We attended two insect/social-insect conferences this summer: the meeting of the European Sections of the IUSSI in Helsinki and the American IUSSI satellite meeting of the huge ICE 2016 in Orlando. Pnina, Tal, Daphi, and Eyal presented in talks and posters and we got some recognition from the international social insect community. ICE in Orlando was huge: 6000+ participants, 40+ symposia in parallel, for a full week! Overwhelming, super informative and productive! We met with our American collaborators, especially Etya Amsalem who just started her new lab in Penn State and DeWayne Shoemaker, and we got to know many of the leading people in the field and also learn a lot about other fields in insect science.