International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI2018), August 5-10, 2018 in Guarujá, Brazil.

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Convention Venue

Guaruja hotel

All parts of the Scientific Program, as well as the Reception and Congress Dinner will be hosted at the Convention Center of Casa Grande Hotel, Resort & Spa.  

Guarujá is easily accessible from the São Paulo International Airport Guarulhos via the Imigrantes Highway, which takes you from São Paulo city (800 m above sea level) down to the coast. For those of you arriving at this airport we will arrange for a transfer service to the Convention Center at Casa Grande Hotel, Resort & Spa.






The main auditorium (Sala Imperial) for an audience of over 1000 delegates will be subdivided for the symposia sessions into a large auditorium consisting of the José Bonifácio and Proncesa Leopoldina halls, and separated by a corridor (the Duque de Caxias hall from the Teresa Cristina auditorium. This corridor connects you with the poster area on the wide terrace area of the congress center. All these rooms are on the first floor. The Tiradentes auditorium is upstairs, right above the Teresa Cristina auditorium.

The other three congress rooms are on the ground floor of the hotel lobby (Sala Diamante) and on the mezzanine floor (Salão Nobre and Sala Ouro Preto), right next to the lunch and dinner buffet area.

Registration Desk

On Sunday August 5, the registration desk will be in the main area of the convention center (Duque de Caxias hall) and will be open there from 16 - 18 o’clock. ON the subsequent days, the registration desk will be in the Administration room in the small building right next to the convention center, and will be open there from 8:30 to 18 o’clock every day, except for Wednesday, when it will be open from  8:30-12 o’clock. There you will also find the staff of Hardy Tours for organizing your transfers to the airport, as well as flight reservations, for those who booked with them.

Media Desk for oral presentations

The media desk is right next to the Administration area. Please upload there your PowerPoint presentation for your oral presentation to the computers of the audiovisual service staff. You should do this with at least a few hours ahead of your presentation. If you have videos embedded in your presentation, make sure that they are uploaded correctly so that you do not loose time during your presentation. And please note, do not consider projecting your presentation from your own laptop, as this will inevitably cause delays for your presentation and, especially so, also for the subsequent speakers.

Boards for poster presentations

Poster boards are set up in the Terrace area of the congress center. The poster board size is 100 cm width and 220 cm height, so please prepare your poster to fit these dimensions. Poster can be on display during the entire congress but there will be two poster sessions, one on Monday and one on Tuesday afternoon, divided according to symposia group topics. Please check the program for the posters to be presented during these sessions.

Data Blitz sessions

As a novelty in the program we have included two Data Blitz sessions for brief three-minute presentations of poster contents. The Data Blitz session on Monday is reserved for posters of Poster Session 1 and that on Tuesday for the posters of session 2. There will be a limit of maximally 40 presentations in each session, and you can sign up for these during registration, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please note that due to the time limits and the number of presentations it will not be possible to present PowerPoint slides for your poster content.  


As there will be no printed abstract book, the compiled submitted abstracts will be available for downloading from the congress website.

Name Badges

For security purposes, delegates are requested to wear name badges at all times during the congress sessions. In case you misplaced or lost your badge, please contact the congress administration desk.

Lost and found property

Please contact the congress administration desk.

Message Board

If you have a message for a colleague, please fix this to message board set up in the entrance hall of the congress center.

Mobile Phones

Should be set to silent during oral presentations.


Internet service will be available for registered delegates. Access details will be informed during registration. Delegates hosted in Casa Grande Hotel can also use their WiFi access codes provided during check-in.

Coffee Breaks

Coffee, refreshments and snacks are provided free of cost to congress delegates by the hotel staff during coffee breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, as shown in the program. The coffee break area will be set up according to weather conditions, either on the lawn area in front of the congress center, or inside.

Lunch and Dinner

For delegates hosted at Casa Grande Hotel lunch and dinner is included in the daily rates and is served at the buffet area located on the mezzanine area above the hotel lobby. Delegates not hosted at Casa Grande Hotel can either buy individual lunch and dinner tickets at the hotel registration desk or dine à la carte in one of the restaurants or at one of the coffee stores of the hotel. Alternatively, there are several lunch and dinner options in nearby restaurants or bars along the beach promenade. Surely you will find something that satisfies your taste.