Welcome to the dark side! The SICAMM 2018 dark bee conference in Finland

The Finnish Beekeepers’ Association is happy to invite you to the SICAMM conference 2018. The conference will be organized at Mustiala agricultural school, southern Finland. This is the oldest agricultural school in the country, where educational activities started already in 1840. More information about the location: HAMK Mustiala campus


SICAMM 2018 conference program:


Thursday 12th July

Travelling to Mustiala, conference registration (from 3 p.m.) and welcome note (at 6 p.m.)

The shuttle bus will leave from Helsinki-Vantaa airport at 3:30 p.m. Travel is also possible by public bus – we are happy to help you with the timetables.


Friday 13th July

Registration (from 8 a.m.), opening ceremony (at 9 a.m.) and SICAMM conference

Keynote speaker Bjørn Dahle, Norway

Sauna and social event in the evening


Saturday 14th July

SICAMM conference (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Keynote speaker Ralph Büchler, Germany

Dinner with a historical theme (at 6 p.m.)

Accompanying person´s program will be available during the day, in case there are enough participants. People may also want to visit the animal farm Farmi in Mustiala (open daily, Thu-Sun, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Particularly recommended for people with children!


Sunday 15th July

SICAMM conference

SICAMM business meeting  / Additional program: History of the Finnish sauna

Transport to Turku area for excursion participants or shuttle bus (at 3:30 p.m.) to the airport


Monday 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. In addition to the bees, we will take a look at the rich flora of the island.

We will travel to Pakinainen by ferry from Rymättylä main island (ferry leaving at 10 a.m.).


Tuesday 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:

The excursion starts at 10 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m. After this transport to bus/train station or to the airport will be available.


Wednesday 18th July

Open house at Hunajayhtymä

Those who plan to stay in Finland a bit longer may want to use this excellent opportunity to visit Hunajayhtymä, the largest honey packer in Finland. More information about the company:


Important information for speakers: please provide the abstracts by April 30th 2018


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

Contacts: Lassi Kauko, tel: +358 50 545 3628, Maritta Martikkala, tel: +358 50 303 0890, Eeva-Liisa Korpela, tel: +358 40 506 3202


We hope to see you in Finland this 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.