Peter NeumannPeter Neumann
Birth date: 14.12.1967, Berlin, Germany
Citizenship: German
Contact info: Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse Faculty, Unioversity of Bern, Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland,
E-mail:, Phone: ++41 (0)31 631 57 67, Fax: ++41 (0)31 323 82 27


Umhabilitation University of Bern Zoology 2007 Habilitation MLU Halle-Wittenberg Zoology 2004 PhD MLU Halle-Wittenberg Biology 1998 MSc FU Berlin Biology 1994

Current positions held

  • Foundation Vinetum Professor of Bee Health, Institute of Bee Health, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, since 01.01.2013
  • Extraordinary Professor, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, since 01.01.2013
  • Vice President of the Apimondia Scientific Commission Biology, since 30.10.2012
  • Chair & grant holder of COLOSS network (prevention of honeybee COlony LOSSes with currently >320 members in 62 countries, since 21.11.2008

Awards and Fellowships

  • Eva Crane Memorial Award 2010 IBRA (International Bee Research Association 2011)
  • Teacher of the Year 2010 (Student Association of Biology Department, University of Bern 2010)
  • Visiting Professor (University of Zagreb 2010)
  • International Visiting Fellowship (University of Western Sydney 2005)
  • Visiting Professor (Yunnan Agricultural University, since 2005)
  • Christian Wolff Award (MLU Halle-Wittenberg 2003)
  • Visiting Professor (Rhodes University, since 2003)
  • Emmy Noether Fellow (DFG 2001-2005)
  • Research Fellow (Rhodes University 1999-2001)

Research Grants

  • 25 projects with a total external funding of >3.8 Mio €.


  • 23 laboratorial and 17 field courses
  • 32 tutorials, three lectures and four integrated courses (incl. lectures, seminars, field excursions and laboratory in genetics, molecular ecology, ecology, evolutionary biology, honeybee pathology, biology and apiculture to under- and post graduate students, beekeepers and veterinarians)
  • Supervision of 38 MSc students and 12 PhD students

Research activities

Memberships in scientific organizations:
  • European Association for Bee Research (EurBee)
  • European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI)
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Bieneninstitute
Referee activity:
  • International Scientific Journals: 45 (incl. SCIENCE, Animal Behaviour, Apidologie, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Molecular Ecology, Proceedings of the Royal Society [B]); Grant Awarding Agencies: 15 (incl. AvH Foundation, ISF, NRF, NSF); External Examiner: 8 Universities (incl. University of Lausanne; Zhejiang University); External adviser: BIP project by Dr. vanEngelsdorp, EU bee health project at ICIPE Editorial Activity: Sientific Board: Apidologie (Since 2009), Journal of Apicultural Research (Since 2010), IBRA (Since 2010); Guest Editor: Ellis JD, Dietemann V, Neumann P (2013) The BEEBOOK: A Practical Approach to Experimental Honeybee Science. Volume (1). J Apic Res 51, in press. Neumann P, Carreck N (2010) Honey bee colony losses. J Apic Res 49 (1). Moritz RFA, Neumann P, Ellis JD (2008) The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): distribution, biology and control of an invasive species. J Apic Res 47 (3). Neumann P (2003) The Cape honeybee (Apis mellifera capensis): from laying workers to social parasites. Apidologie 33 (2). Research topics: Behavioral, evolutionary & molecular ecology of social insects and their pathogens with focus on honeybee pathology Current research group compostion: 2 post docs, 1 fulle time and 2 part time technicians, 2 PhD students, 4 MSc students


  • 128 Articles in international peer reviewed journals (incl. NATURE, PNAS and TREE;
  • 2408 citations, h-index 28, i10-index Google Scholar: 66 [10.04.2013])
  • 2 book chapters
  • 37 popular articles
  • 170 conference proceedings