Annual Conference

Each year EAS hosts a Bee Conference in one of our member states or provinces.  At this conference, we meet with other beekeepers from around the world to talk about the latest honeybee research and how to take our beekeeping skills to the next level.  Our goal as always is to provide an educational conference that is world-class and also fun! 

There are two main sections to the conference; The Short Course and the Main Conference.  For each of these there are usually several parallel sessions going on simultaneously.  You are free to move from one session to another session according to your interests.  While you do have to register for the days you will attend (Short Course, Main Conference or Combination), selecting which lecture, laboratory, or demonstration you want to attend is usually just a matter of walking into the appointed room or area. Possible exceptions requiring online registration might be microscopy classes or Queen grafting etc.   The schedule of presentations will be posted in advance on this website, but may not be finalized until a week or two before the conference.  You must be an EAS Member to attend the daytime sessions.  Online registration will be open a few months before the conference.

Short Course: The Short Course is held on Monday, Tuesday and overlaps the Main course on Wednesday. The Short Course includes several one or two-day mini-courses appropriate for beginner/hobbyist, intermediate/ Side-liner and for Advanced beekeeper interest.  You do not have to signup in advance for any particular talk, demonstration or Laboratory in advance. 

Main Conference: The EAS Main Conference begins on Wednesday, with Short Course participants included, extending through Friday afternoon. There will be keynote presentations to begin our daily programs, followed by multiple tracks of presentations continuing through the afternoon.

Combined Short Course and Main Conference: This option is for those people who would like to attend both Short Course and the Main conference at a reduced price than selecting each individually.


So many educational opportunities from which to choose

What I found most appealing about EAS is that one can bounce back and forth between the beginner and advanced tracks, depending on what one finds interesting. And the time in the apiary and lab – that is really a treat and sets EAS apart from most state meetings.  EAS is probably the only bee meeting where one can choose among several lectures, instruction in the apiary or lab — or even in the kitchen — at any given time, depending on one’s interests.   I think the average beekeeper has no idea of the scope of concurrent educational opportunities from which to choose. It’s a fabulous program!
Pam Fisher
President, Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia