The IUSSI International Congress


XVIII IUSSI International Congress

Guarujá, Brazil

At the XVII international congress in Cairns it was announced that the next international congress will be hosted by the Brazilian section. More details will follow as they become available.

 Previous Congress:

13-18 July 2014

XVII IUSSI International Congress

Cairns, Australia

The program for the congress can be downloaded here, and the abstract book here.


IUSSI Section Meetings

25-29 March 2015

IV Central European Meeting of IUSSI

Franken-Akademie, Lichtenfels, Germany

The next Central European Meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects will be held from the 26th to the 29th March 2015 in Lichtenfels, Germany. We welcome presentations on any aspect of the evolution, ecology, and/or conservation of social insects. Invited speaker include - Audrey Dussutour (University of Toulouse, France) and Christoph Grüter (University of Lausanne, Switzerland).

Registration will be open From 1st September to 30th November 2014. The deadline for abstract submission of oral and poster presentations is midnight (CET) of 31st December 2014. The detailed program will be announced on 30th January 2015.

For more details see the congress web site: http://www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/IUSSI/de/meeting_of/gru/html.php

8-11 August 2016

European IUSSI congress

Helsinki, Finland

Hosted by Professor Lotta Sundström on behalf of the North-west European Section, the conference is planned to take place from the 8th August (arrival and registration) to the 11th August 2016. The call for symposia will be launched in late April/early May 2015, with a final deadline for submission in August 2015. Please put this conference in your diaries, as it’s sure to be a great one!


Other Meetings & courses of interest to social insect researchers

6 April - 28 May 2015

Tropical Behavioural Ecology and Evolution

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

We invite applications for a course focusing on evolutionary processes that shape the ecology and behavior of key invertebrate model systems in a diverse tropical forest with a special emphasis on symbioses. The course is designed for graduate students interested in field biology and includes a proposal writing phase (completed in Copenhagen or online) that allows the student to be trained in research design with guidance from course instructors. The project will be implemented at the world renowned Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama (May 2015). In addition, the students will work on a small group project, review and discuss the work of their peers, and attend lectures, tutorials and trips throughout the 26 day stay in Panama. A final project report will be submitted two weeks following the field component. This intense course provides unique opportunities to interact with a global community of scientists and learn successful research strategies while working in a Neotropical rainforest!

For more details see the course flier, or www.megalomyrmex.com/Teaching.html

2-5 May 2015

Biology & Genomics of Social Insects

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA

The 2015 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.

Abstract deadline is 13 February 2015. For more details see the symposium web site: http://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings/2015/insect15.shtml

8-9 June 2015

Graduate Course in Insect Chemical Ecology

Alnarp, Sweden

From June 8-19, 2015 the division of Chemical Ecology, SLU Alnarp, Sweden, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany, and the department of Entomology, Penn State University, USA, will organise a PhD course in insect chemical ecology (ICE-15).

The aim of the course is to provide students with the background and perspectives to fit their research in the broader scope of the field of insect chemical ecology. The lectures and discussions function as a think-tank and should leave students with a platform on how to further develop their own research. Finally, the course is meant to create contacts within the field, which in many instances have proven valuable for a student's future career. The lectures span both basic and applied aspects and range from principles and dynamics of insect olfaction, to insect-host interactions, chemistry and application of novel insect control techniques.

For more details, and to register, visit the course web site: www.ice3.se/ICE-15-Course.htm

24-27 July 2015

6th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology

Debrecen, Hungary

The Myrmecological Team of the Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology, at the University of Debrecen invites you to the 6th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology. The conference will be held in a new and modern building with good infrastructure. The campus is in a green area with veteran oak trees colonised with huge Liometopum microcephalum colonies.

The deadline for registration has been extended until the 23 March 2015

For more details, please see: http://cewm2015.unideb.hu

6-16 August 2015

Ant Course 2015

Southwestern Research Station, Portal, Arizona, USA

THE field course for those interested in ants will take place in Arizona this year.

As usual, space is limited (30 students), so sign up soon at: http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/ant-course

9-14 August 2015

Behaviour 2015

Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Australia

The biennial IEC meeting will take place 9th-14th August 2015, in Cairns, Australia. Invited speakers of particular interest to those working on social insects include Prof. Mandyam Srinivasan.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 16 March 2015, and for early-bird registration, 1 May 2015

For more details, please see the conference web site: http://www.behaviour2015.org

10-14 August 2015

XVth meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Lausanne, Switzerland

The Department of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Lausanne is delighted to organise the 2015 meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. There are 34 thematic symposia, several of which are of relevance for social insect researchers (including 4 on social evolution). Abstract submission and conference registration are now open.

Please see the conference web site for more details: www.unil.ch/eseb2015

18-22 October 2015

XXII Simpósio de Mirmecologia - An international ant meeting

Ilhéus, Bahia, Brasil

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the XXII Simpósio de Mirmecologia that will be held in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brasil, between the 18th and 22nd of October 2015. During the last few decades, Brazilian myrmecology has undergone major growth, evidenced by the increased number of institutions and researchers dedicated to the study of ants and by the growing diversity and scope of the research lines developed here. The Simpósio de Mirmecologia gives a faithful representation of the development and increasing commitment and contribution of the Brazilian scientific community to important areas such as community ecology, taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, animal behaviour and behavioural ecology, bioindication, pest ants control, etc.In this highly positive and exciting context, we hope to offer a program that meets the expectations of professionals and students, and that provides opportunities for discussion, new ideas and research avenues. The “XXII Simpósio de Mirmecologia” shall also be an appropriate place to meet old and new friends, as well as to expand/reinforce professional partnerships.

See the symposium website: http://www.uesb.br/eventos/mirmecologia/index.php

28-30 October 2015

SWARM2015 - The first International Symposium on Swarm Behavior and Bio-Inspired Robotics 2015

Kyoto, Japan

Living things that survive natural selection have beautiful skills and intelligent behavior. A swarm can perform many functions that its component individuals cannot possibly accomplish alone. It is able not only to adapt to the environment, but also to construct a suitable environment for its own advantage. The constructive understanding of intelligence of living things is a very interesting approach from the point of view of biology and engineering. The aim of this first symposium SWARM2015 is the construction of a bridge between biologists and engineers who are interested in the intelligence of living things and the creation of a new academic field by integrating biology and engineering. This symposium will focus on the biological and engineering approaches for understanding swarm behavior and biologically-inspired robotics. All aspects of swarm behavior and bio-inspired robotics are welcome.

For more details see the symposium web site:https://sites.google.com/site/swarm2015/

25-30 September 2016

XXV International Congress of Entomology

Orlando, Florida

ICE 2016’s Theme “Entomology without Borders” will emphasize the global impact of entomology along with a multidisciplinary approach to explore and expand our scientific frontiers. The scientific program of ICE 2016 will feature of variety of sessions including plenary sessions, symposia, 15-minute papers and poster sessions. Submissions are now open for symposium topics - deadline 2 March 2015.

For more information, see the congress web site: http://ice2016orlando.org/

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Last updated: Monday, March 23, 2015