Associate Professor Adrian Dyer (Monash University)
Studies show that insect pollination is responsible for over 33% of food production globally. But climate change is drastically affecting insect populations.
Adrian compares the physiology of different animals to show how their visual capabilities have evolved in relation to their environment, and how this information, including data gleaned from social media combined with AI-enhanced imaging, can help develop new systems for our changing world,
He will discuss the contribution of bees to human societies since ancient times, the contribution of bees to our health and wellbeing, and the ethics of working with bees. This will include an overview of how bees are legally protected in some countries, and growing evidence that their cognitive abilities suggest legal protection should be more widespread.