2019 Meeting confirmed: Australasian IUSSI teams up with the Australasian Evolution Society. Monday November 25 2019.

The Australasian IUSSI has once again decided to join with the Australasian Evolution Society 2019 Conference. Many of our members belong to both societies and previous joint meetings have been extremely successful.

The meeting will be hosted by the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UNSW August 25-27 2019.

IUSSI members should register for the AES conference at http://ausevo.com/conference/

IUSSI members will present their research within a concurrent section on the morning of Monday November 25. this session will be followed by the IUSSI Annual General Meeting.

, followed by the Annual General Meeting. Details of the date and time of this session will be

Please note that AES registration remains open but  Abstract submissions has finished.

We encourage our members to participate and look forward to an enjoyable meeting catching up with you all.

IUSSI OZ Section Committee


The call is out for 2018 IUSSI Congress Symposia suggestions. Detailed information about symposia proposals can be found here. Proposals must be submitted by October 20. More information about the the XVIII IUSSI International Congress can be found at the Brazilian Section's website here

We will be meeting with the Australian Evolution Society in Hobart at the University of Tasmania later this year. The AES conference will occur between December 4 and 6 and will be followed by Phylomania between December 6 and 8. More details about the conference and about registration for interested members can be found at the AES' conference website https://aesconference2017.wordpress.com/about/ Information about where to stay and who to contact if you have any questions can all be found on this conference website. 

Our 2016 Meeting was held in association with the Australian Entomology Society in Melbourne Nov 27-30



The 2016 Annual General Meeting took place during the Australian Entomological Society Meeting. This IUSSI symposium took place on the same day.


The Australasian section successfully hosted the XVII IUSSI International Congress in Cairns in July 2014.

Abstracts can be downloaded from http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/10541

Australasian IUSSI teams up with the Australasian Evolution Society

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.


5th Meeting of the European Sections of the IUSSI (EUROIUSSI 2012)

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.

  1. Social behaviour and collective processes in social insects

  2. Mating systems, dispersion and population structure

  3. Disease, immunity, symbionts and social parasites

  4. Biodiversity, community ecology, invasion biology and impact on human affairs

  5. Chemical ecology

  6. Genes, genomes and social behaviour

  7. Functional morphology and systematics

  8. Basic research on honeybees and applicative outputs


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.

The first scientific meeting of the IUSSI - Australian section was held 4-9 December 2005.

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 Invertebrates 2005 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.


All for now…


Graham Thompson (gthompson@usyd.edu.au) Madeleine Beekman (madeleine.beekman@sydney.edu.au) Ben Oldroyd (benjamin.oldroyd@sydney.edu.au)


List of speakers:

  • Plenary Speaker Phase change in locusts: from neurones to populations Stephen Simpson

  • Social construction of silken shelters: first steps towards understanding hemipteran use of silk Murray Fletcher

  • The impact of Kleptoparasitic Invasions on the evolution of gall size in the Australian AcaciaThrips Tom Chapman

  • Downunder, eusocial and living in trees Deborah Kent

  • Factors Affecting Fine-Scale Genetic Structure in Allodapine Bees Andrew Beattie

  • Comparative analysis of social traits in the honeybee genus, Apis Ross Crozier

  • Social parasites in allodapine bees: malevolent ghosts, not queen usurpers Jaclyn Smith

  • Strategies for Maximising Alate Production in Coptotermes lacteus and Nasutitermes exitiosus Mary Myerscough

  • Clever chewing: termites get information from their noisy nibbling Theodore Evans

  • Exploring the Cognitive Capability of the Honeybee Shaowu Zhang

  • Effects of Probiotics and RNAi on immunity genes in adult honeybees Helge Schluns

  • Molecular basis of worker sterility in a social insect Graham Thompson

  • Thermoregulation and the effects of rearing temperature on developmental stability and learning and memory in the honey bee, Apis mellifera Julia Jones

  • Life history and behaviour shape honey bee genome evolution Charles Claudianos

  • The Genetics of Hygienic Behaviour of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Peter Oxley

  • Asian honey bees: biology, conservation and human interactions Ben Oldroyd

  • Pervasive positive selection on social insect immune genes Ross Crozier

  • Differential response of honeybee (Apis mellifera) genotypes to changes in stimuli for generalists tasks Nadine Chapman

  • How does an informed minority of scouts guide a honey bee swarm as it flies to its new home? Madeleine Beekman


Australasian IUSSI teams up with the Australasian Evolution Society

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.