EurBee 8, Ghent 2018

EurBee 8, Ghent 2018

Eurbee 8

EurBee Congress of Apidology
Ghent, Belgium
September 18-20

As President of EurBee and local organizer of the 8thEurBee Congress of Apidology, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Eva Crane Trust for supporting our congress. EurBee has become the primary event for researchers studying different aspects of wild and managed bees, and how they respond to environmental changes, to address problems with species conservation, pollination services, beekeeping management and colony losses. Experts from all over Europe and far beyond, have come to Ghent from September 18-20, 2018, to exchange recent advancements and ideas that emerge from basic and applied research.

We were particularly pleased with the program that we could offer with six invited talks, 160 selected talks and 210 poster presentations on wide variety of themes related to honeybees and wild bees. Altogether: three parallel sessions, in the morning supplemented with a thematic symposium, ran simultaneously.

Needless to say that at a time when the ban on plant protection products is the subject of debate at all levels, we could offer strong sessions on ecotoxicology. However, for the first time ever, the program provides also sessions devoted to the theme ‘resilience of the honeybee’ and here too, the selection of oral presentations was particularly interesting. With 425 participants from 47 countries this edition of EurBee was one of the most attended.

Report by Prof. Dr. Dirk de Graaf

Honeybee Valley, Ghent University, Belgium

Picture above taken after the Opening Ceremony at the Aula Academica of Ghent University in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs. Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture. ©Honeybee Valley