2018 Native Bee Conference

The 1st Australian Native Bee Conference (2018)

The 1st Australian Native Bee Conference, a satellite event of the Australian Bee Congress, took place at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, on Sunday 1 July 2018, followed by a Field trip on Monday 2 July 2018.

An exciting package of speakers was programmed. Read the Abstracts, and speaker biographies in the Conference program Book (PDF, 3.3MB).

The preceding Australian Bee Congress, which focussed on honey bees, also hosted two symposia on native stingless Bees the day before, Saturday 30 June 2018, at the same venue. Many attendees joined both events.


What a brilliant conference!!! It was wonderful to be a part of the first Australian native bee conference and to learn and share with so many in our field!
Amelie Vanderstock, Phd Candidate

Everyone I’ve spoken to has been excitedly raving about the conference and I’d have to agree, it was quite an event and well worth attending for many different reasons. Bring on the next one!
Steve Flavel, NativeBeeHives.com

Many thanks for sending me the two copies of the Conference program. You have done a fabulous job of it, with great photos and an attractive layout. I am very pleased to have these copies to keep as a souvenir and reference material from this event.
Anne Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre


Ten trade tables complemented the 1st Australian Native Bee Conference.

  • Tocal College
  • Entomological Society of Queensland
  • The Healthy Bees Research Team, Western Sydney University,
  • Keeper and Hive
  • The Australian Native Bee Company
  • Hive Haven
  • Doug’s Bees
  • Sugarbag Bees
  • Australian Native Bee, including Dean Haley and Nick Powell

Field Trip

The field trip included attending a hive exhibition at a bee yard on the Gold Coast, lunch at Tropical Fruit World, followed by a trip to a macadamia farm near Byron Bay to observe native bee hive propagation and management. Hosts for the day were Drs Tim Heard and Tobias Smith.

Images and Review

For images and a review of the first conference see: http://nativebeehives.com/australian-native-bee-conference-2018/.

Talented shutterbug James Dorey has set up this gallery of images from the first conference. www.jamesdoreyphotography.com.au

Sponsors of the 1st Australian Native Bee Conference

Agriculture Behaviour and Genetics of Social Insects Lab University of Sydney


AgriFutures Australia Program Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture


ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society


University of New England


UNE School of Environment and Rural Science Rader Community Ecology Lab


Genecology, The Centre for Genetics, Ecology & Physiology University of the Sunshine Coast


Entomological Society of Queensland


Australian Entomological Society


The Healthy Bees Research Team, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment Western Sydney University


Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund


Organising Committee

We thank everyone who helped to make the 1st Australian Native Bee Conference a memorable event. Tim Heard (chair), James Cook, Romina Rader, Ben Oldroyd, Ros Gloag, Helen Wallace, Dean Haley, Katja Hogendoorn, Saul Cunningham

See you at the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference