Going Native – the Potential of the Black Bee (SICAMM Conference)

‘Going Native – the Potential of the Black Bee’

KEY Speaker – Professor Thomas Seeley, Cornell University, USA

KEY Speaker – Andrew Abrahams, Colonsay Island, Scotland

KEY Speaker – Raffaele Dall’Olio, University of Bologna, Italy

Organised and hosted by The Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) – http://nihbs.org/

SICAMM is the international association for the protection of the European dark bee – http://sicamm.org/



Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 F9T3

Email: info@athlonespringshotel.com

Website: https://www.athlonespringshotel.com/  

Athlone is in the centre of Ireland – for some of the many local attractions https://www.athlone.ie/


Preliminary details:-

Presentations will generally be for 30 minutes (except for key speakers) – abstracts must be sent in advance.  For students or those who do not wish to present in English, Posters can be displayed.

As well as the conference talks, we will have excursions to see Native Irish Black Bees including the famous Galtees, a workshop on DNA testing and a practical demonstration of the ancient art of Skep making.

There will be a Céad Míle Fáilte (an Irish greeting meaning ‘A hundred thousand welcomes’) for everyone at our traditional ‘Céilí’ evening, and opportunities to chat and mingle during the conference dinner or Poster presentation on another evening.

Sicamm Conference Athlone postponed until September 2021


03 - 05 Sep 2021


All Day


Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland




  • Thomas Seeley
    Thomas Seeley
    Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University

    Prof Thomas D Seeley’s scientific research into the behaviour and social life of honeybees has given the world of beekeeping invaluable impulses for better sustainable practice. Through his groundbreaking work documented in Honeybee Democracy and Following the Wild Bees our understanding of bee behaviour and biology has been greatly enriched. Consequently Thomas Seeley has become the “patron saint” of beekeepers looking for bee-centered and sustainable approaches.

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