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Winter Meeting 2020

The first-ever online Winter Meeting of the NW IUSSI will happen on December 16th to 18th 2020. It will bring our social insect community together, with contributed talks, posters and the usual social events (albeit slightly different this year).

You can find more details of the meeting, and the registration link here.

Other social insect related meetings

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Meeting/Course and comments

25–28 November 2020

Gutenberg Workshops presents: Aging in Social Insects

Ingelheim, near Mainz (Germany) - Hybrid workshop format

A characteristic of social insects is reproductive division of labor, which led to the evolution of disparate phenotypes or castes, which differ not only in behavior and reproduction, but also in lifespan. Indeed, social insect queens can live for many years (up to several decades), whereas their workers are much shorter lived. In most social insects, female eggs are totipotent and can develop into either queens or workers, in response to conditions experienced during larval development. Recent advances in molecular biology allow the field of social insect biology to investigate the genes, pathways and gene regulatory mechanisms that control caste differences. It is of great interest beyond social insect research to determine which molecular mechanisms allow social insect queens to live so long.
This Gutenberg Workshop on Aging in Social Insects will bring together researchers investigating the evolution and molecular basis of lifespan in social insects with researchers working on longevity in other model organisms to understand how social evolution led to shifts in the molecular regulation of aging.
The workshop will be held as a hybrid workshop format in the scenic Monastery Wasem in Ingelheim, providing a stimulating atmosphere for scientific talks and discussions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing restrictions, there are limited spaces available on site as well as the possibility of a remote online participation.
For all further information and the application for the workshop, please visit:  https://gutenberg-workshops.uni-mainz.de/aging-in-social-insects-nov-20

27-28 November &
4-5 December 2020

Primer Simposio Iberoamericano de Mirmecología


The first South American symposium of Myrmecology will take place on-line in November and December 2020. Registration should open on 10 August, and will be free. Current deadlines include: Registration: 15 November 2020, Abstract submission: 15 September 2020. For more information, see the meeting web site: https://1ersibemirmeco.wixsite.com/inicio?s=09


Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Section of the IUSSI

Instituto de Psicologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo

The IUSSI Brazilian Section Meeting will be held in University of Sao Paulo (22-25 April 2020). Speakers from all over Brazil and abroad are already confirmed. Registration (early bird rate), symposium, and abstract submission are up to January 31st 2020. For more details, see the meeting web site: https://workshopiussi.wordpress.com The meeting also has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VWorkshopIUSSI/

Please note that given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the meeting has been postponed - a new date (probably in November or December) will be announced in due course

15-25 August 2021

The Bee Course 2021

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona, USA

In Partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, Cornell University, and the Southwestern Research Station, we are proud to announce the 22nd installment of The Bee Course. The Bee Course is designed to provide biologists interested in pollinators with the tools and knowledge necessary to collect, process, and to begin to identify bee specimens. We encourage all interested parties to apply.

For more information, including instructions on how to apply, a list of this year's instructors, and course testimonials, please visit the course website at www.thebeecourse.org

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

NB. It seems that the planned 2020 meeting has been skipped

20-25 August 2021

European Congress of the IUSSI 2020

University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

The 7th European Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects will take place in Toulouse (France) on 23–26 August 2020. EU-IUSSI congresses are held every four years and have become a major international forum for discussion of the latest and most significant results on the biology and ecology of social insects. Over about 400 scientists are expected to get together on 2 the campus of the University Paul Sabatier, in Toulouse (118 route de Narbonne), the pink city of Southern France.

For more details, and to register or submit an abstract, please visit: https://eu-iussi2020.sciencesconf.org

Please note that the dates for the congress have been revised:

Dear colleagues and friends,

Given the progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the intensification of confinement measures in many parts of the world, and the lack of visibility about the end of the crisis, it now seems very difficult to maintain the organisation of the EU-IUSSI congress in Toulouse this August. Even after the end of specific confinement actions, probably at different times in different countries, it is likely that travels and human interactions will remain regulated for several months making it difficult to hold any meeting.

After discussing with delegates of all European sections and the International Union, we decided to postpone the congress to 22-25 of August 2021, hoping for better times. Plenary speakers, symposium organizers, and invited symposium speakers will be asked to contribute again, as in the initial plan.

Although many of you already submitted abstracts on the congress web site, normally no payment could have been done at this date. If you think you did so, please contact us (marie-angele.albouy@univ-tlse3.fr).

We are sure you will understand this difficult but important decision.

Please take care,

The organizing committee

Postponed to September 2022

EurBee 9

Belgrade, Serbia

The next (ninth) EurBee symposium will take place in the historic city of Belgrade, but has been postponed to 2022. See https://eurbee9.bio.bg.ac.rs.

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