Northern Beekeepers' Convention

Late change to the Northern Beekeepers Convention Programme. 

We are very disappointed that our keynote speaker Jürgen Tautz has had to pull out at the last minute because of illness in his family. We apologise to those of you who were particularly keen to hear such an eminent speaker. 

However, we are delighted that another speaker, Robert Paxton who is equally well qualified in his own field, will replace Jürgen. We are sure his talks will be equally stimulating and informative. 

We send our best wishes to Jürgen, and our thanks to Robert and look forward to meeting you all on April 1st.  


A whole day of beekeeping lectures and entertainment for only £28 - applications now open

Click here for a taste of our 60th anniversary event


Saturday 1 April 2017 at the Beacon, Newcastle upon Tyne

It’s our 60th Northern Beekeepers’ Convention and we have a stellar cast of international speakers, to inform, inspire and entertain

We will be celebrating this milestone by recognising special beekeepers from our region.  Local associations have been invited to nominate their outstanding members for one of three awards worth £100. The awards will be presented by our friend and supporter Professor Geraldine Wright, who is also giving the opening and closing addresses.

Our 2017 Speakers are:
  • Prof Jurgen Tautz

    One of the world’s leading bee scientists and winner of many awards for communicating with the public about his work. Jurgen developed HOBOS - Honeybee Online Studies - with live images from deep inside beehives.  He will talk to use about what we can learn from bees

  • Prof John Hobrough

    John will entertain us recounting memories covering 60 years of beekeeping in the region.  How was beekeeping different back in the days when the Northern Convention was first convened.  An eminent scientist and lifelong beekeeper, John argues that the knowledge of older beekeepers can provide useful empirical data which gives insight into the effect of climate change and agricultural practice on our bees.

  • Philip McCabe

    Philip is the current President of Apimondia, the world beekeeping body. His major concerns are stopping the global decline in our bee population, the overuse of chemicals and developing beekeeping enterprises to fight poverty in poor countries.

  • Prof Robert Paxton

    Robert is head of a group studying bee biology and their parasites at the University of Halle, in Germany. Using his latest ongoing research, he explores how much deformed wing virus is responsible for the increased demise of colonies over winter.

  • Dan Basterfield

    Dan runs a family commercial beekeeping business and teaches for the BBKA. Famed for knowing how to “read bees”, he explains how  better observation will help us to understand and predict what our colonies are going to do next

How to buy tickets
The brochure and application form for the next convention are available via the Current Convention link to the left.

To be sent  a paper copy or to be added to our email or postal mailing lists, please call Les Cain on 07760 440800 or email

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