Speakers

Below is a list of the speakers, moderators, and instructors participating in Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019. Here you’ll find out who will be speaking about what, with whom, when, and where.


Jacek Adamczewski

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin

LECTURE #1: Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Thu, 29 Aug (17h45–18h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Andrzej Pazura

LECTURE #3: How to Operate a Log Hive
Fri, 30 Aug (9h15–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Norbert Poeplau


CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Live Demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei Techniques
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin
with Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Przemysław Nawrocki (moderator), Andrzej Pazura, Piotr Piłasiewicz


BIOGRAPHY

Jacek Adamczewski is by education a forester and ichthyologist, and professionally associated with education at the Natural History Museum of the Wigry National Park in Poland. He has been involved in tree-beekeeping restoration since 2007, having learned the craft directly from the Bashkir masters. For 20 years, he has owned a 30-hive apiary, and nowadays also looks after 12 tree hives and four tree log hives in the Augustów Forest in northeast Poland.


Dr. Turgut Altug

photo © Barbara Dietl/Grüne Fraktion Berlin

photo © Barbara Dietl/Grüne Fraktion Berlin

Speed BEE Talks

Berlin’s Bee Strategy
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Turgut Altug is a directly elected representative from Kreuzberg and spokesman for Nature conservation and consumer protection. In the State Parliament of Berlin, he is particularly committed to such issues as good food (organic, regional, fair) for all and the preservation and expansion of StadtNatur and StadtGrün (trees, parks, green and open spaces, urban gardens, etc.).

Green Party Berlin


Sabine Bergmann

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Meet the German Zeidlers
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Antonio Gurliaccio, Heidi Herrmann (moderator), Norbert Poeplau

Three German Zeidlers introduce their centers for tree beekeeping as well as discuss some of the issues one may face when rewilding bees in trees. Followed by a panel discussion.


BIOGRAPHY

Sabine Bergmann is a teacher at the Rudolf Steiner school Schloss Hamborn, a certified Demeter beekeeper, a member of the Mellifera training association, and a Zeidler. She has organized several Zeidler courses, exhibitions, and projects at schools, old people's homes, forestry enterprises, and open-air museums. She participated in the international Zeidler Conference in Spala in 2017, and has gone on several Zeidler research trips to Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia.

Sa Bienen Imkerei
Schloss Hamborn


Lavender Grace Cinnamon

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CONFERENCE

CLOSING CEREMONY: Conference Integration
Sun, 1 Sep (16h–16h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

To help conference attendees integrate the Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019 experience and to anchor our collective intention for a healthier future for the bees, Lavender Grace Cinnamon leads the group in a closing ceremony through sacred song.

Musicians, singers, and frame drummers are invited to bring their instruments and join in on the celebration.


BIOGRAPHY

Lavender Grace Cinnamon is a sustainable ecology advocate for Thanksgiving Coffee Company in Northern California and works with her community for the health and preservation of pollinators in collaboration with Bee Bold Mendocino and Bee City USA, Fort Bragg. She is the creator of The Honey Hive of Mendocino and offers evolutionary tools for these critical times as a musician and teacher through her sacred drum, song, and dance.

The Honey Hive of Mendocino


Tomasz Dzierżanowski

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin


CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Live Demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei Techniques
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin
with Jacek Adamczewski, Przemysław Nawrocki (moderator), Andrzej Pazura, Piotr Piłasiewicz


BIOGRAPHY

Tomasz Dzierżanowski is a biologist by profession and an employee of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Łódź, Poland. He has been involved in tree-beekeeping restoration since 2007, having learned the craft directly from the Bashkir masters. He is the owner of a small apiary comprised of 11 beehives, 13 tree hives, and three tree log hives in the Pilicka Forest of central Poland.

Bartnictwo


Arne Eckert

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin


BIOGRAPHY

Arne Eckert studied Forest Science with a specialty in biodiversity. He is a certified tree inspector, trained tree climber, member of Tree Beekeeping International, and is part of a Zeidler regional group in Saxony. He has advanced knowledge in tree physiology and forest ecology, and spoke at the international Zeidler Conference in Spala, Poland, in 2017.

LandWaldBaum


Ziv Elyashiv

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Speed BEE Talks

The Honey Path: Multicultural Apiary in the Oasis of Peace Village
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

I'm from Tel Aviv, Israel, and studied natural beekeeping from Geert van Kerchove, founder of Wellbeeing.org in Amsterdam. Formerly I was an environmental educator at Eyal's Farm, but now work with the local Ethiopian community in Gedera City, and at Oasis of Peace bilingual elementary school. I founded Let me Bee, with the mission to bridge and connect communities by practicing natural beekeeping.

Let me Bee Facebook page


Jacqueline Freeman

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Bees, Trees & Social Change
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Indigo, Deborah Richmond (moderator), Laura Williams

“When I started working with bees 15 years ago, I imagined all beekeepers put the bees’ needs first. I was dismayed to find out that that was not true. My bee-centric approach was ridiculed and ignored by many, who were wedded to conventional management styles and not open to new ideas. I realized I needed to develop a platform that presented knowledge without confrontation, so that we could find common ground, speak with each other respectfully, and create a world that treats bees more kindly. I will explore these topics in my presentation: Right Action & Respectful Relations: Radicalizing beekeeping from the inside.”

BOOK SIGNING
Sat, 31 Aug (17:45–18:15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 2nd Floor
with Thomas Seeley


BIOGRAPHY

Jacqueline Freeman is a writer and biodynamic farmer who sees the world from Nature’s perspective. She wrote the groundbreaking book Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World. She encourages us to have an expansive relationship with bees that recognizes the significance of their deeper role in nature as wise members of Nature's community. With Susan Knilans she co-founded Preservation Beekeeping, a charity that promotes respectful ways for humans to interact with bees. Additionally, Spirit Bee celebrates the caring and considerate ways humans and bees exist in harmony.

Preservation Beekeeping
Spirit Bee


Julia Gajewski

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Speed BEE Talks

The Hive Power of Activism
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

With a background in political philosophy, Julia wants to contribute to a more open, inclusive, and just society. At the Guerrilla Foundation, she currently supports activists and grassroots organizations in their struggle to bring about systemic change. Previously at Earthbeat Foundation, she worked to help small-scale gold miners in Uganda build sustainable livelihoods in alternative sectors, such as beekeeping.

Guerrilla Foundation
Earthbeat Foundation


Nils Gerber

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Speed BEE Talks

BEEsharing: Bee-friendly Agriculture through Digitalization
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

Nature-lover, former Waldorf School student, political scientist, organic beekeeper, and co-founder of BEEsharing e.V. and GmbH. BEEsharing is a web-based network, providing beekeepers, farmers, traders, and dedicated bee friends the opportunity to usefully network and exchange services, products, and knowledge surrounding bees, especially in the area of pollination services.

BEEsharing


Antonio Gurliaccio

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Meet the German Zeidlers
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Sabine Bergmann, Heidi Herrmann (moderator), Norbert Poeplau

Three German Zeidlers introduce their centers for tree beekeeping as well as discuss some of the issues one may face when rewilding bees in trees. Followed by a panel discussion.


BIOGRAPHY

“I have learned to see with the eyes of bees! In 2012, I saw the premiere of the movie, More than Honey, in the cinema. I realized that something had to change, and thus I founded BIENENBOTSCHAFT/BEE EMBASSY. Since then, on behalf of Her Majesty, the Queen Bee, I have been on the road. My mission is to create the most natural habitat for a healthy future for the bee and biodiversity on our planet.”

BIENENBOTSCHAFT/BEE EMBASSY


Dr. Sebastian Hausmann

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Speed BEE Talks

How Bees Use Electromagnetic Fields and Why 5G Is Not a Good Idea
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

After studying landscape planning, nature conservation, and ecology, Sebastian Hausmann completed his PhD on interactions of microorganisms and pollinators at Freie Universität Berlin. He has kept bees since 2010 and leads the Bee Department of The World Foundation for Natural Science in Germany. Currently he works as a landscape planner.

The World Foundation for Natural Science
Information about 5G


Heidi Herrmann

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Meet the German Zeidlers (moderator)
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Sabine Bergmann, Antonio Gurliaccio, Norbert Poeplau

Three German Zeidlers introduce their centers for tree beekeeping as well as discuss some of the issues one may face when rewilding bees in trees. Followed by a panel discussion.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Are We Ready to Swarm? (curator and moderator)
Sun, 1 Sep (14h45–15h45) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

This closing panel discussion will focus on what we’ve learned and include conference reflections, trends, highlights, topline takeaways, and more. Panelists will be announced onsite.


BIOGRAPHY

Heidi Herrmann is a trustee of the Natural Beekeeping Trust, joint founder of Learning from the Bees, and advisory editor to Natural Bee Husbandry magazine.

Natural Beekeeping Trust


Markus Imhoof

Photo © Inge Zimmermann

Photo © Inge Zimmermann

CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #5: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Randolf Menzel, Thomas Radetzki, Heinz Risse (moderator)

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. Followed by a World Café with audience-participatory discussions.

BOOK SIGNING
Sun, 1 Sep (11:45–12:15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 2nd Floor
with Randolf Menzel


BIOGRAPHY

Markus Imhoof was born 1941 in Winterthur, Switzerland. Two of his first documentaries were prohibited but won multiple awards. In 1981 his film The Boat Is Full was honored at Berlinale and nominated for an Oscar. His film More Than Honey was the most successful Swiss documentary of all time, while his newest film, Eldorado, won several Human Rights prizes. Imhoof is a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin, the European Film Academy, and the AMPAS Los Angeles.

Markus Imhoof
More Than Honey


Indigo

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Bees, Trees & Social Change
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jacqueline Freeman, Deborah Richmond (moderator), Laura Williams

“I will tell the story of the Hambacher Forest, an old-growth forest in Germany struggling to survive. Since seven years activists are living there in tree houses to protect the trees with their bodies. But the struggle is about much more: If we are able to protect the forest, we will stop the coal underneath it from being burned. Scientists all agree: We need to stop fossil fuels if we want to have a future on this planet. We are not defending Nature. We are Nature defending itself.”


BIOGRAPHY

Indigo started to get involved in the struggle against coal mining when she first stepped into the Hambach Forest Occupation. There, she learned a lot about climate justice, tree-house building, action-based strategy, and other things learned in self-organized groups. She campaigns, gives talks, and leads actions to find ways out of the climate crisis and into a society that puts people before profit. She co-founded Solidaritree, an activist collective that shares money and other goods to support full-time activism.

Hambach Forest
Solidaritree


Dr. Rosa María Licón Luna

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Speed BEE Talks

Photographic Survey of Wild Bees in the Jura Mountains of France
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

“As a veterinarian specialized in bees’ health, with a background in medical research and ecology, I believe that animal, human, and environmental health are inseparable. My mission is to use the bee model to teach people and society how to protect Nature, thereby protecting themselves.”

Wild Bees Project


Fiona MacDonald

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Speed BEE Talks

Sing It To the Bees
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

Fiona MacDonald is an artist and researcher who works with human and nonhuman beings as Feral Practice to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative connections across species boundaries. 

Feral Practice


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Randolf Menzel

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #5: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Markus Imhoof, Thomas Radetzki, Heinz Risse (moderator)

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. Followed by a World Café with audience-participatory discussions.

BOOK SIGNING
Sun, 1 Sep (11:45–12:15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 2nd Floor
with Markus Imhoof


BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Randolf Menzel is a neurobiologist, who has been working with honey bees as a model of high-order neural functions for 54 years. He studied the neural basis of color vision, olfaction, learning, memory formation, and navigation in honey bees, using neurophysiological, neuranatomical, and behavioral analyses. He published multiple research articles and a book (together with Mathias Eckoldt) on the intelligence of bees. He received the Leibniz Award of the German Resource council. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

Freie Universität Berlin, Institute Biology-Neurobiology


Albert Muller

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #1: Inner Beekeeping
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Johannes Wirz

“When Varroa reached my colonies I started treating them with formic acid. Then with oxalic acid, but only for two years or so because, in 1990, I developed a new treatment, now known as Mullerbrett. Since 2006 I have no longer fought Varroa in 15 of my colonies, and from 2008 we have gone treatment-free in 80 others. We also allow the bees to swarm, and after September they get a rest until the willows bloom again.

Three years ago a selection of biodynamic beekeepers from The Netherlands were invited to participate in an investigation into Varroa tolerance at Wageningen University, each practicing in his own way. In this presentation we will review the exciting results.”


BIOGRAPHY

Albert Muller has been a biologist and beekeeper since 1975. He is co-founder and member of the Dutch working group Biodynamic Beekeepers and an expert on bee diseases in The Netherlands’ government commission. He is also a member of the research team dealing with Varroa tolerance at Wageningen University.

BD Imkers


Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

LECTURE #1: Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Thu, 29 Aug (17h45–18h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor
with Piotr Piłasiewicz

LECTURE #3: How to Operate a Log Hive
Fri, 30 Aug (9h15–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor
with Piotr Piłasiewicz, Heinz Risse

LECTURE #4: History of Zeidlerei
Fri, 30 Aug (17h45–18h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Piotr Piłasiewicz


CONFERENCE

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Return of Tree Beekeeping. Searching for a New Place for Honey Bees in Forests
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

Tree beekeeping has survived in many Eastern Europe countries, and now, after a 100-year break, it returns to Poland, Germany, and other countries in Central and Western Europe. The number of tree-beekeeping enthusiasts grows, thus, it is justified to ask a few important questions concerning the future of this craft: “Can modern forests offer honey bees favorable living conditions similar to those existing in the 19th Century?” “Can tree beekeeping help prevent the local extinction of honey bees?” “What can be the role of tree beekeeping in the protection of biodiversity within forest ecosystems?” Ten years’ experience restoring tree beekeeping in Poland give Dr. Nawrocki at least some preliminary answers to these questions.

BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Live Demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei Techniques (moderator)
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin
with Jacek Adamczewski, Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Andrzej Pazura, Piotr Piłasiewicz


BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki is a biologist and specialist in river and wetland ecology, bird studies, and nature conservation. He got his Master’s degree at Poznań University in Domain of Environmental Biology and Ph.D. at Gdańsk University in Zoology. Since 1997, he has worked for WWF in Poland and is involved in various projects aimed at conservation of river and forest ecosystems, combining nature conservation with local economy, ecological education, and shaping Poland’s environmental policies. He is one of the initiators of the restoration of tree beekeeping in Poland and Western Europe. In his free time he carves birds and illustrates wildlife.

WWF Poland


Andrzej Pazura

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin

LECTURE #1: Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Thu, 29 Aug (17h45–18h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jacek Adamczewski


CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Live Demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei Techniques
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin
with Jacek Adamczewski, Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Przemysław Nawrocki (moderator), Piotr Piłasiewicz


BIOGRAPHY

Andrzej Pazura is a forester by education and an employee of the State Forests in the Spała Forest District of Poland. He has been involved in tree-beekeeping restoration since 2007, having learned the craft directly from the Bashkir masters. He is the owner of a small apiary comprised of 15 hives, nine tree hives, and six tree log hives in the Pilicka Forest of central Poland.


Johannes Pickhardt

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin


BIOGRAPHY

Johannes Pickhardt is a trained forester and tree climber, and has been an instructor of tree beekeeping since the first Zeidlerei course at Schloss Hamborn in 2015. He learned the Polish climbing rope technique (leziwo) in Augustow, Poland, and took part in the international Zeidler Conference in Poland.


Piotr Piłasiewicz

ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin

LECTURE #1: Forest Conditions for Tree Beekeeping
Thu, 29 Aug (17h45–18h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor
with Przemysław Nawrocki

LECTURE #3: How to Operate a Log Hive
Fri, 30 Aug (9h15–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor
with Przemysław Nawrocki, Heinz Risse

LECTURE #4: History of Zeidlerei
Fri, 30 Aug (17h45–18h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Przemysław Nawrocki


CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #4: Live Demonstration of Polish Zeidlerei Techniques
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin
with Jacek Adamczewski, Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Przemysław Nawrocki (moderator), Andrzej Pazura


BIOGRAPHY

Piotr Piłasiewicz has been an active tree beekeeper since 2013 and is also a professional mead maker, co-owning Augustow Meadery. He serves as president of Bractwo Bartne (Tree Beekeeping Brotherhood), an organization that connects Poland and Belarus Zeidlers and offers courses on the craft in both countries. Since 2016 he and others have been working to establish Zeidlerei as a Polish National Heritage in order to ultimately gain UNESCO World Heritage status. He runs more than 30 tree hives and log hives in the Augustow Forest in Poland.

Bractwo Bartne


Norbert Poeplau

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin

LECTURE #2: Why Zeidlerei and Biodynamic Beekeeping? The Advantages of Natural Hives
Thu, 29 Aug (18h15–19h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor

LECTURE #3: How to Operate a Log Hive
Fri, 30 Aug (9h15–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jacek Adamczewski


CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Meet the German Zeidlers
Sat, 31 Aug (15h45–17h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Sabine Bergmann, Antonio Gurliaccio, Heidi Herrmann (moderator)

Three German Zeidlers introduce their centers for tree beekeeping as well as discuss some of the issues one may face when rewilding bees in trees. Followed by a panel discussion.


BIOGRAPHY

Norbert Poeplau is employed by Mellifera e.V. as a Master Beekeeper. For 13 years he has headed its Demeter apiary, Fischermühle, in Rosenfeld, Germany. The apiary also employs a journeyman beekeeper plus two trainees. In numerous courses, lectures, and advisory talks on organic beekeeping, he has passed on his expertise and enthusiasm for the world of honey bees to interested beekeepers and experts.

Mellifera e.V.


Jonathan Powell

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CONFERENCE

CO-MASTER OF CEREMONIES with Heinz Risse
Sat & Sun, 31 Aug & 1 Sep at Kühlhaus Berlin

BREAKOUT SESSION #6: The Beehive as a Biotope: How the Physics, Chemistry, and Geometry of Our Beehives Influence the Biology of Bees (moderator)
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Torben Schiffer

Like humans, honey bees can live in very different habitats. Often we beekeepers overlook the fact that housing has an enormous influence on a colony’s life processes. We are rarely cognizant of the fact that many basic conditions that have historically developed from beekeeping practices challenge the resilience of bees instead of promoting them.

We will report on our research and experience about how the indoor climate and geometry of hives affect the health of bees, the development of brood, and basic colony processes. Together with participants we will discuss some quick-and-easy improvements to beekeeping, relative to potential tensions between Nature and culture.


BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Powell is a trustee of the Natural Beekeeping Trust and joint founder of Learning from the Bees. He authored the Tree Beekeeping Field Guide and oversees forest rewilding projects in the UK and Spain. He seeks to respect the nature of the bee, learning how wild bees prefer to live, which then informs his apiculture and heart.

Natural Beekeeping Trust


Thomas Radetzki

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #5: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Markus Imhoof, Randolf Menzel, Heinz Risse (moderator)

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. Followed by a World Café with audience-participatory discussions.


BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Radetzki is a Master Beekeeper and founder of the Aurelia Foundation. For more than 40 years he has been fighting to improve the living conditions of pollinating insects. One of his signature topics is the reduction of pesticides, along with changing pesticide-approval guidelines. He was also the initiator of the successful Bundestag petition, “Pesticide control now!”

Biodiversity is the immune system of our planet, and this is what drives him — as well as his love for bees. “We have to ask ourselves the question: ‘In which world do we want to live?’”

Aurelia Foundation


Deborah Richmond

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CONFERENCE

GROUP ACTIVITY: Integrating Our Human Hive
Sat, 31 Aug (9h30–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

Humans have much to learn from the honey bees. But who are they? And what is our relationship to them?

This opening activity asks us to, as a group and in pairs, inquire as to the role of the bees and what they personally represent to us. By working with one another, we can enter into the mindset of a colony as well as explore the ethos of the conference, which invites sharing, deep listening, and forming new, creative ways to work collectively to support the bees.

BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Bees, Trees & Social Change (moderator)
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jacqueline Freeman, Indigo, Laura Williams

Three veteran activists speak about their deep connections to bees and trees, and their personal styles for affecting social change. Followed by smaller breakout sessions to discuss how you, too, can awaken your own inner spirit for social change and environmental action.

GROUP ACTIVITY: Human Hive Intelligence
Sun, 1 Sep (9h15–9h45) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

How as a human collective can we transform the challenges facing the honey bee?

The increase of hard-hitting Climate Crisis statistics, coupled with shocking figures of widespread species loss, could paralyze one with fear. But if we look through the eyes of a bee, reflect on human potential, and work together to affect great change, we can manifest a different outcome. In this session we aim to form closer connections with one another to support a new dream, to become more resilient, more innovative, and more inspired to act. In groups of four we will problem-solve and welcome new possibilities.


BIOGRAPHY

Deborah Richmond is a facilitator, constellation coach, and co-founder of a land regeneration project in Portugal. She brings people back to Nature through body-led workshops that inspire and drive environmental action and system change. The center for her work in Portugal, Quinta Das Abelhas, focuses on providing bee-centered habitats, so the honey bee can return to behaviors seen in the wild and once again thrive.

Rewilding Our Planet


Heinz Risse

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

LECTURE #2: Why Zeidlerei and Biodynamic Beekeeping? The Advantages of Natural Hives
Thu, 29 Aug (18h15–19h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor

LECTURE #3: How to Operate a Log Hive
Fri, 30 Aug (9h15–10h) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Ground Floor
with Przemysław Nawrocki, Piotr Piłasiewicz


CONFERENCE

CO-MASTER OF CEREMONIES with Jonathan Powell
Sat & Sun, 31 Aug & 1 Sep at Kühlhaus Berlin

BREAKOUT SESSION #5: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? (moderator)
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Markus Imhoof, Randolf Menzel, Thomas Radetzki

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. Followed by a World Café with audience-participatory discussions.


BIOGRAPHY

Heinz Risse is a tree beekeeper, co-founder of Mellifera Berlin regional group, and founding board member of Tree Beekeeping International. He teaches beginners in organic, bee-centered, natural beekeeping; tree beekeeping; as well as traditional tree-climbing techniques. He is also co-producer of Learning from the Bees | Berlin 2019.

Mellifera Berlin


Torben Schiffer

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #6: The Beehive as a Biotope: How the Physics, Chemistry, and Geometry of Our Beehives Influence the Biology of Bees
Sun, 1 Sep (9h45–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jonathan Powell

Like humans, honey bees can live in very different habitats. Often we beekeepers overlook the fact that housing has an enormous influence on a colony’s life processes. We are rarely cognizant of the fact that many basic conditions that have historically developed from beekeeping practices challenge the resilience of bees instead of promoting them.

We will report on our research and experience about how the indoor climate and geometry of hives affect the health of bees, the development of brood, and basic colony processes. Together with participants we will discuss some quick-and-easy improvements to beekeeping, relative to potential tensions between Nature and culture.


BIOGRAPHY

Torben Schiffer is a senior researcher in the field of wild honey bees and tree cavities at the HOBOS Project at University Würzburg, directed by Prof. Jürgen Tautz. He also founded Beenature-Project and Beekeeping Revolution, whereby honey bees are first provided as-natural-as-possible conditions before going through the process of natural selection. He specializes in the (climatic) differences of natural habitats in comparison to man-made hives and their effects on bee health and bees’ behavior and biology.

HOBOS
Beenature-Project


Prof. Thomas D. Seeley

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CONFERENCE

KEYNOTE LECTURE: The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild
Sat, 31 Aug (10h–11h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube

Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, but only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. Tom Seeley will present the captivating story of what scientists are learning about the behavior, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees living outside beekeepers’ hives. He will show why it is that the wild colonies of honey bees living in forests are thriving, while the managed colonies living in beekeepers' apiaries are in crisis. This talk will offer a new vision of how beekeeping can better align with the natural habits of honey bees.

BOOK SIGNING
Sat, 31 Aug (17:45–18:15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 2nd Floor
with Jacqueline Freeman


BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. His research focuses on the behavior, social life, and ecology of honey bees, with a special interest in how these bees live in nature. He has been an avid beekeeper since he was 16, hence for nearly 50 years. He is the author of several books on bees, including Honeybee Democracy (2010), Following the Wild Bees (2016), and The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of Honey Bees in the Wild (2019). He lives in Ithaca, New York.

Cornell University Department of Neurobiology and Behavior


Geert Steelant

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Speed BEE Talks

Predatory mite Stratiolaelaps s. versus Varroa mite
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

Geert acquired his passion for beekeeping from his French teacher, Antoine, who managed 250 Warré hives naturally. Five years ago, he developed a method to combat Varroa with a predatory mite called Stratiolelaps scimitus, a method that has intrigued the beekeeping world.

Geert Steelant
Natuurlijk Imkeren


Sarah Wiener

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© Milena Schlösser / STERN

Speed BEE Talks

Master of Ceremonies
Sat, 31 Aug (18h15–19h30) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube


BIOGRAPHY

Entrepreneur. TV chef. Organic farmer. Biodynamic beekeeper. Author of Bienenleben - Vom Glück, Teil der Natur zu sein (Bee life: From the happiness of being part of Nature). Politician in the European Parliament: Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

As a bee-centric beekeeper, Sarah Wiener situates her one-box-tall hives high on stands to approximate the height at which honey bees may have originally nested in hollow trees. She is also reluctant to extract honey to ensure that the bees can survive the winter, subsisting on their own supplies.

Sarah Wiener
European Parliament


Laura Williams

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Bees, Trees & Social Change
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, 4th Floor
with Jacqueline Freeman, Indigo, Deborah Richmond (moderator)

Ecosystem restoration is the most important act we can undertake to ensure that the Earth has the capacity to withstand current onslaughts. We need to make a leap from being a destructive, dominant presence to a regenerative, cooperative one. From this basis, Laura will share the principles of bee-led beekeeping and how we can call on the bees as mentors, so that we can own our powers of good, put them at the service of the bees — and all of Nature — and transform the challenges we face.


BIOGRAPHY

Laura Williams is an ecologist and founder of the Awakened Forest Project in Central Portugal, focusing on ecosystem regeneration and Nature connection with bees at its center. She is a co-creator of the Awakened Life Project and also works with local and national organizations such as ARBOR, Wildlings, and Reflorestar Portugal on reforestation and regeneration issues. Developing bee-led beekeeping has given her the understanding that bees are sentient wisdom keepers that can guide best practices in both beekeeping and ecosystem regeneration.

Awakened Forest Project
Reflorestar Portugal


Dr. Johannes Wirz

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CONFERENCE

BREAKOUT SESSION #1: Inner Beekeeping
Sat, 31 Aug (11h45–13h15) at Kühlhaus Berlin, Cube
with Albert Muller

Within beekeeping exists a vast spectrum of respectful practices and aspirations. In this session different examples will be presented: a Dutch project that has resulted in Varroa-tolerant colonies as well as a comparison between log hives installed in living trees and the Einraumbeute hive.


BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Johannes Wirz is a Goethean scientist, who holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics. He is co-leader of the Research Institute at the Goetheanum, Dornach (CH); a member of the board of and Research Coordinator for Mellifera e.V. (DE); and a beekeeper for 20 years. Some of his ongoing projects include: Transmission of Varroa tolerance in Apis mellifera mellifera, warmth treatment against Varroa by selected infrared radiation, and holistic beekeeping.

Mellifera e.V.
Goetheanum


Tobias Wolf

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin


BIOGRAPHY

Tobias Wolf is trained as a forest scientist, tree inspector, and tree climber. He was a founding member of Tree Beekeeping International and spoke at the international Zeidler Conference in Spala, Poland, in 2017. Since 2014, he has visited various Zeidlerei areas in Poland and Russia with Zeidlerei United. He has advanced knowledge about trees, climbing technique, and Zeidlerei history.

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Ingmar Zech

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ZEIDLEREI WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR
Thu & Fri, 29 & 30 Aug at Kühlhaus Berlin & Technikmuseum Berlin


BIOGRAPHY

Ingmar has been in charge of an independent children's primary school since 2013. He has been building log hives since 2017, and constructed his own at Schloss Hamborn. He regularly participates in Zeidlerei trips to Poland and Belarus.