Friday, 26 August 2022
15.00 pm – 17.00 pm
Beylerbeyi Hall, B2 Floor
Get inspired by rich beekeeping tradition, sustainable apitourism and innovative technologies in beekeeping. We will travel to Slovenia with the help of video clips, the flavors of traditional Slovenian dessert potica and the sounds of the accordion.
Join us at the Slovenian Day and stand a chance to win exciting prizes! Answer the question correctly and enter the competition:
Which country initiated the celebration of the World Bee Day? The total value of the draw prizes is more than 5.000 EUR
You can receive an official invitation at the exhibition space of the Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia & BeeConn – Booth A73
** The event is organized by the Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia **
15.00 – 15.20 Opening speech by guests of honor
Ms. Irena Šinko, The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food
Mr. Boštjan Noč, President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association
Dr. Jeff Pettis, President of Apimondia
15.20 – 15.30 Slovenia: the original homeland of the Carniolan Honey Bee
Dr. Peter Kozmus, Professional leader of Breeding programme for Carniolan Honey Bee and Vice President of Apimondia
15.30 – 16.00 Presentations
- The Museum of Apiculture
- The Carniolan Bee House
- Urban Beekeepers′ Association
- Slovenian Beekeepers′ Association
- Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia
16.00 – 16.15 Prize drawing: And the winner is …
- Free rental of 3D model Carniolan honey bee
- Overnight stay for 2 people in a honeycomb room in Carniolan Bee House + breakfast + guided tour of the experience exhibition
- Free webinar (Apitourism & Beekeeping with AŽ hives)
- 1 day Apitour for 2 persons in Slovenia
- Guided tour of beekeeping locations in Ljubljana
- Strip’s 1 x BeeConn Set
- 3x Book: Living Together. About Bees and Mankind
The Museum of Apiculture
Since opening in 1959, the museum has specialised in maintaining the heritage of Slovenian beekeeping by keeping records, collecting, storing, documenting, representing and popularising this rich tradition. The museum’s exhibits represent key topics that mark Slovenian beekeeping, like painted beehive panels, the indigenous subspecies bee, Apis melifera carnica, beekeeping literature, hives, tools, crafts, honey products, trade with live bees and many more. The collection of painted beehive panels comprises over 900 examples and is the largest in Slovenia – both in number and representativeness, among them the most notable is a panel depicting the Pilgrim Mary, dating from 1758, which is the oldest preserved painted beehive panel in the world.
The Carniolan Bee House
The Carniolan Bee House in Višnja Gora is an experience for small and large families: either bee ones, human ones, or beekeeping ones. Nothing beats spending a night in a bee hive right at the top of the Carniolan Bee House. Rooms are designed as innovative honeycomb cells with individual entrancesa and are connected into an enormous honeycomb wooden structure. The exhibition’s virtual heroes are from the famous Rothschütz beekeeping family that elevated the Carniolan honey bee into an independent subspecies. Multimedia stories open the doors of their world and that of bees. To collect more sweet moments, make a stop at the Café in the ground floor of the House of the Carniolan Honey Bee, the sweet smell of honey will guide you to it.
Urban Beekeepers´ Association
Urban Beekeepers´ Association focuses on the development and promotion of urban beekeeping as an activity that contributes to the protection and development of the urban environment and can enable the growth of living quality in the cities, consequently improving the spatial and other working conditions of (urban) beekeepers on a systemic level and improving their situation in general.
With its educational role, ApiRoutes brings out the best in people, the best in their perceptions and actions, the best in destinations and services, and it transforms all this awareness and knowledge into an important value to take home, share and live by. It is highly environmental and social responsible. ApiRoutes offers a range of travel opportunities with an emphasis on “a good cause” no matter of tours’ theme or geographic position or culture. We inspire you to maintain your health and wellbeing, to meet new people, to discover natural beauties, experience different cultures and develop your potentials. ApiRoutes is taking a challenge and responsibility to initiate, to encourage, to connect, to coordinate and to manage apitoursitic activities and programs as a coordinator of Apimondia & Apitourism Working Group on a global level.
Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association
Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association has been operating since 1873 as an umbrella organization, which today represents 15 regional beekeeping associations, 206 beekeeping societies and almost 8,000 Slovenian beekeepers. She is the initiator of many beekeeping promotion campaigns at home and around the world, and proposed to the United Nations the declaration of World Bee Day, which the world public celebrates every year on May 20. It is devoted to the education and training of young and older beekeepers with the help of lectures, the monthly newsletter Slovenski čebelar (Slovnian Beekeeper) and beekeeping library, implements breeding programs for the preservation of the native Slovenian bee Apis Mellifera Carnica, advises beekeepers on technical and economic issues and predicts the blooming season of plant flowers.
Successful beekeeping requires monitoring. Beeconn is a wireless monitoring device that enables the beekeeper to regulary monitor and obtain real-time information on developments in the apiary. The device uses its weighing scales to periodically measure the weight of beehives and monitors weather conditions through its integrated weather station. Once a day, at a specific time, the device automatically sends SMS messages on issues related to individual hives, their average weight and the difference in weight compared to the previous day, and the current temperature.
Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia
The Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia (SČA) contributes to the spread of extensive, more than two-hundred-year-old knowledge about beekeeping in Slovenia in the form of non-formal educational courses both in Slovenia and abroad. The educational programs are conducted by beekeeping instructors, highly qualified practitioners, who have appropriate knowledge, experience and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to listeners in Slovenian, English and other foreign languages. Current educations cover topics of Beekeeping with AŽ hives, Queen breeding and selection, Guidelines for good hygiene habits in beekeeping and apitourism.
The event is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia