Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) offers three full days of beekeeping education every year, rotating through midwest and southeastern states to reach as many beekeepers as possible.
This year, the HAS conference will be held July 11-13, 2018 at Washington University in St. Louis on the Danforth campus about a mile from Interstate 64.
Founded in 1853, Washington University is a private institution that is ranked in the Top 20 universities nationwide by Newsweek. Our team visited campus this spring and took lots pictures of the site.
St. Louis is a wonderful destination for beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike – New York Times: St. Louis Is as Welcoming as It Is Budget-Friendly
Opening day at 8:30 a.m. plenary sessions will be held at the Edison Theater (#32 on the Danforth campus map).
Classes, vendors and most HAS activities will be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall (#4 on the map).
The bee yard will be in McMillan Hall courtyard (#79 on the map).
You might also find the interactive Danforth Campus map with building names and out of town directions handy.
Parking is free at Danforth University Center garage (# 27 on the map) for those registered to stay at the dorms for the conference. On campus parking is available for $9 a day at Millbrook (#95 on the map) and Snow Way (#97 on the map.) For more information about parking at Washington University, visit their campus guide including parking information.
It’s almost time for the HAS 2018 Conference July 11-13, 2018 in St. Louis!
June 10: Sheraton Clayton Plaza HAS conference rates end.
June 15: Early bird conference registration ends. Cost is $100 for three days or $40 per day per person. On site dorm accommodations, meals and evening events are extra.
After June 15, conference registration is $150 for three days and $55 per day per person.
June 20: Clayton Plaza HAS conference room rates end.
June 30: Online conference registration ends.
July 11-13: Walk-ins are welcome for the $55 per day registration. Preliminary online schedule.
For more campus information, feel free to download this campus guide.
Among the keynote speakers confirmed for this year’s conference:
- Marla Spivak, MacArthur Fellow and Professor at the University of Minnesota, will open the conference with her perspective on how events are shaping the future of beekeeping.
- Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Director of the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland, will provide perspectives on hive management based on his years of collecting and analyzing hive management survey data.
- May Berenbaum, Professor and Head of the Entomology Department at the University of Illinois, will address effects of agricultural technology on honey bees.
- The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a team of professional beekeeping instructors, will present beekeeping techniques in classrooms and in the bee yard during each breakout session of the conference.
- Keith Delaplane, Professor and Director of the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program, will address the practical challenges of integrating hive management with evolution and ecology, and present classic talks on honey bee biology.
- Dr. Dewey Caron will present his comprehensives perspectives on the art and science of beekeeping.
- Dr. Samuel Ramsey from the University of Maryland will present ground-breaking and inspiring research regarding varroa destructor.
- Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia research Manager, will report on her recent studies of oxalic acid applications.
- Leading agricultural and entomological scientists will participate in moderated panel discussions of some of the most important and controversial topics affecting bees and beekeepers.
- You will also enjoy social activities and fun excursions of interest to beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike. This year, evening activities include a movie “Ulee’s Gold” on Wednesday, July 11 complete with popcorn: a visit to Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Clydesdales Thursday, July 12 and a tour of the Insectarium among other activities at the world-renowned St. Louis Zoo Friday, July 13.Outstanding vendors will be on hand with a selection of beekeeping products. Many HAS attendees take advantage of the opportunity to save on shipping by placing their supply orders in advance to pick up at the conference.More details will be posted here as they are finalized so check back here to get the latest agenda and related information. See you in St. Louis!Like and follow HAS on Facebook to interact with our organization and other attendees. You can also sign up for our email list to get regular updates.