How Bees Learn from Each Other

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Prof Lars Chittka, Professor of Sensory and Behavioural Ecology at QMUL and one of the world’s foremost experts on bee behaviour, has kindly agreed to deliver a talk at LSE next week. Prof Chittka’s papers have been published in Nature, Science and other leading journals, and is regularly featured in the media (the Guardian, BBC and the New York Times, to name just a few).

This is no surprise because his research is truly fascinating. Prof Chittka and his team have variously tracked bees with radar, studied whether bumblebees have ‘personalities’ and even investigated whether caffeine boosts bees’ memories.

Next week’s talk will draw on a recent paper published in PLoS Biology, where the researchers discovered (SPOILER ALERT!) that bees can learn how to pull a string for food just by observing other bees, and can in turn pass this information to other bees in the colony. They argue that the way bees use simple mechanisms to achieve complex behaviours may help uncover the basic cognitive elements required for culture.

So join us next week to learn more about bees and their fascinating (and frankly adorable) behaviour. And maybe get some ideas on how humans can learn from each other!

Event details
Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
Venue: LSE Clement House, CLM 3.04
This is a free event, open to LSE staff and students only.

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