Annual Plymouth Linnean Lecture 2015
  • Lecture Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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The second Annual Plymouth Linnean Lecture will be held on Wednesday 18 March 2015. Jointly organised by the School of Biological Sciences and the Linnean Society of London, it’s a free public event and is open to all. 

This year’s invited speaker is Professor Dave Goulson FRSE FRES, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. In his talk ‘Bees, pesticides and politics: the impact of neonicotinoids on UK bumblebees’, Professor Goulson will discuss the considerable controversy surrounding the harm that neonicotinoid insecticides may be doing to bee populations. 

The UK is currently within a two year moratorium on their use, a measure imposed by the European Union but strongly opposed by the UK government and the National Farmers Union. With a particular focus on bumblebees, Professor Goulson will describe the scientific evidence that these pesticides may be impacting on the environment. He’ll also discuss wider issues surrounding ongoing biodiversity loss in farmland and the future of farming.

This is a free event but spaces are limited and booking is essential. Please book using the link above.

About the speaker

Professor Dave Goulson received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD in butterfly ecology at Oxford Brookes University. He has held academic appointments at the University of Southampton and Stirling University and moved to the University of Sussex in 2013. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. 

He is the author of the popular science book and Sunday Times bestseller ‘A Sting in the Tale’ (2013), which has been translated into German, Dutch and Danish, which was followed by ‘A Buzz In the Meadow’ (2014). He also authored the scientific text ‘Bumblebees: Their Behaviour, Ecology & Conservation’ (2010) and founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (2006), a charity that has grown to 8,000 members. He was named the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Social Innovator of the Year (2010) and given the Zoological Society of London’s Marsh Award for Conservation Biology in 2013. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.

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