Bee Health Lunch Break: National Pollinator Week Webinar Series

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
By: Dan Schmehl, Pollinator Safety Research Scientist

Interested in the ways Bayer is supporting bee research and want to take advantage of your lunch break to learn more? Bayer’s National Pollinator Week webinar series is for you! You can access the latest research findings on a number of key colony and pollinator issues right from your home or office via three live webinars taking place June 19, June 21 and June 23, between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET. Simply register here, and together we’ll celebrate this national week dedicated to our favorite buzzy friends.

Hosted by Bee Culture and in partnership with Project Apis m., these interactive webinars will showcase innovative research aimed at making an immediate impact on honey bee colony health. Those who join in the online webcasts will enjoy presentations from some of the industry’s leading bee health researchers and the ability to participate in real-time Q&A with the researchers and experts from Project Apis m. and Bayer.

The research projects featured in the webinar series are part of the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative, a $1 million research effort to improve the health of honey bee colonies in the U.S. by the end of 2020, and include:

Stephen Martin

“Tracking the Changing Deformed Wing Virus”

Monday, June 19 from 12 – 1 p.m. ET – where Stephen Martin, Ph.D., Professor, School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester, UK, will discuss how the viral landscape is changing, how these changes are affecting U.S. honey bees and, specifically, how the Varroa mite is providing a new viral transmission route for a previously rare and largely benign virus called Deformed Wing Virus (DWV).

Julie Shapiro & Mike Smith“The Keys to Colony Success”

Wednesday, June 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. ET – where Julie Shapiro, Coalition Facilitator, Keystone Policy Center, Keystone, CO, and Mike Smith, Project Director, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), West Lafayette, IN, will discuss the Honey Bee Health Coalition (HBHC) Bee Integrated Demonstration Project showcasing the best management practices (BMPs) that help to reduce honey bee colony loss through a coordinated and collaborative effort.

“Smarter Hives, Healthier Bees”

Friday, June 23 from 12 – 1 p.m. ET – where Joseph Cazier, Ph.D. and Ed Hassler, Ph.D. of the Center for Analytics Research and Education, Appalachian State University, and James Wilkes, Ph.D., Computer Science Department, Appalachian State University, and Founder,, will discuss advancements in the use of technology-assisted data collection at the honey bee colony level to assist beekeepers in making wise hive management decisions.

Joseph Cazier, Ed Hassler & James Wilkes

Our National Pollinator Week webinar series is an extension of Bayer’s and our partners’ commitment to research, education, partnerships and stewardship to address the needs of honey bees. To register for these free webinars, click here. Replays will be available following each session here.

We hope you’ll take advantage of your lunch break to learn about new developments in bee health and join us during National Pollinator Week for three bee health webinars on June 19, June 21 and June 23!


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