Second International Symposium

on Orchid Bees


La Gamba, Costa Rica, April 4 to 7, 2018

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  • +++ January 30, 2017 +++

    Dear colleagues,

    We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Symposium on the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Orchid Bees to be held in La Gamba Biological Station near Golfito Costa Rica in April 4 to 7, 2018!

    The first symposium in 2014 was a great success (see old Symposium web site) and we are now organizing the second installment in 2018. As before, the meeting will provide an outstanding opportunity to bring together scientists interested in diverse aspects of the biology of euglossine bees, including chemical ecology, sensory biology, sociobiology, pollination biology, community ecology, systematics, and conservation biology.

    The symposium will again take place at the La Gamba research station and will have an informal format to promote discussions and enhance interactions among participants. There will be a limited number of talks, field exhibitions, and organized hikes. We will host scientists from different nationalities with diverse backgrounds, hopefully bringing together a substantial part of the active euglossine research community, including students new to the field as well as seasoned euglossiologists. Due to the limited space available at the La Gamba Biological Station (max. of 35 people), registrations will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. Confirmed participants in 2018 include Scott Armbruster, Jim Ackerman, Fabio Nascimento and Robert Paxton.

    We very much hope to see you in La Gamba in April 2018!

    Santiago Ramírez & Thomas Eltz


    RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM