In 2013, the European Union on the advice of the European Food Safety Authority restricted the use of certain neonicotinoid insecticides amid claims of adverse effects on pollinators and other wildlife. More recently, the UK government has called for a refocus to deliver a precautionary, hazard-based approach to pesticide use to help protect bees. This conference will hear from experts from academia, the crop protection industry, government and regulatory agencies, in addition to beekeepers and farmers, to explore the data behind the ban, the impact of alternative control methods, and what the options are for the future, through promotion of sound scientific evidence to aid decision-making.


This event is designed to appeal to academic and industrial scientists involved in all aspects of crop research and production, and ecosystem services including pollination, and other stakeholders interested in the latest developments.

Confirmed Speakers

10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.30 Chair (morning session)
Guy Smith, National Farmers Union, UK
10.40 Elucidating risk of neonicotinoid exposure to bees and understanding impacts on genes through to populations
Richard Gill, Imperial College, UK
11.05 Balancing the debate on neonicotinoids in agriculture: weighing the evidence for impacts on bees and possible consequences of their loss
Keith Walters, Imperial College London, UK
11.30 The adverse impact of the neonicotinoid seed treatment ban on crop protection in oilseed rape in the UK
Alan Dewar, Dewar Crop Protection, UK
11.55 Three years of banning neonicotinoid insecticides based on sub-lethal effects: can we expect effects?
Tjeerd Blacquiére, Wageningen, The Netherlands
12.20 Flash presentations for ‘selected’ PhD/ post-doc posters (1 slide; 1 min)
12.30 Lunch and posters
13.30 Chair (afternoon session)
Lin Field, Rothamsted Research, UK
13.40 The risk of pesticide dust emission from treated seeds during seed drilling
David Nuyttens, ILVO, Belgium
14.05 A Beekeepers perspective on the neonicotinoid ban
Norman Carreck, University of Sussex, UK
14.30 Regulatory assessment of plant protection products (pesticides): context and objectives
Anne Alix, Dow AgroSciences, UK
14.55 Bee Safety of Neonicotinoids: Evidence from studies conducted under realistic field conditions
Christian Maus, Bayer CropScience, Germany
15.20 A review of the evidence base on neonicotinoids and pollinators from the point of view of the crop protection industry
Peter Campbell, Syngenta, UK
15.45 Refreshments
16.15 Panel discussion
16.55 Closing remarks and poster prizes


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Organising Committee

Len Copping, SCI/LGC Consultants
Robin Blake, SCI/CSI Europe Ltd

Delegate Fees

Standard fees

£120 . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Members and Academics
£45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Student Members
£150 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Members

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Venue Location

14/15 Belgrave Square