2022 International Termite Course

June 23-30, 2022  |  Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center


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Important Dates

June 23-30, 2022

Lectures and Laboratory Activities
(Just before IUSSI 2022 in San Diego!)


Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center

3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

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FLREC Instructors

Dr. Thomas Chouvenc

University of Florida

Dr. Rudolf Scheffrahn

University of Florida

Dr. Nan-Yao Su

University of Florida

Dr. William Kern, Jr.

University of Florida

Important: This course is aimed at an academic audience (students, postdocs, faculities) who want to deepen their knowledge about eusocial insects. If you are interested in joining the termite course for pest control professionals, with a focus on biology and control of termites, please visit this website for more information: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/termitepro


  • This course provides a unique opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge about termite biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. This 60+ hours workshop will include extensive lectures provided by guest speakers from around the world. If you are interested in social insects overall, this course is for you.
  • This course is designed for graduate students, Post-Docs and Faculties who want to learn about termites.
  • Students will learn and gain experience in a range of techniques for the collection and rearing of termites, and get familiar with termite control methods.
  • Graduate students participating to the course will be given the opportunity to give a 10min presentation of their graduate research project in a student mini-symposium.

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2022 International Termite Course Speaker Lineup

In addition to the four local FLREC faculties, additional guest speakers will come to provide a multitude of visions concerning termite biology:

  • Dr. Anthony Auletta
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Thomas Bourguignon
    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Ales Bucek
    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Tiago Carrijo
    Universidad ABC Brazil
  • Dr. Franck Dedeine
    University of Tour
  • Dr. Michael Engel
    University of Kansas
  • Dr. Gillian Gile
    Arizona State University
  • Dr. Hou-Feng Li
    National Chung Hsing University
  • Dr. Kenji Matsuura
    Kyoto University
  • Dr. Aram Mikaelyan
    North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Andrea Perna
    University of Roehampton
  • Dr. Yves Roisin
    Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Michael Scharf
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Jan Šobotník
    Czech University Prague
  • Dr. Qian ‘Karen’ Sun
    Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Edward Vargo
    Texas A&M
Guest Speakers

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, June 23 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Termite Diversity and Phylogeny
Speakers: Chouvenc, Šobotník, Scheffrahn, Carrijo, Engel, Bucek
Welcome Dinner
Friday, June 24 | 7:30am-5:30pm
General termite biology, Eusociality and Evolution
Speakers: Bourguignon, Scheffrahn, Su, Auletta, Vargo, Chouvenc, Roisin
Saturday, June 25 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism in termites
Speakers: Mikaelyan, Gile, Bourguignon, Li, Bucek, Matsuura
Sunday, June 26 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Digestion, physiology, caste regulation, breeding strategies
Speakers: Carrijo, Scharf, Roisin, Chouvenc, Matsuura, Vargo
Monday, June 27 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Field trip, Student mini-symposium
Tuesday, June 28 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Termite behavior and communication
Speakers: Matsuura, Sillam-Dussès, Šobotník, Sun, Chouvenc, Matsuura
Wednesday, June 29 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Termites and people around the world
Speakers: Roisin, Carrijo, Li, Scheffrahn, Bourguignon, Bucek, Chouvenc, Matsuura, Sillam-Dussès, Vargo
Thursday, June 30 | 7:30am-5:30pm
Termite pest management and applied research
Speakers: Chouvenc, Mullins, Scheffrahn, Kern, Su, Li
Award Ceremony
Farewell Dinner (off site)
Friday, July 1 | 8:00am-5:00pm (Optional)
If you are still around, the lab will be open all day for a termite ID session with microscopes

Please Keep in Mind That:

  • We are 15 minutes away from the beach
  • We are 45 minutes away from the Everglades national parks
  • We have a diverse fauna of social Hymenoptera in various parks in the area, ready to be surveyed.
  • The lab will be open for more identification sessions if needed.
  • Butterfly World is 30 minutes away.
  • Fairchild Botanical Garden is 45 minutes away.

If you plan on doing group activities, we can help you organize it, per your request.

IUSSI 2022 will take place in San Diego a few days after the end of the termite course, giving plenty of time to travel between the two Social Insect events.

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Registration Information

Registration proceeds on a first-come, first serve basis.

Payment is due at the time of registration.
Pay using your credit or debit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Registration Costs
Attendee Type Cost
Flat Rate $300

Registration Covers:

  • Snacks and refreshments during breaks every day
  • All lunches and the welcome dinner on Thursday will be provided by the organizers
  • A handbook with a printout of all lectures will be given to all participants
  • A T-shirt of the event and a certificate of attendance
  • Awards for the graduate student symposium

Registration Does NOT Cover (and therefore on your own):

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • All dinners except the welcome dinner on Thursday. The farewell dinner is at your own expense.

Refund Policy

Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences on or before June 10, 2022. A 25% processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellations after the applicable deadline.

Email: kimmer72@ufl.edu

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Travel Information

Local Airports

Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)

8.3 miles (recommended)
Phone: 1-866-435-9355
100 Terminal Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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Miami International Airport
Miami Airport (MIA)

26.8 miles
Phone: 1-800-825-5642
2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126

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Nearby Hotels

If you plan to come as a group, local Bed and Breakfast options may be available to cut accommodation costs. It would be up to the group to find opportunities for their convenience.

Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express

1.1 miles
Phone: 954-585-7071
2540 Davie Road
Davie, FL, US, 33317

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WoodSpring Suites Fort Lauderdale
WoodSpring Suites Fort Lauderdale

1.6 miles
Phone: 754-600-3366
5700 Reese Road
Davie, FL 33314

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Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America

1.7 miles
Phone: 1-954-476-1211
7550 State Rd. 84
Davie, FL 33317

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Sherraton Suites
Sheraton Suites

3.9 miles
Phone: 954-452-3202
311 N University Drive
Plantation, FL 33324

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More Information

For further information about the class, contact:

Thomas Chouvenc

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.
UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center
3205 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314-7719
Email: tomchouv@ufl.edu

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