What does IBRA do?

The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.

IBRA is internationally recognised as the world’s primary source and foremost provider of information on bees. Its database and information services, including journals, teaching aids and other publications, embrace all bee species whether managed by man for pollination or their products, or truly wild.

It is a unique organisation established in 1949 for the advancement of bee science and beekeeping (IBRA History). It is a UK Registered Charity No. 209222 and is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England and Wales No. 463819. It is managed by a Council of trustees who come from many countries and is run by a small team.

IBRA has one of the largest databases of scientific information on bees and bee related interests in the world. It is funded by sales of publications, through the generosity of our members and supporters, and by donations or legacies.


IBRA_Bee There are thought to be twenty four species of bee eater birds of the genus Merops worldwide, and as their name... https://t.co/C1jJDsQgdw
IBRA_Bee In the Rhodopa Mountains of Bulgaria lives a distinctive honey bee which has been called Apis mellifera rodopica.... https://t.co/rraumd4jHM
IBRA_Bee The IBRA historical collection of beekeeping artefacts is extensive, and has been gathered together over many... https://t.co/8yRQHv0KTs
IBRA_Bee It is widely accepted that one of the main drivers of pollinator declines worldwide has been agricultural... https://t.co/XiMut8J2VX
IBRA_Bee Bee World & bees at the German Embassy in Washington DC today from 10-4. German Biergarten, French cafe and good... https://t.co/IUkk9tmzC7
IBRA_Bee The new Issue of Bee World 94(2) has been published online today, and will shortly be mailed to IBRA members and... https://t.co/Yx1fIeZ4WI
IBRA_Bee Bee World editor Kirsten Shoshanna Traynor will be hosting a booth at the German embassy in Washington DC on the... https://t.co/4gX5WCK4OS
IBRA_Bee Dorothy Hodges (1898 - 1979) was a gifted water colour and pastel painter. She became a beekeeper during the... https://t.co/WAGeKnWGD2
IBRA_Bee News of the 13th COLOSS Conference... https://t.co/kRJr2uKpsm
IBRA_Bee What is social immunity in honey bees? One of the surprising outcomes of the Honey Bee Genome Project a few... https://t.co/SL5kkFNojG

IBRA produces a range of sources of information about bees for bee scientists, beekeepers and the general public:


If you are interested in publishing a bee related book, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
We supply information to beekeepers, scientists, researchers, extension workers, schools and organisations around the world.

We attend and support conferences and bee conventions around the world. This provides an opportunity to distribute information and to meet our members.

If you would like to become a member please click Join IBRA