Native bee workshops and lectures

Dr Tobias Smith from the School of Biological Sciences is offering a range of native bee workshops for both university students and for the wider community. In these workshops, participants are introduced to native bee taxonomy and taught the techniques involved in identifying different native bee species.

With over 1650 described bee species, the bees of Australia are more diverse than the birds and mammals combined. Through their pollination services, native bees are vital to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Some native bee species also have important roles in crop pollination.

Researchers at the University of Queensland work on a number of different areas related to native bees, including bee ecology and evolution, bee behaviour, pollination of native and crop plants, honey chemistry and native bee outreach.

Contacts

Dr Tobias Smith
Native bees on flower

Native Bee Identification, Ecology and Beekeeping (1/2 day workshops)

21 November 2021 9:30am2:00pm
An in-depth, hands-on workshop on the diversity, biology, husbandry and conservation of Australian native bees. Learn laboratory skills in native bee identification, and see first-hand the whimsical world inside a live native stingless bee hive and taste their honey!
Native bees on flower

Native Bee Identification, Ecology and Beekeeping (1/2 day workshops)

5 December 2021 9:30am2:00pm
An in-depth, hands-on workshop on the diversity, biology, husbandry and conservation of Australian native bees. Learn laboratory skills in native bee identification, and see first-hand the whimsical world inside a live native stingless bee hive and taste their honey!
Bees on flower

An evening with Native Bees (twilight session)

21 October 2021 4:30pm6:30pm
An introductory workshop on the lives and diversity of Australian native bees for anyone interested in pollination ecology or sustainable gardening.
Bees on flower

An evening with Native Bees (twilight session)

7 October 2021 4:30pm6:30pm
An introductory workshop on the lives and diversity of Australian native bees for anyone interested in pollination ecology or sustainable gardening.
Students in laboratory

Five-day intensive bee identification workshop

Cancelled
4 December 2020 9:00am
This workshop is primarily an identification course, teaching participants to identify Australian bee specimens to Family and Genus, with the option of gaining experience in the use of species-level keys.

BrisScience: The science of stingless bees

15 June 2020 6:30pm7:15pm
This lecture will take you into the secret lives of stingless bees, both Australian and overseas species, and introduce you to Meliponiculture - the keeping and management of stingless bees.
Bees on flower

Half-day bee identification workshop

8 December 2019 9:00am1:00pm
In this workshop, you will be introduced to Australian bee diversity and anatomy and provided with the skills needed to navigate bee identification keys.