Education: Umhabilitation in Zoology - University of Bern (2007); Habilitation in Zoology - MLU Halle-Wittenberg (2004); PhD (1998) in Molecular Ecology - MLU Halle-Wittenberg; MSc (1994) in Ecology - FU Berlin Major academic positions: Since 2013: Vinetum Professor of Bee Health, Director Institute of Bee Health - University of Bern; President COLOSS association; Extraordinary Professor - University of Pretoria; 2015-2018: Adjunct Professor - Chiang Mai University; Chair research network European honey bees surviving Varroa destructor by means of natural selection; 2014-2018: Vice Chair COST Action SUPER-B (SUstainable Pollination in Europe: joint Research on Bees and other pollinators); 2008-2013: Chair COST Action COLOSS; 2009-2012: Senior Research Scientist - Agroscope - Bern; 2009-2012: Head of Bee Pathology - Agroscope - Bern; 2006-2009: Research Scientist - Agroscope - Bern; 2005-2006: Chair reseach network Diagnosis and control of small hive beetles; 2004-2005: Professor per procurationem for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity of Animals - MLU Halle-Wittenberg; 2001-2005: Emmy Noether Fellow - MLU Halle-Wittenberg; 1999-2001: Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Rhodes University Awards and fellowships: 5 personal awards (incl. taxonomic patronym: Nosema neumanni n. sp. (Microsporidia: Nosematidae)  and 9 fellowships (incl. Academia Europea Fellow 2014);  14 awards of supervised students (best poster - best talk - distinguished thesis) Output: >70 grants with >11.0 Mio €; >250 papers in international peer-reviewed journals

The European commission publishes an official report about...

The EurBeST Pilot project “Restructuring of the honey bee chain and Varroa resistance breeding & selection programme” (Agri 2017-0346) ran from 2019 to 2021 and explored possibilities for increasing the varroa resistance of commercially available honey bees by selective breeding, and analysed ways to improve beekeepers’ access to resistant material. Analysis of the EU market…

SNF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships – transitional measure for...

Grants for young researchers who want to have an expert scientific training and to develop their academic career in Switzerland. On behalf of the federal government following Switzerland’s non-association to Horizon Europe, the SNSF has introduced a transitional measure for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual postdoctoral fellowship – the SNSF Swiss Postdoctoral Fellowships (SPF) This funding scheme will offer applicants with…

PhD in evolutionary ecology at University of Bern,...

“Evolution of mating and reproduction in an invasive beetle pest” Application deadline: 15 November 2021 A fully funded 4-year PhD position is available at the University of Bern, Institute of Bee Health, starting on 01.01.2022 (a later start is negotiable). The salary is according to the SNF, including social security contributions from the Kanton of…

Trends in Ecology & Evolution – Volume 36,...

Many different pollinators often visit the same flower, as seen in this image where a buff-tailed bumble bee (Bombus terrestris), a red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius) and a small sweat bee (Lasioglossum sp.) are sharing a plume thistle Cirsium rivulare flower.  On pages 623-636, Willem Proesmans and colleagues discuss how sharing of flowers in this way is a potential…

The neonicotinoid thiamethoxam impairs male fertility in solitary...

Abstract The ongoing loss of global biodiversity is endangering ecosystem functioning and human food security. While environmental pollutants are well known to reduce fertility, the potential effects of common neonicotinoid insecticides on insect fertility remain poorly understood. Here, we show that field-realistic neonicotinoid exposure can drastically impact male insect fertility. In the laboratory, male and…

Foundation Vinetum lecturer in wild bee health (Dozentin/Dozent)

Advertisement As of the 01.06.2021, the Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, is seeking a candidate to fulfil the following lecturer (100%) position: Foundation Vinetum lecturer in wild bee health (Dozentin/Dozent) Duties in teaching and scientific research: Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in veterinary medicine and biology Research on key factors of wild…

The Eva Crane Trust welcomes a new Trustee

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release – 27 September 2019 Eva Crane, who founded the Trust in 2002, travelled to over sixty countries in her pursuit of knowledge relating to the development of the science of beekeeping worldwide. Her many publications, especially the magnificent World History of Beekeeping and Bee Hunting (1999), reflect this international outlook.…