Monday, December 16, 2013

Members database offline

The members database will be offine for the christmas holidays (December 15-30) for an overhaul and upgrade. Sorry for any inconvenience and hopefully the new database will add a few improvements.

If you need to urgently access any of the information in the database please contact me directly.
--Katja Seltmann enicospilus(at)gmail

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

8th International Congress of Hymenopterists

The first formal circular for the congress in Cusco Peru,
and some additional information on the Hymenoptera workshop after the
meeting in Villa Carmen, Peru is ready.

If you are planning to attend, please fill out our intent to register form. The form will give the organizers a better idea of how many people to expect at the congress.

Please circulate this to as many people as possible to help grow our
membership and attendance at the meeting! Please feel free to contact
the ISH Society President, John Heraty, or members of the organizing or scientific committee with any
questions regarding the congress.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 4, 2013

ISH symposium and business meeting, Austin, TX

If you are attending the Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin, please make sure to find your way to the ISH symposium and business meeting, which will be on

Sunday 10 Nov 2013, 1:15 PM - 5:15 PM in Meeting Room 4 ABC at Austin Convention Center

The meeting starts with the ISH symposium, which is held in honor of legendary Bob Wharton, a hymenopterist extraordinaire. Please find the program of the symposium attached. During the business meeting you will hear more about our next year's ISH conference in Cusco and there will be important news and discussions about the future direction of the society. If you have any friends or colleagues that are not ISH members, yet, but who are interested in Hymenoptera please bring them to the meeting as well.

Student Meeting
Sunday Nov 10th between 12.15 and 1.15pm in front/inside of the Meeting Room 4 ABC, Austin Convention Center 3rd floor (same room where the Hymenoptera session will be from 1.15pm onwards).

All students are invited to the inaugural student meet up during the ESA conference in Austin. Please come if you are a student or please forward this message to students in your lab. It will give students an opportunity to get to know each other and to meet their future colleagues. The meeting will be include a small workshop on 'how to make the most of a conference'. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

III Symposium of CIS on Hymenoptera May 26th-30th, 2014, Kiev, UKRAINE

First Announcement

      Ukrainian Entomological Society in the cooperation with the I.I. Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kiev) and Institute for Evolutionary Ecology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kiev) (former name is the Scientific Centre for Megalopolis Ecomonitoring and Biodiversity Research of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) announce the preparation for III-rd Symposium of CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States) on hymenopterous insects (Hymenoptera) which will be held on May 26th–30th, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Details for the 8th International Congress of Hymenopterists Meeting. July 20-25, 2014

The International Society of Hymenopterists gladly invites hymenopterists from all over the world, to the 8th International Congress of Hymenopterists. The meeting will be held in Cusco, Peru, 20-25 July 2014. This will be a forum for the dynamic exchange of information and ideas relevant to those interested in Hymenoptera. Your input is required to make this event a success; suggestions for symposia, special sessions and/or keynote speakers will be particularly welcomed.

The preliminary program, housing and registration information will be posted on the ISH meeting website sometime in January 2014. But here is the first circular of information to get  you excited.

The first circular contains many details concerning the meeting, registration, and information about Cusco. Also, we have a flyer for the event. Please download the flyer, print it out, and share it with others in order to promote the meeting. 

We look forward to your attendance,

Organizing Committee
Frank Azorsa: Chair, local Organizing Committee. Centro de Ecologia y Biodiversidad (CEBIO), Lima, Peru.
Angelico Asenjo: Local Organizing Committee. Centro de Ecologia y Biodiversidad (CEBIO), Lima, Peru.
Eric Yabar: Local Organizing Committee. Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad de Cusco, Cusco, Peru.
John Heraty: ISH President. University of California Riverside, CA, USA.
Jim Whitfield: ISH President-Elect. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA.
Lars Krogmann: ISH Secretary, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany
Michael Sharkey: ISH Past President, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA
Katja Seltmann: American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Marcel Hermes:  Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brasil
Javier Torréns: CRILAR (CONICET), Anillaco, La Rioja, Argentina
George Melika: National Food Chain Safety Office, Budapest, Hungary
Ralph Peters: Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany

Scientific Committee
Marcel Hermes (chair), mghermes(at)gmail(dot)com
George Melika, melikageorge(at)gmail(dot)com
Javier Torréns, jtorren(at)crilar-conicet(dot)gob(dot)ar
Ralph Peters, ralph_peters(at)hotmail(dot)com
John Heraty, john.heraty(at)ucr(dot)edu
Jim Whitfield, jwhitfie(at)life(dot)illinois(dot)edu
Lars Krogmann, lars.krogmann(at)smns-bw(dot)de

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Distributed European School of Taxonomy Training Courses Announced

The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST, has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding.
The Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014 enables graduate students and early career researchers to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training.

Within the latter programme, there are several entomological training courses and one of them specifically targets Hymenoptera:  
Collecting methods and identification of parasitic wasps, with special emphasis on Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)

New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at or have a look at: 

PhD students within the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative, the Israel Taxonomy Initiative and the Research School in Biosystematics (ForBio) might receive support to attend DEST-courses. For details, please contact STI, ITI or ForBio.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

ISH Image Contest

The website is due for an overhaul. So, in order to beautify the site, and show of the talents of our members, ISH announces an image contest. All members are welcome to participate! Here are the guidelines:

(1) Email Katja Seltmann (enicospilus (at) gmail (dot) com) the image anytime before October 1, 2013. You can enter up to 5 times.

(2) Images can be SEMs, cartoons, field images, children in bee costumes, new taxa, old researchers, in situ, paintings, woodcuts, etc. Anything goes as long as it references Hymenoptera or ISH in some meaningful way.

(3) Images must include specific information about how to credit the image and the “story” behind the image.

(4) All images must be available for use on the ISH website after the contest.

After October 1, 2013 a voting form will be placed on the ISH website and opened to all members. We will announce the voting opportunities via email. Winners will receive free membership for one year, and their image projected and associated story told at this year’s ESA/ISH meeting in Austin, TX.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hamuli vol 4, issue 2 is out!

Check out the latest issue of Hamuli! Members should've received a link in their email. Alternatively one can log into the ISH website and look for links to the latest issue on the members page. Not a member yet? Check out the previous issue of Hamuli (10 MB PDF) and consider joining!

Monday, August 5, 2013

2nd Neotropical Hymenoptera Course

Announcing the 2nd Neotropical Hymenoptera Course. It will take place from July 27 to August 6, 2014 at the Villa Carmen  Biological Station, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru ( Wikipedia Link  or United Nations Link ).

These dates are immediately after the International Society of Hymenopterists Congress (ISH) that will be in Cusco from July 20-25, 2014. There will be transportation from the ISH Congress to the workshop. For more details on the course and how to apply see our website or contact Michael Sharkey, University of Kentucky.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

International Congress in Cusco, Peru

International meetings of the ISH take place every four years and planning is underway for our next congress in beautiful Cusco, Peru (July 20-25, 2014). 

Our contact and organizer this year is Frank Azorsa Salazar. Please get in touch if you have any immediate questions. 

Frank Azorsa Salazar
Centro de Ecología y Biodiversidad - CEBIO
Surco, Lima 33, PERÚ
E-mail: frankazorsa (at) gmail (dot) com
E-mail: fazorsa (at) cebioperu (dot) org
Skype: frankazorsa

More information is coming soon and will be made available on our meeting webpage and through the blog. It is time to start making plans now. This is not a meeting to miss!!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hamuli 4(1) is out!

A new issue of Hamuli is out now and available to members! Have you joined ISH yet? Now is the perfect time! Dues can be paid through PayPal or the old fashioned way (PDF membership form here). In the meantime take a gander at some older issues of our newsletter.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Have articles for Hamuli volume 4, issue 1?

The next issue of Hamuli is being assembled as I type this post. Have stories, news, photos, or other content you want to contribute? Contact me ( by January 20, 2013! Here is last year's issue if you need inspiration: Hamuli volume 3, issue 1