Robert Paxton (local)
Juliet Osborne (programme)
Joachim de Miranda (local)
Antonella Soro (local)
Bob Elwood (advisory)
Stephen Fowler (web)
Gillian Riddell (social)
Jennifer Teal (local)

Members Meeting (PDF Format)
Introduction (PDF Format)
Programme (PDF Format)
Campus map
Belfast Maps

The 3rd European Conference of Apidology

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Please see the official conference photographs.

This biennial conference comprises plenary lectures and symposia (talks and posters) on diverse aspects of the biology of bees, honeybee management and honeybee products.  Each morning and each afternoon will commence with a plenary lecture, followed by two parallel symposia.  The final day (11th September) is devoted to an excursion that will include the World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway.

Plenary lectures at EurBee3

Tom Seeley (Cornell, USA) Communication

Vassya Bankova (Sofia, Bulgaria) Propolis

Martin Giurfa (Tolouse, France) Behaviour

Steve Martin (Sheffield, UK) Bee diseases

Claire Kremen (Princeton, USA) Pollination

Dave Goulson (Stirling, UK) Conservation

Spoken and Poster Presentations

Symposia topics with symposia organizers are given on the provisional programme.  We have lecture slots within the symposia and seek offers of presentations.  Abstracts should be submitted when registering.

Poster Presentations

We welcome offers of posters on any relevant topic and we have scheduled part of the afternoon of 9th September as a poster-viewing and discussion period within the conference.  Abstracts should be submitted when registering.

Student prizes

EurBee, the European Association for Bee Research, will award a prize of €100 to the best student talk and €100 to the best student poster.  Student status will be based upon participant registration status (student versus full).


The deadline for abstract submission and normal registration fee is 15th June.  Abstracts will not be accepted without the registration fee.


The venue is the Medical and Biological Centre (MBC), of Queen's University Belfast, Lisburn Road, Belfast.  This is adjacent to the City Hospital in South Belfast, near to the main university buildings.  It is building 34 on the campus map.

The new main MBC Lecture theatre will house the plenary talks and one of the two parallel symposia.  An additional large lecture theatre in the MBC will house the other parallel symposium.  A number of smaller rooms within the MBC can be used for workshops and round table discussions.  Poster sessions will be held in the same building.

Lunches and poster session

Lunch will be provided each day (included in registration fee).  The poster and discussion session on the afternoon of 9th September will be accompanied by cheese and drinks, kindly provided by the School of Biological Sciences at Queen's.

EurBee membership meeting

The membership meeting of EurBee, to which all EurBee members are invited, will take place after the close of symposia on Wednesday 10th September 2008, in one of the main lecture theatres used by the conference.  Topics for discussion include the venue of the next EurBee meeting, EurBee4.  All EurBee members are asked to attend and to cast their votes.  An invitation letter to the membership meeting can be downloaded here.


If you are bringing children with you and wish to make use of childcare facilities, please email the conference organizers to discuss your needs.

Excursion on 11th September

The all-day excursion on 11th September is to the Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage Site, via the Glens of Antrim, and will include a visit to reputedly the oldest whiskey distillery: Bushmills Distillery.  The excursion includes travel, lunch, tour guide and entry fees.  Delegates and accompanying persons must book the excursion using the 'registration' web link below.

Dining out and drinking

These are major pastimes in Ireland and South Belfast has numerous bars and restaurants, most of which are within 10 minutes walk from the venue.  Please note that evening meals are not included in registration and are not organized by EurBee3.  Nearby restaurants cover a very large range of ethnic types, Irish, French, Italian, Chinese (including many excellent 'real' Chinese), Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Japanese, fusion etc.  Bars range from small and 'trendy' to large 'student' pubs.  The Crown Bar is a must for visitors (opposite the Europa Hotel).  It is an opulent 'shrine' to alcohol consumption, owned by the National Trust.  We will engage in extensive, selfless research on these and a guide will be provided on arrival.  You can also download a Belfast Restaurant Guide.

Formal reception and conference party

We aim to have a formal reception on Monday 8th September after the close of academic business in one of the nearby historic buildings of the university.  Also there will be a conference party on Wednesday 10th included in the registration fee.  We have hired for our private use a well-known Belfast music hall, just a 10 minute stroll from the conference venue.  Wait for the views to change at the Belfast Empire.  We will start with traditional Irish music and then switch to Irish rock, all provided by a local band.  The venue has a great atmosphere and plenty of room for just sitting and watching the band or dancing the night away.


Belfast is served by two airports and may be reached either by a single flight or two flights via a major hub from most of Europe.  The City Airport has flights from GB, including London Gatwick and Heathrow.  The International Airport has flights from GB and the rest of Europe, including London Stansted, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.  Both have frequent bus connections to the city centre and the conference venue is about 15 min walk from the bus stop (near to the Europa Hotel see map below).  Return bus fares are approximately £2 for the City Airport and £9 for the International Airport.  Full information on destinations and airlines using the two airports may be found at the sites above.

Dublin Airport should also be considered as there are many direct fights from Europe and North America.  There are two companies (Air Coach and Bus Eireann) providing buses from Dublin Airport to Belfast centre throughout the day and night; journey time approximately 2.5 hours, for 12-18 € return (price varies according to day of travel; Saturday and Sunday have the higher fare).  The fare can be paid to the driver or airport representative in UK pounds or euro.

Please note that neither the UK (Belfast) nor the Republic of Ireland (Dublin) are Schengen countries and so, if you require a UK visa to attend the EurBee3 conference in Belfast, we strongly recommend you to fly direct to Belfast or to fly via another UK airport (e.g. London Heathrow / Gatwick / Stanstead) rather than via Dublin, for which you may require a second visa for the Republic of Ireland.

Carbon off-setting

The carbon footprint of traveling to Belfast will obviously be high for most participants so we encourage you to consider carbon off-setting when booking flights.  We will try to minimise our carbon footprint by using, where possible, local goods and services in conference organisation.


There are numerous hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and a youth hostel within easy walking distance of the conference venue.  Queen's Elms Village is university-owned accommodation (building 14 on the campus map) that is close by and offers single, twin and double rooms with and without en-suite facilities.  It is the cheapest accommodation on offer via the website below and it is envisaged that most participants will be accommodated there.  The distance from Queen's Elms Village and the MBC (conference venue) is approximately 20 minutes by foot.  A map of Belfast with accommodation locations may be found at the link below.  Note that the City Hospital is South West of the City Hall and that the conference venue (MBC) is to the left (south) of the short road that links the Lisburn Road and the hospital.  See the campus website and Belfast street maps.

The Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau is the official organizer of the accommodation for EurBee3 and offers special rates at selected hotels and Elms Village.  Accommodation may be checked and booked, or via e mail addresses or phone numbers provided by the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Maps of Belfast (from the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau) can also be downloaded: Belfast City Centre, Travel Map (side A), Travel Map (side B).  (PDF files)

Accompanying persons

It is easy to get around Belfast and see the sights so we recommend 'do-it-yourself'.  If you are an accompanying person, book accommodation (see above) and inform the conference team of your name and the duration of your stay in Belfast.  If you wish to join the one-day conference excursion on Thursday 11th September, please book this using the 'registration' web link below, or ask another delegate to book the excursion for you (cost £30).

Information for local bee-keepers

Local beekeepers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain are welcome to attend on Monday 8th September at the cost of £40, payable on the day.  They will receive a book of abstracts, access to the day's lectures, morning and afternoon tea/coffee/biscuits and buffet lunch.  There may be a pre-dinner reception included (this depends on funding that has been sought).  If you wish to attend on Monday 8th September, please state this clearly in an email to EurBee3 so that we can organise sufficient catering.  Thank you.


We can accept secure credit card / debit card payment.  Payment is in pounds sterling only.  Please use the payment page.  We can also accept cheques in sterling or euro but contact EurBee3 first.


Please use the format below.  We suggest you use this 'abstract' as a template and paste it into a word document, complete the abstract and paste (no more than 250 words) into the abstract submission section on the registration pages.  Note that to get to 'abstract submission' you have to register and then go to 'checkout'.  You will then be asked to paste in your abstract to a designated box before proceeding to give credit/debit card details.

Title of Presentation:


Poster only or spoken presentation preferred: (Poster / Spoken)

Name of the most relevant symposium  (details on the programme, PDF file)

Address of first author only:

E mail:

Abstract: (maximum 250 words)


Prices are given here and on the payment page of registration.  Registration automatically includes membership of EurBee for 2 years.  Those not wishing to join EurBee must inform the conference registration desk during the conference and will be asked to pay a small, nominal administrative charge at the conference venue.  The preferred method is by credit or debit card.  Should you wish to pay by cheque, please first contact: EurBee3.


Full fee (before 15th June)
Includes tea, coffee, lunch, party, but without excursion  £130.00 (approx. €175)

Student Fee* (before 15th June)
Includes tea, coffee, lunch, party, but without excursion  £100.00 (approx. €130)
* This must be accompanied by a letter / email from your supervisor to confirm your status.

Late fee (from 16th June)  £180.00 (approx. €240)

Late student fee (from 16th June)  £150.00 (approx. €200)

If you wish to attend the all-day excursion on Thursday 11th September, add £30.00 to the above prices.

Click here to register for the conference and submit your abstract.


Cancellation of registration is possible up to the 1st September, though we levy a 10% administrative charge for cancellation.  If you need to cancel, please contact us with your transaction details (transaction details are automatically send to you by email when you register and pay using the registration website).


Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau logo with Diageo sponsor
Belfast City Council