The 4th International INSECTA Conference took place in Gießen on September 5-7, 2018. About 250 participants got the opportunity to meet with people from 32 countries  about breeding and production of insects, science, politics and legislation, framed by 60 lectures and 40 poster presentations. At INSECTA2018 there was in addition to insects as food, feed and non-food the special topic for Insect Biotechnology with an own satellite meeting were scientific works from LOEWE -Center in Giessen were shown.

Two prizes were awarded: the VDI Best Young Scientist’s Presentation Award was going to Claudia Manzo (Lund University, Sweden) for the presentation „Edible Bugs in European Food Culture: a cultural analytical Approach towards overcoming the yuck Factor” and the PPM Best Poster Presentation Award was going to Lukas Paul Käßer (TH Mittelhessen, Gießen) for the presentation „Continuous Production of Antimicrobial Peptides in Insect Cells“.

The conference aimed to give an overview of the state-of-the-art of insect technology and the prospects. Technological, political and ethical aspects were  discussed.

It was jointly organized by Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg e.V. (PPM) and Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) and held in Gießen, Germany. This year the LOEWE-Center and the Justus Liebig University Gießen were special partners.



Topics around technical, commercial, ecological, political and ethical issues of insect utilization were:

  1. Food Safety for Using Insects
  • Production Systems
  • Processing
  1. Insects production systems
  • Rearing substrate optimization
  • Established production systems
  • Mass rearing systems, industrialization
  • Automation
  1. Application of insects as feed and food
  • Nutrient composition
  • Use for pets, in aquaculture and for farm animals
  • Processing and fractionation
  • Use in gastronomy and food retailing
  1. Non-food applications of insects
  • Insect biotechnology
  • Biopolymers
  • Waste management systems






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Image credits: „Piofczyk / PPM e.V.“

For more information visit:

Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg e.V. (PPM)
Berliner Chaussee 66, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany
Dr. Thomas Piofczyk
Phone: +49-391-8189-131