From February 21 to 22 the 4th Steering Committee Meeting of SAMS took place in Graz and was hosted by the University of Graz. Since the SAMS project runs already for 13 months now, the beneficial partners had a lot to discuss. Four new project members were introduced to the consortium and progress was made within every workpackage – from the SAMS hive development over the software design, the SAMSwiki database or in regards to the UCD process and management-topics. The SAMS consortium could also welcome a guest on the second meeting day – Walter Haefeker, the president of the European Professional Beekeepers Association and member of the European SAMS advisory board. Walter Haefeker held a keynote speech on beeXML – a project, aiming the development of a self-describing data format to exchange data from bees and beekeepers. The successful meeting ended casually on Friday afternoon with a tour through the city of Graz and a visit of the most important sightseeing spots.