The 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference

Integrating beekeeping, crop pollination, hive products and research

The full program is now available, download from the Program page

  • St Leo’s College, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
  • Thu 5th Dec – Sat 7th Dec 2019
  • Bee Identification Workshop on Sun 8th Dec 2019


The Australian Native Bee Association Inc invites beekeepers, farmers,, educators, industry leaders and researchers to share knowledge at the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference. We will discuss issues required to increase understanding and unlock the potential of our native bees, a valuable but under-utilized natural resource.

The conference and field trip will take place over three days, Thu 5th to Saturday 7th December 2019.

Field Trip (Sorry Field trip is now fully booked)

The field trip will take us to a farm on the Sunshine Coast on the afternoon of Thursday 5th December 2019. At the farm you will see hive shelters for communal housing of stingless bee hives. You will observe methods for hive propagation. We will discuss placement and management of hives on farms. The farmer will give his perspective on stingless bees for pollination. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $60. Make your booking as an Extra on the registration form.

Hive exhibition

An exhibition of stingless bee hives will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 7th December 2019, this event carries no extra charge to conference registrants.

Concurrent Event: Australian Bee Genomics Working Group

This working group will be held concurrently with the main program as a mix of parallel and shared sessions. The main goal of this synthesis group is to facilitate the assessment of Australia’s bee diversity (taxonomy and systematics) and the creation of an action plan that will allow researchers to reach the goal of a unified national “bee dataset”. Discussions will focus on how such a resource could assist studies on biodiversity, plant-pollinator interactions, spatial patterns, and which genomic tools can add the most value. Symposia and Workshops are generously sponsored by the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis (Australian National University/CSIRO), the Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO) and Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Western Sydney University. For more details contact the Synthesis Group Leaders:
-Saul Cunningham at
-Juanita Rodriguez at
-Simon Tierney at .

Shoulder event: Bee Identification Workshop

Are you interested in a half day bee ID workshop in the Goddard Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia, from 9am to 1pm on Sunday 8th December? It will consist of a lecture on diversity and anatomy, followed by lab based diagnostics with reference collections and keys. Price: $55. For more information contact: Dr Tobias Smith <>. Book here.

Shoulder event: 2019 conference of the Australian Entomological Society

Come to Brisbane a few days earlier to attend the 2019 combined conference of the Australian Entomological Society, the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists and the Australasian Arachnological Society, from Sunday 1st to Wednesday 4th December, 2019.

Curious about the conference?

Get a feel for the 1st Australian Native Bee Conference that took place on the Gold Coast, Queensland on Sunday 1 July 2018, followed by a field trip on Monday 2 July 2018.

Find out more about your host, The Australian Native Bee Association, here.