SICAMM conference 2020

SICAMM conference 2020

04 - 06Sep2020

Going Native-The Potential of the Black Bee

At Athlone


The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) is an all-Ireland association whose main objectives are to promote the conservation, study, improvement and reintroduction of the Native Irish Honey Bee (Apis mellifera mellifera), also known as the Black Bee, throughout the island of Ireland.

This year NIHBS are proud to host the 2020 International Black Bee Conference on behalf of SICAMM - the International Association for the Protection of the European Dark Bee.

The conference will feature speakers from home and abroad, including:

·         Professor Tom Seeley - World authority on honey bees, Cornell University

·         Andrew Abrahams - Master Beekeeper & Scottish Native Bee Breeder, Colonsay, Scotland

·         Raffaelle Dall’Olio - BeeSources Beekeeping Consultancy (Bologna, Italy)

The conference dates are 4th to 6th September in Athlone - see online booking and payment details here:

The conference starts 9.00 am, Friday 4th until Sunday lunchtime, followed by excursions to visit native black bee apiaries, Sunday afternoon and Monday

Full schedule of presentations will be available on the NIHBS website

Conference and meals Booking: Advance booking strongly recommended!  Generous 50% early discount applies if booked before 30th June 2020.  To book and pay online -

On-site registration from 8.00 a.m. each day BUT note that payment after 30th June and on the day will cost 50% more, so please save time/money and book early.  

Accommodation Booking: Contact Athlone Springs hotel directly +353 (0)90 644 4444 and quote NIHBS for special B&B rates, if booked before 30th June 2020, otherwise see

For a list of some other local accommodation - see SICAMM tab on our website.

For more about Athlone - places to stay and things to do:

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