversity assessment, evolutionary history, and why molecules might really help us out"

2) Riedel A, Tänzler R, Balke M "Endemic weevils and the islands of the Sunda arc – zoogeography of the genus Trigonopterus"

3) Riedel A, Tänzler R, Balke M "A species description pipeline for the hyperdiverse weevil genus Trigonopterus"

4) Toussaint EFA, Shaverdo H, Hendrich L, Balke M Deciphering the origins of massive radiations in the Indo-Australian archipelago - The New Guinean archipelago as a major diversity pump in Australasia


2013Seminar at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) Barcelona, Spain, 14.5.2013

Balke M -- about our diving beetle work  :-)


2013Hennig XXXII Rostock, Germany, August 3.-7.2013

Balke M - Organizer and chair, Symposium "Phylogeny, Biogeography and Conservation"

1) Toussaint EFA, Balke M Massive orogeny as a biodiversity pump for the emerging Papuan giant

2) Balke M, Tänzler R, Toussaint EFA, Riedel Flightless Trigonopterus weevils across the Indomalayan Archipelago


2013Barcoding 5 Kunming, China, October 28th, 2013

1) Balke M: Invited plenary talk: Taxonomy. Faster, Better.

Michael also chaired the Insects I session with 7 talks.

2013ESA - Entomological Society of America Austin, Texas, USA, November 10-13, 2013.

1) Toussaint EFA, Condamine F, Hawlitschek O, Hendrich L, Watts CHS, Balke M Unveiling the Diversification Dynamics of Australasian Predaceous Diving Beetles in the Cenozoic

2) Toussaint EFA, Hall R, Monaghan M, Sagata K, Ibalim S, Shaverdo H, Vogler A, Pons J, Balke M Deciphering the origins of massive radiations in the New Guinean archipelago


2014 The International Biogeography Society Early Career Conference 2014 Canberra, Australia, January 7-10, 2014

1) Toussaint EFA, Condamine F, Hawlitschek O, Hendrich L, Watts CHS, Balke M Unveiling the Diversification Dynamics of Australasian Predaceous Diving Beetles in the Cenozoic


2014 Seminar The University of Greifswald, Germany, May 8, 2014

1) Toussaint EFA, Balke M et al. The towering orogeny of New Guinea as a trigger for arthropod megadiversity*

  • (and a look at climate change and Australasian lineage diversification)



2014Hennig XXXIII Trento, Italy, July 6-10, 2014

1) Toussaint EFA, Condamine F, Hawlitschek O, Hendrich L, Watts CHS, Balke M Unveiling the Diversification Dynamics of Australasian Predaceous Diving Beetles in the Cenozoic


201410th European Congress of Entomology York, UK, August 3-8, 2014

1) Toussaint EFA, Balke M et al, The Towering Orogeny of New Guinea as a Trigger for Arthropod Megadiversity


20147th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies Turku, Finland, August 11-14, 2014

1) Toussaint EFA, Balke M et al (Poster) Molecular species delineation in Polyura


2015Seminar: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin Berlin, Germany, 23 February 2015

1) Balke M Evolution of arthropod diversity in the Indoaustralian Australasian Archipelago: complex pathways across biogeographic boundaries


2015Senckenberg Taxonomy School Frankfurt/M, Germany, 8 March 2015

1) Balke M Taxonomy on the fast track - towards a more transparent, sustainable and democratic taxonomy (Access and benefit sharing could be more than words)


2015Systematics Association Biennial meeting Oxford, UK 26-28 August 2015 Symposium 3: Accelerating the pace of taxonomy

1) Balke M, Riedel A, von Rintelen T Taxonomy on the fast track. Towards more sustainability in biodiversity research



2016BioRes Travelling Conference 12.-22. January 2016 with talks in Hanoi, Manila and Cibinong (Indonesia)

1) Balke M, von Rintelen T, Ubaidillah R Taxonomy on the fast track. Towards more sustainability in biodiversity research


2016 ICE 2016 XXV International Congress of Entomology Orlando, FL, USA 29.9.2016

1) Athena Lam, Matthew Van Dam, Emmanuel Toussaint, Rawati Panjaitan, George Roderick & Michael Balke Tropical stream beetles show clade idiosyncratic biological patterns of narrow endemicity versus high connectivity across major landscapes

2) Shaverdo H, Balke M Infrageneric structure of New Guinea Exocelina predaceous diving beetles

3) Riedel A, Tänzler R, Pons J, Balke M Towards a new concept of Cryptorhynchinae

4) Van Dam Matthew Eupholini


PhD Examination and such like

ages ago: Member of of PhD examining board, Martin Fikacek (Prague... that was a nice trip) and Opponent for Marianne Espeland (University of Stockholm)

2013, May: Member (backup) of PhD examining board, Maria del Mar Bauzà Ribot (Universitat de les Illes Balears)

2013, September 13th: Member of of PhD examining board, Paula Arribas Blázquez (University of Murcia)

2014, March: Pre-Examiner Mari Kekkonen's PhD thesis (University of Helsinki)

2016, May: Opponent for Mikko Pentinsaari PhD thesis (University of Oulu)

2016, September: thesis examiner for Mindy Tuan Jia PhD thesis (National University of Singapore)

2016, October: thesis examiner for Pavel Matos PhD thesis (Budweis)