Prof. Thomas D. Seeley speaking at a Mellifera e.V. event

Prof. Thomas D. Seeley speaking at a Mellifera e.V. event

 

Conference (31 Aug & 1 Sept)

Kühlhaus Berlin
Prinzessinnengärten

DESCRIPTION

An international bee-centric conference, featuring expert scientists, beekeepers, foresters, conservationists, activists, and more. Keynote presentations, panel discussions, and audience-participatory breakout sessions address politically sensitive issues, such as rewilding bees in trees, pesticide control, ecosystem regeneration, and activism. Speed BEE Talks showcase several innovative projects, while an art exhibition and ancillary activities supplement the program.

Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019 will be a bilingual event, with some programs in English and others in German, a portion of which will be translated. When signing up, please indicate which language you will need interpreted. Check back to see in which languages speakers will present and which sessions will be translated.


OUTCOMES

The Natural Beekeeping Trust launched Learning from the Bees in 2018 to bring together bee advocates of different disciplines to lay the foundation for effective networking and strategic alliances to decisively move forward concerted action on behalf of the bees. Continuing in this vein, for 2019 we aim to convene radical thinkers, scientists, activists, artists, and other bee advocates to share ideas, experiences, expertise, and data so that we learn from one another and, together, shape an alternative, improved future for the bees. But it’s not enough for experts to simply share their stories; we have requested of every speaker that his/her presentation contain tangible takeaways (ideas, best practices, tools, resources), so that, when returning home, attendees are equipped with concrete action steps that they can eventually implement where they live, thus creating a ripple effect for greater impact.

 

PROGRAM

Note: This is a partial program, listing only those activities that have been confirmed; others will be added in the coming weeks. Times and speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. Check back for updates.

Saturday
31 Aug


MORNING

REGISTRATION, WELCOMING REMARKS, GROUP ACTIVITY

 
 
 

KEYNOTE LECTURE
The Lives of Bees. The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild
Prof. Thomas D. Seeley

COFFEE BREAK

PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Experts contextualize bee-related topics — in this session: Goethean science and biodynamic beekeeping — followed by audience-participatory discussions with the goal of brainstorming alternatives to current practices.
Dr. Johannes Wirz and Albert Muller

Bees, Trees & Social Change
Three veteran activists speak about their deep connections to bees and trees, and how you, too, can awaken your inner spirit for social change and environmental action.
Deborah Richmond (moderator), Jacqueline Freeman, Indigo, Laura Williams

AFTERNOON

LUNCH

 

KEYNOTE LECTURE
Return of Tree Beekeeping. Searching for a New Place for Honey Bees in Forests
Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki

 

PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
German Zeidlers gather for a panel discussion to introduce their centers for tree beekeeping as well as some of the issues one may face when rewilding bees in trees. Will be followed by an audience-participatory discussion.
Heidi Herrmann (moderator), Sabine Bergmann, Antonio Gurliaccio, Norbert Poeplau

Live demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei techniques by leading experts
Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki (moderator), Jacek Adamczewski, Andrzej Pazura,
Piotr Piłasiewicz

COFFEE BREAK

EVENING

SPEED BEE TALKS
5 slides in 5 minutes. From the main stage, invited guests and a handful of applicants chosen from conference attendees will present innovative projects, intriguing trends, and new bee-related news. Moderated by Sarah Wiener (to be confirmed).

We will accept applications for Speed BEE Talks starting 15 June.

 

** OPTIONAL DINNER & GARDEN/APIARY TOURS AT PRINZESSINNENGÄRTEN
Weather permitting, we will gather in one of Berlin’s most cherished community gardens in the heart of Kreuzberg, where Mellifera Berlin’s primary apiary is located. Garden and apiary tours will be offered, and guests can buy dinner and drinks in the garden (at their own expense).

Sunday
1 Sept


MORNING

WELCOMING REMARKS, GROUP ACTIVITY

 

PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Three titan activist defenders of the environment join forces onstage in a panel discussion that touches upon industrial farming, pesticide use and control, their detrimental effect on bees, and where we’re headed in the near future. A Q&A session follows.
Thomas Radetzki (moderator), Markus Imhoof, Prof. Dr. Dr. Randolf Menzel

 

The Beehive as Biotope. How the physics, chemistry, and geometry of our bee houses influence the biology of bees
Torben Schiffer and Dr. Mirko Lunau

COFFEE BREAK

POLLINATION WORLD CAFÉ
Here’s your chance to dive deeper into a theme or catch snippets of what you missed during parallel breakout sessions. Speakers and attendees converse in small groups.

AFTERNOON

LUNCH

 

PANEL DISCUSSION
During the conference, Heidi Herrmann from the Natural Beekeeping Trust will curate and then moderate this closing panel discussion, featuring such topics as conference reflections, trends, highlights, topline takeaways, and more. Panelists will be announced onsite.

CONCLUDING REMARKS


** Indicates optional activity. Note: Program is subject to change.