You will find on this page the events in which the members of our laboratory participate; do not hesitate to make a leap if you wish to know more about the research in progress within the USE

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  • Behaviour 2017:  30th July till August 4th  –  Estoril – Portugal

This International Ethological Conference takes place this year in the Lisbon area; it is a good opportunity to meet professionals, academic members and students from all fields of behavior research.

On this occasion, three members of our lab presented their work:

Claire Detrain: “Prophylaxis through reduced mobility and loss of attraction for social cues in ants” (Authors: Detrain C., Leclercq J.B.)

– Bertrand Collignon: “The ant colony, a swarm of biosensors” (Poster. Authors: B. Collignon, C. Detrain & F. Mondada)

– Marine Lehue: “What’s going on at the entrance? Influence of the number of nest entrances on the foraging behaviour of ant workers”


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  • Le Jardin Jean Massart: August 2017 – 1160 Brussels

To open this outdoor exhibition that illustrates the relationships between plants and insects, Hugo Pereira and Solène Blanchard will be pleased to present their research in a few words on Monday July the 31st 2017.

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  • IUSSI-SF 2017: August 23rd-25th  –  Paris – France

This is the next congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects – French Section.

It will take place this year at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Members of the USE will discuss their respective work:

– Marine Lehue: “Influence du nombre d’entrées de la fourmilière sur l’exploration et le recrutement alimentaire chez la fourmi Myrmica Rubra” – “Influence of the number of entries of the anthill on the exploration and recruitment of food in the ant Myrmica Rubra”

– Claire Detrain: “Influence du facteur démographique sur la gestion des risques sanitaires chez la fourmi Myrmica Rubra” – “Influence of the demographic factor on the management of health risks in the ant Myrmica Rubra”

– Bertrand Collignon: “La fourmilière: un swarm de biosenseurs” – “The ant colony: a swarm of biosensors”

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Past Events

  • Prize Andrée Schaak – Faculty of Science

This Prize is instituted by the mother of Andrée SCHAAK in memory of her daughter, a graduate in biology, who died in 1975. The purpose of this annual prize is to award a prize to the most deserving student ( e) promotion of MA2 in biological sciences (specialization: animal biology). The student must adhere to the principle of free examination. It was awarded in 2017 to: Mr. Oscar VAES.

  • Ma thèse en 180 secondes


How to reduce queues? The ants compromise


Marine Lehue presented his thesis work in a vulgarized way,  during the national competition inter-university “My thesis in 180 seconds” May 23, 2017 at the Catholic University of Louvain.

You can see the video following this link:  My thesis in 180 seconds




  • Exposcience


Our Spring Science stand was selected by InforSciences to be presented at the Exposcience on April 28 and 29, 2017


  • Spring of Sciences


Stand co framed by Marine Lehue and Bertrand Collignon


The “Interactive Anthill” presented during the Spring of Science (March 20-26, 2017) by the students of the 3rd year of the Bachelor course BIOL-F-314: Research and scientific communication (on the picture:Léa Katz and Antoine Dumortier , two of the five students in the group):


The aim of the project was to learn how to use scientific concepts and use creativity and various tools (laser cutting, illustrator software, Indesign) to interact with the public. The students created and an interactive anthill using the knowledge acquired at the beginning of the chapter on ants. The advantage of this anthill is that it allows to answer several simple scientific questions about ants.


The anthill consists of three parts: the nest, an intermediate area and the forage area. These three areas can be modified to carry out several types of experiments, for example on ant preference. In addition, the anthill is connected to a camera in order to observe the reactions of the ants more and more closely and to record videos. Finally, buttons were used to view experiments carried out in the laboratory on the anthill. Around the anthill, the students created posters and informative activities on ants and their collective behavior.