An exciting program of speakers has been organised for Sunday 1 July 2018. See the following table.

Tobias Smith Illustrated key to bees of Australia
James Cook Native bees, crop pollination and ecosystem management – a research program
Nadine Chapman Hive movements are changing the genetic structure of the stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria)
Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno A new technique for estimating landscape-level density of an Australian stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria)
Liam Kendall Pollination efficiency and population genetics of stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) in blueberry orchards
Abu Hassan Jalil Meliponiculture and Improper Strategies of Stingless Beekeeping in Malaysia
Panel Q&A
Morning Tea
Elisabeth Fung Association between RNA viruses of Australian native bees and managed honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Bronwen Roy Lysinibacillus: A disease of stingless bees?
Helen Wallace Stingless bees, resin ecology and Cadaghi (Corymbia torelliana): friend or foe?
Nick Powell Hive Design for Australian native bees
Melanie Fleming Thermal conductivity and thermal mass in native bee hives. Estimating the effectiveness of terracotta, wood and hives of other material.
Francois Visser The role of food supplementation in native bee pollination: From a grower / beekeeper’s perspective
Glenn Otto The Bee safe, a secure stand for stingless bee hives
Dean Haley The use of natural insect repellents to prevent infestation by hive syrphid fly and hive phorid fly
Panel Q&A
Amelie Vanderstock Cross-pollinating Community Gardens and Native bush in Sydney
Chris Cannizzaro Prescribed burning intensity alters pollinator interactions in the narrow leaved mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) communities of Kangaroo Island
Rachele Wilson Occupants of bee hotels: preliminary findings from forests and orchards
Brittany Elliott Identifying the floral diets of native bees and honeybees in heathlands using DNA metabarcoding
James Dorey Drivers of speciation in Homalictus: past climate cycles provide an alternative to the ‘Taxon Cycle’ in island biogeography theory
Samantha Redshaw A new method of marking and tracking stingless bees
Ryan Newis Bees and plant resin: sources, chemistry and bioactivity
Bryony Willcox Pollinator distribution and efficiency in mango, avocado and macadamia tree crops across three growing regions in Eastern Australia”.
Brian Cutting Efficiency of Australian native bees for pollination of watermelons
Julian Brown Native bees in space and time.
Kit Prendergast Importance of bushland remnants and honeybee competition for native bees in urban Western Australia
Scott Groom Effect of native vegetation proximity on native bee diversity in lucerne (Medicago sativa)
Katja Hogendoorn Diet width of Australian native bees and strategies to enhance crop pollinating species
Panel Q&A
Afternoon Tea
Katja Hogendoorn Session chair
Chris Fuller Managing stingless bees in the commercial orchard environment
Lisa Evans Abundance, distribution, and effect on nut set of managed stingless bees in a macadamia orchard
Romina Rader Stingless bee and honeybee performance in glasshouses, Abstract coming
Mark Hall Microclimatic conditions in polytunnels used for berry production influence flower visitation by stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria)
Wiebke Kämper Using bumblebee hydrocarbon footprints to assess flower visitation in the field
Panel Q&A or brainstorming of research questions
Sara Leonhardt Synthesis: trends, themes, directions

Note that the Australian Bee Congress, which focusses on honey bees, will host two symposia on native stingless Bees the day before, Saturday 30 June 2018, at the same venue. We encourage attendees to also consider attending this event.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Field Trip

Field trip, Monday 2 July 2018.

We are offering limited seats on a field trip, an associated event of the Australian Native Bee Conference. The trip will take place the day after the conference, Monday 2 July.

At this stage, we plan to attend a hive exhibition at a bee yard on the Gold Coast, have lunch at Tropical Fruit World (included in price), followed by a trip to a macadamia farm near Byron Bay to observe native bee hive propagation and management.

Your hosts for the day will be Drs Tim Heard and Tobias Smith.

Price is $90 (plus booking fee). To buy your ticket, please go to the Registration page and follow the same prompts to register for the conference itself.  If you have already bought a conference ticket, then you can buy a field trip ticket. If not, please first buy the appropriate conference ticket (Full, Student or Pensioner) and then buy the field trip ticket.