2017 Bee Symposium

Oct 27, 2016
A day long event discussing bee health and exploring best management practices help sustain the bee population for the future.

Our third annual Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy will be hosted at the UC Davis Conference Center on Sunday, May 7, 2017, preceded by the first California Honey Festival in Woodland, CA on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This educational program is designed for beekeepers of all experience levels, including gardeners, farmers and anyone interested in the world of pollination and bees. In addition to our speakers there will be lobby displays featuring graduate student research posters, the latest in beekeeping equipment, books, honey, plants, and much more.

This year, our lead speaker is Dr. Steve Sheppard, Thurber Professor of Apiculture and Chair of the Department of Entomology from Washington State University. Other speakers include Santiago Ramirez and Elina Nino from the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis, Maj Rundlof from the Department of Biology from Lund University, and Margaret Lombard from the National Honey Board.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Springcreek Foundation, for making this event possible.


Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Location: UC Davis Conference Center

 Fee: $80 (General), $25 (Students)


Registration opens on March 1, 2017!



Tentative Agenda

8:30 – 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 – Lead Speaker: Steve Sheppard

10:15 am – Santiago Ramirez: Orchid Bees

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

11:15 am – Stacy Combes – NPB: Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior - How Flight Biomechanics can be Affected by Drugs

11:45  - Elina Nino: Master Beekeeper Program

            Honoring Apprentice Level Master Beekeepers – Pin Ceremony

12:15 Lunch - Graduate Student Poster Presentations
Educational exhibits

1:30 pm – Maj Rundlof: Pesticides and Bees

2:00 pm - Lecture TBD


4 – 6 minute presentations about different programs in the world of beekeeping

3:10 pm - Break

3:30 pm -  Margaret Lombard:  Labeling issues and guidelines for Honey

4:00 pm - Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announced

4:30 pm - Closing Reception TBD

Meet our presenters, Master Beekeepers and graduate Student contest winners

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


Past events

Take a look at our previous Bee Symposium events:

2016 Bee Symposium

2015 Bee Symposium

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.


Upcoming Events at the Center

  • April 18, 2017: World of Honey Tasting Series (International)
  • April 22, 2017: Picnic Day
  • May 5-6, 2017: California Honey Festival (Woodland, CA)
  • May 7, 2017: 2017 Bee Symposium
  • June 19-22, 2017: Advanced Mead Making


Other Campus Events

Winter 2017

Winter 2017: Seminars (UCD Entomology & Nematology)


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