Merry Christmas from the Dublin beekeepers’ association

It’s that time of year again when the beekeeper’s relatives are racking their brains for bee-related presents (hint!) and beekeepers are wishing they’d kept more honey back to serve as Christmas gifts.  In no time at all it will be 2012.

After the success of the Year of the Honeybee 2011, early in 2012 we have the International Bee Health Symposium – on Saturday, on 24th March in the Citywest Hotel.  It has just been announced that the deadline for early bird registration has been extended until the 11th of January next year.  According to an email just received from the organisers:

“In a novel approach, The International Bee Health Symposium will feature roundtable discussions between beekeepers and leading scientists with the aim of transferring knowledge between the two groups, creating practical solutions to dramatically reduce colony loss.

Experts have been invited to report briefly on current advances in the field and then participate in roundtable discussions which will be facilitated by the scientists and leading beekeepers. These experts have been chosen not only for their research but also because we know they communicate this very well to beekeepers.

  • Professor Robert Paxton, (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) – Nosema
  • Professor Ingemar Fries, (University of Uppsala, Sweden) – Varroa Viruses & Foulbrood
  • Dr Romée van der Zee, (Netherlands Centre for Bee Research, NCB, Netherlands) – Colony Losses
  • Professor Francis Ratnieks, (University of Sussex, UK) – Bee Behaviour & Hygienic Behaviour
  • Speaker TBC – Veterinary Regulations of Treatments

The programme will consist of 3 state-of-the-art plenary lectures, (open to all), delivered by invited experts followed by 3 concurrent roundtable discussions led by the experts and facilitated by beekeepers and researchers. This format will be repeated in the afternoon with 3 further topics and the meeting will conclude with a short plenary discussion session.”

This idea of bringing the expert beekeepers and scientists together to address the bee health issues together seems a good one, as there is frequently a difference of opinion between the academics and practitioners.  Early bird registration costs €50.  To book, visit the website

Of course, this is just one of the beekeeping events in Dublin during 2012.  You can check out our latest calendar of events including our spring lectures and beginners’ course here.

Merry Christmas all

Simon Rees, outgoing chairperson