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.
EAS 2022: Ithaca, New York
Beeing Social, Again
August 1-5, 2022
EAS 2023: Amherst, MA
University of Massachusetts
July 31 – August 4, 2023
The conference team has been working diligently to formulate the EAS Conference 2022. As the short course and main conference come together we are assembling a roster of excellent speakers, including Dr. Tom Seeley, Professor of Biology Emeritus, in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University, Dr. Scott McArt and Emma Walters – Cornell University and Peter Borst – Finger Lakes Bee Club. These folks will participate in both the short course and the main conference providing the latest in research, extension work and beekeeping.
The short course will feature experiences for all levels, from Beginners to Advanced. We are excited to collaborate with the historic Dyce Lab which will serve as the site of a portion of the short course as well as a microscopic component that will span both the short and full conference.
Kutik’s Everything Bees, family owned and operated since 1978, will be hosting a Wednesday afternoon tour and demonstrations at their facility in Oxford. The day will culminate in a wonderful evening barbecue on site. An excellent opportunity to visit a commercial beekeeper with multiple endeavors including queen rearing, nuc production, pollination, and honey harvesting.
Auctions will include a virtual online before the conference, silent auctions during the conference and a live auction on the Thursday evening. If you or your company wishes to donate an item for auction, please check the web page for instructions.
Our vendors will have a large venue in which to demonstrate and offer their latest equipment and products – always a highlight of an EAS conference!
Additional social events will include a “dine around Ithaca” on Monday evening with registrants joining a local beekeeper at one of the varied restaurants in the area to chat bees and sample the local culinary scene.
The Ithaca area offers many local activities including hiking, boating and fishing in public parks and waterways and dining opportunities to fit any palate and budget. Accommodations range from camping to dormitory accommodations to motel and hotel venues – something for everyone. The area is known for the production of wine and abounds with wineries and meaderies allowing you to sample the products of our local vineyards and apiaries.