Registration Open for the International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy Hosted by The Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State

Posted: February 1, 2010

Registration is now open for the first International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Heath and Policy being hosted by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research July 24-28, 2010 at the University Park campus.

According to Christina Grozinger, associate professor of entomology and director of the center, the focus of the conference will be current research on pollinator biology and health, as well as policies related to pollinator conservation. “Pollinators are essential for both plants and animals in agricultural and natural ecosystems.” Grozinger explains. “Unfortunately, there has been a dramatic decline in both managed and native pollinator populations due to a variety of stressors, which have been highlighted by the recent reports of Colony Collapse Disorder. This conference will bring together a diverse group of experts, so we can better address these complex issues.”

 The conference will include the following symposia: Behavioral Ecology, Disease Ecology, Environmental Toxins, Conservation and Ecological Applications of Native Pollinators, and Status of Pollinators Worldwide. The keynote speaker will be Dr. May Berenbaum, Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Berenbaum is internationally recognized for both her research and conservation efforts related to pollinators, including chairing the National Research Council’s Committee on the Status Pollinators in North America in 2007.  

 The conference will take place on the Penn State University Park campus amidst the mountains of central Pennsylvania and will include interaction among the participants with group meals and evening informal receptions coupled with poster presentations. The conference is being sponsored by generous donations from Häagen-Dazs and Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters, as well as Penn State's Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences, and The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State.

 Registration is limited to 300 participants, so be sure to register early by going to web site For more information about the conference or the Center, visit website at, or contact conference organizers: Christina Grozinger, (814)-865-1895 or; Diana Cox-Foster, (814) 865-1022 or; or Ed Rajotte, (814) 863-4641 or

 The Penn State Center for Pollinator Research is devoted to the study of pollination, pollinators and pollinator management and protection. The Center combines the resources of 26 research and education programs spanning Penn State’s Departments of Entomology, Biology, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science and Landscape Architecture; the Arboretum at Penn State; the PA Department of Agriculture; and the USDA. Center activities are supported by government grants, corporate gifts, the beekeeping industry and Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.


Editors Contact:
Kristie Auman-Bauer
PA IPM Program
(814) 865-2839