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.

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.

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!



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.


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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