Dr. Christian Kehlmaier
Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Museum für Naturkunde
Königsbrücker Landstraße 159, 01109 Dresden, Germany
Tel. 0049 (0)351795841-4301, Fax 0049 (0)351795841-4404
DIPTERA WORKING GROUP
The Diptera Working Group (AK DIPTERA) is an independent forum for German dipterists. Both amateur scientists and professional entomologists belong to this super-regional and interdisciplinary organ. The working group has no strict organisational structure. The honorary administration of the AK DIPTERA is currently in the hands of Dr. Christian Kehlmaier, Senckenberg Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden (head) and Dr. Frank Menzel, Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut Müncheberg (deputy head).
As a platform for work in progress and discussions, the AK DIPTERA encourages contact between dipterists across national borders and initiates its own research projects. It delivers first and foremost contributions to the Diptera fauna of Germany, conducts literature searches on the Diptera fauna and collates information on the size and place of repositories of collections of Diptera in the German Federal Republic. Further areas of activity derive from the growing significance as a centre for information and advice. To these activities may be reckoned the recommendation of cooperative partners and advice on persons who might be prepared to identify specimens. To the significant fields of work of the working group belong - with special emphasis on the Diptera - faunal studies and zoogeography, comparitive morphology, phylogenetic systematics, ecology and aspects of behavioural and applied studies.
The AK DIPTERA meets annually. To this end a two day symposium consisting of 5 to 8 talks and a whole day excursion is held usually between the 1st and 30th of June. Participants are also able to exchange thoughts and views during the evening in an informal atmosphere. More information can be found on the website of AK DIPTERA.