Events at the First Observation of the World Bee Day

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Friday, 18 May 2018 at 9:00, Pod Stolom hall in Žirovnica

World bee conference Global challenges in beekeeping

(The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association)


Friday, 18 May 2018 at 19:00, old town square in Višnja Gora

Unveiling of the Carniolan honey bee memorial

(Municipality of Ivančna Gorica)


Saturday, 19 May 2018, Brdo pri Kranju

International ministerial conference Importance of bees and other pollinators for sustainable agriculture and food security

(Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia)


Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 12:00, under the village of Breznica in the Municipality of Žirovnica

The first celebration of the World Bee Day and a meeting of Slovenian beekeepers under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia H. E. Mr. Borut Pahor

(The Municipality of Žirovnica, The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, Beekeepers’ Association Anton Janša Breznica and Žirovnica Institute for Tourism and Culture with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of the Republic of Slovenia)



World bee conference Global challenges in beekeeping

Friday, 18 May 2018 at 9:00, Pod Stolom hall in Žirovnica, Location 46.390220, 14.154681

(The Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association)


Dear beekeepers friends,

Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association’s Public Extension Service on Beekeeping in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and Žirovnica Elementary School will organize a world conference on global challenges in beekeeping on Friday 18th May 2018. The conference will be divided into eight thematic units covering the areas of beekeeping technology, the use, safety and quality of bee products, knowledge transfer, taking advantage of foraging sources of bees and promotional activities. The conference aims at producing optimal and feasible solutions for eliminating the issues determined in beekeeping and setting short-term and long-term goals for the alleviation of the problems. Foreign and Slovenian beekeeping experts will participate at the conference. It will be moderated by SBA specialists.

The event will take place in the Pod Stolom Hall in Žirovnica starting at 9 am. It will be open to the general public, but due to limited venue space an application to Ms Barbara Dimc (via email to is needed. Attendees are requested to provide their information when applying (full name, address, and contact information). The application comes with a fee. Fee 1 includes a lunch (a meat stew with pastries) with drinks, a coffee and a World Bee Day badge for €7.50 per person, while Fee 2 includes a coffee at break and the same badge for €3.00 per person. Lectures are not subject to a fee. The official languages will be Slovene and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Dear beekeepers, you are invited once again to attend the conference because you will be able to get acquainted with various views on solving the challenges being detected in beekeeping around the world.

Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association


Preliminary programme of the conference

Welcome speeches:
Dejan Židan, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food;
Boštjan Noč, President of SBA;
Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia;
Leopold Pogačar, Mayor of Žirovnica
9:30–10:10 Pollination – an ecosystem service by bees
Lucas Garibaldi (Argentina)Pollination, livelihoods and sustainable agriculture
Danilo Bevk (Slovenia) Status and trends of pollinators
10:10–10:50 The importance of using bee products
Pushpendra S. Bhandari (India) The use of bee products in nutrition and apitherapy
Alina Varadi (Romania) The results of the consumption of bee products, recommended doses in Api-nutrition
Jasna Bertoncelj and Nataša Lilek (Slovenia) The importance of the characterization of bee products
11:30–12:10 Quality and safety insurance for bee products
Lutz Elflein (Germany) Acaricides Residues of Bee Products and Honey Authenticity
Mojca Korošec (Slovenia) The Importance of Slovenian Honey Database for Slovenian Honey Authenticity Verification
Andreja Kandolf Borovšak (Slovenia) Technology-related Risks to Honey Authenticity –
12:10–12:50 The development of sustainable methods for Varroa management
Giovanni Formato (Italy) Good beekeeping practices to enhance the efficacy of varroacide low environmental impact treatments
Aleš Gregorc (Slovenia) Varroa control to ensure healthy honey bee colonies –
14.00-14.40 Knowledge transfer in beekeeping
Jiří Píza (Czech Republic) Knowledge transfer to young beekeepers
Janko Božič (Slovenia) Knowledge transfer in beekeeping
14.40-15.20 Pesticides and bees
Noa Simon-Delso (Belgium) Honeybees: environmental patients
Anton Komat (Slovenia) Pesticides and the poisoning of bees in Slovenia
15:40–16:20 Management of foraging sources of bees
Dan Eisikowitch (Israel) Nectar plants and their contribution to agriculture
Boris Seražin (Slovenia) Climate change and associated changes in pasture conditions for bees and challenges for the future
16:20–17:00 Promotion of bees and bee products
Mladen Ljubišič (Slovenia) Opportunities and ways of promoting bees, beekeeping products and beekeeping tourism in the international environment – examples of good practices and initiatives for the promotion of beekeeping tourism in the UK market
Tanja Korošec Arih (Slovenia) Beekeeping tourism as an exceptional opportunity in the example of a successful business model in Slovenia 17:30 Departure to Višnja Gora – the unveiling of a memorial plaque to celebrate the Carniolan honey bee

Complete informations about events 18. – 20. Maj (in English language)

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Information on World Bee Day activities
No bees no life Bostjan 1
No bees no life Bostjan 2
No bees no life Bostjan 3