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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development

United Kingdom

28-29 March 2018 University of Reading, RG6 7BE, UK

A Bees for development event

Bees for Development and the Global Development Division, University of Reading, are jointly organising a Scientific Symposium on Research in Beekeeping and Sustainable Development to take place on 28-29 March 2018 in Reading, UK. This event will provide a unique forum for presentations and discussions around the topic of beekeeping and sustainable development, and for generating new relationships amongst those in this field.

The purpose of the Symposium is to advance understanding about the intersection of beekeeping research and sustainable development. It will bring together academic researchers with development practitioners to share evidence-based learning about how to effectively advance beekeeping to alleviate poverty.

Development context and Symposium theme
In 2000, we held a symposium 'Sustainable Livelihoods: Exploring the Role of Beekeeping in Development', where participants examined the marginalisation of beekeeping through the lens of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach. Since then challenges, such as climate change have risen up development agendas; the status of poverty and inequality is changing within countries and regions, for better or for worse; and the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals frame actions on sustainability within development practice.

Since 2000, beekeeping practice has become much more mainstream in development programmes, and practitioners increasingly understand that the success of beekeeping livelihoods depend on poor people's access to markets, and how these markets function. Meanwhile reflections on the dynamics of poverty point to a need to understand how the income earned from honey selling contributes to livelihoods strategies, and whether and how, beekeeping offers a pathway out of poverty.

The changing face of beekeeping in development, and of the challenges confronting bee populations and beekeepers, points to the need for new innovative evidence generation to address practical issues for beekeeping in sustainable development.

We thank Eva Crane Trust for supporting this event.







Registration and submission of abstracts

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We invite submissions of abstracts for presentations and research posters related to the following themes.

  • Beekeeping and the sustainable development goals, opportunities and trade-offs.
  • The role of beekeeping in poverty reduction and livelihood strategies.
  • Climate change and its impacts - mitigation and adaptation strategies for bees and beekeeping livelihoods.
  • How honey and beeswax markets work for beekeepers, their communities and local economies; accessibility, function, sustainability and relationships.
  • Beekeeping project design and integration into development planning.What success looks like? Targets and indicators for beekeeping development.
  • Value for money in beekeeping projects. Approaches to measuring effective use of resources in relation to impact achieved.

We are specifically seeking contributions which will advance the evidence base for effective beekeeping development.

Please include the following when preparing your abstract:

Indicate whether research poster or presentation (or both)

  • Title
  • Authors, with contact details
  • Abstract of no more than 350 words
  • Keywords

We can only accept abstracts in English. Please submit to and write Abstract for Beekeeping Symposium in the subject line.

Further details

This two-day Symposium will take place at Whiteknights campus of The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, RG6 7BE.


Draft programme and timetable is available here. This is subject to change. For planning purposes please be informed of the following times:

28 March programme runs from 10.00am to 17.00pm

29 March programme runs from 09.30am to 16.30pm

Accommodation options

Hillingdon Prince Hotel


Premier Inn 


How to get there [follow directions to the Whiteknights campus, RG6 7BE]

Those travelling by car can apply for a parking space by sending an email with the make, model and colour of car to

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