Neonicotinoid conference calls for papers

SCI has called for abstracts for an conference on whether neonicotinoids are killing bees.

Offers of posters on the impact of insecticide use on pollinators and other wildlife are welcome from scientists including PhD students. Prizes will be awarded, focusing on quality of science and clarity of communication.

To enter, send a one-page abstract to with the subject line "Neonicotinoids – poster submission" by 22 July 2016.

In 2013, the European Union on the advice of the European Food Safety Authority restricted the use of certain neonicotinoid insecticides amid claims of adverse effects on pollinators and other wildlife. More recently, the UK government has called for a refocus to deliver a precautionary, hazard-based approach to pesticide use to help protect bees.

This conference will hear from experts from academia, the crop protection industry, government and regulatory agencies, in addition to beekeepers and farmers, to explore the data behind the ban, the impact of alternative control methods, and what the options are for the future, through promotion of sound scientific evidence to aid decision-making.

Confimed Speakers:

Elucidating risk of neonicotinoid exposure to bees and understanding impacts on genes through to populations by Richard Gill, Imperial College, UK:

Balancing the debate on neonicotinoids in agriculture: weighing the evidence for impacts on bees and possible consequences of their loss by Keith Walters, Imperial College London, UK

Effects in the field including the impact of alternative insect control methods by Alan Dewar, Dewar Crop Protection, UK

Three years of banning neonicotinoid insecticides based on sub-lethal effects: can we expect effects? By Tjeerd Blacquiére, Wageningen, The Netherlands

The risk of pesticide dust emission from treated seeds during seed drilling by David Nuyttens, ILVO, Belgium

A Beekeeper's perspective on the neonicotinoid ban by Norman Carreck, University of Sussex, UK

A review of the evidence base on neonicotinoids and pollinators from the point of view of the crop protection industry by Peter Campbell, Syngenta, UK.

The event is at SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS on 22 September.

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