Bees, Pesticides & Politics: the impact of neonicotinoids on UK bumblebees

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Bees, Pesticides & Politics: the impact of neonicotinoids on UK bumblebees

Regional Lecture

18:00 Wednesday 18th March 2015, University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth
University of Plymouth

The second Annual Plymouth Linnean Lecture will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 1800h at the University of Plymouth. This year's speaker is Prof Dave Goulson FRES FRSE of the University of Sussex. The Lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker and a drinks reception. The Lecture is open to the general public and free to attend but registration is required - further information and details of how to register will be posted on the School of Biological Sciences homepage in January.

LECTURE TITLE: “Bees, Pesticides & Politics: the impact of neonicotinoids on UK bumblebees”

LECTURE SUMMARY: There is considerable controversy surrounding the harm that neonicotinoid insecticides may be doing to bee populations. We are currently in the middle of a 2 year moratorium on their use imposed by the EU, but the British Government and National Farmers Union' are strongly opposed to this measure. Dave's lecture will describe the scientific evidence that these pesticides may be impacting on the environment, with a particular focus on bumblebees. He will also discuss wider issues surrounding ongoing biodiversity loss in farmland, and the future of farming in the UK.

Professor Dave Goulson

Professor Dave Goulson was brought up in rural Shropshire, where he developed an early obsession with wildlife. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Oxford University, followed by a doctorate on butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. Subsequently, he lectured in biology for 11 years at the University of Southampton, and it was here that he began to study bumblebees in earnest. He subsequently moved to Stirling University in 2006, and then to Sussex in 2013. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. He is the author of Bumblebees; Their Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press, and of the Sunday Times bestseller A Sting in the Tale, a popular science book about bumble bees, published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape, and now translated into German, Dutch and Danish. This was followed by A Buzz in the Meadow in 2014. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 8,000 members. He was the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Social Innovator of the Year in 2010, was given the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2013, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.