The Art & Science of Beekeeping

To celebrate the Queen's Birthday weekend, we are exploring the Art & Science of Bees.

We have a wide range of speakers from overseas and closer to home, who will be talking about honeybees and native bees, on topics ranging from art and photography to the latest scientific research.

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Our fantastic line-up of speakers will immerse you in the Art & Science of Beekeeping.

Click a speaker's photo to find out more...

Girl Next Door Honey
The Bee Photographer
College of Melissae
Research Fellow
RMIT University
The University of Adelaide
Researcher and educator
Bee Scientifics
Sugarbag Bees
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Science communicator and conservationist, specialising in native bees
Bees Business
Entomology and pollination researcher
Western Sydney University
Managing Director
Malaika Honey, Uganda
PhD Candidate
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
PhD researcher, educator and science communicator. Native bees in cities.
The University of Sydney
PhD Candidate
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Technology Sydney
PhD candidate
University of Technology Sydney
Western Sydney University
Bee Biosecurity Officer
NSW Department of Primary Industry
Western Sydney University


Conference Venue

The ABA Conference is being held at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury campus in Richmond.

Transport & Parking

The campus is conveniently located close to East Richmond train station.

If you prefer to drive, parking is available on campus at a cost of $7 per day. Parking permits can be pre-purchased with your conference ticket, or purchased from the parking meters on the day.

Conference Dinner Venue

The Conference Dinner will be held at 6pm on Saturday 8 June, at the Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon. The Race Club is located close to Clarendon train station.


Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW

Nearby Places To Stay

ABA Crown Plaza discount

We have negotiated a preferred rate for ABA Conference attendees at the Crowne Plaza: Hawkesbury Valley, which is conveniently located near both our conference and dinner venues.

The Crowne Plaza offers a range of accommodation options, including twin rooms and suites sleeping up to six people - so talk to your friends and book now!

Description: Rates from $200 room only per night and are between 10 - 15% off publicly available rates, subject to availability or until sold out. This rate is available exclusively for those attending the ABA Beekeeping Conference.

This rate is not available through online hotel booking websites, so please click the image below, which will automatically apply the discount for you.

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Local accommodation

More accommodation options can be explored via the map below.



Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW



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