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Southern Ontario Bee Researchers' Symposium

Affectionately known as BeeCon, this free, annual event has been organized and hosted by York University researchers since 2011. BeeCon began as a small, local symposium, aimed at sharing the recent findings of southern Ontario bee researchers. It has since grown tremendously, and we are thrilled to provide this unique opportunity to connect melittologists (bee biologists), industry professionals and bee enthusiasts on an international scale!

BeeCon is now hosted by the Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, check out highlights of this event below.

BeeCon Conference Recordings


Want to view more recordings? Check out our YouTube channel for recordings from bee researchers across the globe!


Previous BeeCon Events:

BeeCon 2020

Our first virtual BeeCon was attended by nearly 300 people from 19 countries, and featured Dr. Quinn McFrederick from the University of California.

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BeeCon 2019

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Ricardo Ayala Barajas from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México joined us!

Check out BeeCon 2019

BeeCon 2018

This year, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Penn State, USA, was our keynote speaker.

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BeeCon 2017

The keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Barron, from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia who presented “What makes a good forager honey bee?”

Check out the yFile

BeeCon 2016

This year’s event featured presentations by colleagues from Brock University, Western University, the Universities of Guelph, Fleming College, and the University of Toronto.

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BeeCon 2015

Welcome to the 4th Southern Ontario Bee Researchers Symposium!

Click to see the 2015 program

BeeCon 2014

Sophie Cardinal joined us to speak on the "Evolution of buzz pollination in bees"

Read the BeeCon 2014 program

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