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Dr James Sainsbury - Buzzworthy science

01 Apr 2024



Working with bees, and in local body politics means you are always at risk of being stung at some stage, but that hasn’t stopped our latest guest, apiculture scientist Dr James Sainsbury taking up the challenge. In this podcast Andrew Dare speaks to James, who specialises in honey bee health and pollination, about his interesting and diverse career so far - from working with Kaka parrots in Wellington, bumble bees in London Zoo, supporting science involving at-risk communities in Africa, along with a stint being a stay at home dad. James also has another life as councillor for the Matamata Piako District Council for the past 7 years and recently has taken up the challenge to be our podcaster at our Lincoln site. He clearly likes to be a busy man! James’s brother is comedian Tom Sainsbury and his video to support James that Andrew mentioned in this podcast, can be found here: To view our full catalogue of podcasts including extra information on some podcasts please go to our Scigest pages:


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