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

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News #5
News #5
10/07/2018

Workshop on analyzing sociogenomic datasets, Wednesday August 8, 14:00-18:00

Topics covered will include a general discussion of the most promising sociogenomic approaches and the basics of producing publishable genomic analyses, as well as hands-on data analysis sessions on gene regulatory network and population genomic inference. Tim Linksvayer and Sasha Mikheyev are organizing the workshop, and Yannick Wurm, Mariana Velasque, Michael Warner, and Maeva Techer are running sessions. There will be space for 30-45 people.

Please contact Tim Linksvayer ([email protected]) for further information and to express interest in participating.

Please note, this is a satellite workshop that is not part of the official IUSSI2018 program, but the initiative is supported by the congress organizers. A room for this meeting in the conference center will be announced on the spot.

 

News #4
News #4
06/07/2018

July 6        Student Poster Prizes

Like in the two previous events, three prizes will be attributed to the best posters submitted and presented by students. Posters will be judged by a committee of five senior IUSSI members named by the congress organizers, with decisions based on the following criteria:

Technical quality (40% weight): overall impression concerning structure of the poster; clarity of the overall message; readability (font sizes, disposition of graphic material, figures and tables); technical quality of graphic material, figures and tables.

Scientific quality (40% weight): clarity of the question(s) addressed; clarity of the hypothesis (in case of hypothesis-driven work); clarity and appropriateness of methods used; clarity of figures and legends (do they convey what they are intended to show?); clarity of tables (do they convey what they are intended to show?); appropriateness of the conclusions drawn; complexity of the question addressed with respect to the IUSSI community; novelty of the question(s) addressed with respect to the IUSSI community

Quality of presentation during poster session (20% weight): presence of student presenter (submitting author of abstract) during poster session;  competence of presenter to answer and discuss questions raised.

Poster prize winners will be announced during the Closing Sssion, and student presenters (submitting authors of abstracts) must be present at this session to receive the prize.

News #3
News #3
24/06/2018

June 19

An updated program and a revised symposia list has been relesased. The symposia list can be downloaded. Please check and see whether your presentation is represented and whether a change may have oddurred, especially in the case of preenters who had opted for oral presentation, but whose abstract could not be included in a symposium in the first program version. As there have been a few cancellations by participants, a few program slots became available, so we discussed changes with the symposia organizers and were able to attend some of these requests.

Oral Presentations: Note, if not stated otherwise, all presentations have a limit of 15 minute total (including discussion). Presentations should be prepared in PowerPoint and uploaded at the Media Desk well ahead of time for your presentation. If you have videos or other graphic material embedded, please check that this is approprately linked and reproduced. Do not bring your computer or your USB pen drive to the conference room, because this will unnecessarily cause a delay for your presentation and, especially so, also for the subsequent ones.

Poster presentations: Poster boards will be set up in the Terrace area of the congress center. Poster board size is 100 cm width and 220 cm heigh. Poster can be on display during the entire congress, but there will be two poster sessions, one on Monday and one on Tuesday afternoon. Please check the program for the posters to be presented during these sessions.

News #3
18/06/2018

Updates for Program schedule and Symposia sessions

A new version of the Program and the Symposia sessions has been released today. Please consult these to see when you will be presenting and whether you will be giving a talk or present a poster. Note, there have been some changes compared to the prior version because we had some cancellations for oral presentations, so some of you who had opted for oral presentations at abstract submission, but could not be included in a symposium as a speaker, may now be listed as speaker. 

News #2
News #2
04/03/2018

Yellow fever in Brazil

Dear Participants

Through the Press your attention has certainly been called to the fact that in the 2017/2018 summer season, yellow fever has started to spreading in Brazil. Also WHO has issued warnings in this respect:

http://www.who.int/csr/don/27-february-2018-yellow-fever-brazil/en/
http://www.who.int/ith/updates/20180116/en/

This has initiated a strong vaccination campaign to protect the population, especially in rural areas. It is worthy of note that the current yellow fever epidemic is related to the silvestrian cycle of this tropical disease. In this cycle, the yellow fever  virus is transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Haemagogus and Sabethes, which are both restricted to forested areas, and thus affect populations close to these. Transmission by Aedes aegypti, which would affect urban areas has not been reported so far.  Another important factor is the seasonality of these transmission cycles. The hot and wet summer seasons (November to March) are the main seasons for mosquito reproduction, whereas in the colder and drier winter seasons (May to September) transmission rates decline considerably.  

So, for the planning of your trip and stay at IUSSI2018 you should consider the following. If you will only come for the conference and plan to stay in Guarujá only, there is little risk of infection. If, however, you plan to stay longer and travel in Brazil, especially to forested areas, do consider getting a yellow fever vaccination. Many of you may already have been vaccinated when visiting other tropical countries.. In any case, if you are in doubt, do so, but be aware that you need to take the vaccination 10 days before artrival in Brazil to be immunprotected. The yellow fever vaccine was developed against an attenuated virus and is very efficient. It provides lifelong protection and should be available at most tropical diseases centers in your country.