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Winter Meeting 2017

The winter meeting is now over, and was, once again, a great success - Thanks to the organizational skills of Liz Duncan, Elva Robinson and their team.

The December 2018 Winter Meeting is expected to be a 1-day meeting at the Natural History Museum in London - watch this space for more details nearer the time.

Other social insect related meetings

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Meeting/Course and comments

5-8 May 2018

Biology and Genomics of Social Insects

Cold Spring Harbor, New York

The second Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Biology & Genomics of Social Insects will take place 5-8th May 2018. The 2018 meeting will discuss recent advances in social insects, with an emphasis on new findings made possible by the sequencing of the genomes and transcriptomes of dozens of species (ants, bees, wasps, termites). This range allows, for the first time, a convergence of knowledge about the molecular basis and mechanisms of sociality in taxa that evolved sociality independently. Topics of this meeting are comparative and functional genomics of caste determination, division of labor, phenotypic plasticity, learning, physiology and immunity. There will be two special sessions on microbiomes and immunity in social insects with an emphasis on honey bees. The meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate interaction among groups active in diverse systems.

Submit your abstract by Friday 23rd February, 2018, to: https://meetings.cshl.edu/abstracts.aspx?meet=INSECT&year=18

More information: https://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.aspx?meet=INSECT&year=18

13-18 May 2018

Chemical and Genomic Insight into Parasitic and Mutualistic Host-Microbe Interactions

Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Parasites and mutualists are omnipresent and play major roles in the ecology and evolution of the organisms involved, and recent advances provide a range of genomic and chemical tools applicable to host-microbe research. The course introduces and evaluates these tools to provide PhD students with knowledge on their applicability to their own work. The course targets PhD students early in their PhD. The course is worth 4.5 ECTS. A flyer for the course can be downloaded here.

For more information and to sign up (deadline April 1st 2018) see https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=104625&sitepath=NAT

NB. Although not specifically focussing on social insects, they will form a large part of the teaching examples used.

27-30 June 2018

3rd Australian Bee Congress - Pollination and Beekeeping for the Future

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council is proudly hosting the 3rd Australian Bee Congress on the Gold Coast from the 27th – 30th June 2018. Previous congresses were held on the Gold Coast in 1972 and 1988… so it is definitely time to reconvene! The congress organising committee are striving towards establishing a program that is both educational and empowering and focusing on the congress theme of “Pollination and Beekeeping for the Future”. All speakers have been invited.

For more details and to register (earlybird registration deadline 6 April 2018) see: http://australianbeecongress.com.au

1-2 July 2018

1st Australian Native Bee Congress

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

The organising committee invites beekeepers, farmers, industry leaders and researchers to share knowledge at the first Australian Native Bee Conference. We will discuss issues required to unlock the potential of our native bees, a valuable but under-utilized natural resource. This is a satellite meeting to the 3rd Australian Bee Congress, and will be held at the same venue. The meeting will be ion the 1 July, and a field excursion is tentatively planned for the 2 July. Contributed talks are invited.

For more details and to register (earlybird registration deadline 6 April 2018) see: https://australiannativebeeconference.com.au/

2-6 July 2018

XI European Congress of Entomology

Napoli, Italy

The Società Entomologica Italiana and of the Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia are delighted to invite you to attend the XI European Congress of Entomology in Naples.
Entomology has a long-standing and consolidated tradition in Italy. Our national scientific community is honoured for this exciting opportunity to celebrate Entomology in Europe.
We hope that our enthusiasm would be largely shared, even beyond the EU borders, and would result in a global success of our Scientific Community!

The meeting will feature a symposium on "Social Insects and Apidology", plus other symposia of interest to social insect researchers

Registration and abstract submission is now open. Abstract submission will close on 28 February. The congress web site can be found at: www.ece2018.com

15-20 July 2018

German-Israeli Minerva School 2018: New Frontiers in Sociobiology and Sociogenomics

HaGoshrim, Israel

A workshop on the frontiers of social insect research with an emphasis on the application of 'omics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics):
- Phylogenomics and comparative genomics in the study of evolution of complexity and novelty
- Transcriptomics and regulatory networks in the study of SocioEvoDevo and indirect genetic effects
- Socio-physiology: hormones and neurons as links between genes and social behavior
- Emerging molecular technologies: CRISPR-Cas, epigenetics, miRNAs, microbiomes

Lectures will be accompanied with hands-on tutorials on the omics data analysis and a field trip. The School is primarily targeted at graduate students and postdocs. Travel and full board accommodations will be covered by Minerva for 20 students. German and Israeli graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply through the web form on the School website: https://sites.google.com/view/minerva2018

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

Organizers: Jürgen Gadau, Judith Korb, Eyal Privman, Guy Bloch. Additional speakers to be announced

23 July 2018

6th Workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms

Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK

We are excited to announce the 6th workshop on Biological Distributed Algorithms (BDA). BDA is focused on the relationships between distributed computing and distributed biological systems and in particular, on analysis and case studies that combine the two. Such research can lead to better understanding of the behavior of the biological systems while at the same time developing novel algorithms that can be used to solve basic distributed computing problems.

BDA 2018 will include talks on distributed algorithms related to a variety of biological systems. We will devote special attention to communication and coordination in insect colonies (e.g. foraging, navigation, task allocation, construction) and networks in the brain (e.g. learning, decision-making, attention). BDA 2018 is a stand-alon part of Princples of Distributed Computing 2018 (www.podc.org).

Deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations is 5 May 2018. Note that there is generous financial support for the travel and registration of all presenters.

For more details, please see: http://www.snl.salk.edu/~navlakha/BDA2018/

5-10 August 2018

XVIII IUSSI International Congress

Guarujá, Brazil

The next international meeting of the IUSSI will take place in the coastal resort of Guarujá in São Paulo State. Plenary speakers for the meeting will be Benjamin Oldroyd, Elizabeth Tibbetts, Paulo Oliviera, Walter Farina, Jennifer Fewell, Toru Miura, Seirian Sumner, Theresa Wossler and Andreas Brune.

More information about the congress in general can be found at the IUSSI2018 web site: http://www.iussi2018.com

22 August - 1 September 2018


Nouragues Field station, Inselberg Camp, French Guiana

The 17th ANT COURSE will take place in French Guiana. ANT COURSE is open to all interested individuals (professionals, motivated amateurs such as citizen scientists, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and professors). Priority is given to applicants currently researching ants. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with diverse interests and experiences in biology, including systematics, evolution, ecology, behavioral biology, neurobiology, genetics, global change biology, and conservation. The high ratio of instructors to students allows all attendees to receive a great deal of individual attention. ANT COURSE is presented in English and limited to 17 participants. Deadline for applications is 1 April 2018.

For more details, see: https://www.calacademy.org/scientists/ant-course

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