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Give Bees a Chance!

How we can help bees and feed the world. You are invited to a free online webinar on Thursday 10 December 18.30GMT about pollinator decline, its implications for food security, and what we can do about it.  Please register here.

About This Event:

A free event organised by the University of Cambridge for Annual Food Agenda.The decline in pollinating insects is one of the most worrying symptoms of climate breakdown because much of our food production relies on them.

So, what can we do? Does making our gardens more appealing to pollinators really help? Can scientists breed more bee-friendly plants? What role can farmers and the food industry play? What about the government’s new Office for Environmental Protection?

Our expert panel will discuss these questions and others from the audience, to set out the steps we can all take to give bees a better chance.

Our Panel:

Chaired By: Professor Howard Griffiths, Dept of Plant Sciences: Howard Griffiths (Chair), Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, Professor of Plant Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.​

  • Dr Lynn Dicks, University of Cambridge: Lynn Dicks is a conservation scientist focused on insect conservation and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. She leads research at the interface between agro-ecology, policy and the food and farming industry. She is Lecturer in Animal Ecology at the University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Dave Goulson, University of Sussex: Named by BBC Wildlife as one of the ten most influential people in conservation in Britain, Dave Goulson is the author of several popular books about bees, including the Garden Jungle. He is founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and is a Professor at Sussex University.
  • Hamish Symington, University of Cambridge: Hamish Symington researches pollination and plant-pollinator interactions at the University of Cambridge, testing bumblebees' responses to flowers. In 2019 he and fellow PhD student Jake Moscrop were awarded funding by EIT Food to make this video: 'Improving flowers to help feed the world', about their research.
  • Tom Clarke, farmer, Ely, Cambridgeshire: Tom Clarke is an ‘accidental fourth generation farmer’. He helped set up the Ely Nature Friendly Farming Zone in partnership with the RSPB and has a range of pollen and nectar plots across his farm.

An #AnnualFoodAgenda event, organised by the University of Cambridge, Department of Plant Sciences with CambPlants Hub, powered by EIT Food, supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.


Thursday, 10 December, 2020 - 18:30