Review of current activities, future planning meeting

Date: 12th-14th March 2018

Location: Arusha, Tanzania


Representatives from Hub partners NM-AIST, NRI, LUANAR and FAFU met at the Mt Meru Hotel to review progress on current agricultural ecosystem projects related to management of habitat and landscape to support beneficial invertebrates and support plant diversity. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss future directions and priority areas, including increasing adoption of sustainable practices by smallholder farmers, empowering them with improved knowledge, and the transition to Farmer Research Networks.

Bee Research Strategy Development Workshop

Date: 18th-19th September 2017

Location: Duduville campus, Nairobi, Kenya


The Bee Research Strategy Development Workshop organized by the Management of ICIPE and the Environmental Health Theme upon request of the Governing Council of ICIPE was held in September 2017. The workshop was attended by 40 international participants from the UK, USA, France, Germany and all the partner countries of recent and past bee related projects implemented within Africa by ICIPE.

The main objective of the workshop was to discuss and develop priorities for bee research at ICIPE that are relevant to the continent of Africa and beyond.

The two-day workshop included presentations given by invited guests as well as scientists and students of ICIPE on the first day followed by structured discussion in four focus areas: Bee Health, Endosymbionts, Nutrition, and Pollination. On the second day, focused group discussions delivered a range of important knowledge gaps to be addressed by ICIPE in the near future.

The workshop was chaired by PD Dr Michael Lattorff (ICIPE), and Prof Simon Potts (Reading University) co-chaired the pollination focus group with Dr Kiatoko Nkoba (ICIPE). Several priority research areas were identified in the workshop which have fed directly into the SAFE hub proposal. Several participants at the workshop will take an active role in the SAFE Hub in the areas of pollination, pest regulation, sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, and socio-economics.

Ecology in Agriculture: Perspectives from India and the UK

Date: 12-13th September 2017

Location: Charles Darwin House, London

India meeting

The UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative was launched in 2015 joint meeting between the Agricultural Ecology Group of the British Ecological Society and the Society for Agroecology, India, hosted at the Centre for Pollination Studies at the University of Calcutta.  This inaugural meeting initiated collaboration between those working in Agricultural Ecology and scoped the potential for developing a UK-India Agricultural Ecology Initiative.

The 2017 event widened the scope of the collaboration beyond the founding organisations to further develop a bi-lateral platform and develop strong researcher links between India and the UK.  The two-day conference comprised four academic sessions drawing on the priority research topics identified by delegates in the 2015 meeting.  There was an exciting programme of talks from leading researchers in their fields all of which can be accessed on the Initiative website.

In workshops linked to each session, delegates identified research priorities. Delegates broke out into small groups of five or six and within these groups discussed and identified the most important questions under the topics of: Landscape scale ecology: Ecosystem services; Policy; Community engagement and participatory research.

Landscape Management and Ecosystem Service Delivery

Date: 21st-25th November 2016

Location: Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), Fuzhou, China

FAFU meeting

An international workshop with the theme of "Landscape Management and Ecosystem Service Delivery" was held at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), Fuzhou, China, from 21 - 25 November 2016. Around 60 participants from United Kingdom, Denmark, Hungary, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Vietnam, and China came to attend the meeting and present their novel ideas, opinions, and research-based findings. Within the three days of the event, the participants discussed and enhanced the exchange and communication of knowledge, expertise and experience surrounding the topic of the workshop, and addressed the gaps between fundamental researches and practical applications as well as major links between landscape management and ecosystem services. The workshop also provided a very good opportunity for the participants to explore the possibility and opportunity of developing partnership and cooperation, either at institutional or individual levels.

Pollination of flowers by insects: from ecology to chemistry and behaviour

Date: 9th-13th January 2016

Location: Kerala, India


Hosted by the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) this workshop provided intense training for 20 postgraduate students from India and the UK on concepts, applications and methods for the study of plant-pollinator relationships. In group discussions with researchers and practitioners from various disciplines the students developed impact plans for the wider dissimination of knowledge about pollination services delivered by insects in India.

Biology of Tropical Pollination: From Individuals to Networks

 Date: 19th-21st February 2013

Location: Kerala, India

Kerala meeting 2013

This 3-day symposium was funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (UK) and Department for Science and Technology (India) and organised by Hema Somanathan (IISER Trivandrum) and Natalie Hempel de Ibarra (University of Exeter). It brought together 20 scientists from India and the UK to initiate an interdisciplinary exchange with the aim to improve our current understanding of insect pollination in the tropical habitats of India and to develop new collaborative research networks.