CATCH THE BUZZ – Penn State Hosts International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy

The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is hosting the third International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy on July 18-20, 2016 with an optional evening welcome reception Sunday, July 17, 2016.  

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 pollinator populations.  Recent global initiatives in policy, education, and extension will also be highlighted.

This conference will bring together individuals from universities, government agencies, agrochemical companies, non-profit organizations, and several stakeholder groups to engage in a dialog about the research, management, conservation and policy approaches needed to tackle these issues.  When this conference was held in 2013, it attracted over 230 participants from 15 countries.

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 (

The conference is supported by Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research, Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences ( and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.