Keynote Presentations


Expert Panel Sections


Engaging Talks


Artist Expo


Opportunities to try edible insects (see Public Events)


Exciting days of art, discussion, knowledge sharing, and networking




Jack Armstrong

Founder, Chapul

Pat Crowley

Keynote Speakers

Sunday, August 12th - Kickoff Event: 3-6 PM  

Creature Comforts Insect Curiosity Corner and Family Film Festival at Cine

Conference attendees, UGA students and faculty, and the general public will be invited to help kick off the conference with a family-friendly afternoon event in downtown Athens. Local partner and sponsor Creature Comforts will host insect-themed games as well as food and drinks featuring edible (and drinkable) insects from 3pm – 6pm. Brooklyn Bugs will also be providing some tasting samples. Across the street, Cine will be hosting a FREE screening The Bee Movie at 4pm.  This will be the first of several events designed to engage local community partners, welcome Athens residents to the topic, and showcase Athens, Georgia for our national and international guests.

Monday, August 13th

7:00 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (UGA Catering)

7:00 - 7:45 AM - Insect Yoga/ Pilates! (Optional)

8:00 AM - Registration / Time to Mingle / Coffee

9:00 - 9:10 AM - Opening Remarks (Marianne)

9:10 - 10:10 AM - Session 1 (60 mins)

10:10 - 10:30 AM - Refreshment Break

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Keynote Speaker 1 (Armstrong)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 2: (60 minutes)

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:00 PM - Session 3: (60 minutes)

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Panel Sessions #1: Moving the industry forward

4:00 - 5:30 PM - Session 4 (90 minutes)

6:00 - 9:00 PM - The Buzz: An Evening of Insect Cuisine (Ticket Required)

Tuesday, August 14th

7:00 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (UGA Catering)

7:00 - 7:45 AM - Insect Yoga (Optional)

9:00 AM - Session 5 (60 mins)

10:00 - 10:30 AM - Refreshment Break

10:30 - 11:00 AM - Keynote Speaker 2 (Lesnik)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 6 (60 mins)

12:00 - 12:10 PM - Group Photo for All Participants

12:10 - 2:00 PM - Lunch Break/ NACIA BOD meeting

2:00 - 2:30 PM - Keynote Speaker 3 (Crowley)

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Panel Session #2: Ento Evolution - Managing Perceptions

3:00 - 3:30 PM - Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:30 - 5:15 PM - Session 7: (105 minutes)

5:30 - 7:00 PM - Vendor Reception

**Poster Session All Day - Presenters Available for Q&A During Breaks

Wednesday, August 15th

7:00 - 8:30 AM - Breakfast (UGA Catering)

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM - Insect Yoga (Optional)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Session 8 (60 mins)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Refreshment Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Award Presentations

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Session 9 (60 mins)

12:00 - 12:10 PM - Closing Remarks, Conference Ends

2:00 PM - State Botanical Gardens Insect Hike (Details available at Conference)

List of Confirmed Presenters

Marianne Shockley (University of Georgia Department of Entomology)

Engaging audiences with edible insects: Outreach as an education tool


Jeff Tomberlin (Texas A&M University)

Micronutrients and their role in mass production of the black soldier fly

Cheryl Preyer (Preyer Consulting, LLC)

An Ento Hero's Journey

Valerie Stull (MIGHTi / University of Wisconsin-Madison)

What's Hopping: Impact of Edible Cricket Consumption on Gut Microbiota in Healthy Adults, a Double-blind, Randomized Crossover Trial

Wendy Lu McGill (Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch)

Co-Branding for Insects as Food: A Case Study

Justine Richard-Giroux

Evaluation of different residual biomasses for the feeding of black soldier fly larvae; an alternative source of protein and fat in animal feed

Bob Fischer (Texas State University)

Ethics for Insect Eaters

Brendon Sassmannshaus (Ovipost)

Farm Hacks: Off the shelf hacks for insect farming

Brittny Jones (Texas A&M University)

Impact of Larval Competition on Life-History Traits of the Black Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)

Josh Galt

Ethical Considerations and Nutritional Benefits of Insects in a Plant-Based Diet

Micro Livestock International / Angka Changrit Kampuchea

Gabrielle Wimer (MealFlour)

MealFlour: Using mealworms as an environmentally sustainable source of protein to improve food security

Amy Franklin (Farms for Orphans)

Edible insect farming: A strategy for providing sustainable nutrition and economic empowerment for orphanages in western Democratic Republic of Congo

Eli Cadesky (C-fu FOODS INC, One Hop Kitchen INC)

New Industry Growth Through Innovative Ingredients

Aline Freitas Spindola (Texas A&M University)

Thermal Preference and Sperm Viability of Black Soldier Fly across Ages and Temperatures

James Ricci (Ovipost)

Integrated Pest Management for Cricket Farms

Liz Koutsos (Enviroflight)

Insects as Feed for Animals: A Review of Current Knowledge of Composition and Feeding Applications

Aly Moore (Bugible)

Edible Bugs - Media and the Public Response

Jonathan A. Cammack (Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology)

Diet nutrient and moisture content and black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (L.), (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) feeding impact the structure and function of associated bacteria

Florian Nock (JIMINI'S)

Eating insects in Western culture : A unique approach ?

Andrea M. Liceaga (Purdue University)

Approaches for utilizing cricket protein for human consumption: Effect of enzymatic hydrolysis on protein quality and functionality

Bruce Wayne (University of Delaware)

The Evolution of Edible Insect Agriculture During The Implementation Of Digital Globalization Processes

Sam Glickstein (Biotrophics)

Missing Links: The State of Global Scarcity & Sustainability

Kayla Hurd (University of Notre Dame)

A snack worth sharing: Chapulines as a major protein source in Oaxaca, Mexico

C M (Tilly) Collins (Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London)

Opportunities and barriers: Variation in attitudes to, and acceptance of, entomophagy in men, women and children in the UK

David M Gracer (Community College of Rhode Island)

Stories in the background, and ways to reach the best future

Changqi Liu  (San Diego State University)

Edible insects as food in Oaxaca

John Guyton (Mississippi State University, Biochemisty, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology)

Introducing Youngsters during Bug Camp and Adults during the International Insect Rearing Workshop to Edible Insects


Ryan Yamka (Luna Science and Nutrition, LLC)

Recipe for success: opportunities and challenges of introducing insects into pet food formulations

Becky Griffin (UGA Extension)

Entomophagy in the School Garden

Trina Chiasson (Ovipost)

Quantifying Sustainability: Analyzing the Ecological Footprint of Entomophagy

Kevin Bachhuber (Bachhuber Consulting Group)

Crickets Are Stupid, and Will Drown Themselves If Possible: A Catalog of Errors

Justin Butner  (EntomoCentral)

Writing About Insect Agriculture

Joseph Yoon (Brooklyn Bugs)

Culinary Applications in Entomophagy


Sigbjørn Albertsen (Invertapro)

Invertapro, Insects for a circular economy

Aline Freitas Spindola (Texas A&M University)

Copula duration of Black Soldier Fly in different age groups: Impacts on female fertility and larval production

Ryan Goldin (Entomo Farms)

Stories from the Trenches:  Consumer Adoption and Market Evolution

Caroline Provost (Centre de recherche agroalimentaire de Mirabel)

Mealworm mass rearing: impact of sex ratio on larvae production

Lou Sorkin (American Museum of Natural History)

More on Insect Allergy but not from Bites and Stings

Kubo Dzamba (Third Millennium Farming)

Introducing the Chirpbox: a modular cricket farm that is enabling a new food economy

Louisiana Lightsey (University of Georgia) 

Indigenous Entomophagy in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Mohammed Ashour (Aspire Food Group)