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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

2021 SICAMM Conference - NEW DATES


3-5 September 2021 Athlone


Due to the COVID-19 situation and because the protection of public health is the most important issue in these difficult and unprecedented times, the Native Irish Honey Bee Society (NIHBS) and the board of SICAMM have taken the decision to defer the 2020 Conference for a full year

‘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) –

SICAMM is the international association for the protection of the European dark bee -



Athlone Springs Hotel, Athlone, County Westmeath, N37 F9T3



Athlone is in the centre of Ireland – for some of the many local attractions


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.

To register your interest, please contact 


Schedule and booking forms will be ready in September 2019, with ‘Early Booking’ rates.

Local excursions of general interest will be organised for accompanying partners.

Accommodation must be booked by you directly.  A limited number of rooms are available at the conference hotel, if booking in advance just ask for SICAMM/NIHBS special B & B rates – more details will follow later.


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