For information: the International Congress of Entomology has been postponed until July 2021 (see information on https://ice2020helsinki.fi/). For people who intended to attend and present, note in particular that
* already accepted abstracts remain accepted, and can be freely edited by authors to reflect new research, until April 30, 2021.
* submission deadline for new abstracts is extended until the end of February 2021.
Information on the ISH business meeting and symposium that was scheduled to take place during the Congress will be circulated at a later stage.
We now have a date for our Symposium during the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki: Thursday 23 July from 2pm.
The program will be circulated once it is finalised
The Natural History Museum, London, is looking for a Hymenoptera curator:https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/jobdetail_1902.aspx
Please note the deadline is next Wednesday 18 March (9 am).
The 2020 recruitment campaign for researchers’ position at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle is open from Tuesday, February 25, 10 a.m. to Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4 p.m.
The job profile 4161 : MCMU Interactions biologiques, adaptations et diversification chez les hyménoptères (research and curation of MNHN Hymenoptera collection)
be seen on:
“Galaxie” portal of the Ministry of Higher
Education, Research and Innovation
– Museum’s website
Applicants must register on Galaxie and upload their
documents online. No spontaneous application will be accepted, nor any paper
Please note that applicants must necessary bee already registered on the
qualification list of French lecturers (Maitres de Conférences) corps
The selection committees should be held between April and June 2020.
The ISH Executive is excited to announce that lasi, Romania has been selected as the location for the 10th International Congress of the Society.
to Lucian Fusu, Mircea-Dan Mitroiu and Ovidiu Popovici.
will be published in the next issue of Hamuli.
A post from our new newsletter Editor, Carly Tribull:
A lot of us use passive trapping, like Malaise Traps, and so get tons of Hymenoptera (and other insects) that sadly sit in catch-jars, never to be used. It would be nice if we could figure out a way of passing by-catch along from one hymenopterist to the next so that less specimens go to waste. I’m imagining a situation where you remove your study specimens first, then remove the remaining Hymenoptera and place them in a 25-30ml falcon tube (if I recall correctly, this is the cutoff for ‘small quantity exceptions’ for shipping specimens), and ship it to the first Hymenopterist in the migration chain. They take what they want, provide you with data/vouchers (as requested), and ship the tube on to the next person. Alternatively, if you want to skip the labor of picking out Hymenoptera, you can send all the by-catch (who knows, maybe the Hymenopterist works next to a Coleopterist?).
This will likely be impossible across international borders,
but I’m guessing we can figure out some neat domestic sharing. A lot of us
can’t afford to regularly travel to places like the CNC or other traditional
by-catch repositories, and it could be useful for folks who need super fresh
samples for DNA.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the following Google Document spreadsheet here (you must be a member of ISH to view the page).
The Natural History Museum, London, is looking for a senior curator of bees. Details can be found here: https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/jobdetail_1864.aspx Please note that the deadline is on 29 January.
The student travel awards have been created to support and encourage postgraduate students working on the systematics, ecology, physiology or some other aspect of the insect order Hymenoptera, which is being undertaken as part of a postgraduate program (MSc, PhD or equivalent qualification).
For this round, the Society is pleased to be able to offer four travel awards to support full-time postgraduate students to present their research at the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland (19-24 July 2020). These awards are being funded by the ISH itself and by the ISH Endowment Fund, and two types of awards with different eligibility criteria are offered:
- Two USD 1,500 awards restricted to current ISH student members – without country restriction
- Two USD 1,500 awards restricted to students from countries other than than the 30 most developed countries as listed by the UN Development Program ( Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong – China (SAR), Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States); this award is open to students who are not current ISH members
Please contact the Secretary of the Society (Natalie Dale-Skey; n (dot) dale-skey (at) nhm (dot) ac (dot) uk ) for more information and details of the application and selection process.
The deadline to apply for these awards is 7 December 2019.
If you are interested in hosting the 10th Congress of the Society in 2022 please submit a 1-2 page proposal to our President and President-Elect (Barb.Sharanowski [at] ucf.edu, lars.krogmann [at] smns-bw.de):
- Proposals should be sent by e-mail by 1 January 2019.
- Proposals must include a brief outline of reasons for the choice of location (e.g. unique location or long overdue, access to a unique membership, location appeal, identification of a team of local organizers and support network, potential venue, potential registration and meeting costs, and opportunities for fieldwork; all points are to be addressed).
- Proposals will be evaluated by the Executive Committee, and bidders contacted by February 2019.
- Successful bidders will be required to submit a more complete proposal by 30 May 2019, including details on dates, hotels, room charges, registration estimates and a business plan for the meeting, post-congress activities such as collecting trips, and congress activities such as visits to nearby natural areas and tourist locations, archaeological or historical sites, etc.
- These proposals will be evaluated by the Executive Committee and the successful bid announced by 1 July 2019.
The Society will be holding a meeting during the ESA annual meeting in Vancouver (11-14 November 2018 –https://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting/about-2018).
We will have a students’ symposium, and I am delighted to announce that Brian Fisher, from the California Academy of Sciences, will be giving a talk:
Why are entomologists sitting on the conservation sidelines? Insects and People (IPSIO.org): efforts to end the silence on habitat loss in Madagascar.
Insects are everywhere, yet invisible in most conservation efforts. Since terrestrial ecosystems make no sense except in light of insects, this is short-sighted and unfortunate. The time is now for entomologists to end their silence on the loss of insect habitats. After all, how much tropical forest will be left in 50 years?
Madagascar, a locus of biodiversity research, is a prime example. Since 2001, we have inventoried over 350 localities across the island, visiting all major habitats, soil types and bioclimates, processing millions of specimens, training students, and collaborating with 180 taxonomists. Despite the scale of this effort, knowing the name of any insect, its habits, its distribution, whether it is endangered, or whether it is invasive remains difficult. Given the breakneck speed of habitat destruction, shouldn’t we try to apply our knowledge to protect habitats, monitor ecosystems, and link the health of humans to that of the natural world.
Large-scale biodiversity inventories have failed to save a single forest. The current entomological effort could be characterized as haphazard and opportunistic and does not focus on concrete conservation advances. Instead, taxonomic advances are driven by individual interests and not on collective need.
The Insects and People of the Southwest Indian Ocean (IPSIO) network aims to help entomologists focus their efforts on local outcomes. IPSIO provides the organizational infrastructure to translate taxonomic research into conservation improvements, providing vetted data for conservation assessments, forest restoration, and invasive species monitoring. Other efforts include using insects as food and insects in tourism.