The North-West European Section of the IUSSI and The Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions at the University of Helsinki will be holding the 6th European IUSSI Congress (*EURO-IUSSI*), on 8-11.8 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
The conference website can be found at http://www.iussi2016.com/. For the current list of symposia, see http://iussi2016.azurewebsites.net/2015/08/20/symposia/
The venue will be the University of Helsinki downtown campus, within easy reach from accommodation, restaurants and shopping. Social events include an opening event at the Natural History Museum, a reception by the Rector Magnificus of the University of Helsinki, and a conference dinner at Restaurant Uunisaari, located on an islet off the cost of Helsinki.
Registration and abstract submission will open 1st Feb 2016.
For 2016, the ant course will be taught in Mozambique. Applications are being accepted now and details are available at http://www.calacademy.org/scientists/ant-course.
There will be a NAS-IUSSI business meeting on Tuesday November 17th in conjunction with the 63rd annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The meeting will be from 7:30-8:30 PM in room 200D of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Both members and nonmembers are encouraged to attend. A social gather will follow.
Qian “Karen” Sun was the recipient of US$2000 from the William L. and Ruth D. Nutting Termite Research Grant. Karen is a student in the laboratory of Dr. Xuguo “Joe” Zhou at the University of Kentucky. This grant will allow her to conduct work on identifying the reproductive pheromones of primary and secondary queens of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes. The full award announcement can be found here.
Brendon Boudinot is the very first recipient of the newly established Tschinkel Ant Natural History Research Grant. He will receive US$2000 to support his work on determining the natural history of the Martian ant, Martialis heurekaphenotypic (actually from Brazil, not Mars). Brendon is a student of Philip Ward at the Unviersity of California, Davis. The full award announcement can be found here.
Sarah Lawson has been named the winner of the 2014 George C. Eickwort Student Research Award. Sarah will receive a US$1000 honorarium in celebration of her outstanding research contributions in the area of social evolution in gall-forming aphids. Sarah is a Ph.D. student at Vanderbilt University , working under the advisement of Dr. Patrick Abbot. The full award announcement can be found here.
Karl Glastad has been named as the Winner of the 2014 Jeffery P. La Fage Student Award for Research on Social Insect Pests for his work on phenotypic plasticity in ants and termites. Karl is a Ph.D. student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working under the advisement of Dr. Mike Goodisman. The full award announcement can be found here.