Registration and abstract submission open for 2016 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Online registration and abstract submission are now open for the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy.  The conference will be held from July 18 – 20, 2016 at Penn State’s campus in University Park, PA.  The conference website is at: http://agsci.psu.edu/pollinator-conference

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.  A full agenda including the list of invited speakers and symposia organizers is available on the conference website.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are due on April 18, 2016.  Individuals will be notified if their abstract is selected for oral or poster presentations by May 13, 2016.  The early registration deadline to received discounted registration costs is June 17, 2016.

The conference will begin in the evening of July 17, 2016 with a welcome reception, and proceeded earlier in the day by a Pollinator Conservation Short Course hosted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Please contact Jillian Vento (jillian.vento@xerces.org)for more information.   

For more information about the conference, please contact the conference organizers, Christina Grozinger (Penn State), Shelby Fleischer (Penn State), Neal Williams (UC Davis) and Rufus Isaacs (Michigan State University).  For conference logistic and registration questions, contact Kim Swistock (kar3@psu.edu).

The organizers are grateful for the sponsorship of the following groups: Wyman's of Maine, Ernst Conservation Seeds, Almond Board of California, Syngenta, American Honey Producers Association, American Beekeeping Federation, California State Beekeepers Association, as well as UC Davis' Department of Entomology and Nematology, Bee Biology Group, and Honey and Pollination Center.  The conference is also supported by generous funding from Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Entomology, and Center for Pollinator Research.  For inquiries regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kim Swistock (kar3@psu.edu).

The conference agenda, online registration and online abstract submission can be accessed using this link: http://agsci.psu.edu/pollinator-conference