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.


Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Location: UC Davis Conference Center


2017 Bee Symposium Photos by Kathy Keatley Garvey

View the Rest of the Photos from the 2017 Bee Symposium on our Facebook page: HERE



Graduate Student Poster Competition

Congratulations to our four graduate student winners!

1st Place, $1000 Prize: Phillip Brand, UC Davis The evolution of sex pheromone communication in a pair of sibling species of orchid bees

2nd Place, $750 Prize: Jacob Peters, Harvard University Self-organization of collective nest ventilation by honeybees

3rd Place, $500 Prize: John Mola, UC Davis Fire induced change in flowering phenology benefits bumble bees

4th Place, $250 Prize: Devon Picklum, UN Reno Floral visitation and pollen deposition of Bombus pollinated Dodecatheon alpinum and Pedicularis groenlandica in the Sierra Nevada




9:00 a.m.- Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center, Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis

Neal Williams, Associate Professor, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

9:45 a.m. - Bees, Mushrooms and Liquid Nitrogen… What?

Improving Honey Bee Health through Breeding and Alternative Treatment Approaches

Steve Sheppard, Thurber Professor of Entomology, Washington State University

10:45 a.m. - The Evolution and Chemical Ecology of Orchid Bees

Santiago Ramírez, Assistant Professor, Evolution and Ecology; UC Davis

11:15 a.m. - Break

(Graduate Student Posters Available for Viewing)

11:30 a.m. - Master Beekeeper Program

Honoring our Apprentice Level Master Beekeepers—Pin Ceremony

Elina Niño, Extension Apiculturist, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

Graduate Student Poster Presentations

Educational Exhibits

1:45 p.m. - Flowering Crops: A Tricky Treat for Bees

Maj Rundlöf, International Career Grant Fellow, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

2:15 p.m. - The New FDA Rule on the Use of Antibiotics in Hives

Michael Karle, D.V.M., Mid Valley Veterinary Hospital, Orland, CA

2:45 p.m. -  Lightning Round

4 – 6 minute presentations about many different programs in the world of beekeeping followed by a question and answer session

Bumblebee Cognition in the Wild

Felicity Muth, Postdoctoral researcher, Biology, UN Reno

Habitat Planting for Bees

Williams’ Lab, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Optical Tagging of Bees to Track Individual Movements in Colonies

Stacey Combes, Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior, UC Davis

Planet Bee: Citizen Bee Projects

Debra Tomaszewski, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Planet Bee Foundation

Plants and Pesticides: Keeping Bees Healthy with Ornamental Horticulture

Christine Casey,  Program Representative, Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, UC Davis

3:45 p.m. - Break

4:00 p.m. - Good as Gold: Growing Opportunities for the Small-Scale Honey Producer

Margaret Lombard, CEO, National Honey Board

4:30 p.m. - Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announced

4:45 p.m. - Close



Vendor & Informational Booths


Past events

Take a look at our previous Bee Symposium events:

2016 Bee Symposium

2015 Bee Symposium


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Natural American               Springcreek Foundation        
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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