International Propolis Research Group

In 2016 in collaboration with SIPBS (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences) ARC held an international conference in Glasgow on, Propolis in Human and Bee Health.

Over 100 researchers attended this conference where more than 40 papers from over 20 countries were presented, covering many aspects of this remarkable substance and its importance in the maintenance of both human and bee health.

2016 Conference delegates 2016 Conference delegates


The 2016 conference demonstrated that there is a growing community of researchers around the world committed to understanding propolis and developing its medicinal potential.

Soon after this conference a small group met who were determined to build on the energy and enthusiasm generated in Glasgow. Out of the momentum created by the conference the International Propolis Research Group was formed.

International Propolis Research Group logo

The IPRG aims to

  • Guide the work of Researchers, Apiculturists, Manufacturers and Formulators, to explore the many properties of propolis in both human and bee health and also in agriculture. To encourage collaboration across academic disciplines and between researchers and industry.
  • Create and maintain a data base of research in all the above areas and to make this database freely available to members of the group.
  • To organise, in conjunction with ARC, international conferences dedicated to the further understanding and exploration of propolis.


Membership of the group is open to anyone engaged in working with, understanding, research into propolis. Membership is free but we would ask that members provide a donation to IPRG appropriate to the size of their organisation and or means, to help develop the data bases and to go towards organising conferences.

Join the IPRG

To join the IPRG contact us and tell us about your area of interest.

Management and Administration

The Directors of ARC will provide the initial coordination, administration and web hosting for IPRG.

Research Databases

IPRG is currently working towards putting on line many research data bases including the work of ARC over the last 10 years, the extensive body of work undertaken by Professor Vassya Bankova over the last 30 years and a general database of propolis research also generously provided by Professor Bankova. Suggestions and or contributions to this data base will be gratefully received.

The Next Conference

The next conference will be held in Sofia Bulgaria. We are very grateful to Professor Vassya Bankova who has taken the coordinating lead in staging this next conference.

Propolis in Human & Bee Health


28-29th September 2018
Park-Hotel Moskva, Sofia, Bulgaria