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Winter Meeting 2023


The NW EU IUSSI Section winter meeting 2023 was atwo day meeting, held in Bristol on the 18th & 19th December 2023 (Monday-Tuesday).

Plenary speakers were Adria LeBoeuf (University of Cambridge) and Francis Ratnieks (University of Sussex)

You can find out more details at the dedicated winter meeting 2023 site:


At the Annual General Meeting of the section, various new initiatives were decided upon, and we have started to implement them - Please see the "news", "joining" and "grants" page for more details.

Other social insect related meetings

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Meeting/Course and comments


Next International Meeting:

16-20 August 2026

XX IUSSI International Congress

Freiburg, Germany

We would like to invite you to the 20th International Congress of the IUSSI to Freiburg (Germany). It will be held from the 16th to the 20th of August, 2026.

Freiburg is a University City with around 230 000 inhabitants, known for its beautiful old town. It is located next to the Rhine valley in the southwestern part of Germany, next to the border of France and Switzerland. By plane, it can be reached via the Frankfurt International Airport or the Euro Airport Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg with direct train connections to Freiburg. F reiburg is one of the sunniest cities in Germany with a green ethos, surrounded by the nature of the Black Forest and the Rhine valley with its many vineyards. More information with be circulated later this year.

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Judith Korb (on behalf of the organizing committee)


Previous International Meeting:

3-7 July 2022

XIX IUSSI International Congress

Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, USA

For more information about the congress, please see: http://burkclients.com//IUSSI/meetings/2022/site

Although the in-person meeting is over, you can continue to experience IUSSI 2022 through IUSSI+, our on-demand conference archive, which will remain active through September. Please go to the Pathable site, where you will find most of the conference presentations available for viewing. This includes all the plenary addresses, over 80% of the posters, and over 70% of the talks. Not all presentations are available, either because the presenters did not upload them or because technical difficulties were encountered during the live sessions.



Next European Meeting:

7-11 July 2024

IUSSI European Congress 2024

Lausanne, Switzerland

We are excited to host the European meeting of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 7-11 July 2024.

The meeting will bring together researchers working on a diverse range of topics including (but not limited to) reproductive strategies, collective behaviour, division of labour, neuroethology, social genetics and genomics, disease and immunity, chemical ecology, morphology and systematics, evolution, biodiversity, community ecology and biogeography of social insects in a stimulating and friendly atmosphere.

We will be hosted by the University of Lausanne, which is ideally located next to the lake of Geneva, with some sandy beaches and many cafes and summer bars installed along the lakeside. In July, the weather is usually sunny and temperatures around 25°C, allowing you to enjoy swimming in the lake. The famous UNESCO-heritage Lavaux vineyards are close by, and the mountains (Alps and Jura mountains) can be reached within less than one hour.

The meeting will include three and a half days for scientific sessions, plenaries and posters, a half day for excursions in our region, a welcome reception, and a banquet on the final evening.

If you would like to organize a topic group (1-1.5h discussion with drinks in an informal setting) about any theme that might interest a specific group of people, please email cleo.bertelsmeier@unil.ch and europe.iussi-2024@unil.ch

Registration and bstract submission is now open. Abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2024

The website for the conference is https://wp.unil.ch/iussi-europe-2024



Other Meetings:

25-28 March 2024

Biology and Genomics of Social Insects

Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, NY, USA

We are pleased to announce the fourth Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on the Biology & Genomics of Social Insects. The meeting will begin on the evening of Monday March 25, 2024, and end after lunch on Thursday March 28. The 2024 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.

For further information and to register please visit the Biology & Genomics of Social Insects meeting website: https://meetings.cshl.edu/meetings.aspx?meet=INSECT&year=24

Abstract Deadline: January 12, 2024

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