The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

The Eden Project’s 2nd Conference for Sustainable Beekeeping

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a Future Without Imports

From 8:30am until 5:00pm

At The Eden Project

Bodelva Cornwall PL24 2SG

B4 & BIBBA Groups SW are delighted to announce a second Sustainable Beekeeping Conference to be held in the beautiful Core Building at The Eden Project on Saturday, February 16th 2019. Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite on

Entrance to the conference will cost £18 per person for the early birds, and £22 standard. There is a concession for students. The ticket price includes a choice (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/beef) of Cornish Pasty for lunch.

Download Programme

Saturday Morning


  1. Dr Mairi Knight, Dr Jon Ellis, University of Plymouth:-Understanding honey bee genetics: a layperson’s overview. Please address any questions you want addressing on genetics to
  2. Victoria Buswell:- University of Plymouth Local adaptation in dark European honey bees: preliminary results and a request for help.
  3. Norman Carreck:- Sussex University Using whole genome sequencing to analyse the genetic diversity of the UK honey bee population.


  1. Dr Mark Barnett, Edinburgh University:- The need to conserve the Dark European honey bee.
  2. Dylan Elen, Bangor University:- Developing sustainable beekeeping in Wales, some results of initial genetic survey.
  3. Prof Grace P McCormack, National University of Ireland Galway:-Feral bees and Irish proposals for rewilding native honey bees.

Saturday Afternoon

Apiary group contributions from the South West, presenting achievements, goals, events and participation opportunities.

Chance to look at the brilliant science lab in the core building which will be running bee related events during the following week.

Chance to have a tour of The Eden Exhibition, “Plan Bee”, led by Dr Jo Elworthy (Director of Interpretation). The exhibition runs from January 26th to March 17th 2019.

“Plan Bee”, is part of the invisible worlds theme that Eden have been running and includes the .


Sunday February 17th, will be the first of 8 days when delegates of the conference will be invited to visit BIBBA group apiaries throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset – see Eventbrite page through The B4 Website as above for details and booking. Most of these apiaries’ visits carry a booking fee of £6 per person.


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