2018 Bee Symposium

May 31, 2017
A day long event discussing bee health and exploring best management practices help sustain the bee population for the future.

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Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Location: UC Davis Conference Center

Cost: $85 (General), $25 (Students)

Our fourth annual Bee Symposium: Keeping Bees Healthy will be hosted at the UC Davis Conference Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018. 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 Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University.


 2018 Lead Speaker


8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

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

Neal Williams, Professor, Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

9:15 a.m. Darwinian Beekeeping

Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

10:15 a.m. The Evolution and Chemical Ecology of Orchid Bees

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

10:45 a.m. Break

(Graduate Student Posters Available for Viewing)

11:00 am Understanding the Nuances of Honey: An Educational Tasting

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

12:00 p.m. Master Beekeeper Program

Honoring our Apprentice Level Master Beekeepers—Pin Ceremony

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

12:30 p.m. Lunch

Graduate Student Poster Presentations

Educational Exhibits

2:00 p.m. Project Apis m. Helping Bees from the Laboratory to the Landscape

Danielle Downey, Executive Director, Project Apis m.

2:45 p.m. Designing Bee-Friendly Gardens

Kate Frey;  Ecological Garden Designer and Consultant, Columnist, and co-author with Gretchen LeBuhn of The Bee-Friendly Garden Hopland, CA

3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:45 p.m. Lightning Round

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

Plant Attractiveness to Bees

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

Exposing the World of Instrumental Insemination

Bernardo Niño, Head of Research and Development, UBEES Inc.

Women in Beekeeping: Past Accomplishments and Future Pathways

Sharon Schmidt, Director, Cascade Girl Organization, Oregon Honey Festival

Top Bar Beekeeping

Cheryl Veretto, Master Beekeeper (Apprentice Level)

The Effects of Pesticides on Bee Behavior and Survival

Simone Tosi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, UC San Diego

Getting a Head Start: Early Growth is Essential for Bumblebee Colony Success

Rosemary Malfi, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Entomology, UC Davis

4:45 p.m. Winners of the Graduate Student Poster Competition Announced

5:00 p.m. Close

Reception to Follow in the Haagen Dazs Honey Bee Haven (weather permitting)

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 February 12, 2018.

Topics: Pollinator-related research


Posters should be hung at their assigned spot by 8:15am. 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


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 February 12, 2018.

No posters accepted after this date!

Past events

Take a look at our previous Bee Symposium events:

2017 Bee Symposium

2016 Bee Symposium

2015 Bee Symposium


"As a new beehive owner I thought the information presented was fascinating and presented in a very efficient manner. I loved every aspect of the presentations!"

"Nice to get science, there is a lot of fuzzy thinking out there."

"Thank you for a well-organized, thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking day." 



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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