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Give Bees a Chance

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Give Bees a Chance! How can we help bees and feed the world?

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 it help if we make our gardens more welcoming to pollinators? 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 panel will address these questions and others from the audience, to set out the steps we can all take to give bees a better chance.

Professor Dave Goulson, Sussex University,is the author of several popular books about bees, including the Garden Jungle. He is founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

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.

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 a video: ‘Improving flowers to help feed the world’, about their research.

Other panel members TBC .


Howard Griffiths, Co-Chair of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC , Professor of Plant Ecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

An #AnnualFoodAgenda event, organised by the University of Cambridge, Cambridge Global Food Security IRC and CambPlants Hub, powered by EIT Food, supported by the EIT , a body of the European Union.

This talk is part of the Annual Food Agenda series.

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