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Lecture Programme 2016

Quick links: Main Programme, Beginners Programme, Bee Craft Programme.

All last years main lectures can be viewed on YouTube from Lecture Videos.

There is no booking for lectures, seats are available on a first come first served bases.

Please be aware that National Honey Show Members and those with a daily admission ticket can attend lectures and book into Workshops.

NEW - A printable version of the full programme in a timeline format can be Downloaded Here [265KB PDF]

Thursday 27 October 2016

Equus Suite

9:00 Doors Open

9:30 Sue Cobey - Queen Genetics and Keeping Breeding Lines Pure. Sponsored by Root Candles

11:30 Dave Tarpy - Colony Collapse Disorder - An American Perspective. Sponsored by Bee Culture

14:00 National Honey Show AGM and Annual Meeting of the National Council

14:30 Sue Cobey - Local Breeding Programmes - How to Ensure Success. Sponsored by BIBBA

16:00 Dave Tarpy - SHB Dealing With Them for Over 15 Years. Sponsored by BB Wear

Friday 28 October 2016

Equus Suite

9:00 Doors Open

9:30 Dave Tarpy - Young Regality: A Day in the Life of a Young Honey Bee Queen. Sponsored by The Central Association

11:30 Phil McCabe - Can Science Save our Bees - The Role of Apimondia. Sponsored by Bee Farmers

13:30 Bee Farmers - The BFA Apprentices - How we came to Bee! Sponsored by B J Sherriff

15:30 Sue Cobey - The New World Carnolian Project. Sponsored by E H Thorne

Saturday 29 October 2016

Equus Suite

9:00 Doors Open

9:30 Phil McCabe - Can Science Save our Bees - The Role of Apimondia. Sponsored by E H Thorne

11.30 Dave Tarpy - The Biology of the Honey Bee Nutrition and What it Means to the Beekeeper. Sponsored by BBKA

13:00 Brigit Strawbridge - The Bee Team: why size matters and pollinator diversity is so important. The Jean Blaxland Memorial Lecture, sponsored by Mr R Blaxland

14:30 Susan Cobey - Instrumental Insemination, the History, Techniques and Future Possibilities. Sponsored by Northern Bee Books

15:35 Presentation of Trophies and Awards

17:00 Show Closes

Lecture Programme for Beginners

Saturday 29th October 2016

Sandown View A

9:30 Bob Smith - Tasks Throughout the Year

11:00 Phil McAnespie - Swarms and Swarm Control

13:00 Eleanor Attridge - Common Bee Pests, Diseases and Disorders

14:30 Iain Judge - Products of the Hive

Beginners who have enjoyed these lectures in the past, may wish to enrol for Workshops, where the topics are covered in more detail.

Bee Craft Research Lectures

Friday 28 October 2016

Sandown View A

10:00 – 11:00 Honey monitoring - Amr Sufian (Univ of Liverpool)

11:15 – 12:15 Integrated control of honeybee diseases - Hasan Toufailia (Univ of Sussex)

12:30 – 13:30 The influence of ozone on nectar and pollen quality - Daniel Stabler and Jeri Wright (Univ of Newcastle)

13:45 – 14:45 Practical implications of nutrition in non-Apis bees - Jordan Ryder (Harper Adams Univ)

15:00 – 16:00 Foraging preferences of honey bees - Laura Jones (National Botanic Garden of Wales)

Main Speaker Profiles

Susan Cobey, a recognized world authority on honey bee breeding and instrumental insemination, maintains the New World Carniolan Breeding Program, now in its 34th generation. She coordinates the Washington State University collaborative honey bee stock improvement program, partnering with queen producers for stock distribution. This program incorporates germplasm collected from European honey bees into domestic breeding stocks to enhance U.S. beekeeping. The WSU program also includes a germplasm repository. In addition she operates Honey Bee Insemination Service providing training, custom insemination and equipment. Her background includes managing bee research labs at Univ. of California, Davis and the Ohio State University and work at the USDA in Baton Rouge. She also worked in commercial queen production in Florida and California, where she co-founded and operated a queen production business. Her experience includes teaching specialized beekeeping courses, presentations, publications and instructional material for both scientific and public audiences, worldwide.

David Tarpy is a Professor of Entomology and the Extension Apiculturist at North Carolina State University since 2003. As Extension Apiculturist, he maintains an apiculture web site dedicated to the dissemination of information and understanding of honey bees and their management, spearheads numerous extension projects, and launched the Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) - an exciting online learning resource for knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping. His research interests focus on the biology and behavior of honey bee queens in order to better improve the overall health of queens and their colonies. Specific research projects include understanding the effect of multiple mating on colony disease resistance, using molecular methods to determine the genetic structure within honey bee colonies, and determining the regulation of reproduction at the individual and colony levels. His work has provided some of the best empirical evidence that multiple mating by queens confers multiple and significant benefits to colonies through increased genetic diversity of their nestmates, particularly through increased tolerance to numerous diseases.

Philip McCabe is the President of Apimondia having been elected at the 43rd Congress in Daejong, South Korea in September 2015. A life-long beekeeper and member of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers (FIBKA), having held the positions of executive member, Vice-President, President and Public Relations Officer, Philip brings a wealth of experience to his new position. For the past four years he held the position of President of the Apimondia Regional Commission for Europe. Through the FIBKA education system, Philip is a certified Federation Lecturer and obtained a Diploma in Apicultural Science from University College Cork. A very practical beekeeper with years of experience in our noble craft he is also a much sought after lecturer, not only in Ireland but across the world. Working with his dad, who obtained his beemasters certificate in 1926 from the Rev. J.G. Digges, he says he learned the basics from his dad and they are so relevant to this day.

Brigit Strawbridge is an amateur naturalist, wildlife gardener and bee enthusiast who writes, speaks and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of our native wild bees and the reasons for their decline. She is especially interested in the roles different species play in pollinating different flowering plants. Brigit lives in North Dorset where she and her partner, Rob, are currently working closely with Shaftesbury Town Council and residents to create a truly ‘Bee Friendly Town’. Their pollinator garden appeared recently on BBC2 Gardeners’ World.

Beginners Speaker Profiles

Eleanor Attridge, Common Bee Pests, Diseases and Disorders. Eleanor is an Irish Beekeepers and is a Certified Federation Lecturer (CFL) for the Federation of Beekeepers of Ireland (FIBKA) and the FIBKA bee-health officer. She is a member of the Co. Cork beekeepers Association and is also the apiary manager where there are up to 40 beekeepers a week at the apiary demonstrations on a Saturday. Based in East Cork she uses all poly langstroth hives She has won many prizes at the honey shows and has been the exhibitor with the top points at Fota, Clonmel and the Irish National Honey show in 2015, Fota and Irish National in 2014 as well.

Bob Smith, Tasks Throughout the Year. Bob lives in Kent with his wife Mary and keeps around 8-10 colonies, using two quite different sites. He has kept bees for over 30 years and spent 6 happy and educational years as a Seasonal Bee Inspector in Kent. Bob is now involved in beekeeper education and training, concentrating principally on providing for “Improvers”. He is a holder of the National Diploma.

Phil McAnespie, Swarms and Swarm Control. Phil resides in Ayr, Scotland with his wife Joyce. He has been keeping bees for about 30 years. Phil keeps between 8 and 12 colonies and is involved in different spheres in educating young and old about our fascinating craft. Together with two of his colleagues, he has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at a local secondary school and also with members of his local association to undertake open hive demonstrations at shows in Scotland, where members of the public are suited up and taken through a colony of bees. This has brought great pleasure to many and has been the first taste of beekeeping for a number of our present members.

Iain Judge, Products of the Hive. Iain has had an interest in bees since he was at secondary school where the monks kept bees. He has been keeping bees himself for the last 8 years in central London. Iain enjoys making many different products with both honey and wax. In 2012 he started a small Limited company selling bee related products at craft markets and through independent retailers.

Bee Craft Speaker Profiles

Amr Sufian

Amr Sufian

Amr is a Research Associate at the Centre of Intelligent Monitoring Systems in the University of Liverpool. He is involved in the research and development of optical sensors devices and monitoring systems that are applied to wide range of applications and are relevant to the food, health and power industry. He is an engineer by profession, obtained MEng in Electronics & Communication Engineering and a PhD in 2014 from the University of Liverpool. His doctoral work was in developing novel and cost effective methods for monitoring honey samples for quality and authenticity using optical and chromatic techniques. He is hoping to continue developing these novel methods so that they can become a tool for monitoring honey in remote locations and also for monitoring other conditions important for the beekeeping industry.

Hasan Toufailia

Hasan Toufailia

Hasan comes from Syria originally, where he was an assistant lecturer in the Entomology Department at the University of Damascus. he obtained a grant from University of Damascus to do his Master and PhD in the UK. After he finished his Master degree on Honey bees foraging behaviour at LASI, the Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects at the University of Sussex, he began my PhD on Integrated Control of Honey Bee Diseases in Apiculture in April 2012 at the same place.

He has been carrying out a wide-ranging project called the Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Being. An important feature of the Sussex Plan is that it is focused on research of practical significance with many research topics determined in consultation with the BBKA and other beekeepers. His research comprises 11 projects in 2 main areas: 1) varroa control; 2) hygienic behaviour.

The research on varroa control shows that applying oxalic acid via sublimation is better than spraying or trickling. One treatment of 2.25 grams to a broodless hive in December or January kills 97% of the varroa, enough for one year’s management. Two treatments, at an interval of 10 days, kill 99.6%. The research on hygienic behaviour shows that varroa build up over one year is reduced by more than 50% in hygienic colonies. Hygienic colonies also had deformed wing virus levels that were more than 1000 times lower than non-hygienic colonies. In addition, hygienic behaviour can “save” a diseased colony.

Daniel Stabler

Daniel Stabler

Daniel began studying bee behaviour in 2009 in my Zoology degree at Newcastle University, where he looked at taste perception of amino acids and sugars in honeybees. He then carried on to study honeybee and bumblebee nutrition in an MRes where he investigated the ability of bees to regulate their intake of protein/amino acids and carbohydrate. In his PhD he’s been investigating the influence of ozone pollution on pollen and nectar quality, in terms of carbohydrate, amino acids, and fatty acids, and how this may influence pollinator behaviour and nutrition.

Jordan Ryder

Jordan Ryder

Jordan holds a BSc in Zoology from Hull University, and an MSc in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from Harper Adams University.
He is currently studying towards a PhD at Harper Adams, with the thesis title: "The importance of nutrition for solitary bees and bumblebees: implications for stewardship and pesticides".
Due to the nature of working with bees and with the recent moratorium I have spent time researching and becoming involved in the Neonicotinoid debate.
The main focus of the project however, is to better understand wild bees selectivity of floral resources (if selectivity is expressed) and if there are common properties that are selected for (i.e. certain amino acids). Should trends emerge I wish to investigate flight distance to nutritional value of key floral resources. This information can then in turn be used to better inform environmental stewardship options such as nectar strips, to provide key flower species flowering at sufficient spatial and temporal scales to promote and support wild bee populations.

Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Laura is a PhD researcher with the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Bangor University, investigating honeybee foraging by using pollen DNA metabarcoding. The Botanic Garden offers a study site with a hyper diverse floral resource for our hives to choose from, all set within a National Nature Reserve. DNA metabarcoding of pollen provides a powerful method for tracking floral visitation. By using this technique to characterise monthly honey samples, we can identify the plants the honey bees are visiting and compare this with our plant survey that records and maps which plants were in flower. In comparing these two data sets we can start to build a temporal and spatial picture of honeybee foraging.

Quick links: Main Programme, Beginners Programme, Bee Craft Programme.

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