The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment sponsors biennial conferences focusing on various environmental topics. Experts from academia, government, industry and non-governmental environmental organizations are brought together for an in-depth, interdisciplinary evaluation of the issues. Symposia are open to all students as well as the general public.

This exciting event is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Members of the public may register via Facebook (please click "Going" on the event page), or call our offices at 860-439-5417. 

25th Lear-Conant Symposium
February 25, 2017

What can we do to sustain the pollinators that sustain us?
Integral to both our food systems and natural ecosystems, the dramatic decline of our insect pollinators is cause for grave concern. 

Our symposium will explore:

  • Threats to pollinators, including: pesticides, colony collapse disorder, habitat loss & climate change

  • The value of pollinators, both to human agriculture & natural systems

  • Policy measures and small steps that ordinary citizens can take to counteract the pollinator decline