2020 Annual Conference

Note: Registrations have been suspended pending a formal announcement by the SAAA Executive Council in line with recent government advice on non-essential gatherings.


The SAAA 2020 Annual Conference will be held at the Berri Hotel in the Riverland, on Thursday 11th June to Friday 12th June 2020.

We have a number of excellent speakers talking about current and interesting topics. We also have a number of excellent sponsors ready to inform you about their latest products and services.

For those members that want to book their accommodation early and get the discounted delegate rate, check out the Nov-Dec or Jan-Feb editions of the Buzz for details.


Single Day

Thursday OR Friday

Two Days

Thursday AND Friday

Early Bird Rates

If paid by 30 April 2020

Member: $70.00 $110.00
Partner/Employee of Member: $60.00 $100.00
Non-Member: $90.00 $160.00

Standard Rates

Payment after 30 April 2020

Member: $100.00 $140.00
Partner/Employee of Member: $90.00 $130.00
Non-Member: $120.00 $190.00

SAAA Members must log onto the website first before they can register.

Registrations and payments will not be accepted on the day. All registrations and payments must be finalised by the closing date.

There will be several raffles on the night with beekeeping related prizes and a hand made quilt (Supporting the Geoff Cotton Memorial Award) to be won. There will also be at least one auction of a beekeeping starter kit, including hive, frames, suit, smoker and tools.

An early draft of the program is available for download. Please note as this is an early draft it may be subject to change.

For those that prefer a paper form, one can be downloaded from the website.  A copy of the paper form will be enclosed with the Mar-Apr edition of The Buzz.

Event Details

Event Date 11-06-2020 9:00 am
Event End Date 12-06-2020 4:00 pm
Registration Start Date 01-03-2020
Capacity 100
Available places 64
Cut off date 29-05-2020 11:55 pm
Individual Price From $70.00 for an SAAA member for a single day
Location Berri Hotel
Attachment SAAA 2020 Conference Draft Program 2020.03.06.pdf

Venue Information - Berri Hotel


Jessica Moran

PhD Candidate, CRC for Honey Bee Products

e-Nose - Developing electronic sensors for AFB volitiles

Murali Nayudu

Associate Professor (adj), Faculty of Science & Technology

Probiotics for bees

Jamie Ayton

Chemist - Edible Oils

Honey Chemistry and Adulteration

Tom Damin

Research and Technical Services Manager

Development of inter row companion species blends for pollinating insects

Liz Barbour

CEO Cooperative Research Centres for Honey Bee Products

Making honey products ready for export

Ian Zadow

Commercial Beekeeper

Designing and building a honey processing plant

Teagan Alexander

PIRSA Bee Biosecurity Officer

Update on BBO Activities and Biosecurity issues

Michael Stedman

PIRSA - Project Officer Apiaries

Update on PIRSA bee related projects and activities

Danny Le Feuvre

Chair, Apiaries Alliance South Australia

Update on access to public lands and other Apiary Alliance activities

Josh Kennett

President, South Australian Apiarists' Association

AGM and Opening of Conference

Hon Tim Whetstone

Member for Chaffey and Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development

Official Opening

Dr Doug Somerville

Technical Specialist, Bees with the NSW Department of Primary Industries

AgriFutures Update and Honey and Pollen Flora of South-Eastern Australia

Chris Bastian

Regional Prevention Officer, Country Fire Service

Fire Safety, Required Equipment, and handling a small fire

Clarisa Castaños

PhD Candidate, CRC for Honey Bee Products

Honey Bee Nutrition - Early detection of malnutrition and colony collapse

Daniel Dixon

PhD Candidate, CRC for Honey Bee Products

Using drones and satellites to understand and monitor flowering events


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