2017 Bee Symposium
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)
Graduate Student Poster Competition
Presented by the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute and the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis.
2017 Applications are closed.
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.
- Methodology (Does it provide a clear, consistent description?)
- Research Significance (Are the findings original? Relevant to current issues?)
- Presentation and interaction with the judges
Complementary registration for student poster presenters.
- First place: $1000
- Second place: $750
- Third place: $500
- Fourth place: $250
Return this to Liz Luu: email@example.com , by April 10, 2017. No posters accepted after this date!
Dr. Steve Sheppard
Thurber Professor of Apiculture and Chair of the Department of Entomology at Washington State University
Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis
Apiculture Extension and Research, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis
Researcher, Department of Biology, Lund University
Chief Executive Office (CEO), National Honey Board
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
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
Project Apis m.
UC Davis Library
UC Davis Bookstore
Planet Bee Foundation
Entomology Graduate Student Association (ESGA)
Cascade Girl Organization
Z Specialty Food
Take a look at our previous Bee Symposium events:
Thank You to Our Sponsors!