Experts gather to debate risk assessment and bees

International experts on bee health are gathering in Parma, Italy, this week to debate the most recent findings surrounding the risk assessment of multiple stressors in bees. Following the opening plenary session and keynote speeches, the meeting will divide into discussion groups to look in detail at four themes: tools and challenges for the protection of bees and pollination services; monitoring bee populations and stressors; testing and assessing stressors in bees; and holistic approaches to the risk assessment of stressors in bees. The results of the colloquium will assist the work of EFSA’s internal task force on bees, which was set up to identify cross-cutting issues, gaps in knowledge and research needs in the area of risk assessment and bees.