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Virtual Beekeeping Lecture with Derek Mitchell

October 5, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us for a virtual presentation with bee expert Derek Smith to learn about ventilation: the why and why not!

This presentation will cover the interaction between insulation and ventilation the history of why hive ventilation was accepted on both sides of the Atlantic, and the scientific basis for doing and not doing it.

Derek Mitchell researches into the differences in heat transfer between man-made and natural honeybee nests using computational fluid dynamics at the Institute of Thermofluids in the School of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Leeds in collaboration with Harper Adams University. He has had articles published in Beecraft, Bee Culture, American Bee Journal and Natural Honey Bee Husbandry in addition to his published academic work in the Royal Society Journal and International Journal of Biometeorology .

Derek’s curiosity about this area of honey bees and heat started when Elaine, his wife, bought their first hive in 2010, and his physics and engineering training told him what they had been told about honey bees and the hives wasn’t the complete story. This curiosity has resulted in his ground breaking research into honey bees.

Some of Derek’s research has been cited by Prof. Thomas D. Seeley, the foremost authority on honey bee ecology, as the “Best source of information on about the differences in insulation value between tree cavities and standard wooden hives and about the effects of these differences on the energetics of colony thermoregulation.” Seeley has included Derek’s research in his latest book, The Lives of Bees: the Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild.

Pre-registration for the virtual lecture is required so we can send you a link to join, and space is limited. This lecture is free, but we welcome donations to help offset programming costs.

Registration closes October 5th at 5:30pm CST. Please note that this lecture will not be recorded. 

Accommodations: Autogenerated captioning is provided for all virtual programs. When you register for this event you will be asked to provide any accommodations requests including but not limited to: ASL interpretation, closed captioning, transcripts and more. If you have any questions or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact Mattie Wilson,, at least 72 hours prior to the event start.


October 5, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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