Under the Patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

The First International Conference of the Arab Beekeeping Association



Day One – 5 February 2018

10:00 – 11:30 Reception and Opening Ceremony

11:30-15:40 Morning Sessions

Chair: Prof. Ahmad Alkhazim Al Ghamdi

11:30-11:35 Welcome address: H.E. Eng Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi

11:35-11:50 The Global Picture of Beekeeping
Mr. Philip McCabe, President, Apimondia

11:50-12:05 Efforts of the Arab Organization for Agriculture Development in encouraging beekeeping in Arab countries
Dr. Ibrahim El Dukheri, Director General, Arab Organization for Agriculture Development

12:05-12:20 Status of beekeeping in the Arab countries.
Prof. Ahmad Alkhazim Alghamdi, Supervisor of the Chair of Engineer Abdullah Bugshan for bee research, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

112:20-12:40 World Bee Day
Dr. Peter Kozmus, Leader of Breeding program for Carriolan honeybee in Slovenia, Slovenian Beekeeping Association, Slovenia, Vice President, Apimondia

12:40-13:00 Beekeeping for rural development 
Dr. Nicola Bradbear, Apimondia, UK

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Dr. Dany El Obeid

14:00-14:15 Sustainable beekeeping in the Gulf Region 
Eng. Mohammed Najeh Khafagy, Senior Advisor, ANHB Group, UAE

14:14-14:30 Barcoding of the local honeybee societies in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Yehya Al Attal, Chair of engineer Abdullah Bugshan for bee Research, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

14:30-14:50 BeesVita Plus™ (BVP™): a revolutionary nutritional system for honey bees that organically strengthens their natural defenses
Lee Rosen, Chairman and CEO, Healthy Bees LLC, US
Dr Francesca Del Vecchio , Beesvita Plus Inventor & Chief Scientist, Healthy Bees LLC, US
Dr Andrea Festuccia, Business Development & Strategy, Healthy Bees LLC, US

14:50-15:10 The use of comparative genome hybridization and next generation sequencing for conservation of levant honey bee resistant to varroa and its beneficial traits
Dr Nizar Haddad, Director General, National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), Jordan

15:10-15:40 Hive Haven V9 Stingless Native Bee Hive Assembly to combat hive overheating and enable the harvesting of native bee products (honey & propolis)
Jeffrey Ross, Director, Hive Haven Australia, Australia

14:50 Analysis of the benefits and costs of honey bee industry in Saudi Arabia
Dr Mosa Al Qhatani, Beekeeping Economist, Saudi Arabia

15:40-15:50 Break

15:50-19:00 Evening Sessions

Chair: Prof. Dennis Anderson

 15:40-15:55 The BeeApp for Beekeepers a new tool for smart beekeeping
Dany El-Obeid, Academic, Beekeeping,Lebanon

15:55-16:10 Good beekeeping practices: honey and beehive products quality
Etienne Bruneau, CARI asbl – Apimondia, Belgium

 16:10-16:30 Treatment and sterilization of bees and its products and accessories
Riyadh Alobiadan, Beekeeper, Kuwait

16:30-16:50 Selection of honey bees
Prof. Nasreldeen Basuny, Researcher, Beekeeping Department, Agriculture Research Centre, Egypt

16:50-17:10 Rearing of honeybee queen
Dr. Amal Al-Abbadi, Associate Professor: Economic Entomology and Apiculture, Al-Baqa Applied University

 17:10-19:00 Apiarab General Assembly


Day Two – 6 February 2018

10:00-13:00 Evening Sessions

Chair: Prof. Mohammed Saeed Khanbash

10:00-10:15 Pollinator diversity and conservation in Asia
Dr Cleofas Rodriguez Cervancia, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines

10:15-10:30 How to detect bee diseases
Prof Mahmoud Lekhal, ENSV – Federation Algerienne des Associations d’Apiclteurs, Algeria

10:30-10:50 Highlights on Apiculture research activates and major achievements of the Chair of Bee Research of KSU
Dr Nuru Adgaba Mohamed, Chair of Engineer Abdullah Bugshan for bee Research,King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

10:50-11:10  Pathway for Emirati Honey Bred
Prof. Dennis Anderson, Specialist R&D Division at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, UAE

11:10-11:30 Separating naturally and efficiently honey from beeswax-cappings by a cold spinning process
Lionel Bouron, Sales manager, THOMAS Cy, Greece

11:30-12:45 Multiplex Technology for the detection of Multiple Drug Residues in A Single Sample
Anil Padmanabhan, Business Development and Customer Support Executive, Randox Food Diagnostics, UK

12:45-13:00 The influence of additional feeding on progress of honey bee colonies in Jordan
Shahera Talat Zaitoun, Al Balqa Applied University, Jordan

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:40 Evening Sessions

Chair: Mr. Mosa Al Qhatani

14:00-14:30Presenting honey in a proper manner for shows and awards
Michael Gleeson, The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA), Ireland

14:30-14:50 Honey quality and international honey market analysis
Norberto Garcia, Professor, Universidad Nacinal Del Sur – Bahia Blanca, Argentina

14:50-15:15 Honey marketing specifics
Dr Rami Ollaik, Author and Attorney at Law, Instructor of Beekeeping, Faculty of Agr. & Food Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

14:50-15:15 Honey and Bee Products in China
Prof. Siriwat Wongsiri, President, Asian Apicultural Association

14:50-15:15 Medical importance of bee products
Prof. Ahmad Hegazi, National Research Centre, Egypt

15:50-16:05 Aleski Tuominen
Paradise Honey, Finland

15:50-16:05 Beekeeping definitions, controls and practices impact on the quality of bee products
Prof. Badiaa Lyoussi, University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah, Morocco




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