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York U to host third Southern Ontario Bee Researchers Symposium

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2014 – York University will play host to the third Southern Ontario Bee Researchers Symposium on August 29, 2014. The event, dubbed “BeeCon” by its organizers, is free and provides an opportunity for local melittologists and students to network. Presentations will cover a wide range of bee-related topics, with many of this year’s talks focusing on bee behavior and conservation.

Highlights of the symposium include:

10am – “Conserving the buzz: Updates on a policy and ENGO approach to at-risk pollinator conservation” with Sheila R. Colla and Victoria MacPhail

10:45am – “Barcoding the bees of the world – Progress and prognosis” with York U Professor Laurence Packer

12:30pm – Optional tour of the York U bee collection, 345 Lumbers Building (#20 on map)

2pm – “Evolution of buzz pollination in bees” with Sophie Cardinal

2:45pm – “What can population genomics tell us about the evolution of sociality in insects?” with York U Professor Amro Zayed

Click here for the full program of speakers

What: Third Southern Ontario Bee Researchers Symposium
Where: TEL Building, Room 0007, York University, Keele campus (#39 on map)
When: Friday, Aug. 29, 9:30am to 5:30pm

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Media Contact: Robin Heron, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22097/ rheron@yorku.ca