Francesco Pennacchio (Italy) born in 1960 is Professor of Entomology at the University of Napoli “Federico II” (Italy) and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University (UK). In 1989 he received a PhD in Entomology, from the University of Napoli “Federico II”, for his research on parasitic Hymenoptera biology. He continued to focus on this research area as a visiting scientist (1989-1991) at Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA). The study of parasitology and pathology of insect pests and pollinators is the core of his current research interests, along with technologies for sustainable insect control that can be developed on this background. He has published extensively within the field, including in discovery journals. In 2013 he was awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the National Academy of Sciences of USA for his seminal work on elucidating the molecular mechanism through which the neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects the insect immune response. He co-edits the Journal of Insect Physiology and serves on the editorial boards of other entomological journals. He is the Co-Chair of the XI European Congress of Entomology, which will be held in Italy, in 2018. He is the President of the Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI) and member of the Italian National Academy of Entomology.