The Congress will cover a broad spectrum of beekeeping and apicultural sciences, including state of-the-art lectures, plenary sessions and various symposia within each of the Apimondia Standing Commissions.

The Montréal Congress will strive to be a showcase of world-wide advancements in the science of apiculture. Emphasis will also be placed on presentations or discussions of topics that are of high prominence in the beekeeping community or that challenge our concepts of modern beekeeping, through roundtables and special interest group sessions. The poster sessions, offering lively interaction between presenters and participants, are regarded by many as the heart of the Congress.

We will also endeavour to use web-based streaming of all plenary sessions to allow a special category of registrant virtual participation in aspects of the Congress.

 
PRELIMINARY PLENARIES / SYMPOSIA TOPICS
 
 
1. Apitherapy: Reflection, promotion, and deployment of Apitherapy in the world
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 2 Symposia
– Role of Apitherapy in Modern Medicine
– Innovations in Apitherapy
– Clinical validation of Apitherapies

2. Bee Biology: Current state of research on bee biology
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 3 Symposia
– Recent Advances in Honey Bee Biology
– Bee Semiochemicals
– Perception, Learning and Cognition
– Honey Bee Genomics

3. Beekeeping Economy: Development of beehive products, and commercial activities linked to bees
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 1 Symposium
– Worldwide Economics of Beekeeping
– New Products and Opportunities from the Hive

 
POSSIBLE PLENARY / SYMPOSIA TOPICS
 
 
4. Bee Health: Study of all aspects that affect honey bee health
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 4 Symposia
– Colony Losses
– Pesticides and Bee Health
– Diagnosis and Control of Bee Diseases
– Breeding for Improved Bee Health
– Honey Bee Nutrition

5. Pollination and bee flora: Study of the role of bees as necessary pollinators for agricultural crops and natural flora
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 2 Symposia
– Status of non-Apis Pollinators
– Integrated Crop Pollination
– Landscape Effects on Pollinators

6. Beekeeping Technology and Quality: Information relating to the technologies and equipment used for apiary activities
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 3 Symposia
– Detection of Residues in Hive Products
– Best Management Practices for Beekeeping
– Quality Control and Food Safety
– Queen Rearing and Instrumental Insemination

7. Beekeeping for Rural Development: Information on how apiculture contributes to the development of sustainable livelihoods, world-wide
Chair: President of Apimondia Standing Commission
Plenary plus 2 Symposia
– Indigenous Beekeeping
– Honey Marketing by Small Producer

 
ROUNDTABLES/ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS  
 
Topics will be chosen by the scientific program committee subsequent to abstract submission, on issues of emerging concern to apiculture. An expert panel and moderator will be invited to participate in a setting which facilitates interaction with beekeepers.

 
OTHER EVENTS  
 
Other exciting events will include hands-on workshops that highlight beekeeping in Canada and other parts of the world, as well demonstrations of new inventions and methods.