Bees at the Local

Science at the Local’s 2020 webinar series continues with two bee-themed events in the coming weeks. On 5 July, Associate Professor Tanya Latty from the University of Sydney will be speaking about bees, ants and swarm intelligence. On 12 July, Dr Nural Cokcetin from the University of Technology Sydney will talk about the healing properties of honey.

“I don’t think there’s ever been more interest in bees,” said co-founder Hamish Clarke, who also gave a webinar on bushfires as part of the series last month. “It’s great to be able to address the topic from a few angles.”

Associate Professor Latty is an entomologist with a special interest in insect behaviour and ecology, gaining her PhD at the University of Calgary in Canada. Her work involves collaborations in a broad range of fields including mathematics, computer science, forestry and operations research. Along with collective intelligence and swarm behaviour, she is also interested in Australian native bees and pest management.

Dr Cokcetin is a postdoctoral researcher at the ithree institute (Infection, Immunity and Innovation) at UTS. Her research interest is in understanding how bacteria cause infections and disease and finding new approaches to slow down the rise of antimicrobial resistance.

“My expertise is in the medicinal properties of honey – a potent killer of bacteria – and its potential as a novel, cheap and accessible solution for the treatment of infections,” Dr Cokcetin said.

“Now that we’ve got the first few webinars under our belt, we’re busy lining up the rest of the speakers we’d originally locked in for our 2020 program,” said co-founder Kevin Joseph. “Stay tuned!”

Both talks are free and at 2:30pm. To register, go to

Science at the Local is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government as part of its year-round engagement initiative.