Postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We look forward to exploring the complex world of bees with you in 2021. Dates to be announced soon. 

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. Throughout the workshop, field techniques will be taught, as well as a series of lectures that convey key topics covering bee biogeography, biology, anatomy, ecology and conservation.

The workshop will be a mix of collecting bees in the field, identifying bees in the lab and lectures. You will come away with a deep understanding and knowledge of Australian bee biology, ecology and the skills to use keys to identify specimens. You will also leave with a bee specimen collection, which you will build yourself throughout the workshop and can be used as a reference collection for your future work.

This workshop is targeted at participants seeking professional-level bee identification skills, such as University students, new bee researchers, government and non-government environment-related workers and highly motivated amateur bee enthusiasts.

Places will be limited to 19 participants, to ensure a high-quality experience, and the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with the experienced and knowledgeable teaching team, led by Dr Tobias Smith.

Expressions of interest will be released shortly with new 2021 dates. 

About 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.

$1,450 per person inclusive of accommodation, travel between fieldwork locations and meals.


Most of the workshop will be based at The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station, on picturesque Minjerribah/Stradbroke Island.