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News, December 2016

Secretary General's Newsletter

Madeleine Beekman's third newsletter as Secretary General of the IUSSI is now available for download on the "about" page and here.

New web site for Australasian section

The Australasian section has a new (and more easily remembered) web address: http://www.iussiaustralasia.org


News, December 2015

Secretary General's Newsletter

Madeleine Beekman's third newsletter as Secretary General of the IUSSI is now available for download on the "about" page and here.


News, 25 September 2015

The former Bolivarian section agreed at its 10th biennial general meeting (BGM) on 9-11 September in Bogota to chage its name to the Andean-Caribbean Section, to more clearly represent its geographical coverage. This decision has been approved by the Secretary General and President of the IUSSI, and will be phased in over the next few months, including the establishment of a new, updated web site, and revival of the section newsletter "Tacaya".

The executive committee also elected the following officers:

President: Marilena Marconi, URKU, Peru; marilena.marconi@gmail.com
In line with a decision at the 2013 BGM, the Bolivarian IUSSI is not led by a president in the manner of other sections. Rather, she/he is the chairperson ex officio of the upcoming BGM, in the manner of the IUSSI president.

International Secretary: Christopher K. Starr, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago; ckstarr@gmail.com
This position was created about a decade ago in order to ensure that a small section, somewhat peripheral to the main powerhouse countries of science, has someone whose specific business it is to maintain linkages with the center and the other sections.

Membership secretary: Carlos E. Sarmiento, National University of Colombia; cesarmiento@unal.edu.co

Editor of Tacaya: Guiomar Nates-Parra, National University of Colombia; mgnatesp@gmail.com


News, September 2015

Secretary General's Newsletter

Madeleine Beekman's second newsletter as Secretary General of the IUSSI is now available for download on the "about" page and here.


New server for IUSSI international site

The international web site for the IUSSI was migrated to a new server on 13 May 2015 - which unfortunately meant that the site was unreachable for some time prioor to this date - Hopefully this will be the last disruption to the site for a while.


New web site for North American section

The web site for the North American section can now be found at: http://iussi.cyberbee.net/


News, December 2014

Secretary General's Newsletter

Madeleine Beekman's first newsletter as Secretary General of the IUSSI is now available for download on the "about" page and here.

Cairns program and abstract books

The program and abstract books from the XVII International congress in Cairns are now available on the meetings page.


Roundup of news from the XVII International congress in Cairns

Official documentation for many of these announcements should be available here shortly

The 2014 Hamilton award

The third Hamilton Award was presented to Mary Jane West-Eberhard at the XVII International Congress, in Cairns in July 2014. The award consisted of an engraved glass ornament in the shape of a book, and a monetary award of US$ 1000, which Mary Jane donated to the IUSSI.

 

New officers

The following new officers were elected at the general assembly meeting:

  • Secretary General: Madeleine Beekman
  • President: Klaus Hartfelder

Other officers that have agreed to continue in their posts are Chris Star (Archivist) and David Nash (Webmaster)

 

New editor-in-chief of Insectes Sociaux

After 24 years as editor-in-chief, Johan Billen is stepping down, and will be succeeded by Michael Breed, whio will take over in August.

 

Revitalization of Brazilian and Indian sections

Following several years where their status had lapsed, both the Brazilian and Indian sections are now once more in good standing, which was reflected by the many contributions from Brazilian and Indian reserachers at the Cairns meeting. Both sections now have a web presence that is reflected on the "sections" page.

 

The next international congress

The XVIII international congress of the union will be hosted by the newly revitalized Brazilian section, and is planned to take place in the beach resort of Guarujá in July or August 2018


Electronic Payment for North American section membership

The North American section is now accepting membership subscriptions using PayPal or major credit cards, which greatly eases the process of joining the IUSSI for those who have no local section. Below is an extract from the membership page of the section.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in social insects. While the North American Section is principally intended to serve Canada, Mexico and the United States, we happily accept members from other countries. However, we do encourage interested individuals to explore whether there might be a section closer to them that could better serve their needs.

Membership is renewed annually at the start of each calendar year. Payments can be made online using Paypal or a credit card, or by check. Dues are currently $20 for full members, $10 for students, and $25 for household memberships. You may use your institutional address, and can change your contact information from previous years at the last page of your entry (‘edit’ button). There is also a button below for donations to the Section, which can be directed toward the General Fund, Nutting Termite Research Fund, or Eickwort Student Award Fund - use the edit button on the last page of the donation form to designate your desired fund. If the field is left blank, funds will be placed into the IUSSI general account.

Please see the membership page of the North American Section (iussi.cyberbee.net/member) for more details.


The IUSSI is now registered as a charity

After several years of planning, the IUSSI is now registered as a charity (non-profit organization) with the US Internal Revenue Service, based in the state of Ohio.

Please see the following PDF file: IRS IUSSI nonprofit letter


New Japanese Section web site

The Japanese section has a new web site, including English pages, which can be found at:

https://sites.google.com/site/iussijapan/english


IUSSI European meeting 2012 web site now live

Details of the congress can be found at: http://www.mdbenterprise.it/iussi/


New Chief Editors for Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 2 September 2011

After 17 years of dedicated and excellent service, Tatiana Czeschlik (Heidelberg, Germany) retired as Chief Editor of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, the first journal devoted exclusively to the publication of original research in these now-preeminent disciplines in behavioral biology. Tatiana is succeeded by Theo C. M. Bakker (University of Bonn, Germany) and James F. A. Traniello (Boston University, USA). Theo Bakker specializes on the behavioral ecology of fishes and will handle manuscripts dealing with vertebrates, while James Traniello, who studies the behavioral ecology of social insects, will be responsible for submissions using invertebrate models.  Since its inception, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology has been a primary venue for the publication of social insect research. 

The Editors-in-Chief invite the submission of manuscripts which present results of significant research on core topics in the disciplines, and encourage innovative articles integrating cutting-edge conceptual and empirical approaches in genomics and neuroecology to provide novel insights into behavioral adaptation.

XVII IUSSI International Congress web site goes live, 21 July 2011

The web site for the next international congress is now live: See www.iussi2014.com

IUSSI2014 web site


Next archive picture online, 21 July 2011

The next in the series of pictures from the archive is now on-line. The featured group of social insect researchers is the German-speaking section of the IUSSI, as photographed at Würzburg in 1951.


XVII IUSSI International Congress, 13-18 July, Cairns Australia

Come for the science, stay for the reef and rainforest.

The Australian Section will be hosting the next international congress of IUSSI. The President is Ben Oldroyd, and the organizing committee currently comprises Madeleine Beekman, Simon Robson and Judith Reinhard. The committee will be expanded closer to the event.

The Congress will be held in the magnificent Cairns Convention Centre, and there will be a brilliant selection of post conference tours, etc.

There will be discounts for student delegates, and students are strongly encouraged to participate and to present.

Please mark the dates in your calendar.

We have registered the domain name www.IUSSI2014.com. We'll go live as soon as we can.


Next archive picture online, 10 March 2011

The next in the series of pictures from the archive is now on-line. The featured social insect researcher is Rene Antoine Ferchault De Reaumur (1683-1757).


Next archive picture online, 6 December 2010

The next in the series of pictures from the archive is now on-line. The featured social insect researcher is Eva Crane (1912-2007).


New web address for the Italian section, 1 December 2010

The Italian section now has a new, and hopefully more permanent, web site at: http://www.aisasp.it/


New web address for French & Italian sections, 11 October 2010

The French speaking section can now be found at: http://uieis.univ-tours.fr/

The Italian section now has a new web site at: http://aisasp.altervista.org/blog/ (this has now been superceded - see above)


Site News, 30 August 2010

Following the XVI international meeting of the IUSSI in Copenhagen, Denmark, the design of the IUSSI International web site has been modified to allow easier updating and expansion. The site will probably be in a state of transition for several months, so please excuse any changes or small disruptions during this time.


IUSSI News, August 2010

At the XVI international meeting of the IUSSI in Copenhagen, Denmark, the following officers were elected to serve on the international committee of the IUSSI:

Secretary General: Joan Herbers
President: Ben Oldroyd
Treasurer of the Congress: Madeleine Beekman
Editor of Insectes Sociaux: Johan Billen
Associate editors of Insectes Sociaux: Yves Roisin, Miriam Richards

Other officers that agreed to continue their previous positions at the meeting were:

Archivist: Chris Starr
Webmaster: David Nash

During the Congress, the IUSSI adopted a new constitution, which can be viewed or downloaded as a PDF file here.

The minutes of the International Committee meeting can be found here.

The report of the Secretary General can be found here.


Hamilton Award 2010

The IUSSI honors a senior scientist at its quadrennial Congress with the Hamilton Award. The highest honor we bestow, the Hamilton Award recognizes lifetime achievement in the biology of social insects. We seek nominations of individuals whose scientific contributions are profound, and who have broadly influenced colleagues and students. A committee of IUSSI Section Presidents has chosen Charles D. Michener to receive the Hamilton Award 2010.

Professor Michener, who prefers to be called “Mich”, is the world authority on bees. He published his first paper in 1935 as a teenager, and in the ensuing 75 years his publications have included more than 400 papers, and highly influential books on bee social behavior and systematics. While his work has maintained a special focus on halictid bees, he has also made contributions to the biology of arthropods from moths to mites.

Mich has trained a legion of bee biologists during his long career at the University of Kansas; the list of his students and collaborators shows his strong influence on the development of social insect biology. He has inspired by example, and given his time generously to help his students do their best.

Few scientists have had the influence on our field as has Charles Michener, and we are honored to bestow this recognition on him

The award will be presented at the XVI International Congress of the IUSSI in Copenhagen in August 2010. Unfortunately Mich is unable to attend the Congress to collect the award in person, but there will be a plenary session to celebrate the award and his many achievements on Wednesday morning.


Northwest European Section News

At the Winter 2007 meeting of the British Section of the IUSSI it was decided that the name of the section will henceforth be the Northwest European Section, to more accurately reflect the section membership.


IUSSI News, August 2006

At the XV international meeting of the IUSSI in Washington D.C., USA, the following officers were elected to serve on the international committee of the IUSSI:

Secretary General: Joan Herbers
President: Koos Boomsma
Editor of Insectes Sociaux: Johan Billen
Associate editors of Insectes Sociaux: Penny Kukuk, Yves Roisin

Other officers that agreed to continue their previous positions at the meeting were:

Conservation officer: Donat Agosti
Archivist: Chris Starr
Webmaster: David Nash

The election of Koos Boomsma to the office of president is in association with the selection of Copenhagen as the site of the next international congress in summer 2010.

The first Hamilton Award was given at the same meeting, to Ross Crozier.


French Section News

The French section has a new web address:

Brazilian Section News

The Brazilian section now has a web site:

Seccion Bolivariana News

The section has a new web address:

Italian Section News

The Italian section of the IUSSI has a new web address:

Australian section news

The Australian section has established a web site at:

German-speaking section news

The German-speaking section of the IUSSI has a new web address. The new address is:

IUSSI News, August 2002

At the XIV international meeting of the IUSSI in Sapporo, Japan, the following officers were elected to serve on the international committee of the IUSSI:

Secretary General: Wolfgang Kirchner
President: Walter Tschinkel
Editor of Insectes Sociaux: Johan Billen
Associate editors of Insectes Sociaux: Penny Kukuk, Yves Roisin

Other officers that volunteered their services at the meeting were:

Conservation officer: Donat Agosti
Archivist: Chris Starr
Webmaster: David Nash

The election of Walter Tschinkel to the office of president is in association with the selection of Washington D.C. as the site of the next international congress in summer 2006.


Site News

As you can read above, the IUSSI web site has a new webmaster, David Nash. Please contact him at DRNash(at)bio.ku.dk if you have any items of news that you think should be included here, or if you have any corrections or suggestions for the web pages.
Last updated: Saturday, December 17, 2016