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Winter Meeting 2018

The annual Winter meeting was held on the 20th of December 2018 at the Natural History Museum, London. Look out for details of the 2019 meeting here.


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5-9 August 2019

Biennial General Meeting of the Andean-Carribean Section of the IUSSI

Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito, Ecuador

The Andean-Caribbean Section of the IUSSI will meet in Quito, the capital of Ecuador on 5-9 August. In previous years we have met in Colombia, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela, but never before in Ecuador, so we are very pleased to extend our geographic reach. The third announcement and call for abstracts (in Spanish) can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/iussiseccionbolivariana/home

Other IUSSI section members are all cordially invited to attend on the same basis as Andean-Caribbean members. Our main working language is Spanish, but posters and talks in Portuguese and English are also welcome.

Information on accommodation, registration fee (usually quite modest in our section) and the field trip will follow. If you have other questions, please direct them to section president David Donoso (david.donosov@gmail.com) or Chris Star (ckstarr@gmail.com).

18-28 August 2019

The Bee Course 2019

Southwestern Research Station, Arizona

In Partnership with the American Museum of Natural History and the Southwestern Research Station we are proud to announce the 21st installment of The Bee Course. The Bee Course is a ten day workshop held at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona from August 18th through the 28th, 2019. The 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 yearขs instructors, and course testimonials, please visit our new website at www.thebeecourse.org. Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

19-24 August 2019

Taxonomy, Identification and Ecology of European Ants 2019

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The course is designed to give an introduction to the diversity of the European Ant fauna, and to give hands-on experience of methods for collecting, preserving, mounting and identifying ant specimens. During the course, we will have a series of short lectures on diversity and ecology from two guest lecturers, one an expert on the Southern European ant fauna, and the other an expert on Northern European ants. These will be supplemented by lectures by experts from Copenhagen on general topics of European ant ecology, including invasive species and social parasites. The main body of the course will then provide a practical introduction to the taxonomy and morphology-based identification of ant specimens, using specimens from the Natural History Museum of Denmark. A mid-week field excursion to several sites with different habitats will then allow students to collect their own ants, which they will subsequently mount and identify. We will finish the course with discussions on tips and tricks to use in the identification of "difficult" groups, and alternatives to morphology-based taxonomy and identification. 

The course is free to attend, but participants are responsible for organizing their own travel and accommodation for the course. Seats are limited to 25 students, and priority will be given to PhD students, but other students and postdocs can also participate if space allows. For informal inquiries, please contact David Nash (DRNash@bio.ku.dk)

For further details, and to apply, visit: https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=105903

Closing date for applicants is 31 July 2019

1-5 September 2019

V SymTermes

Federal University of ABC, SP, Brazil

The V Symposium of Termitology (V SymTermes) will be held at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), in São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil, from September 1 to 5, 2019.

The event aims to boost discussion and scientific exchange among the various areas of Termitology.All approaches are welcome, including classical cell biology, natural history, behavior, molecular studies, control or any other way to unravel the world of termites. Studies that uses termites as case studies to clarify problems at the current science frontiers are also very welcome.

Deadline for submission of proposals for short-courses: March 3rd 2019.
Registration opens 18 March, abstract submission and discount registration close 14 July. For more details see: http://eventos.ufabc.edu.br/symtermes/en/ or sign up for e-mail updates at: https://goo.gl/forms/EMFYgHNoofqWtkow2

27-29 September 2019

8th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology

Regensburg, Germany

it is our pleasure to host the 8th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology in Regensburg. Ants have played a large role in zoological research at the University of Regensburg for almost 20 years, and today the team at the chair of evolutionary biology and zoology at UR is among the largest groups devoted to the study of ants in Central Europe. We are looking forward to three days of fascinating talks and presentations about our most favorite pet animals and are quite optimistic that also the post-congress tour through the surroundings of Regensburg will meet the needs of any myrmecologist.

But when coming to Regensburg you should not forget to take the chance to enjoy the vibrancy of a city with a bi-millennial history, with the largest medieval city center north of the Alps, a picturesque urban landscape and lots of beer gardens.
You are cordially invited to experience the 8th CEWM in Regensburg and we are looking forward to meeting you and enjoying your contribution. 

Registration is now open. If you are interested, please register before March 30 (for 100€), thereafter registration fee will be 110 € until June 30.

Registration and further details can be found at: www.cewm2019.eu

4-8 November 2019

PhD Course: Social Evolution

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This PhD course will introduce the key concepts in social evolution and the use of social insects as a model system to understand the evolution of sociality. The following topics will be covered by local and invited scientists who are experts in the field:

Conflict and Cooperation, Communication, Social Cognition, Social Organization, Social Immunity, Mutualism & Parasitism, Genetics and Genomics in social insects

Through this course, students will develop a firm platform on which to build their own knowledge and ideas. It will train students to critically address key literature, through questioning, debating and presenting research papers. Importantly, the course will provide students the opportunity to build connections with their peers and the invited scientists. Therefore, we highly encourage early-stage PhD students to apply.

For more details, and to apply for the course, visit: https://tinyurl.com/socev

20-23 November 2019

SWARM 2019: The 3rd International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

The aim of this symposium is to foster connections between biologists and engineers who are interested in the engineering of living things, from biomechanics to swarm intelligence, and the perpetuation of a new academic field by integrating biology and engineering. In addition to the main-themes of understanding swarm behavior and bio-inspired robotics, in the next iteration we also plan to add elements of bioimaging and functional morphology (creating libraries of biological engineering to inspire human engineering). Although this scope is broad, the aim of the symposium is not to cover these fields comprehensively but rather bring scientists from different fields together to recombine in interesting ways.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Deborah Gordon (Stanford) Francesco Bullo (UC-Santa Barbara) Takashi Ikegami (U. of Tokyo) Marco Dorigo (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

For more details, see the symposium website: http://arilab.unit.oist.jp/swarm2019

18-26 June 2020

Termite Workshop 2020

Research Station Hydreco, French Guiana

Termite Workshop (TW) is a practical field course covering many aspects of termite research organised by the Termite Research Group based at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (FFWS), Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. The workshop should bring important experiences in conducting field research in tropical habitats to broad spectrum of participants, starting from younger researchers and PostDocs in need of extending their professional expertise to PhD. And Undergrad students interested in practicalities of field research on social insects and termites in particular. We will arrange all underlying issues, pick up all participants at the airport, bring them to the station, taking care about the food and accommodation, teach them how to respond diverse questions on termite biology, provide a certificate of attendance and at the end, bring them back to the airport. It is important to keep in mind that all activities will take place right in the middle of tropical forest, where termites (and other social insects) flourish.

For more details see: https://termiti.fld.czu.cz/en/r-14794-termite-workshop

24-26 August 2020

European Congress of the IUSSI 2020

University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Symposium proposals are now being solicited:

The three days of conference will be organized with topic symposia and open sessions. We aim to cover a broad range of emerging as well as classical topics, and preference will be given to symposia that are not restricted to only one taxon. Each symposium should contain four invited talks (one long talk and three short). The sessions will then be completed with a number of non-invited talks (short) selected from the spontaneous abstract submissions. The length of long and short talks will be adjusted depending on the number of abstract submission received. If your symposium is accepted, you will commit to select speakers from the submitted abstracts and chair the session during the meeting.

The proposals will be evaluated by the scientific committee of the meeting, which contains representatives from all the active European sections of the IUSSI: Serge Aron, Cristina Castracani, Sylvia Cremer, Claire Detrain, Patrizia D’Ettore, Christoph Grüter, Juergen Heinze, Elli Leadbeater, Tom Wenseelers.

If you would like to organize a symposium, please send your proposal (symposium title, name and address of organizers, 300 word summary, names of invited speakers) before the 30th of September 2019 to mathieu.lihoreau@univ-tlse3.fr. It is highly recommended that the task is shared by at least two organizers, ideally from different institutes.

17-19 September 2020

EurBee 9

Belgrade, Serbia

The next (ninth) EurBee symposium will take place in the historic city of Belgrade. The Scientific Committee has approved a number of symposia for the meeting (see https://coloss.org/events/eurbee-9/). If you are interested in chairing one of these symposia, please write to us by 30 June 2019 (at: eurbee9@bio.bg.ac.rs) with a short explanation of why you would be suitable to act as symposium chair. One of the responsibilities of symposium chairs will be to select abstracts among those submitted for talks or posters in their symposium.

The organizers would also like to solicit additional symposia. If we have not considered a topic you think to be important for the next EurBee conference and around which you would be willing to chair a symposium, please send us details (symposium title, justification for symposium in maximum half a page, names of yourself and any co-chairs). Please also send your symposium proposal by 30 June 2019 as a pdf attachment to: eurbee9@bio.bg.ac.rs.

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