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!
Past BeeCon Events:
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.
Our first virtual BeeCon was attended by nearly 300 people from 19 countries, and featured Dr. Quinn McFrederick from the University of California.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Ricardo Ayala Barajas from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México joined us!
The keynote speaker was Dr. Andrew Barron, from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia who presented “What makes a good forager honey bee?”
This year’s event featured presentations by colleagues from Brock University, Western University, the Universities of Guelph, Fleming College, and the University of Toronto.