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.