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

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. Registration opened on 1 Feb. 2016.

For more details, please visit the conference web site: http://www.iussi2016.com/


Other Meetings & courses of interest to social insect researchers

24-26 February 2016

Genetics and Development of Cooperation

Bern, Switzerland

The Ecology and Evolution group at University of Bern will host a workshop in February 2016 on the genetics and development of cooperative behaviour. Funded places are Available

The two-day meeting aims to bring together scientists working on a range of questions important to this area of research, including quantitative genetics, molecular genetics, transcriptomics, endocrinology, epigenetics, and maternal effects. As an integrative approach is becoming increasingly necessary to address these research questions, the ultimate goal of the meeting will be to discuss new perspectives and techniques on the genetics and development of cooperative behaviour. We would like participants to summarise and synthesise recent progress in these areas with what they feel are key emerging questions, conceptual issues, potential problems, and future directions for research.

We plan for the workshop to be largely discussion-based, but will include lectures and posters as a foundation for discussion. The meeting will be a small-scale, intensive workshop where all participants are encouraged to take an active role, with particular emphasis on the inclusion of early-career researchers. The venue will be an organic farm/eco-retreat near the city of Bern.

Invited speakers include: Jason Wolf - University of Bath, Marta Soares - CIBIO, Anna Lindholm - University of Zurich, and Ursula Paredes - University of Oxford, with more to be confirmed.

We are excited to offer a limited number of fully-funded places for interested participants at any level of their academic career. For more information on how to apply, please contact organisers Maddalena Vierbuchen (susanna.vierbuchen@iee.unibe.ch) and Claudia Kasper (claudia.kasper@iee.unibe.ch).

23-27 May 2016Chemical and Genomic Insight into Host-Microbe Symbiotic Interactions

Copenhagen, Denmark

This 2.5 ECTS NOVA PhD course will introduce and critically address a range of genomic and chemical tools applicable to research in host-symbiont interactions tools with the primary objective of providing PhD students with extensive knowledge of the applicability of tools to their own work. The course mainly addresses PhD students early in their PhD and who work with interactions between hosts and symbionts at the molecular level.

The course will provide an overview of the diversity of symbiotic systems with particular focus on examples, many involving the symbionts of social insects, where genomics and chemical tools have been employed to shed new light on interactions.

There is no course fee for NOVA and BOVA students. For non-NOVA and non-BOVA students, the course fee is EUR 400. Apply by sending an email with a one-page application and a one-page CV to novasymbiosis@gmail.com - you should also use this address if you have any questions about the course. Admission deadline 15 January 2016

For more information, see the course web site: http://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/phd-courses/phd-2016/node/23615

18-20 July 2016

2016 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy

Penn State University, Philadelphia, USA

A major theme of this year’s conference will be translating the results of recent research advances in the biology and health of pollinators into solutions that can be applied in the field to conserve and expand pollinator populations. The conference will cover a range of topics in pollinator research, from genomics to ecology, and their application to land use and management, breeding of managed bees, and monitoring of global pollinator populations. Recent global initiatives in policy, education, and extension will also be highlighted.

The conference will be preceded by a one-day Pollinator Conservation Short Course hosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The Short Course will also be held at Penn State in University Park, PA and it will feature presentations on creating and protecting pollinator habitat, as well as related research of Penn State scientists. Please contact Jillian Vento jilian.vento@xerces.org for more information.

For more details, see the conference web site: http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/events/2016-international-conference-on-pollinator-biology-health-and-policy.

The conference agenda, online registration, and online abstract submission will be available in early February 2016. To receive an email announcement once registration is open, please send a message to csco@psu.edu

28 July - 7 August 2016

Ant Course 2016

Edward O. Wilson Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Ant Course is a workshop designed primarily for systematists, ecologists, behaviorists, conservation biologists, and other biologists whose research responsibilities require a greater understanding of ant taxonomy and field research techniques. Emphasis is on the evolution, classification, and identification of ant genera. Lectures include background information on the ecology, life histories, and evolution of ants. Field trips emphasize collecting and sampling techniques, and associated lab work focuses specimen preparation, sorting, and labeling. Information on equipment, literature, and myrmecological contacts are also presented.

Ant Course is a unique opportunity to acquire training that is unavailable elsewhere. This course will provide students with: 1) the confidence and skills to identify ant genera; 2) an understanding of modern specimen processing and curation techniques; 3) an appreciation for the biological diversity and evolution of ants, and 4) experience keying to the species level.

Ant Course is open to all interested individuals including students, professors and motivated amateurs (citizen scientists).. Priority will be given to those students for whom the course will have a significant impact on their research. An entomological background is not required. We aim to include students with a diverse interest in biology, including ant systematics, ecology, behavioral biology and conservation. The high instructor to student ratio will allow students to receive individual attention. Ant Course is presented in English and limited to 30 participants. Photos from previous courses are available in the yearbook.

For more details, see: www.antcourse.com

28 July - 3 August 2016

16th meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology

University of Exeter, U.K.

This meeting has traditionally had a lot of interesting social behaviour presented, and invited speakers of particular interest to our society include Naomi Pierce from Harvard who is giving one of the plenaries, and Richard Dawkins who is headlining the opening ceremony.

For more details see the symposium website: http://www.isbe2016.com

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/

October 2017

11th International Conference on Ants (11th ANeT)

The 11th International Conference on Ants (11th ANeT) is to be organised in India in October-2017, details regarding registration, abstract submission and other relevant information will follow soon.

The conference website can be found at: http://www.antdiversityindia.com/international_conference_on_ants-2017

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Last updated: Thursday, February 4, 2016