CATCH THE BUZZ – 8th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress

Rovanel’s Resort and Conference Centre, Store Bay, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago.

12-16th September 2016


under the auspices of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, Scientific Commission on Beekeeping for Rural Development



The Association of Caribbean Beekeepers’ Organisations, the Tobago Apicultural Society, and the Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment, Tobago House of Assembly, are pleased to extend an invitation to you to participate in the following events:


  • Queen Rearing Course from 9th-11th September 2016
  • 8th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress, from 12-16th September 2016
  • Africanised Bee Tour of Trinidad from 17th-18th September 2016.



Connecting the Caribbean through Beekeeping.



  • Facilitate discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the Caribbean beekeeping community.
  • Identify appropriate strategies for advancing the sector.
  • Foster interaction and regional camaraderie amongst stakeholders, in a learning environment.



  • Beekeeping reports from Caribbean islands/country
  • Regional & International papers
  • Workshop and discussion sessions in regional beekeeping issues
  • Field visits


Guest Speakers

Dr. Christopher Starr. Trinidad & Tobago. Professor of Entomology (retired), University of the West Indies. Specialist in nesting biology and ecology of social insects, with main attention to wasps and bees.


Mr. Clive de Bruyn. United Kingdom. Former Scientific Officer, National Bee Unit; former county beekeeping Instructor, Writtle Agricultural College; Committee Member, Board of the National Diploma; Examiner for both the British Beekeepers Association and the National Diploma examinations.


Prof. David de Jong. Brazil. Professor of genetics and entomology, University of Sao Paulo (specialist in pathology, biology and management of Africanised honey bees); technical Editor of on line scientific journal ‘Genetics and Molecular Research.


Dr. Nicola Bradbear. United Kingdom. Former lecturer in Apiculture at Cardiff University; co-founder, Bees for Development; Editor, Bees for Development Journal; President Apimondia Scientific Commission on Beekeeping for Rural Development.


Dr. William Ramírez. Costa Rica. Former Professor of entomology and apiculture, University of Costa Rica; Beekeeping Consultant; highly regarded international for his practical knowledge and field management of Africanised bees.


Congress Registration Fees (inclusive of access to all congress sessions, delegates package, congress field trip, coffee break, lunch, welcome reception and a shuttle service from listed accommodation.)

on/before June 12th 2016                     after June 12th 2016

International delegates US$250. US$295.
Regional delegates US$220. US$250.


Queen Rearing Course Registration Fees (inclusive of lunch, grafting apparatus and manual.) US$160. (Limited to 20 participants with beekeeping experience.)


Africanised Bee Tour of Trinidad Fees

1 day package: US$70.00 (St. Quintin Estate – SW peninsula of Trinidad)

2 day package: US$120.00 (St. Quintin Estate, and Carmel Valley Estate – NW Trinidad)


Congress Secretariat

8th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress

c/o Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment Glen Road, Scarborough, Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

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phone: +1 (868) 682-9467