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Fully booked IPBES Pollinator Symposium – University of Copenhagen

8 January 2018

Fully booked IPBES Pollinator Symposium


On Thursday 7 December 2017, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at UCPH, SEGES and IPBES in Denmark held the first Danish symposium focusing on wild bees, honeybees and other pollinators.

The Pollination Symposium focused on the significance of pollinators with special emphasis on conservation and management of wild bees and honeybees. The background for this is the accelerating decrease in species diversity and number of bees and other pollinators world wide – and the increasing Danish concern.

To give the participants the latest knowledge and different perspectives on the problem, the program included presentations by both international and Danish researchers, as well as a number of Danish practitioners (download presentations below).

Professor Carsten Rahbek from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and ClimateNatural History Museum of Denmark, kicked off the day with an encouraging call for cooperation in order to conserve the Danish pollinators.

Broad participation and great enthusiasm

All seats in the conference hall on Axelborg were occupied. The 120 participants included representatives from 8 municipalities, 3 relevant agencies, 13 nongovernmental organizations, 44 scientist and students, 14 consultants of agriculture and nature protection, and 23 bee-keepers. 

The aim of bringing together decision makers and the academic society was achieved with great success. 

Download materials and presentations


Introduction to the day (pdf) 
Vibeke Langer, University of Copenhagen & Anne E. Eskildsen, SEGES

Welcome speech (pdf) 
Carsten Rahbek, University of Copenhagen


Key messages from the IPBES Pollination Assessment (pdf) 
Thor Hjarsen, IPBES in Denmark

Current status and trends of wild bees in Denmark (pdf) 
Claus Rasmussen, University of Aarhus & 
Henning Bang Madsen, University of Copenhagen

Bee keeping in Denmark: current status and environmental challenges (pdf) 
Ole Kilpinen, Danish Beekeepers Association

The importance of wild bees and honey bees for crop yield and quality (pdf) 
Lise Hansted, University of Copenhagen


Keynote How much flower-rich habitat is enough for wild pollinators? (pdf) 
Lynn Dicks, University of East Anglia

Competition between honeybees and wild bees (pdf) 
Yoko Dupont, University of Aarhus

Keynote Impacts of beekeeping in agricultural landscapes (pdf) 
Lina Herbertsson, Lund University

Keynote Current knowledge of pesticide effects on pollinators (not public)
Björn Klatt, Lund University (contact:


Policy and Strategy for Honeybees in Denmark (pdf) 
Kim Holm Boesen, Ministry of Environment and Food

Pollinator initiatives in Danish state forest and nature areas in 2016 (pdf) 
Erling Krabbe, Ministry of Environment and Food

Practical examples on local pollination actions:

Keynote What works in pollinator conservation? Recommendations from the best available evidence (pdf) 
Lynn Dicks, University of East Anglia

Organised by the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at UCPH, SEGES and IPBES in Denmark