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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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19-21 March 2019

VI Central European Meeting of the IUSSI

IST Austria, Klosterneuburg

The Central European Meeting of the IUSSI 2019 will take place at IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology) in Klosterneuburg (near Vienna). Invited speakers are Adria LeBoeuf, Nathalie Stroeymeyt, Lukas Schrader and Marla Spivak. For more information, please visit the meeting web site: http://ist.ac.at/iussi19/

The deadline for registration was 15 December 2018

22 March 2019

Workshop on Social Immunity

IST Austria, Klosterneuburg

Following on from the VI Central European Meeting of the IUSSI, there will be a workshop on Social Immunity, which will introduce the concept of collective disease defense in social insects, show methods for the study of disease and insect immunity and give hands-on insight into experimental work of ant-pathogen interactions.

The workshop is aimed mostly for PhD and postdoctoral level and will involve discussion rounds and a visit to the Social immunity laboratory at IST Austria. For more details see: http://ist.ac.at/iussi19/workshop/

The deadline for registration was 15 December 2018

21-22 May 2019

The Evolution of Cooperation and Conflict: from theory to experimental evaluation

University of Uppsala

Research on conflict and cooperation has recently gained momentum due to major theoretical and genomic breakthroughs that have expanded the research horizon. Interestingly, even though the conflict and cooperation communities employ many of the same research tools and frameworks, they often proceed independently of each other. Our goal in this conference is to integrate these two complimentary communities to build new and productive links between them.

Registration is now open, and closes 1 April 2019

For more details see: https://evolutioncoopconflictconference.wordpress.com/

3-8 June 2019

Termite Course 2019

Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie, Florida

This course provides a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about termite biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. This 40+ hours workshop will include extensive seminars provided by guests speakers from around the world, field collection and lab ID training sessions. If you are interested in social insects overall, this course is for you.

Deadline for registration: 1 May 2019

For more details, see: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/termite2019/

4-5 July 2019


Department of Biology, University of Florence

The XVII Congress of the Italian Section of the IUSSI will be held in Florence on 4 and 5 July 2019, at the Department of Biology - University of Florence.

The conference will focus on the biology, evolution, ethology and ecology of social and pre-social arthropods, also considering applied aspects. The AISASP 2019 conference will host as Invited Speakers: Dr. Carlo Polidori (Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales (ICAM), Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain) and Dr. Luca Pietro Casacci (Polska Akademia Nauk Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii: Warszawa). An informal book presentation will be also held, with Prof. Stefano Turillazzi and Prof. Donato Antonio Grasso who will present their latest books, with the participation of Prof. Laura Beani.

Abstract submission and discount registration close April 15th, 2019 . For more information, please visit the website: https://socialinsectitaly2.wixsite.com/aisasp2019

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

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

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

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