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North of England Beekeepers 60th Convention

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Date: Saturday, 01 April 2017

Venue: The Beacon  |  City: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

  • It’s our 60th Northern Beekeepers’ Convention and we have a stellar cast of international speakers, to inform, inspire and entertain

    We will be celebrating this milestone by recognising special beekeepers from our region. Local associations have been invited to nominate their outstanding members for one of three awards worth £100. The awards will be presented by our friend and supporter Professor Geraldine Wright, who is also giving the opening and closing addresses.

  • The full programme can be downloaded using the attachment link below.
  • Registration is now open for our 2017 convention on 1 April.

    Tickets are available for £28 for a whole day packed full of beekeeping lectures.

    We are happy to announce that we now offer half price admission for under 18s booking at the same time as a full price admission!

    This year's convention will include a display on beekeeping past, present and future in the region. If you have any relevant content/archives which you think our delegates may find interesting, please contact


    Our 2017 Speakers are:

  • Prof Jurgen Tautz
    One of the world’s leading bee scientists and winner of many awards for communicating with the public about his work. Jurgen developed HOBOS - Honeybee Online Studies - with live images from deep inside beehives. He will talk to use about what we can learn from bees

    John Hobrough
    John will entertain us recounting memories covering 60 years of beekeeping in the region. How was beekeeping different back in the days when the Northern Convention was first convened. An eminent scientist and lifelong beekeeper, John argues that the knowledge of older beekeepers can provide useful empirical data which gives insight into the effect of climate change and agricultural practice on our bees.

    Philip McCabe
    Philip is the current President of Apimondia, the world beekeeping body. His major concerns are stopping the global decline in our bee population, the overuse of chemicals and developing beekeeping enterprises to fight poverty in poor countries.

    Prof Robert Paxton
    Robert is head of a group studying bee biology and their parasites at the University of Halle, in Germany. Using his latest ongoing research, he explores how much deformed wing virus is responsible for the increased demise of colonies over winter.

    Dan Basterfield
    Dan runs a family commercial beekeeping business and teaches for the BBKA. Famed for knowing how to “read bees”, he explains how better observation will help us to understand and predict what our colonies are going to do next


The Beacon, Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
United Kingdom




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Dates: Saturday, 01 April 2017