2016 Bee Symposium

Feb 25, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time: 8:00AM - 6:00PM

Location: UC Davis Conference Center


Keynote Speakers



8:00 – 9:00 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome and Introductions

Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, RMI, UC Davis
Neal Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

 9:15 am - (KEYNOTE) Honey Bees that Survive Varroa Mite in the World: What We Can Learn from the French Bees

Yves Le Conte, Director, French National Bee Lab, Avignon, France

10:15 am - Microbial Communities in Floral Nectar Influence Pollinator Preference and Foraging

Rachael Vannette, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

10:45 am - Break (Opportunity to visit Graduate Student Posters and Exhibits)

11:15 am -Rediversifying intensive agricultural landscapes to promote native pollinators

Claire Kremen,  Professor, Department Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

11:45 PM - Lunch

Graduate Student Poster Presentations
Educational exhibits

1:30 pm - (KEYNOTE) Reducing Colony Losses.  Does it take a village?

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Maryland


 6 minute presentations about many different programs in the world of beekeeping

Ola Lundin: Research update on bees and neonicotinoids

Elina L. Niño: Honey Bee Extension at UC Davis

Hasna Wood: Apitherapy

Sonoma County Beekeepers Assoc.: Bee-ing In Total Community

Pat Heitkam: An Introduction to Patrick Ranch Bee Museum and Educational Center

Julie Cridland: Honey Bees of California - Variation in Time and Space

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm -The Importance of Division of Labor for Understanding Colony Health

Brian Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

4:00 pm - The Bee Microbiome

Quinn McFrederick, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside                

4:30 pm - Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announce

4:45 pm - Closing Reception

Special thanks to: Rabbit’s Foot Meadery, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Strad Meadery, Fair Oaks, Calif.; Yolo Brewing for their donations to our reception!

Good Life Garden at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science

 6:00 pm - Close


Graduate Student Poster Competition

Congratulations to our graduate student winners!



 Presented by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis.

Topics: Pollinator-related research


Posters should be hung at their assigned spot by 8am. Presenters are responsible for providing their own hanging materials. Authors must be at their posters for judging from 11:45 to 1:30 and will have 7 minutes to present. Winners will be announced before the final speaker.

Poster size: Limit is 48 inches wide x 36 inches tall. Posters should be well-written and organized.

Judging Criteria:

  • Objectives
  • Methodology (Does it provide a clear, consistent description?)
  • Results
  • Research Significance (Are the findings original? Relevant to current issues?)
  • Conclusions
  • Appearance
  • Presentation and interaction with the judges

Complementary registration for student poster presenters.

Poster awards:

  • First place: $1000
  • Second place: $750
  • Third place: $500
  • Fourth place: $250


 2016 Vendors and Exhibitors

2015 Bee Symposium

Take a look at our previous 2015 Bee Symposium: HERE

"As a new beehive owner I thought the information presented was fascinating and presented in a very efficient manner. I loved every aspect of the presentations!"

"Nice to get science, there is a lot of fuzzy thinking out there."

"Thank you for a well-organized, thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking day."


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Springcreek Foundation     Natural American  



Events at the Center

The Honey and Pollination Center hosts several annual events including mead making short-courses, symposiums, public outreach events and fundraising dinners. Many of these are unique to the center, and to UC Davis. Mead-making short courses in a university environment have never been offered to hobbyists, professional mead makers, and the general public. The Bee Symposium, an annual event, brings together faculty from the esteemed UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology with bee researchers, experts and hobbyists from the United States and Canada. Click on the events below to learn more about each.


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