The study of social insects has a long and rich history, and is associated with some of the classic papers in behaviour and evolution. From Darwin's dilemma regarding the evolution of sterile castes, to resolving key mechanisms that underpin their bewildering self-organization, to managing their economic impact in agriculture and as pests, social insects remain a pillar of biological research in the post-genomic era.
The Australasian Section of IUSSI aims to bring the Australian and New Zealand based social insect community together into a single forum on a regular basis keeping in-line with meetings of other IUSSI sections.
Following the successful joined meeting in Townsville in 2011, the Australasian IUSSI again decided to join up with the Australasian Evolution Society. The meeting, held at Geelong at the end of September, beginning of October 2013, was a success thanks to Matt Symonds and his wonderful team.
The 5th meeting of the European Sections of the IUSSI will be held in Montecatini Terme (Tuscany, Italy) from 26 to 30 August 2012 organized by the Italian Section of the IUSSI and by the Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia.
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,000 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany. The most important centre in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism.
The meeting will be held at the Hotel Tuscany Inn, a modern structure at a walking distance from the centre of the city. The conference centre has 3 rooms with adjustable walls that allow the organization of events from 10 to a maximum of 380 people.
The Managing Board of the Italian Section proposes 8 sessions, which cover a great variety of arguments. The 8th session focuses on "Basic research on Honeybees and applicative outputs" also to fulfil the requests of great part of the members of the Italian Section who actually work on honeybees' biology.
You can find out more by downloading this pdf.
Our first meeting was held in December 2005 (see below). Our second meeting was held in conjunction with the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASSAB) in April 2007. We met in Brisbane at the University of Queensland on April 3 2009 and in Copenhagen in 2010, during the XVI IUSSI International Congress.
As advertised in Apidologie , April-June 2005 Issue, a symposium entitled "Social insects down under: contributions from Australia to the global understanding of social life" was organized by the Australian Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI-AU). The symposium was held in conjunction with the Invertebrates2005 conference in Canberra, and was a great success!
A list of speakers and their titles are presented below. The conference programme can be downloaded here. Skip to "Wednesday 7 December" for start of the relevant symposium.
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