Sustainable Beekeeping
Back to Basics, Back to Bees

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Why “Back”?

We’ve become so focused on beekeeping techniques that we’ve forgotten about the bees themselves! What are the bees focused on, and how would they be living without us? How much should we limit the influence of beekeepers? Join our conference to hear these questions answered by beekeeping experts, and join in the discussion. You can attend the event in-person, via our global livestream, with translations provided in 8 languages!

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Words from Apimondia President
Dr. Jeff Pettis

Why do we care?

The word "Bee", to us is an inspiration and a path to save humanity. Bees are strongly affected by the ever increasing climate change, droughts, pesticides and other chemicals. As beings, bees are tied to their environment. They can only be as healthy as their environment allows them to be, and humans are tied in this cycle too. If we protect the bees and their world, we are protecting our own world and its future.

We are in this together!

Speakers

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Prof. Thomas Seeley

Horace White Professor in Biology, Cornell University

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Horace White Professor in Biology, Cornell University
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Prof. Marla Spivak

MacArthur Fellow & McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota

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MacArthur Fellow & McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota
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Dr. Jeff Pettis

Researcher & Apimondia President

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Researcher & Apimondia President
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Schedule

60min

Prof. Thomas Seeley

Horace White Professor in Biology, Cornell University

Darwinian Beekeeping

60min
Prof. Marla Spivak

Prof. Marla Spivak

MacArthur Fellow & McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology, University of Minnesota

How Honey Bees Keep Themselves Healthy

60min
Prof. Marla Spivak

Dr. Jeff Pettis

Researcher & Apimondia President

How Far Have We Come?

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Flashback 2020

Our last sustainable beekeeping conference was a great success, with over 250 interested attendees. This time we’re aiming even higher, and including attendees from all over the world with the addition of our live-streaming option.

We can’t wait to discuss new findings, techniques, and innovations with our fellow beekeepers.

BeeConf 7th of March, 2020

Testimonials

Stanislav Jaš, Speaker

Dear fellow beekeepers and friends of bees and real honey, it was a real pleasure to take part and contribute to the success of the conference.

Etienne Calais, Speaker

I would like to thank you warmly for your invitation to this very interesting conference day.

Pavla Králová, Attendee

I would like to thank you for organizing this event. It was impossible to fall asleep after arriving home. My brain couldn't even process all the information and experiences presented during the conference. The event was absolutely perfect in all respects, everything showed a high level of professionalism.

Marie Šotolová, Attendee

Dear organisers, please allow me to thank you for a great conference in Bratislava. Expertise, venue, organization - everything was just top-notch.

Miroslav Kovacik, Attendee

It was simply great, in terms of social, professional, and information as well as media coverage. The lectures were dynamic, the presentations were interesting and the topics are most important. Also, in terms of moderation and interpretation, everything was perfect. Why am I highlighting it like this? In my field, it's common for these events to be dry and boring, and that is why I am glad that you have also reached beekeeping lectures at such a high level. Not to mention how good and comfortable I felt there, „like in heaven“.

Juraj Babala, Attendee

I express my admiration and great praise for your enormous efforts to take traditional beekeeping to such a high level. You also offered great wine, and the moderators created a great atmosphere. I stayed until the "very end of the day" and it was amazing. I received a lot of new stimulating information. I'm excited about the Varroa Controller again.

Our Story

From a humble idea, and a balcony in an apartment building, to the rooftop apiary of the Congress Hotel Gate One. The hotel’s beekeeping co-owner, Rastilav Pavlisin, started beekeeping in 2018, when he met his mentor, Svetozar Ruzicka. Under Svetozar’s guidance, Rastislav opened the bee hotel; and went on to win two gold medals in the Apislavia International Beekeepers’ Competition in Moscow.

Following their early success, the duo started searching for chemical-free beekeeping methods, and met Helena Prokova. One of the bee’s greatest threats is the Varroa Destructor. A parasitic mite which attacks and feeds on honeybees, causing diseases. Helena was very experienced with dealing with these dangerous mites without the use of powerful chemicals. Her method of choice is hypothermia, which allows for beekeeping products to be of higher quality and value. Thanks to this method, Rastislav’s honey went on to win the silver medal in Apimondia 2019 in Canada.

In March of 2020, the trio decided to host their first beekeeping conference: “The Future of European Beekeeping”. After the success of this event, the trio dubbed the Gate One as ‘The First Bee Hotel in Bratislava’’. With your help, this hotel can become a place for the best beekeepers in the world to share their knowledge, inspiration, and experience with the worldwide community of beekeepers.

Let us create a more beautiful world, with happier bees and beekeepers!

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About Venue

The NH Bratislava Gate One hotel offers a relaxing stay, and caters to visitors traveling for business. Travelers can enjoy a dip in the pool and a trip to the sauna in the complimentary fitness and wellness center. Dining options include a huge breakfast buffet, and a selection of international delicacies for dinner.