International Seminar Series 2017

County Cork Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce our International Seminar Series 2017

Friday March 24th to Sunday March 26th 2017 at Cork International Airport Hotel.
Dr. Marla Spivak

Dr. Marla Spivak

Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the university of Minnesota.
Recent awards include the 2015 Minnesota AgriGrowth Distinguished Service award, the 2016 Siehl Prize laureate for excellence in agriculture, and the 2016 Wings Quest Women of discovery earth award.
She got world attention with her TED talk “Why Bees are disappearing”
Marla has worked full time at commercial beekeeping for some years before completing her PhD from the university of Kansas in 1989.

Dan Basterfield

Dan Basterfield

Daniel grew up with beekeeping around him, earning pocket moneyby clipping and marking queens. Having spent 15 years working in large companies, he returned to the family beekeeping business in Devon, expanding the business and building a brand new Honey Farm.
He is a member of the Bee Farmers Association, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping, and is a BBKA Master Beekeeper and Examiner. He runs 120-140 double-brood Modified Commercial hives, migrating between various farm crops in East Devon, and raises queens for prolific, productive and healthy qualities. Outside of the beekeeping season, Daniel undertakes teaching for the BBKA and NDB, for which he has developed a number of training courses.



Full seminar series inclusive of lunch and refreshments. – €60;

Saturday only including lunch. – €45;

Friday or Sunday session only. – €20;

Eventbrite - CCBKA International Seminar Series 24th to 26th March 2017

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Any Questions or suggestions Email the event Organiser.


Friday. 24th March
7.15 pm
 Opening of the Seminar by
The President of the Federation Of Irish Beekeepers Associations
Mr. Gerry Ryan. CFL.
7.30- 8.30pm “Pollinators in Peril, Getting Bees back on their own six feet.”

  • Dr. Marla Spivak
Saturday 25th March.
9.30 -10.30am
“Reading bees.”

  • Dan Basterfield
10.30-11.15am  Tea/Coffey break.
11.15 – 12.30pm. “Socialised medicine in the honeybee colony –
The importance of propolis.”

  • Dr. Marla Spivak
12.30 -2pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.00pm. “Bees for Honey and Money.”
A look at beekeeping as a business.

  • Dan Basterfield
3.00- 3.45pm Tea/Coffey break.
3.45 – 5.00pm Dr. Spivak tells us about her work with the bee Department in Minnesota University and what lessons we can take from it in Ireland and the UK.
Sunday 26th March
9.30 to 10.30am.
“Queen raising – an overview.”

  • Dan Basterfield
10.00 to 12.00am. “Breeding for a hygienic Bee.”

  • Dr. Spivak