The specific objectives of the workshop were:

1. Develop collaborative research projects related to understanding individual and colony level behavioral plasticity.

2. Integrate organizational concepts of neurobiology, behavior, and social biology.

3. Develop integrative models between levels of biological organization leading to social behavior.

4. Understand the evolution of complex social organization.

Progress beyond expectation was made toward all of these objectives. The success was in large part a result of the organizational structure of the meeting (see the attached comments of the members) and the composition of the group. We had individuals from very diverse backgrounds in social insects (from genes to ecology) working together in groups determining and discussing the central issues in the evolution of social organization. These groups worked together, became acquainted, socialized together in the evenings, and many of them established collaborative research projects involving individuals working at different levels of behavioral organization.

-- Robert Page

SFI-Social Insect Page