Shaping the Future for Pollinators - Innovations in Farmed Landscapes

A three-day conference
at the Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor, Slough, UK

29 June - 01 July 2021

(Basis points will be applied for)


The Association of Applied Biologists (AAB) has teamed up with the Royal Entomological Society to deliver a 3-day conference “Shaping the Future for Pollinators: Innovations in Farmed Landscapes”. Pollinators play a vital role in maintaining both semi-natural and agricultural ecosystems and healthy populations bolster food security, livelihoods and social wellbeing. With evidence that many species of pollinators are in decline, their conservation and management is of great public, economic and political interest. As a result, the ecology and conservation of managed and wild pollinators is a rapidly growing field of research, alongside the study of their associated ecosystem services.

This conference aims to determine how we can shape farmed landscapes to make them resilient to future challenges such as climate change. Delegates will explore the impact of agricultural practices at the farm and landscape scale on pollinator behaviour, ecology and the delivery of ecosystem services. Talks and discussions not only to share current best practices on the sustainable management of pollination services, but explore how novel innovations can create new opportunities and address future risks. This conference aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to debate recent advancements in the field of pollinator research; and also to go beyond ecological research to explore emerging technologies within the field.

Based just 15 minutes from both London and the historic city of Windsor, delegates will be able to deepen their understanding of the topics, expand their networks, and enjoy the nearby attractions. A public ‘Myth Busting’ event will held locally to raise awareness and increase public understanding of pollinators and pollination services.

Topics will include:

  • Diverse values of pollination (food, health, economic, livelihoods, and socio-cultural benefits)
  • Innovative farm and habitat management – bridging across scales
  • Building climate resilience
  • Integrating pollination and crop protection
  • Optimising pollination services
  • Monitoring and citizen science
  • Innovations/emerging technology and new ideas
  • Drivers of change
  • Pollinator health
  • Pollinator conservation
  • Policy and national strategies

Invited speaker include:

  • Lucas Garibaldi (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina)
  • Nacho Bartomeus (Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain)
  • Claire Carvell (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK)
  • Chris Hartfield (National Farmers Union, UK)
  • Alex Klein (University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • Mark Brown (Royal Holloway University, London, UK)
  • Simon Potts (Reading University, UK) will chair the plenary session
  • Phil Stevenson (Kew Gardens and Greenwich University, UK) will speak at the public event
  • David Kleijn (Wageninger University & Research, The Netherlands) 

Authors of accepted offers will be notified by the end of October 2020 and are expected to provide an extended abstract for the conference pack by the 30 May 2021.

Food and Energy Security is pleased to be able to offer free publication of acceptable papers from this conference in a special issue. Please visit the "Call for Paper" page - visible in the navigation window on the right-hand side - for more details about call for papers and abstract submission.

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