Program & Poster Sessions


Tuesday, March 19th 2019

13:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee

14:25 Conference Welcome - Sylvia Cremer

Chair: Sylvia Cremer
14:30 Invited Speaker: - Adria LeBoeuf: "The social circulatory system: who, why and how it can change lives (of social insects)"
15:30 Tim Gernat: "Reduced trophallactic activity and limited disease transmission in response to virus infection in automatically monitored honeybee colonies"
15:45 Enikő Csata: "Collective abilities in ants facing complex nutritional challenges"

16:00 Break

Chair: Adria LeBoeuf
16:30 Eva Schultner: "Of nest defenders and beggars: the role of larvae in ant societies"
16:45 Abel Bernadou: "Role of nutrition on the longevity/fecundity trade-off in a clonal ant"'
17:00 Anissa Kennedy: "Reproductive activation in honey bee workers protects against abiotic and biotic stress"
17:15 Julia Giehr: "Substantial direct fitness gains of workers in Temnothorax ants"

17:30 IUSSI Meeting
18:30 Dinner at Cafeteria
19:30 Poster Session 1
21:00 Bus Departure

Wednesday, March 20th 2019

08:55 Organsational Update - Sylvia Cremer 

Chair: Sylvia Cremer 
09:00 Invited Speaker – Lukas Schrader: "The molecular bases of ants"
10:00 Tobias van Elst: "Ultraconserved elements help to resolve evolutionary relationships across several time scales in the honey ant genus Myrmecocystus"
10:15 Ann Kathrin Huylmans: "Sex chromosome evolution in termites with different social complexities"

10:30 Break

Chair: Lukas Schrader
11:00 Martin Quque: "Task specialization in the black garden ant (Lasius niger) leads to three distinct proteomes"
11:15 Marah Stoldt: "Ant behaviour and brain gene expression of defending hosts depend on the ecological success of the intruding social parasite"
11:30 Tomasz Włodarczyk : "Chemical strategy in a faculative slave-making ant species"
11:45 Victoria Moris: "How to find genes involved in cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) biosynthesis in Hymenoptera? Insights from an extraordinary case of intrasexual CHC profile dimorphism in a mason wasp"
12:00 Florian Menzel: "Coping with the climate: How ants change their cuticular hydrocarbons in response to climatic conditions"
12:15 Anton Stabentheiner: "Effect of climate on nest thermoregulation in social wasps (Polistes)"

12:30 Group Photo
12:45 Lunch

Chair: Claire Detrain
13:30 Jürgen Gadau: "Queen number - a labile trait in ants"
13:45 Romain Libbrecht: "Factors and mechanisms underlying changes in queen nursing behavior during colony foundation in ants"
14:00 Uli Ernst: "Conflicts about reproduction and worker production in californian harvester ants, Pogonomyrmex californicus"
14:15 Christopher Pull: "How well does memory predict bumblebee foraging efficiency across varying ecological conditions? 
14:30 Flavio Roces: "Learning through the waste: olfactory cues from the colony refuse determine plant preferences in foraging leaf-cutting ants"

14:45 Bus Departure to Vienna
16:00 Natural History Museum Vienna, Guided Tour
18:30 Dinner at Melk Stiftskeller, Vienna


Thursday, March 21st 2019

08:55 Organsational Update - Sylvia Cremer 

Chair: Sylvia Cremer
09:00 Invited Speaker - Nathalie Stroeymeyt: "Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in the ant Lasius niger"
10:00 Barbara Casillas Perez: "The dynamics of sanitary care in ants"'
10:15 Giacomo Alciatore: "Group composition affects individual behavior and social interactions in a clonal ant"

10:30 Break

Chair: Nathalie Stroeymeyt
11:00 Simon Tragust: "The influence of the honey bee gut microbiome on viral infection and virulence"
11:15 Matteo Negroni: "Experimental immune challenge drastically reduces gut microbiome diversity and triggers fertility-dependent changes in gene expression in the ant Temnothorax rugatulus"
11:30 Dalial Freitak: "Vaccination a’la honeybees"
11:45 Lena Wilfert: "Sharing is caring: community dynamics of bee viromes"
12:00 Delphine Panziera: "Virus prevalence across sympatric field samples of Apis mellifera and Bombus species"
12:15 Erik Frank: "Injuries and wound care in the neotropical army ant Eciton rapax"

12:45 Lunch at Cafeteria

Chair: Marla Spivak 
13:30 Claire Detrain: "Soil contamination and digging patterns in ants"
13:45 Hugo Pereira: "Sanitary risks associated to prey foraging and scavenging behaviour by Myrmica rubra ants"
14:00 Dino McMahon: "Infection stage and pathogen life cycle determine collective termite behaviour"
14:15 Balint Marko: "Could division of labour be influenced by a parasitic fungus in ants?"
14:30 Luca Pietro Casacci: "Factors influencing the evolution of vibroacoustic signals in Myrmicinae ants"
14:45 Kathrin Krausa: "Forager vibes activate nestmates"

15:00 Poster Session 2

16:30 Break

Chair: Sylvia Cremer
17:00 Anja Holzinger: "Eco-evolutionary dynamics and population structure of the invasive ant Anoplolepis gracilipes in Queensland, Australia: genetical, behavioral and morphological differences"
17:15 Jon Andreja Nuotclà: "The significance of mutualist complementarity for the evolution of ambrosia beetle sociality"
17:30 Invited Speaker - Marla Spivak: "Honey Bee Social Immunity"

18:30 Walk to
19:00 Closing Dinner at Redlinger Hütte with Student Awards (Kutter Prize)
21:30 Bus Departure

Friday, March 22nd 2019 - Social Immunity Workshop

09:00 Introduction Sylvia Cremer 
10:00 Break
10:30 Demo and Hands on experimental work 
13:00 Lunch & Departure



March 19th
01 Yeisson Gutiérrez: "Growth and survival of the superorganism: ant colony macronutrient intake and investment"
02 Cigdem Ün: "Wolbachia-induced cytoplasmic incompatibility in Cardiocondyla obscurior"
03 Daniela Römer: "Possible mechanisms of leaf-fragment size determination in leaf-cutting ants"
04 Patrick Krapf: "Colony-specific behaviour in an Alpine ant species"
05 Sara Leonhardt: "Linking senses and nutrition in pollen collecting bumblebees"
06 Helmut Käfer: "Nest orientation of two paper wasp species, Polistes gallicus and Polistes biglumis"
07 Helmut Kovac: "The thermoregulatory behaviour of foraging Polistine wasps (Polistes dominula and Polistes gallicus) at different climate conditions"
08 Anton Stabentheiner: "Respiratory metabolism of Formica pratensis ants in a variable thermal environment"
09 Michael Grevé: "Direct and indirect effects of land-use intensification on ant communities in temperate grasslands"
10 Mathilde Vidal: "Royal matchmaking: ant workers promote outbreeding by their sexual sisters by transporting them to alien nests"
11 Tobias Weichselgartner: "Caste determination in Cardiocondyla obscurior"
12 Ioan Tausan: "Impact of goldenrod invasion (Solidago canadensis) on ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from urban habitats in southern Transylvania (Romania)"
13 Andreia Teixeira: "Reversal of the fecundity-longevity trade-off across the spectrum of sociality in the bees"
14 Anja Buttstedt: "How to save the life of the prospective honey bee queen with royal jelly"
15 Stephanie Wendt: "Dinner for one: ants prefer to eat alone"
16 Massimo De Agrò: "Irrational risk aversion in ants is driven by perceptual mechanisms"
17 Felix Oberhauser: "Meat ants cut more trail shortcuts when facing long detours "
18 Gema Trigos-Peral: "Facing an invasion competing with an outstanding competitor: Lasius neglectus vs Linepithema humile"
19 Felix Hager: "Bodyguard ants track down mammalian browsers by exploiting vibrational cues"
20 Alexandra Koch: "Voluntary switching in an invertebrate: The effect of cue and reward change"
21 Sławomir Mitrus: "Nest modification by acorn ants"
22 Piotr Ślipiński: "The effect of worker’s development temperature on the personality variation among workers within ant colony?"
23 Marina Choppin: "Alternative reproductive strategies are associated with distinct queen and worker size in the ant Temnothorax rugatulus "
24 Mehdi Khadraoui: "Ecological drivers of social behaviours in Coleoptera"

March 21st
25 Claudia Gstöttl: "Comparative transcriptome analysis of five phenotypes of a slave-making ant (Temnothorax americanus) and its host (T. longispinosus)"
26 Alice Séguret: "How the queen manages to stay young: transcriptomic signatures of ageing in social versus solitary bees"
27 Miles Winter: "Heat Shock Protein 90-dependent phenotypic variation in an invasive ant "
28 Friederike Wolff: "Genetic analyses of the populations structure and dispersal dynamics of the ant species Formica fuscocinerea"
29 Oleg Lewkowski: "Transcriptomic analysis of European foulbrood-diseased honey bee larvae"
30 Marina Psalti: "Consistency and proximate mechanisms of genetic effects on behavior in ants"
31 Milene Ferro: "Daceton armigerum – the first transcriptome for subtribe Dacetina ants"
32 Barbara Feldmeyer: "Population genomic structure of two mutualistic ant-species across French Guiana"
33 Janina Diehl: "The effect of ambrosia beetle presence on fungus garden communities"
34 Max Aubry: "Give the brush-off to pathogens - the antenna cleaner of ants"
35 Diane Bigot: "Visualisation of recombination in Deformed wing virus infecting bees"
36 Igor Siedlecki: "Overlooked fungal associates of European red wood ants? - Mycobiota of Formica polyctena"
37 Christina Tilgen: "Comparative analysis of formic acid ingestion behavior in Formicine ants"
38 Sina Metzler: "Social immunization: its mechanisms and effects on individual protection"
39 Anja Tehel: "Experimental infection of bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) with DWV and BQCV"
40 Barbara Milutinovic: "Social interactions modify pathogen success in multiple infections "
41 Jonathan Kidner: "The impact of recombination on viral evolution in honeybee hosts"
42 Ágota Szabó: "Factors behind the diversity of fungal communities in Myrmica scabrinodis"
43 Daniel Schläppi: "Differential pesticide loads between castes of black garden ants"
44 Megan Kutzer: "Compensating for pathogen-induced losses: colony-level disease resilience in ants"
45 Katharina Krizan: "Do antimicrobials play a role in the symbiosis between Azteca ants and Cecropia plants?"
46 Silvio Erler: "Following the food flow - colourful dyes as suitable method of food labelling"
47 Linda Sartoris: "Does nest structure affect pathogen transmission in ants?
48 Florian  Strahodinsky: "How to fight a worm? Defences against nematode infections in ants "