Workshop on Colony Vitality at Wageningen June 30 - July 1, 2011

Dear colleagues

On behalf of the local organizer Sjef van der Steen, it is my great pleasure to cordially invite you to the forthcoming COLOSS workshop on colony vitality.

Knowing the Wageningen Centre myself, I am fully convinced that it will be productive and fun.

Please find further information attached.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Neumann



PRI bees@wur
J. van der Steen
P.O. Box 16
6700 AA, Wageningen
The Netherlands

tel. +31(0)317481331

Where. Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR)

When. Wageningen Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July 2011

Number of participants. maximum 28 participants

Indication costs.  € 200 (including hotel double room, welcome drink, social dinner, 2 lunches and coffee/tea, exclusive travel costs)

Reimbursement. Only travelling costs

Sharing knowledge about vitality parameters of honeybee colonies e.g. mean hemolymph proteins, vitellogenin, SHP, physiological parameters e.g. ovary and fat body development. This in order to make a start establishing parameters and evaluating the impact of parasites, diseases, foraging conditions (environment) and insecticides on colony vitality.

Relationship to other activities: establishment and validation of methods to assess honey bee vitality and health at individual and colony level. Development of a “toolkit” to determine the colony vitality as result of parasite infestation, feed / environment, diseases, (chronic) exposure to pesticides

Relationship to objectives: standardization of colony vitality parameters 

The workshop will focus on three themes:
Theme 1. Assessing vitality of individual honeybee workers
Theme 2. Assessing vitality of a honeybee colony
Theme 3. Factors underlying vitality of a honeybee colony 

Presentations. 30 minutes (20 minute talk plus 10 minutes discussion)

Number of talks and posters: Maximum 16 talks in total.

Draft program
Wednesday 29 June 2011
Arrival and welcome drink 20.00 h

Tuesday 30 June 2011

09.00 – 10.00 h. registration
10.00 – 11.00 h. opening workshop and plenary talk about vitality by ……..
11.00 – 12.00 h. presentations
12.00 – 13.30 h. lunch
13.30 – 15.00 h. presentations
15.00 – 15.30 h. coffee- tea break
15.30 – 17.00 h. presentations
19.00 Social dinner

Friday 1 July 2011

09.00 – 10.30 h. presentations
10.30 – 11.00 h. coffee- tea break
11.00 – 12.00 h. presentations
12 – 13.30 lunch
13.30 – 15.00 h. presentations
15.00 – 15.30 h. coffee- tea break
15.30 – 16.30 h. discussion and recommendations
16.30 – 17.00 h. end of the workshop

Because of reservations of hotel accommodation, please let me know you want to participate  on this workshop. There are only double rooms available. Therefore, let me know if you want to share a hotel room. 

pre-registration by email, due date 18 April 2011. 

Final program will follow.