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)



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.

Submit this application to Liz Luu: luu@caes.ucdavis.edu , by April 10, 2017.

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


Return this submission form to Liz Luu: luu@caes.ucdavis.edu , by April 10, 2017. No posters accepted after this date!



8:45 – 9:15 am - Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:15 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

 9:30 am – Lead Speaker: Steve Sheppard

Steve Sheppard, Professor of Entomology, Thurber Chair, Washington State University

10:30 am – Santiago Ramirez: Orchid Bees 20 minutes with 10 minutes question and answer

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

11:00 am - Break (Opportunity to visit Graduate Student Posters and Exhibits)

11:30  - Elina Niño: Master Beekeeping Program

Honoring our Apprentice Level Master Beekeepers – Pin Ceremony

Elina Niño, Extention Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

12:00 - Lunch - Graduate Student Poster Presentations

Educational exhibits

1:15 pm – Maj Rundlof: Pesticides and Bees - 15minutes with 10 minutes question and answer

Maj Rundlof, International Career Grant Fellow, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

1:45 pm – Discussion with a Veterinarian: Innoculating our colonies

Michael Karle, D.V.M., Mid Valley Vaterinary Hospital


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

Kimiora Ward - Habitat planting for bees

Chris Casey - New Neonic testing of bedding plants at UCDAVIS

Debra Tomaszewski – Planet Bee: Citizen Bee Projects

3:00 pm - Break

3:20 pm - Margaret Lombard:  Labeling issues and guidelines for Honey - 20 minutes with 10 minutes question and answer

Margaret Lombard, CEO, National Honey Board

3:50 pm - Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announced

4:15 pm - Closing


Vendor & Informational Booths

To register for a booth at the 2017 Bee Symposium, please fill out the Vendor Registration Form and send to Liz Luu at luu@caes.ucdavis.edu

Spaces are limited and reserved for pollinator-related businesses, bee clubs, and UC Davis groups only. Table registration does not include a pass to the event.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, April 16, 2017.


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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