We need more research. It’s the familiar cry of the scientist – and with good reason. But what kind of research do we need? And how can we make best use of the research we already have? These are two of the questions we’ll be wrestling with here in Parma next week when EFSA hosts a scientific workshop to discuss research priorities in the area of bee health and pollination.
We’ll be brainstorming research topics that could be funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and support EFSA’s work on bee health, particularly the MUST-B project. We’ll also be exploring ways of working more closely with each other in Europe and avoiding duplication of resources and work.
Round the table will be representatives of the European Commission’s directorate-generals for Agriculture, Health and Food Safety, and Research and Innovation; members of bee research projects funded by the European Commission, such as Smartbees, Swarmonitor and Alarm; and colleagues from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Animal Health World Organisation, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Protecting our pollinators is key to maintaining a secure, sustainable food chain, which is why bee health is a priority for the EU. And why we need more research...
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Tobin Robinson is head of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks Unit.