Dr Adriana M Alippi
National University of La Plata, Argentina

Adriana Alippi has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research since 2005.

Adriana is a Principal Research Scientist at the CIDEFI, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales, UNLP, Argentina. She has been the expert and head of the Reference Laboratory concerning American foulbrood (AFB) of honey bees of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) since 2008. She joined the CIDEFI after her graduation in 1980 as Ingeniero Agrónomo (Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina). Between 1980 and 1992 her research was focused in the area of phytobacteriology with particular reference to the genera Pseudomonas, Xanthomonas and Agrobacterium. In 1983-4 she worked as in postgraduate research in the laboratory of Dr A C Hayward at the Department of Microbiology, University of Queensland, Australia. Since 1986 she has held a position of Research Scientist (CIC) in the Laboratory of Bacteriology of the CIDEFI. Since 1989, Adriana has been involved in the diagnosis of bacterial diseases of honey bees, mainly focused on AFB, for which she was awarded several grants, including the IFS Silver Jubilee Award in 2001 from the International Foundation for Science, Sweden. She is the author of a number of standard diagnostic techniques for Paenibacillus larvae, the causal agent of AFB. Her current research is focused in the investigation of the molecular basis of tetracycline resistance in P. larvae populations and the search for alternative non-contaminant natural biocides for the control of AFB. She has published numerous scientific publications and book chapters on bee pathology and bacterial plant pathogens.

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Prof. Keith Delaplane

University of Georgia, USA

Keith Delaplane was Senior Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research between 2003 and 2007.

He oversees honey bee research, instruction, and outreach at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences. He is a frequent lecturer on behalf of bee science across the English-speaking world. In 2014 he was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as an honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his research and outreach efforts in the United Kingdom.

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Dr Ivor Davis
Avon, UK

A physicist by training, Ivor Davis runs an IT consultancy company. 

A beekeeper for over 20 years, he runs about 18 colonies of bees and has held various positions in his local Avon Beekeepers Association, but has also been Chairman and President of the British Beekeepers Association. 

In the BBKA, he was involved in the campaign for government funding for bee research, which involved close contact with politicians at all levels, other decision makers and the media. He was also involved in steering through the revised BBKA Constitution to bring the organisation in to the 21st century, as well as the setting up of BBKA Enterprises Ltd, a trading company separate from the main Charity.

He instituted the BBKA Members Register, maintained by his wife Jan, and wrote the original software for the register database. He is a member of the BBKA Examinations Board and is currently project manager of the BBKA education programme, including the "Course in a Case" and short course modules in conjunction with the Fera Healthy Bees Plan and the National Diploma in Beekeeping Board, of which he is currently Chairman.


Dr Mervyn Eddie
UK

Mervyn Eddie joined IBRA Council in 2011, and is currently Trustee with responsibility for Human Resources.

Mervyn Eddie PhD, BAgr. (both degrees from Queen's University Belfast, in 1969 & 1966). Mervyn retired in 2000 from senior management in various operating companies within the Unilever Group. Pig nutrition research scientist in Department of Agriculture Northern Ireland, 1970-74. Pig nutritionist with Unilever (BOCM Silcock, Europe's largest animal feed company) 1974-78. Area Managing Director, BOCM Silcock 1978-85, initially Dyfed and later East Anglia. Chairman, Marine Harvest (world's largest salmon farming operation, Scotland & Chile) 1985-88. Chairman, Pamol Plantations, Malaysia (26000 ha oil palm plantation, plus prawn farms) 1988-92. Vice President, DiverseyLever, Netherlands (world's 2nd largest industrial hygiene & detergents business) 1992-98. Cabinet Office, Whitehall (led UK national infrastructure audit of millennium-bug readiness) 1998-2000. For this role, was seconded by Unilever plc as part of their contribution to national readiness.

Mervyn began small-scale beekeeping as a boy, and after his international career, restarted in 2001. Now he tries to combine his biological research training, small-scale beekeeping and experience in management to help improve the future of bees and beekeeping. He was Chairman of Dromore BKA 2003-6, Chairman of Ulster BKA 2006-9 and President of Ulster BKA 2009-11. Between 2010 and 2012 he was Chairman of The Council of National Beekeeping Associations (BBKA, SBKA, WBKA, UBKA, FIBKA and BFA) actively involved on behalf of all beekeepers in UK and Ireland in EU beekeeping legislation and regulation issues.











Prof. Jamie Ellis

University of Florida, USA

Jamie Ellis co-edited the Special Issue of the Journal of Apicultural Research on the small hive beetle in 2008, and is one of the editors of the COLOSS BEEBOOK.

Jamie is the Gahan Endowed Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. He has a BS degree in Biology from the University of Georgia (Georgia, USA) and a PhD in Entomology from Rhodes University in South Africa. At the University of Florida, Jamie has responsibilities in extension, instruction and research. Regarding his extension work, Jamie created the AFBEE program (African Bee Extension and Education Program), the UF, South Florida, and Caribbean Bee Colleges, and the UF Master Beekeeper Program. As an instructor, Jamie supervises PhD and masters students in addition to offering an online beekeeping course. Currently, Jamie and his team have over 30 active research projects in the fields of honey bee husbandry, conservation and ecology, and integrated crop pollination. Jamie is a member of the COLOSS Executive Committee.

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Dr Jay Evans

United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, USA

Jay Evans was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research between 2008 and 2014.

Jay grew up in Seattle, Washington, USA, as an avid naturalist and went on to Princeton University and the University of Utah for AB. and PhD degrees, respectively, in Biology. After connecting with bees during a brief project on queen production at the University of Arizona, he signed on as a Research Scientist with the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, where he has been for 15 years. His projects use genetic analyses for bees and their major pests in order to improve bee breeding and management against disease. Jay was an early proponent of the Honey Bee Genome Project and helped recruit and organise scientists interested in applied genomics for bees. He has improved and applied genetic tests for biotic and chemical causes of bee declines and is now heading a consortium to sequence the genome of the varroa mite in order to enable novel control methods for this key pest. He is grateful to the beekeepers and colleagues who have inspired him to seek ways to have more impact with his work. Jay lives just out of reach from Washington, DC with his family, twelve sheep, two goats and two bee hives (down from four).







Margaret Ginman

UK

Margaret Ginman joined IBRA Council in 2014, and was Company Secretary between 2014 and 2016. Margaret is a journalist by profession, and runs a small bee farm with about 50 hives. She is also General Secretary of the Bee Farmers Association of the UK (BFA). When she joined the BFA, among the many tasks she was asked to deal with was to investigate ways of bringing young people into the industry. The BFA apprenticeship Scheme is open to 16 to 24-year-olds, and aims to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to make a successful career in the bee farming industry. Launched in 2014 to much interest, the first cohort of seven young people are now placed with some of the most experienced bee farmers in the United Kingdom.

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University of Ghent, Belgium








Dr Fani Hatjina

Hellenic Agriculture Org. "DEMETER", Greece

The four years in Cardiff University for her PhD studies (1991-1994) brought Fani close to IBRA and its staff. IBRA’s headquarters became her second home in Cardiff, given that she was spending much of her studying time there. That is how she came to know and follow IBRA’s activities as an international library, publishing house, conference organising organisation and promoter of apiculture knowledge and practice also in developing countries. The best experience though, was meeting Dr Eva Crane and a visit to her house some years later. The strong personality, the demanding conversations and her curiosity as well as her knowledge on the historical findings from Ancient Greece, are unforgettable. It was the same period, that Fani also had the opportunity to visit Buckfast Abbey and Brother Adam as part of an educational trip organised during the Diploma Course at Cardiff University.

As an Associate Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research since 2006, and a close collaborator of IBRA, Fani is trying to give a helping hand with its activities, and especially to increase scientists’ awareness for IBRA’s work, to take JAR and Bee World one step ahead, and to improve the dissemination of knowledge between scientists and beekeepers.

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Dr William D J Kirk

Keele University, UK

William Kirk joined IBRA in 1988 and was elected to IBRA Council in 1993. After some time learning the ropes, he served as Vice-Chairman from 2000-2004 and Chairman from 2004-2009. He wrote the books “A colour guide to the pollen loads of the honey bee” and “Plants for bees”, both published by IBRA. He received the IBRA Award in 2013.

William is a senior lecturer in entomology and ecology at Keele University. He has been a beekeeper for over 20 years, but his interest in bees extends to all bees, including bumble bees and solitary bees. His bee research has included foraging behaviour and bee viruses. He supervises undergraduate students and PhD students working on topics that include foraging behaviour, pesticide residues in bee hives and feeding stimulants for honey bees. He has also served as Chairman and President of his local beekeeping association, the North Staffordshire Beekeepers Association.

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Hans Kjaersgaard

Berkshire, UK

Hans Kjaersgaard was IBRA Chairman between 2010 and 2014. He became Company Secretary in 2016.

Hans was born and grew up in Denmark. He moved to England in the mid 1970s and  started a career in international business. Part of his responsibilities in one of his first jobs was to represent Eastern European state exporters, and one of these sold Acacia and other honey. As he knew little about honey, he looked for an organisation that had knowledge and came across IBRA. On his first visit to IBRA at Hill House he met Dr Eva Crane who was very helpful and enthusiastic. Armed with books from the IBRA library, he set about trying to equip himself with sufficient knowledge. When Eva retired, her successor, Margaret Adey suggested that Hans should join IBRA council as someone with a business background. In the following years Hans was one of only a handful of people who traded honey internationally, which took him to beekeepers and cooperatives in many countries. Whilst he was also trading other food commodities (e.g. tomato paste, fruit juices, tea etc.) honey remained his favourite and during this time he became familiar with all the major honey producing countries in the world and also some smaller countries with highly specialised honey. During that time Hans was regularly in contact with Eva Crane and involved whenever there were commercial aspects of honey on her horizon. Before retiring Hans was International Sales Manager at a subsidiary of McCormick (the world’s largest spice company) and then moved to The Netherlands to work for International Flavours and Fragrances which is one of the largest companies in its field.  At IFF he was responsible for flavour sales in the Middle East and later managed Project Teams and Agents/Distributors in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Throughout his working life Hans has enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. Whenever he has had a chance he has sampled the local honey and this resulted in some very interesting experiences in exotic places like Yemen, Guatemala, Sri Lanka. Now back in England and retired, Hans does a little consultancy, spends time with his family, does some voluntary work, and living in Windsor can easily pursue his interest in history.  

















Prof. Octaaf van Laere

Belgium

Octaaf van Laere has been a member of IBRA Council for many years, and is currently President. He has had many contacts with IBRA since the 1960s, especially with Dr Eva Crane. Octaaf has been closely associated with the problems of the conservation of the IBRA Eva Crane historical collection.

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1953: agricultural engineer, University of Ghent (thesis on acarine disease of honey bees).
1955-1958: researcher Faculty of Agriculture Ghent: bee diseases and pollination.
1963: PhD (Doctor in Agricultural Sciences), Univ. of Ghent
1964: Senior assistant.
1969: Higher Degree in Agricultural Sciences, partim Entomology (“Habilitation”). (Thesis on endocrinology of the honey bee).
1973: Lecturer Univ. of Antwerp
1980: Professor of Entomology Univ. of Antwerp / director, department of crop protection of the Centre for Agricultural Research at Merelbeke.
1994: retired. Active in bee sciences.
Several commitments in APIMONDIA (presidency of the Standing Commission for Bee Biology (1985-2003) / Executive Council / Management of the Publishing House in Bucharest).
Languages: Dutch, French, English, German, Russian.
















Prof. Stephen Martin

University of Salford, UK

Stephen Martin spent seven years researching hornets in Japan, seven years working on varroa at the National Bee Unit, then a period at the University of Sheffield, before taking up a chair at the University of Salford. Currently he heads a small team of researchers studying interactions between varroa, its honey bee host and viral pathogens, with study sites across the world. His other area of study is the chemical recognition communication systems in ants, bees and mites. He has written over 150 scientific publications. He was Guest Editor of the IBRA publication “Apicultural research on varroa” (2007). In his spare time he runs over mountains and deserts, and climbs rock and ice.

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Prof. Peter Neumann

University of Bern, Switzerland

Peter Neumann co-edited the Special Issues of the Journal of Apicultural Research on the small hive beetle in 2008, and on honey bee colony losses in 2010. He is one of the editors of the COLOSS BEEBOOK, and was awarded the IBRA Award in 2013.

Peter is the Foundation Vinetum-Professor of Bee Health at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Peter obtained both his MSc (1994) and PhD (1998) degrees in honey bee genetics under the supervision of Prof. Robin Moritz in Germany. He then carried on with a research focus on Cape honey bees and small hive beetles as a postdoctoral fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa with Prof. Randall Hepburn (1999-2001). Back in Germany he was awarded an Emmy Noether fellowship of the DFG and established his own research team (2001-2004). In 2005-2006, he coordinated an international research team on small hive beetles. In 2006, he joined the Swiss Bee Research Centre in Bern, Switzerland as full time researcher. Three years later, he became a senior researcher and head of the pest and pathogens division of the SBRC. In 2013, he established the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern and became a full professor at the Vetsuisse Faculty. His team now includes two long-term scientific collaborators (Dr Gina Retschnig and Dr Geoff Williams). The research now includes all aspects of bee health, with a strong focus on honey bee pathology and the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor with associated viruses. The group usually consists of 2-3 post docs (currently Dr Paul Page and Dr Orlando Yañez), 3-4 PhD and a similar number of MSc and BSc students. Two technicians run a fully equipped state-of-the-art DNA and RNA laboratory as well as indoor and outdoor facilities for bee research. Peter is President of the global COLOSS association (prevention of honey bee COlony LOSSes) with 475 members from 70 countries (financed by Ricola Foundation Nature & Culture). Over the years, he has managed to obtain 30 projects with a total external funding of >4.4 M€. His referee activities include >50 International Scientific Journals and 22 Grant Awarding Agencies. Peter has so far published 140 Articles in international peer reviewed journals (including Nature, PNAS and TREE), 2 book chapters, 40 popular articles as well as 177 conference proceedings (3625 citations, h-index: 32, i10-index: 79, ResearchGate score = 39.65 [30.09.2014]).

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Prof. Robert Paxton

University of Halle, Germany

After graduating from Sussex University, with a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in the evolutionary ecology of wasps, Robert moved to Cardiff University in 1985 to work on bee biology and to teach on the newly founded Diploma in Apiculture. Under the tutelage of Professors Robert Pickard and John Free, he could not have had a better introduction to the honey bee, its biology and management. Robert was simultaneously introduced to IBRA, which had just moved headquarters to Cardiff. Of course he immediately joined. IBRA’s ever-welcoming staff and excellent library were to become indispensable for his research and for that of the Diploma in Apiculture students. In 1990, when IBRA was under the direction of Andrew Matheson, he even had the honour to be invited onto Council of IBRA, a role he readily accepted. In 1993 Robert transferred to Uppsala University (Sweden) as a visiting postdoctoral researcher (as an EU Madame Curie Fellow) to develop his interests in population genetics with Professor Pekka Pamilo. Then in 1996 he moved to the University of Tübingen (Germany) to focus on social evolution in sweat bees. In 2003 he returned to the UK to take up a lectureship at Queen’s University Belfast, where he and his group worked on social evolution, insect conservation, pollination and bee diseases. After a year (2009-10) at Cornell University, USA in the lab of Prof. Bryan Danforth, renowned for his work on sweat bee phylogenies, in August 2010 Robert moved back to Germany to the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg to take up the Chair in General Zoology in the Institute for Biology, where he collaborates closely with the neighbouring group of honey bee population geneticist Prof. Robin Moritz. His group at Halle continues with its four research themes of social evolution, insect conservation, pollination and honey bee diseases. Robert also holds an honorary position at Queen’s University Belfast, from where he coordinated one of the BBSRC’s (UK government’s) Insect Pollinators Initiative projects on ‘Emergent Diseases’ of bees, a project run in collaboration with Drs Juliet Osborne (University of Exeter) and Prof. Mark Brown (Royal Holloway University of London).

Throughout these peregrinations Robert has remained on IBRA Council, now though as an overseas member and therefore with less day-to-day contact. IBRA nevertheless maintains an important and cherished place in his research outlook, both as a source of knowledge and as a voice to the rest of the scientific community and the general public on all matters bee.

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Prof. Robert Pickard
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Robert Pickard provides scientific advice for the communications media and a wide range of institutions. As Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, he reported to the Minister for Energy in Westminster and the Ministers for the Environment in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.He is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Cardiff; Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Medicine; and a Trustee of the National Museum of Wales. Much of his work has been involved with protecting consumers, the food chain and the wider environment. In 1977, he founded the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff University, which attracted students from over fifty different countries around the world. He was first elected to IBRA Council in 1983 and was Senior Editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research from 1986-1990. His first paper on the honey bee brain, which led to the filing of three patents, was published in 1976 and the brain atlas was illustrated at the Nagoya Apimondia in 1986. The first MRI scans were achieved in 1997. He is currently President of the Cardiff Beekeepers Association and the UK Central Association of Bee-Keepers. He was described in Bee World as “an original research scientist and a gifted teacher” and his public lectures on energy, environment, agriculture, honey bees, nutrition, brains, social evolution  and Shakespeare have been popular throughout the world, from North America to New Zealand. He is currently Chairman of IBRA Council.
















Prof. Nigel Raine

University of Guelph, Canada

Nigel Raine is the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation. The endowed chair is funded by a $3-million gift from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation in the name of Wendy Rebanks, daughter of Garfield Weston and one of the foundation’s directors. Research in Nigel’s group has three main themes: 1. the impacts of pesticides on bees; 2. cognitive ecology of insects; and 3. pollination ecology. Whilst current research is focused on bees, he has also worked on ant-plant interactions in the neotropics.

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Karl Showler
Herefordshire, UK

Karl Showler has been a member of IBRA for over 60 years, although was not a founder member. He was a former member of IBRA staff as Eva Crane's administrative and technical officer and prior to that was actively involved as a supporter of the association.

After army service and agricultural college he worked at the East Malling Research Station in the Plant Physiology section, until moving to IBRA in 1970. He is President of Bee Craft Ltd, and a Past President of the British Beekeeper's Association. In his final years on the BBKA executive he was particularly involved in its Spring Convention. He is an honorary member of a number of beekeeping associations including BBKA and Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association. With his late wife Betty he was a partner in B & K Books of Hay on Wye. Karl is a regular contributor to the English language bee press in particular Bee World and Bee Craft.  His articles are mainly on historical subjects relating to apiculture making use of his extensive collection of bee related literature. For a number of years he maintained observations on drone assemblies.