Venue: Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu

Location: Thimphu, Bhutan

Event Date/Time: Aug 19, 2008 End Date/Time: Aug 21, 2008
Registration Date: May 30, 2008
Early Registration Date: May 30, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Aug 19, 2008
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Asia has long been well known for its glorious tradition of beekeeping and honey hunting, rich
and diversified bee flora and fauna and suitable climate for beekeeping almost throughout the
year. Asia is one of the leading continents in beekeeping research and training. Beekeeping is
now established and developed as a profitable agro- forest based industry providing basic
employment, supplementary income and nutritious food to a large rural population besides
enhancing crop productivity through pollination.
Judicious planning and meticulous implementation of different innovative programs of
Government departments, research institutions, private organizations, Universities and NGOs
have paved the way for the modernization of beekeeping. In view of the availability of vast
honey potentials, there is tremendous scope for further expansion, extension and diversification
of beekeeping for sustainable livelihoods.
Beekeeping plays a crucial role in the present context of commercialization of agriculture and
liberalization of economy. It covers entire scope of honeybee resources, bee products,
beekeeping practices, pollination services and their interface with business systems and
environment integrity. There is a significant unknown diversity of scientific and practical
knowledge available in different countries which need to be disseminated properly. Due to lack
of coordination amongst different implementing agencies little information is available on the
overall status of research, training and extension systems.
The International Beekeeping Conference will provide a forum for reorienting the policies and
programs for more productive and sustainable apiculture. The theme of the congress
“Beekeeping development and its relevance in mountain agriculture” is most apt in the
present context.
The three day conference organized by Century Foundation, Bangalore, India in association
with Ministry of Agriculture, Royal Government of Bhutan will help to develop an agenda to
ensure sustainable livelihood, natural resource use optimization and eco-system protection
through income generating activities like beekeeping. It will bring together the international
scientific community involved in the study of bees and a unique opportunity to deepen our
understanding of the diversity of bees in the Himalayan Kingdom bees and experience the
wonderful hospitality of Bhutan.
Conference Venue:
Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu
Official Language: The official language of the congress will be in English.
Topics / Technical Sessions:
Biology and Management of Honeybees
Bees and Crop Pollination
Honey Flora and Migratory Beekeeping
Bee Pests, Diseases and Enemies
Bee Products: Processing and Marketing
Honey quality, safety and International trade issues
Beekeeping Technology and Equipment
Bees and Environment
Beekeeping Training and Extension
Organic Honey Production and its importance
Call for paper and posters:
Participants who intend to submit contributed papers or posters are requested to complete and
return the accompanying form indication. Please provide a title for your paper and an abstract
of no more than 500 words. After the review by the scientific committee, you will be informed
the acceptance. The Last date for submission of abstract (s) is May 30, 2008. The
abstracts may kindly be sent in an MS word file through email: ibcbhutan@gmail.com

Early Registration
Before 30th May 2008

Registration Participant US$ 300
Accompanying Person / student US$ 200
Participants from SARRC countries INR 4000
*registration fee includes participation in the conference, luncheons, coffee breaks, conference bag, abstract book, welcome
reception and closing ceremony
Terms and Conditions:
• Registration will be confirmed if payment is received with the registration booking form
• If you have not received details within 15 days of bookings please contact the conference
• The Century Foundation and the Organizing committee of the Conference can not be held
responsible for the non-arrival of information.
- Cancellations:
• Cancellations should be made in writing to the Century Foundation
• Refund of registration fees will be as follows;
- Before 10th June 2008 refund of 50%
- After 10th May 2008 no refund is available.
For any queries, please contact:

Dr. V. Sivaram,
Organizing Secretary – 2nd IBC 2008
Department of Botany,
Bangalore University
Bangalore - 560056, INDIA
Email: ibcbhutan@gmail.com or sivaram900@gmail.com
Tele: 91-80-22961315,
Fax: 91-80-23219295
Mobile: 9845514004
Mr. Kailash Pradhan, Dy. CRO, CoRRB
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan
Local Coordinator
2nd International Beekeeping Congress 2008
E.mail: kp_pradhan@yahoo.co.uk

Congress President:
Dr. Anita, M
Century Foundation
Bangalore, India
Mobile: 91-9845056044
Website: www.cenfoundindia.org

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Thimphu, Bhutan