Welcome to the dark side! The SICAMM dark bee conference 12-15th July 2018

Finnish Beekeepers’ Association is happy to invite you to the SICAMM conference 2018. The conference will be organized in Mustiala, southern Finland. Furthermore, we will arrange additional excursions on 16th and 17th July for the conference guests.

The SICAMM meeting is taking place in Mustiala agricultural school, which is the first agricultural school in Finland. The activities started already in 1840. More information about the location: HAMK Mustiala campus


SICAMM conference 2018 preliminary program :

12th July: travelling to Mustiala and opening ceremony (5 p.m.)

13th July: SICAMM conference

14th July: SICAMM conference; accompanying person program will be available, in case there are enough participants

15th July: SICAMM conference and SICAMM business meeting, ending the conference (2 p.m.)

16th July: Excursion: Dark bee breeding magic in the sunny archipelago

Let´s take a look at a bee breeding station in the sunny archipelago! Pakinainen has had a pure breeding operation of the dark bee since year 2000. No other honey bee races are thus kept here.

The location of the island is shown here: Pakinainen map

Pakinainen is the largest island in western Rymättylä, a municipality which is nowadays a part of Naantali city. The island is home to a couple of families around the year and in the summertime, the beautiful Rymättylä archipelago attracts summer cottage owners and other holiday seekers. Pakinainen can be reached by ferry from Rymättylä main island.

17th July: Excursion: Presidential bees and flowers, Naantali old town and something sparkling

Today our main attraction is the Kultaranta Garden in Naantali. Kultaranta Manor House was built in 1916 and it has been the summer residence of Finnish presidents since 1922. The 54-hectare estate has a market garden and a formal garden with e.g. thousands of roses of several different varieties (some of them named after former presidents, such as Rosa ´Tarja Halonen´). Honey bees have been around in the garden for about 30 years and dark bees have been kept here for 10+ years.

Our second attraction is Naantali Old Town, dating back to the 15th century. We will also visit the Naantali Abbey, which was a Bridgettine abbey in then-Swedish Finland.

Our last stop will be the Brinkhall Sparkling Factory & Shop in Rymättylä:



  • For the speakers (oral presentation or poster): we ask you to provide the abstracts by April 30th 2018.
  • We will possibly organize shuttle bus(es) (small extra fee) for the guests from the Helsinki-Vantaa/Turku airports or Forssa bus station to Mustiala. Please indicate your flight details in the registration form below. The departure time of the shuttle buses from the airports is at 3 p.m. If you are not able to catch them, we will advise you on how to get to Mustiala.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us by email:!


We hope to see you in Finland next summer!


Kind regards,

Finnish Beekeepers’ Association



Registration to SICAMM 2018

Participation fees (from Thursday 12th July to Sunday 15th July 2018) are as listed below until 31st of March 2018, after which fees will be 50 euros higher.


Accompanying person discount: 30 euros from normal participation fees listed below. There will possibly be a small extra fee for the excursion on Saturday. The excursion will be to Hämeenlinna city (tentative).

Breakfast will be served at the accomodation (Mustiala/Venesilta/Forssa) and other meals (3 x lunch, 6 x coffee, 3 x dinner) in Mustiala.

Excursion fees include transport, lunch and afternoon coffee. We will inform you later about accomodation options.


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SICAMM was founded in 1995 at Flekkefjord, Norway by beekeepers and scientists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as an international association devoted to the protection of the European dark honeybee, Apis mellifera mellifera.

Participation has since extended to most European countries.

The main activity of SICAMM has been to organize international conferences.


Suomi järjestää SICAMM-konferenssin heinäkuussa 2018. SICAMM  (Societas Internationalis pro Conservatione Apis melliferae melliferae) on kansainvälinen tumman mehiläisen suojelusta ja jalostuksesta kiinnostuneiden järjestö. SICAMM-konferenssi järjestetään joka toinen vuosi ja se houkuttelee tutkijoita ja mehiläistarhaajia eri puolilta Eurooppaa. SICAMMiin voi tutustua sivuilla

Mustialassa järjestettävässä konferenssissa saadaan ajantasaista tietoa uusimmista tutkimuksista ja kokemuksista tummiin mehiläisiin ja muihin rotuihin liittyen.