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 preregistration might be microscopy classes or Queen grafting etc.   The schedule of presentations will be posted in advance on the this web site, 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 preregistration 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.


Upcoming Conferences

EAS 2022: Ithaca, New York

Bee Social, Again
Ithaca College
August 1-5, 2022

EAS 2023: Amherst, MA

University of Massachuesstes
July 31 – August 4, 2023

Conferences Include:

The Short Course that runs Monday and Tuesday, with some overlap with the main conference on Wednesday, provides an opportunity for lectures and apiary experience at the Beginner/Hobbyist, Intermediate/Side-Liner and Advanced beekeeper levels.  You may move freely between these levels within the short course with the possible exception of a microscopy session that has a limit to its capacity and requires sign up to participate.

The EAS Main Conference runs from the Wednesday through the Friday.  It features Keynote presentations in the morning from EAS award winners and other expert presenters.  The afternoons provide multiple breakout sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of beekeeping.  With the possible exception of a microscopy session, you may move freely between these breakout sessions with no prior sign up.

The over-arching principle of the Honey Show is that it leads to excellence in the production and marketing of honey and hive products.  There are multiple classes in the Honey Show including extracted honey, chunk and comb honey, creamed honey, beeswax products, photography, baked goods and crafts. 

For further information visit our Honey Show page Honey Show.

The Master Beekeeper program was developed to certify qualified beekeepers to fill the need for competent beekeepers to provide education and assistance to beginning beekeepers and serve in other capacities in the community as experts in beekeeping.

For further information visit our Master Beekeepers Certification ProgramMaster Beekeeper Certification page.

The recipients of three awards are recognized at each conference to recognize.  The winners of the James I. Hambleton Memorial Award that recognizes excellence in research and the Roger A. Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award are Keynote speakers at the conference.  The surprise announcement of the winner of the Charles and Evelyn Divelbiss Education Award if made at each conference.  The EAS Student Apiculture Award was established to recognize students studying apiculture at the undergraduate or graduate level in a recognized college or university in the United States or Canada. The Student Award includes a $1,000 premium and attendance at the conference.

For further information visit the Awards and Scholarships page.

The EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research is a competitive grant program developed from donations received from beekeepers and others interested in funding research on topical problems in honey bees. Each conference the previous year’s Honey Bee Research Grant recipient(s) present their research findings.

For further information visit the Honey Bee Research Grants page.

Each conference features hands-on fieldwork in the apiary.  Apiary components are usually built into both the Short Course and the Main Conference. 

The planning committee for each conference establishes various “tracks” that feature presentations by experts in that track.  Experts are drawn from local to national regions and represent experienced presenters of the most up-to-date information in their field.  The presenters are listed in the Conference Program.

Each conference offers a program designed for children, frequently broken down into age-range appropriate groups. These fun programs provide education, hands-on games and experiences with bee-related material.

The EAS conference is supported by vendors who bring their products and knowledge to the vendor area. This is often a highlight of the conference because it allows registrants to come up to speed on the latest equipment, treatments and management practices from a wide range of both small and large vendors.  In addition, vendors provide financial support to the conference through various levels of sponsorship. There is always time in the schedule to visit the vendor area!

Although the conference is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and experience, it is also a time for socializing and networking.  Social events such as field trips to honey or mead producers, local sites of interest are planned into each conference.  There are three social dinners, one as welcoming dinner, one for the live auction and a grand finale of the awards banquet where the winners of the honey show, the presentation of the new Master Beekeepers, the new Life Members and the Divelbiss awardee are announced.

EAS has developed three auction modes:  a virtual auction that runs ahead of and into the conference; silent auctions that run each day of the conference; and a live auction usually held with the Thursday night dinner.  These are lively events and feature items of equipment, queen bees, crafts and more. The funds from these auctions continue the work of EAS in education and research. For further information read more.

For those interested in a little “wake-up” activity before the sessions start the conference regularly features either yoga or zumba sessions, free and open to all.  These sessions provide for a fun way to get the kinks out and the energy flowing before breakfast and the conference schedule.

Testimonials

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