COLOSS *Resilience breeding and management* Training school 2024, Bilbao, Spain

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DATE/TIME:

Thursday, March 14, 2024

DESCRIPTION

The COLOSS Varroa control and RNSBB Task Forces are joining forces and organising a field training school to demonstrate traditional and innovative methods for varroa monitoring, colony evaluation, and measurement of resilience traits for sustainable breeding.

The training school will be held in Bilbao, March 14th, following the Varroa control and RNSBB task force workshops (12th and 13th March, 2024).

The ultimate aim of the training school is to disseminate standard methods to support breeding and monitoring programs among honey bee experts worldwide.

Field demonstrations will focus on the following aspects:

Varroa monitoring

  • Adult bee sample infestation
  • Drone brood infestation
  • Bottom board check

Breeding for resistance traits

  • Colony strength (Liebefeld / Col Eval)
  • Hygienic behaviour (pin test)

Sustainable management

  • Brood interruption via queen caging

Several demonstration stations will be set up to function in parallel and allow each participant to have a hands-on experience. Theoretical sessions will also be held at the beginning and end of the day.

REGISTRATION

The training school is open to all COLOSS members. Limited places available (55).

Preference will be given to actively participating members of the Varroa control and RNSBB task forces.

Participants should bring their own protective bee veil, suits and gloves. Coffee break and lunch will need to be covered by participants (~20-25EUR).

The deadline for registration is Friday 23rd of February 2024.

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TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS

Travel info

Bilbao is best reached by plane. Bilbao  International Airport is conveniently located 12 km from the city center (https://www.aena.es/en/bilbao.html, www.bilbaoair.info ). There is a direct Busline (A3247, every 15min) to the city center with stops in Gran Vía, Plaza Moyua, Alameda Recalde and Bilbao Intermodal. Taxi from Airport to City Center costs around ~35eur.

The workshop will take place at the University building in the city center: Bizkaia Aretoa, (Avenida Abandoibarra, 3, 48009 Bilbao). Bilbao center is a walker friendly city, and workshop venue and suggested hotels are easily reached by walking along the river Nervión.

Accommodation:

Bilbao is home to a range of hotels, apartments and B&Bs, all within walking distance of the venue and the city centre. We have reserved a limited number of rooms at the following hotels with special prices indicated (these include breakfast and VAT). If you wish to make a reservation, please refer to the contact details or form provided for each hotel. In order to apply the agreed prices when making your reservation, please indicate the reference: BEE workshops Bilbao 2024


➔ NH BILBAO DEUSTO ***

  • DSU room 102 € / night, DOUBLE room 112 € / night
  • Francisco Macia,9 – 48014 Bilbao, Tel. +34 944 76 00 06
  • To make a reservation, please send an email to this address nhdeusto@nh-hotels.com indicating the reference: BEE workshops Bilbao 2024.
  • Deadline to make the reservation: February 15, 2024.
  • 10 minutes walking distance from the venue.


➔ BARCELÓ BILBAO NERVIÓN

  • 5% Discount code: workshops24 (Applicable to any rate on the web)
  • Paseo Campo Volantín, 11– 48007 Bilbao, Tel. +34 944 45 47 00
  • To make a reservation, please send an email to this address reservas.norte@barcelo.com  indicating the reference BEE workshops Bilbao 2024.
  • Deadline to make the reservation: February 15, 2024.
  • 16 minutes walking distance from the venue.


➔ BILBAO PLAZA **

  • DSU room 79 € / night, DOUBLE room 107 € / night
  • Paseo Campo Volantín, 1– 48007 Bilbao, Tel.+34  946 85 67 00
  • To make a reservation, please send an email to this address info@hotelbilbaoplaza.com indicating the reference: BEE workshops Bilbao 2024.
  • Deadline to make the reservation: February 15, 2024.
  • 14 minutes walking distance from the venue. 


➔ HESPERIA BILBAO ****

  • DSU room *109 € / night, DOUBLE room *121 € / night
  • Campo Volantín, 28 – 48007 Bilbao, Tel. +34 944 051 100
  • You can make the reservation by entering the code BEE workshops Bilbao 2024
  • 15 minutes walking distance from the venue.

* Rates valid for groups reservations with a stay of 4 nights

Additional information

Bilbao map can be downloaded here.

On the map: Conference venue Bizkaia Aretoa: Nr. 42 (B-2)

  • Hotel NH Bilbao Deusto: Nr. 28 (B-2)
  • Hotel Barceló Bilbao Nervión: Nr. 8 (A-4)
  • Hotel Bilbao Plaza: Nr. 35 (A-4)
  • Hotel Hesperia Bilbao: Nr. 11 (A-3)

Highlights that are close to the conference venue include: 

Additional tourist information: www.bilbaoturismo.net

If you need help for travel organisation and hotels, or have any questions regarding the registration, please write to: beeworkshops_bilbao2024@tisasa.es

ORGANIZER CONTACTS

We look forward to welcoming and hosting you in Bilbao for a successful and productive workshop!

Organizing Team University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU):

Andone Estonba andone.estonba@ehu.eus
Iratxe Zarraonaindia iratxe.zarraonaindia@ehu.eus
Melanie Parejo melanie.parejo@ehu.eus

RNSBB Task Force Leaders:

Marina MeixnerCecilia Costa

Varroa Task Force Leaders:

Victoria Soroker, Marin Kovačić, Fani Hatjina