2 June 2018 – 9am to 5pm

Registrations now closed.

Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference 2018

The inaugural Victorian Beekeeping Conference has been convened by a Steering Committee that consists of beekeepers from rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria and will be launched by Minister Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture.


The aim of the Conference is to connect with hobbyist, recreational, sideline and commercial beekeepers from across Victoria. Conference delegates will hear from informative and inspiring presenters including researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, biosecurity specialists, innovators and authors.

Costa Georgiadis

Costa Georgiadis

Conference Facilitator

We have pleasure in welcoming eco-visionary, landscape architect and ABC Gardening Australia’s host Costa Georgiadis as our MC for the 2018 Victorian Beekeeping Club Conference.

Costa’s charm, charisma and passion make him an appealing event host. Costa is engaging and highly entertaining and is sure to give the Conference a green edge.

Thanks Costa.


Professor Ben Oldroyd

Professor Ben Oldroyd

Professor of Genetics, University of Sydney

Ben Oldroyd is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Sydney. Ben completed a BSc (Agr) in 1980, PhD at the University of Sydney in 1984 and a Doctor of Science in 2005. Ben’s research focuses on the behavioural genetics of honey bees, the evolution of social behavior and evolution more broadly. Ben is also heavily involved with the Australian beekeeping industry, including helping beekeepers breed better, healthier strains. Ben has made important contributions to understanding the genetic basis of worker sterility in honey bees.  Ben has authored nearly 300 scientific papers on bees and social insects.

Stuart Anderson

Stuart Anderson

Inventor Flow Hive

Stuart Anderson invented the Flow Hive system in Byron Bay, New South Wales with his son Cedar Anderson. In February 2015, they launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo hoping to raise $70000. Instead, they raised over $12 million and received nearly 25,000 orders from over 130 countries. The campaign broke several records for Indiegogo, becoming its most successful campaign. The invention took out a 2016 Australian Good Design Award.

Jessica Hartland

Jessica Hartland

Bee Biosecurity Officer – DEDTJR

Based in Swan Hill, Jessica Hartland is working to reduce the risk of disease entering beehives, by promoting ‘best practice biosecurity’ based on the Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers, the Biosecurity Code of Practice and the National Bee Biosecurity Program.  Jessica works closely with Agriculture Victoria’s two other Apiary Inspectors, Daniel Martin and Joe Riordan, she will be monitoring and detecting endemic pests and disease such as American Foul Brood (AFB) via field surveillance.
Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi

Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi

Melbourne City Rooftop Honey

Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi are the founders of Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, a unique enterprise that aims to bring bees back to our cities. Concerned by a growing sense of disconnection between food production and consumption and inspired by hundreds of years old practices in Europe, Vanessa and Mat created the project to address issues of sustainability and raise awareness of the importance of bees whilst creating delicious honey.

Doug Purdie

Doug Purdie

Bestselling Author and co-founder of The Urban Beehive

Doug is a self-professed ‘beevangelist,’ and co-founder of The Urban Beehive. Doug and Vicky Brown started The Urban Beehive in 2010 to support honeybees to do their critically important work in urban Sydney. They have put beehives in city backyards, community gardens and on rooftops, boosting natural pollination to maintain the genetic diversity of Australian honeybees. Doug is the author of two best selling books Backyard Bees and The Bee Friendly Garden.

Danielle Lloyd-Pritchard

Danielle Lloyd-Pritchard

NSW DPI, Education Officer Professional Development

Danielle is the Education Officer at TOCAL Research Associate at the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at The University of Newcastle. She holds a Masters in Environmental Management and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Science Communication. Dani has worked for State and Local Governments developing waste and water educational resources for communities and educational institutions. President of the Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association.

Benedict Hughes

Benedict Hughes

Beekeeping Educator and founder of The Practical Beekeeper

Benedict is Beekeeping Educator at the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and Melbourne PolyTechnic.  The Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

Dr Kymble Spriggs

Dr Kymble Spriggs

Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne

Dr Kymble Spriggs is a Consultant Physician, Specialist Allergist & Immunologist and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Kymble offers an extensive background in the management of allergic & other immunological diseases, and is especially interested in hayfever, and bee venom immunotherapy, as well as the diagnosis & management of food allergy.

Important details


Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road, Ballarat


Saturday 2nd June 2018
9am – 5pm


$90.00 per person.


  • Morning and Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch
  • Trade Exhibitors
  • Conference Showbag
Registration and refreshments from 8.30am.
Conference commences at 9am and concludes at 5pm. Post Conference drinks from 5pm to 6pm.

Conference Program Schedule (Draft - subject to change)



Costa Georgiardis, Landscape Architect and ABC Gardening Australia Host


Jaala Pulford, MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional Development


Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operation


Professor Ben Oldroyd, University of Sydney, Behavioural Geneticist


Meet Conference Sponsors & Trade Stall Exhibitors

CLUB TALK #1 and #2

Stuart Anderson – Inventor, Flow Hive

Jessica Hartland – Bee Biosecurity Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Vanessa Kwiatkowski & Mat Lumalasi – Melbourne City Rooftop Honey


Meet Conference Sponsors & Trade Stall Exhibitors

CLUB TALKS #3 and #4

Doug Purdie, Beekeeper, Bestselling Author, Backyard Beekeeping and The Bee Friendly Garden


Benedict Hughes – Beekeeping @ CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies)

Danielle Lloyd Pritchard – NSW DPI Tocal College Educator and Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, Co-author of Ag Guide: Australian Native Bees

Dr Kymble Briggs –  Specialist Allergist & Immunologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne


Meet Conference Sponsors & Trade Stall Exhibitors

CLUB TALKS #5 and #6
President – Victorian Apiarists Association (VAA) TBC


Conference registrations now closed

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Conference location

Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road, Ballarat

Our sponsors

Gold sponsors

The Beekeepers Club Inc

The Beekeepers Club is based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and supports beekeepers and beekeeping with training courses, information sharing and mentoring. 

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at our venue in Doncaster. Regular beginners courses providing  hands on experience are held at the club apiary.

Junkies Magazine

Junkies is an eco-design, fashion and lifestyle magazine focused on rethinking, reusing, reducing and recycling.

We are reclaiming the Junkie idea and want to see a revolution of the thoughtful, inspiring and gorgeously creative. 

Silver sponsors

Sovereign Hill

An open-air museum, situated in an early gold diggings area. Provides an overview of what you can see and do and where to stay.

Flow Hive

Flow is a revolutionary beehive invention, allowing you to harvest honey without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance to the bees.

Munash Organics

The Munash Natural Fertilisers philosophy supports a holistic approach to soil remineralisation. 100% NATURAL, 100% ORGANIC & 100% SAFE.

Bronze sponsors

Ballarat Beekeeping Supplies

We stock supplies for the Backyard Beekeeper specialising in Australian made or designed beekeeping merchandise. You can find us at 306 Errard Street South, Ballarat Central. 

Geelong Beekeeping Club

Geelong Beekeepers Club aims to foster good beekeeping practice in the community, promote the interests of beekeeping and exchange information about all aspects of beekeeping.

McDonald Honey

McDonald Honey is a family owned beekeeping business. We provide Beekeeping products, supplies and advice as well as locally produced honey.

Buzzing Designs

Buzzing Designs began in 2015 as a Ballarat locally owned and operated business and continues to do so creating new websites for clients, overhauling existing websites and moving website hosting.

Trade tables

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Pre-Conference Friday evening Honey-themed Dinner


You are invited to join Keynote and Short Talk Program Conference Speakers to celebrate the Inaugural Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference on Friday 1st June, 7pm-10pm at Cafe Europa, 411 Sturt St, Ballarat Central.

The four course dinner, created by Chef Kathryn Haire is inspired by local producers including honey supplied by local beekeepers and honey merchants from Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat.

Time: Friday 1 June 2018 at 7:00pm

Cost: $55.00

Location: Cafe Europa411 Sturt Street , Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350.

Bookings: Fully booked out

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