2021 Conference (15th-16th May)

Program outline

Preconference

  • Thursday 13th and Friday 14th May, 2021: VRBA and TOCAL are partnering to facilitate “Honey Bees Biosecurity Course.”
    Strengthening the bee biosecurity capabilities with in Victorian beekeeping clubs. 15+ Trainees.
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  • Friday 14th May, 2021: Welcome Pre Conference Dinner @ GMHBA Stadium 7:00pm -10:00pm
    Keynote and Short Talk Program Conference Speakers & members of the public ticket sales.
    Early bird cocktails in the trade show area. Estimate suggests, approx. 100+ guests.

Conference

  • Saturday 15th May, 2021: Full day Conference program with two parallel beekeeping streams.
    Trade Exhibition displays and Post Conference Drinks. Estimate suggests, approx. 300+ guests.
  • Sunday 16th May, 2021: The VRBA and The Geelong Beekeepers Club are partnering together to present “Morning tea with a beekeeper.”
    This interesting event is directed at new and inspiring beekeepers to find out what is involved in becoming a beekeeper, to be host at the historic “Heights” in Newtown, just west of GMHBA Stadium. Estimate suggests approx. 50 guests.

Background

 

The Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference was developed in;

  1. Response to the changing face of beekeeping and increasing demand from recreational, sideline and part-time beekeepers to be able to access high quality, flexible and professional education opportunities; and
  2. Recognition of the challenges facing beekeepers in adequately responding to the needs of recreational, sideline and part-time beekeepers;

The Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference was developed in 2018 to respond to these needs by offering flexibility in its weekend delivery, opportunities to engage and connect with like- minded beekeepers from across the state and the provision of customised and quality content.

 

Aims and objectives

 

To deliver an annual Victorian Beekeeping Club Conference that:

  1. Delivers high quality, flexible and professional education for beekeepers;
  2. Provides networking and engagement opportunities for beekeeping delegates from across the State;
  3. Supports Agriculture Victoria’s access beekeeping clubs to deliver biosecurity awareness on honey bee pests and diseases;
  4. Delivers content that is customised to meet the needs of the recreational, sideline and part-time beekeeping audience; and
  5. Fosters on-going collaborative working relationships with Victorian Beekeeping Clubs.

 

Past conferences

2019 Conference

The Beekeepers Club Inc. is the lead host beekeeping club for the 2019 Conference. The Beekeepers Club Inc. is the largest recreational club in Victoria with a member base of 360+