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Dates: 09 – 13 October 2017

Venue:  INEED

1 rue Marc Seguin

F-26300 Alixan, France


The Hive of Science for Bees is a 4-day international workshop designed by the Rovaltain Foundation to address the multifactorial aspects of pollinator decline. Several causes have been cited to explain the erosion of pollinating insect populations, including parasitism, malnutrition, loss of habitats, and chemical or climatic causes. However, it is still unknown how these different factors combine and interact in the observed erosion of pollinating insect populations. To encompass the multifactorial aspects of the issue, it is thus crucial to address it in a synergistic way through the consideration of complementary approaches.


This is the goal of the Hive of Science for Bees. During 4 days, 10 worldwide-renowned experts and 10 young researchers with complementary backgrounds and expertise will gather to present their work, debate the effects of combined pressures on bee and pollinator insect decline, and propose avenues for future research. The output of the Hive of Science for Bees will consist of a blueprint summarizing present knowledge about the role of combined stresses on pollinator insects decline, and will represent the basis for the “Save the Bees” research funding programme of the Rovaltain Foundation.


The Hive of Science for Bees will start on Monday October 9th at 2 pm and finish on Friday October 13th at noon.

On Saturday, a field trip to the Regional Natural Park of the Baronnies Provençales, will be organized. Straddling between the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regions the Regional Natural Park of the Baronnies Provençales is at the crossroads of Alpine and Provençal influences. This exceptional rural spot, with its unspoiled nature, is recognized nationally for its rich terroir, its unique landscapes, its architectural heritage and emblematic agriculture (apricot, apple, cherry, olive, linden, lavender, thyme, rosemary ...) as well as its remarkable geology and biodiversity. For more information, visit the Regional Natural Park of the Baronnies Provençales website.


Participants will interact in English, and hence knowledge of English language is a prerequisite to participation.


Renowned experts will be participating in the Hive of Sciences for Bees. Among them:

Maria Bouga,

Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology of Athens University (Greece),

Peter Neumann,

Institute of Bee Health of Switzerland

Yves Le Conte,

INRA Bee and Environment lab of Avignon (France)

Robin FA Moritz,

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)

Monique Boily

Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)


Bertrand Schatz,

Center of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology, National Center of Scientific Research (France)


Andres Arce,

Imperial College London (United Kingdom)


Jean-Marc Bonmatin,

Center for Molecular Biophysics,, National Center of Scientific Research (France)


Magali Proffit,

Center of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology, National Center of Scientific Research (France)



Ten candidates were selected via the call for participation. They come from all over the world and cover different aspects of the pollinator decline problematic:


• Alexis Beaurepaire, INRA (France)

• Alison Mc Afee, Leonard Foster’s lab, University of British Columbia (Canada

• Belen Branchiccela, Honey Bee Health group, Microbiology Department, Institute for Biological Research Clemente Estable (Uruguay)

• Gela Alemayehu, Holeta Bee Research Centre, Department of bee health protection (Ethiopia)

• Igor Medici, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

• Marko Stoić, University of Tsukuba (Japan)

• Paula Melisa Garrido, National University of Mar del Plata - Scientific and Technical Research Council (Argentina).

• Pauleen Younger, University of Tokyo (Japan).

• Siobhan Maderson, Aberystwyth University (UK)

• Yang Ming-Xian, Sichuan Agricultural University (China)



This programme is supported by :

Copyright Fondation Rovaltain 2017

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