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Thanks to sponsorship from the C.B. Dennis British Beekeeper's Research Trust, and to mark 150 years of the BBKA in 2024, applications are invited for Convention Research Poster Awards.  The intention of these awards is to enable researchers who would not otherwise present at the Convention to do so.  Accepted posters will be displayed 12th – 13th April and presented on Friday 12th, at the Convention at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, TF10 8NB.  Following the poster presentations, the author judged to have given the best poster and presentation, will be awarded a prize certificate and one year’s complimentary membership of the BBKA.  


Applications are invited from UK based researchers for awards up to £400 maximum each.  The research presented should relate to honey bees and /or beekeeping. Four awards are expected to be made.  

To apply:

  • Applications must be received electronically by [email protected] by Friday 2nd February 2024. All applications will be acknowledged.
  • The first author must submit an abstract of the poster (200 words maximum including Title and Author(s)).  
  • The name, address, position and institutional affiliation (where appropriate) of the lead author, and for student applications, the name, job role and institutional affiliation of the academic supervisor must also be provided.
  • An estimate of expenses to display and present the poster on 12th April, must also be provided.  The estimate may include:
    • travel expenses (return, home – Harper Adams via public transport or 45p / mile)
    • subsistence (up to £137 for one night dinner, bed & breakfast)
    • poster production (max £35)

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 23rd February.

Each successful applicant will receive a complimentary 3-day Convention Wristband, plus a monetary award up to a maximum of £400. Awards will be paid after the Convention on submission of receipts for travel expenses (or home – Harper Adams mileage details), subsistence and poster production. Payment will be by bank transfer to the account details provided to the BBKA accounts team. Payment will not be made if an award holder fails to provide/present their poster.

Posters for those receiving an award, should be portrait orientation and A0 - A1 in size.   They are to be brought for display on the poster boards provided in the Weston Building foyer at Harper Adams on the morning of Friday 12th April.  The first author recipient of the award must be available to give a 5-minute presentation about their poster and answer questions, between 13.00 and 13.45 on Friday 12th.  Posters should remain on display until Saturday 13th afternoon, and for any award holder unable to stay until Saturday, by arrangement, their poster can be posted back after the event.

Whilst a small number of rooms may be available overnight at Harper Adams on Thursday 11th April, accommodation cannot be guaranteed and successful award holders will be responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.  

Additional posters including those from researchers not in receipt of an award are welcomed.  For further information and to apply, please contact [email protected] 

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