About the professor

Karin Steijven (1984) studied Forest and Nature Management at Wageningen University and has specialised in pollination ecology. In Wageningen she did research, amongst others, on how flowers use colour to send signals to their pollinators en which role pollinators play in the reproduction of a tropical palm species. Karin then worked at the University of  Würzburg for four years, at the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology. She did her Ph.D. research on the effects of genetically modified crops on bees. She has amongst others also engaged herself in the ecological aspects of bee health and beekeeping.

On 15 September 2015, Karin was appointed professor Bee Health at Van Hall Larenstein. Her appointment as ‘bee broker’ derives from the action programme that was set up in 2013 in response to reports on bee mortality. She plays a central role in the network between researchers, teachers in green education, beekeepers organisations, nature conservationists and other stakeholders. Her inauguration is to take place in the fall of 2016.

Research group

Within the organisation of Van Hall Larenstein collaboration is established with other professorships, amongst others Sustainable Dairy Farming, Food, Health and Safety and Urban Agriculture as a Design Task.

The professorship has a structural collaboration with these study programmes:

  • Agribusiness and Business Administration
  • Animal Management
  • Animal Husbandry

Several people play an active role within the professorship. Together they work on the challenges the professorship has posed. An overview of some of these active co-workers:

  • Marcel Rekers - Van Hall Larenstein Leeuwarden
  • Arjen Strijkstra - Van Hall Larenstein Leeuwarden
  • Truus Rigter - Van Hall Larenstein Leeuwarden
  • Rosa Diemont - Van Hall Larenstein Velp
  • Miriam Velter - Nordwin
  • Wim van Grasstek - BD-imkers
  • Frens Pries - InHolland
  • Karin van Dueren den Hollander - HAS
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