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      Public Lecture: The hard life of the honey bee forager in Sheffield

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      August 28, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      The University of Sheffield , 32 Leavygreave Road
      Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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      Public Lecture: The hard life of the honey bee forager

      The Brains on Board research project is pleased to invite you to attend this public lecture, delivered by Dr Andrew Barron. All of a bee hive’s productivity depends on the efforts of its forager bees.  Foraging for pollen and nectar has always been an energetically demanding and cognitively challenging task, but human-induced changes to the environment are making this job even more difficult for forager bees. This lecture uses data gathered with state-of-the-art microsensors that track the activity of forager bees to describe just how hard forager bees work.  New experiments analyse how pesticide residues in the environment affect foraging efficiency, and the consequences of compromised foraging efficiency for colony productivity. Andrew Barron is an Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney.  He is also a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at The University of Sheffield, and an academic collaborator on the Brains on Board project.  Andrew has studied honey bee behaviour and neurobiology for 20 years, focusing on fundamental mechanisms of cognition, learning and social behaviour, and how current environmental stressors are impacting honey bee health. This lecture will take place at The University of Sheffield, in Lecture Theatre 1 of The Diamond, and is open to members of the public. The talk is free to attend, but please ensure you register here to guarantee your place. For anyone unfamiliar with the campus, travel advice and campus maps can be found via the following link: The nearest Supertram stop to the Diamond Building is the 'University of Sheffield' stop.  The nearest large car park is the Rockingham Street Q Park. This lecture was made possible by the kind support of the Leverhulme Trust and the EPSRC (grant ref: EP/P006094/1)

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