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Learning from the Bees conference, Berlin, Aug-Sept

 
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Beeblebrox
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:50 pm    Post subject: Learning from the Bees conference, Berlin, Aug-Sept Reply with quote

The second Learning from the Bees conference will be in Berlin at the end of August:

www.learningfromthebeesberlin.com

The first one was in the Netherlands and I enjoyed it immensely. Great opportunity to meet other "alternative" beekeepers from all over the world. This one seems to have a slightly different focus, more on conservation and spreading awareness, maybe a bit less on honeybees per se; have a look at the programme.
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Adriaan
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too, found the 'learning from the bees 2018' conference in the Netherlands a fantastic experience.
However I had thought it to be a mainly 'local' (West-European) event. I was in fact quite shocked to find out about the amount of people flying in from Canada, the US, South-Africa, Australia, New-Zealand, Russia etc. However pleasant and friendly they all were.

I light of the disturbing reports that became available since the 2018 conference on:

Global warming:
https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/chapter/summary-for-policy-makers/

biodiversity loss:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/wwfassets/downloads/lpr2018_summary_report_spreads.pdf

Insect decline:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320718313636

among many others.

I cannot help thinking whether or not the benefits of having a conference in this manner weighs up against the combined CO2 emission it causes. Personally I think not. I therefor will not be attending this year.

I urge the organizers of the conference to find a format that has a lesser environmental impact than the current one.

Adriaan

ps I sent a copy of my reply to the organizers.
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Beeblebrox
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are already trialling a monthly videoconferencing forum called the Arboreal Apiculture Salon.

I was in the first meeting or 2 but the subjects covered didn't quite map onto my interests. And I can combine the Berlin trip with other business, so it's suitable for me.

More on the AAS:
https://www.learningfromthebees.org/the-salon

A review:
https://www.heirloomista.com/blog/2019/1/21/arboreal-apiculture-salon
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