Invited Speakers

James Fearnley

Director of Apiceutical Research Centre. CEO Nature’s Laboratory Ltd.
TITLE: ARC ( Apiceutical Research Centre ) : Exploring a new generation of medicines from the beehive.
Director of Apiceutical Research Centre. CEO Nature’s Laboratory Ltd Despite training as a lawyer James Fearnley has spent the last 30 years involved with researching and manufacturing natural medicines derived from both from the beehive and from plants. For the last 20 years he has focussed on trying to understand the remarkable properties of propolis, a resinous product used by the bee to keep the hive free from infection. Over this period he has carried out research at the universities of Oxford, Manchester, Strathclyde York and Bradford and has published a number of peer reviewed articles. He is author of Bee Propolis: Natural Healing from the Hive and Propolis in Oral Healthcare with Dr. Phil Wander. He is the founder and Director of ARC (Apiceutical Research Centre) an independent not for Profit Company devoted to researching and understanding both medicines from the beehive and sustainable beekeeping. The centre is negotiating with National Parks for permission to build a physical centre in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
Hu Fu-liang

Sericultural & Apicultural Institute, College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University, China
The Quality Control and Authenticity Identification of Chinese Propolis

Prof. Dr. Fu-liang Hu is the director of Sericultural & Apicultural Institute, College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University, China. He received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science and Master’s degree in entomology at Zhejiang Agricultural University, China, and Doctoral degree in entomology from Rhodes University, South Africa.
He has long been engaged in beekeeping and bee product research and teaching work, made a number of original achievements, especially in the propolis and royal jelly fields. He has published over 400 papers in international and Chinese journals and trained 20 PhD and 22 Master students. In addition, he is the vice chairman of Apicultural Science Association of China (ASAC), and the chairman of Apicultural Association of Zhejiang Province (AAZP). 
Badiaâ Lyoussi

University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah, Fez, Morocco
TITLE: Propolis : Pharmacological properties and medical applications oо Propolis in modern medicine

Badiaâ Lyoussi
Professor (PhD)
Head of Laboratory Physiology –
Pharmacology & Environmental Health
Member of the Apitherapy Commission of Apimondia
Member of Scientific Council Francophone Society of Apitherapy
University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah, Fez,
Pr Badiaa Lyoussi has a good experience over 25 years in the physiopathology and pharmacology of natural products from medicinal plants. She had more than 80 scientific publications, and chapters in books in the area of acute and chronic toxicity of plants used in traditional medicine, ethnopharmacology and management of several pathologies like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome by medicinal plants and supplements, assays of natural products in animals model (SHR rats, mice, rabbit) and in vitro experiments for cardiovascular pathologies and discovery of antimicrobial agent's by endemic Moroccan plants and valorization of essential oils from Moroccan aromatic plants and valorization of bee products , honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly, bee venom from Moroccan sites. She is director of research of unit valorization of medicinal plants; she is responsible for Master formation on pharmacology and environmental Health, Director of Doctoral formation and president deputy of Arab Union of pharmacology. She is referee of many international journals in the area of medicinal plants research. She is member of several international societies. She had been member of executive committee of International Union of Pharmacology. She received funds from France, Belgium, TWAS and European projects. She is the head of Physiology–Pharmacology and Environmental Health Laboratory. She received a Doctorate from France and a second doctorate from Belgium. Membership in French Society of Physiology - Belgium Society of Physiology and fundamental and clinical pharmacology, international society of Brain research organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization, ICTP, Trieste, ITALY, French society of Pharmacology- Member of interdisciplinary group of aluminum toxicity ,Padova, Italy – Member of Arabian Plant Specialist Group ( APSG), Riayd, KSA- Member of executive council of Arab Science & Technology Foundation ( UAE), Member of Arab Tech, London, UK- Elected president of the Arab women Scientific foundation for North Africa- Vice President of Arab Union of Pharmacology - Member of executive committee of the International Union of Pharmacology (IUPHAR)- President NGO : «Association Espace Sciences Et Vie » for promoting apiculture in women rural area - Member of scientific committee of Association Francophone of Apitherapy. Member of the Apitherapy Commission of Apimondia. She gives more than 30 conferences on bee products in several countries and organized more than 30 international conferences on phytotherapy, apitherapy, natural products and pathologies.
Milena Popova

Institute of Organic chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry, BAS, Bulgaria
Chemical profiling of tropical propolis: challenges and new data

Milena Popova obtained her Master’s degree in chemistry and physics at Sofia Uniersity “Sv. Kliment Oxridski”. She completed her PhD in natural product chemistry at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) in 2004, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Vassya Bankova. Milena Popova was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Athens, Department of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Product (2007-2008). In 2014 she became Associate Professor at the Institute of Organic chemistry with Centre of Phytochemistry.
Her research interests include chemical profiling, isolation and structural elucidation of bioactive compounds of different products (bee product-propolis, medicinal and endemic plants, mushrooms). Her specific research topic is related to propolis (bee glue) and she is co-author of over 60 papers (incl. book chapters and reviews) on propolis chemistry, botanical origin, biological activity, quality control and standardization. At present Dr. Milena Popova is a President of Bulgarian Phytochemical Society.
Chemical profiling of tropical propolis: challenges and new data
Tim Regan

The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK
TITLE: An exploration into the relationship between propolis production and trypanosome burden

Tim Regan, PhD
Research Experience
Postdoc with Dr. Kenneth Baillie and Dr. David Dockrell, Dept. of Infection and Immunity, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Postdoc with Prof. Tom Freeman, Systems Biology, Dept of Genetics and Genomics, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
PhD student in Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork
Undergraduate student in the lab of Prof. Luke O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin
Internship with Prof. Guy Salvesen lab, The Burnham Institute, La Jolla San Diego
PhD in Innate Immune Signalling, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork
Title:                Identification of Novel Innate Immune Mechanisms Regulating Inflammation in the Gastro-intestinal Tract
BA (Mod) in Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin
Public Outreach Experience
Assisted in Basic Bee Keepers Certificate training at the Roslin Institute.
Ran an information stand for Roslin Apiary for the Roslin Institute Open Day with Dr. Mark Barnett.
Ran a public information stand for Roslin Apiary for the Midlothian Science Festival with Dr. Mark Barnett.
Involved in the establishment of Roslin Instutute Apiary under Dr. Mark Barnett.


Researchgate profile: Roslin Apiary Website:


Marla Spivak

University of Minnesota, USA
TITLE: What we know, and don't know, about the benefits of propolis to honey bee health
Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota.  She has been beekeeping since 1974. She obtained her PhD at the University of Kansas under Dr. Orley Taylor in 1989 on the ecology of Africanized honey bees in Costa Rica.  From 1989-1992, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona.  She has been a Professor at the University of Minnesota since 1992. Her research and extension efforts focus on honey bee health, breeding, and behavior, and on the sustainable management of alternative pollinators.  She has bred the MN Hygienic line of honey bees, which demonstrates resistance to diseases and Varroa mites.  Her current line of study centers on propolis, a plant-derived resin collected by bees; specifically the benefits of propolis to the immune system of bees, and antimicrobial properties of propolis against bee and human pathogens.
Stefan Stangaciu

Apitherapy Center, Romania
TITLE: Use of Propolis in Clinical Medicine. A review
* Licensed MD (Family physician specialist), licensed Apiphytotherapist, licensed Acupuncturist (Romania)
* Studied and practiced Military Medicine (1979-1991)
* Training in hyperbaric medicine + diver license.
* Obtained translator diploma (English and French) in 1985.
* Inventor of new methods and devices useful in medicine.

President of the German Apitherapy Society (since March 1999) )
President of the Romanian Apitherapy Society (since December 2007)
Co-founder and first president of the Francophone Api-Phytotherapy Society (December 2011) (
Co-founder of the Francophone Apitherapy Society (May 2008)
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former Board Member of the American Apitherapy Society (A.A.S.)
(1991-2001); A.A.S. Board Member (1999-2001)
* Secretary General of the International Federation of Apitherapy (
Apitherapy Manager at Honeybee Centre, Surrey, B.C., Canada (since October 2015)

* Beekeeper since 1991.
Multiple Internet activities (co-founder of the Apitherapy Discussion
Lists "Apitherapy-L." in several languages (English, French, German, Spanish/Portuguese, Romanian), Apitherapy Data Base coordinator; owner and webmaster of ( )  since 1999, CD "Apither 2002-2007-2009…" producer, etc.)

Apitherapy Internet Course producer and coordinator (already translated in
English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Arabic; under translation in Italian, Croatian, Greek, Serbian and Chinese).
The Course (100 Lessons + CD with electronic Library + private counseling) has been already sent via E-mail, to students from over 80 countries.

LecturerOrganizer or Co-organizer of International Apitherapy related events (courses, workshops, conferences, congresses) in 46 countries. Last one was in Germany (the XIII-th German Apitherapy Congress, Expo and Course, with international participation, April 2015). Details in  

Apitherapy Books author:
TV and Radio shows moderator/invited guest for Natural Therapies (over 100
days of "on air" shows).
Hobbies: gardening, traveling, paragliding, worldwide sharing of Apitherapy and Medicinal Beekeeping related information.
Dave Watson

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

TITLE: The immune modulatory and anti-protozoal effects of different propolis samples.
Dr Dave Watson has worked in the fields of mass spectrometry and chromatography for nearly 40 years. He has applied these techniques to a wide range of problems in the fields of natural products analysis and clinical chemistry. In the last ten years he has focused on metabolomics and was the local organiser for the 2013 Metabolomics conference in Glasgow. He has worked on propolis for the last eleven years and is particularly interested in its activity against infectious diseases which are prevalent in the developing world.
Shigenori Kumazawa

University of Shizuoka, Japan
Title: Chemical composition of stingless bee propolis from Thailand and Indonesia
Shigenori Kumazawa is now professor at University of Shizuoka, Japan, where he is head of Lab “Food Analytical Chemistry”. He obtained PhD from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1995. In 2004 he was appointed as an associate professor of University of Shizuoka, and became professor in 2010. His research interests are in the isolation and structure determination of bioactive natural products. He has been working on honey bee products including propolis for 20 years. He has published over 100 papers in international journals. At the present he is a board member of the Japanese Society for Food Science and Technology.