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BeeCon - Southern Ontario Bee Researchers' Symposium

Affectionately known as BeeCon, this FREE, annual event has been organized and hosted by York University researchers since 2010 (except for 2011 and 2013, when none were held). The Centre for Bee Ecology, Evolution and Conservation is now the host. 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 other researchers on an international scale!

BeeCon will once again run in 2024 as part of a two-day hybrid event. Thursday, October 17, 2024 will be a virtual-only event hosted on Zoom, while Friday, October 18, 2024 will be both virtual and in-person, hosted at York University in Toronto, Ontario. View the conference page here.

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There was no cost to register thanks to our sponsors: the Faculties of Science and Environmental and Urban Change and the Office of the VPRI.

Please note that this event was intended to be for researchers actively involved in a field related to bees.


Want to view recordings of our past BeeCon or BEEc events? Check out our YouTube channel for recordings from bee researchers across the globe!

Past BeeCon Events:

BeeCon 2023 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Kevin Matteson

In October 2023 we once again held a hybrid event with one day of virtual talks, and one day of in-person talks. We had registrants attending from all over the globe. Find out more on the conference website

BeeCon 2022 - a Return to Campus

With COVID restrictions easing, in October 2022 we held a hybrid event, with one day of virtual talks and one day of in-person talks. Over 400 people attended in total across both platforms. Find out more at the conference website.

BeeCon 2021 presentations

BeeCon 2021 - Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Shalene Jha!

We welcomed bee researchers and interested community members from 25 countries for BeeCon 2021 and expanded the conference into a day and a half to allow for even more researchers to present their work. Find out more about this event & watch recorded talks on the conference website.

BeeCon 2020

BeeCon 2020 on camera attendees

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

See the conference website

BeeCon 2019

BeeCon 2019 attendees

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

See the conference website

BeeCon 2018

BeeCon 2018 attendees

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

Read about it in this YFile story

See the program here

BeeCon 2017

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

Read about it in this YFile story

See the program here

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.

Read about it in this YFile story

See the program here

BeeCon 2015

21 researchers from across Southern Ontario gathered to discuss bees for the fourth in what is now an annual conference!

See the program here

BeeCon 2014

After a skipped year in 2012, BeeCon returned for the third time. Sophie Cardinal joined us to speak on the "Evolution of buzz pollination in bees". There was also a tour of the Packer Lab Insect Collection.

See the program here

BeeCon 2012

After a skipped year in 2011, BeeCon returned for a second time. The goal was to provide a friendly environment for graduate students to present current research from any point in their degree.

See the program here

BeeCon 2010

The very first BeeCon, or "Southern Ontario Universities Bee Researchers Symposium", was organized by students in Dr. Laurence Packer's lab at York University in 2010. They invited fellow students in the bee research field from other universities in Southern Ontario, and a tradition was started.

Do you have a copy of the program? We think it was a trifold brochure. Perhaps you know the date it was held? Let us know if you have more details on this conference.

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