Abstract submission deadline of April 18 for International Pollinator Conference!

Register now for the 2016 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy!

The conference will be held at Penn State University on July 18 - 20, 2016 with an optional welcome reception on the evening of July 17th.  Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation.  The deadline to submit an abstract is April 18th.

To register and submit an abstract, use this link: 


Pollinators are essential for the health of agriculture and natural ecosystems, but there have been dramatic declines in key pollinator populations worldwide. A major theme of this year’s conference will be translating the results of recent research advances in the biology and health of pollinators into solutions that can be applied to conserve and expand pollinator populations. Symposium speakers from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia will cover a range of topics in pollinator research, from genomics to ecology, and their application to land use and management, breeding of managed bees, and monitoring of global pollinator populations.  Recent initiatives in policy, education, and extension will also be highlighted.  The conference schedule can be found on the website or attached to this email.

Note that on Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Xerces Society will sponsor a Pollinator Conservation Short Course at Penn State University in association with this conference.  Information about this short course and registration is also available on the conference website.

You can view the full agenda here: 2016 Pollinator Conference Agenda

Agenda at a glance:

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Xerces Short Course, Ag Sciences and Industry Building, Penn State University
Evening Reception, Nittany Lion Inn 


Monday, July 18, 2016

Keynote: Rachael Winfree, Rutgers

Symposium 1:  Epidemiology and Modeling of Global Pollinator Populations
Co-moderators: Christina Grozinger and Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Dennis vanEngelsdorp, University of Maryland
Marina Meixner, Bieneninstitut Kirchhain, Germany
Andrew Barron, Macquarie University, Australia
Robyn Rose, USDA-APHIS

Symposium 2: Bees, Landscapes and Ecosystem Services
Co-moderators: Shelby Fleischer and Rachael Winfree
Taylor Ricketts, University of Vermont
Luisa Carvalheiro, University of Brasilia
Dan Cariveau, University of Minnesota
Lucy King, Save the Elephants, Kenya
Zac Browning, American Beekeeping Federation


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keynote: Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA-NIFA

Symposium 3:  Nutrition and Habitat
Co-moderators: Neil Williams and Marla Spivak
Amy Toth, Iowa State University
Hollis Woodard, University of California, Riverside
Claire Carvell, Center for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford
Matthew Smart, USGS

Symposium 4:  Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management
Co-moderators: Ed Rajotte and Rufus Isaacs
Ed Rajotte, Penn State University
Gabrielle Ludwig, California Almond Board
Matt Rogers, Whole Foods
Dan Potter, University of Kentucky
Guy Smagghe, Ghent University

Evening Poster Session


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Keynote: Gene Robinson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Symposium 5:  Molecular Tools and Managing Pollinator Populations
Co-moderators: Shalene Jha and Elina Lastro Nino
Mark Brown, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Seth Barribeau, East Carolina University
Jackie Park-Burris, Queen Producers, California
Amro Zayed, York University
Margarita Lopez-Uribe, North Carolina State University

Symposium 6:  Education and Outreach
Co-moderators: Vicki Wojcik and Katharina Ullman
Dino Martins, Mpala Research Centre
Vicki Wojcik, NAPPC
Katharina Ullman, Xerces
Constance Schmotzer, Penn State University
Holly Holt, Monarch Joint Venture