Apimondia Symposium 2012

The Role of Beekeeping Technologies, Health Care of Bees, and Environment in the Quality of Bee Products

18-19. February 2012, Belgrade, Serbia

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Apimondia - International Federation of Beekeepers Associations
Serbian Federation of Beekeeping Organization
are organizing

"The Role of Beekeeping Technologies, Health Care of Bees, and Environment in the Quality of Bee Products"

18–19. February 2012, Sava Centar, Belgrade
together with
IV Serbian Beekeeping Fair “ApiExpo”

General Sponsor


All interested to participate at the Symposium and the Fair can pay their full participation  fee at the Registration desk. Full Registration fees and Daily passes can be obtained one day BEFORE the Symposium, on Friday, 17th February from 12h to 18 h. (this is a way to avoid crowding at the registration desk for both the participants who are from Belgrade, and participants who will arrive to Belgrade the day before the Symposium)

Daily participation fee bought on the spot shall be RSD 7,000 for participants from member countries of Apimondia, and RSD 8,000 for all other participants. Two day participation fee shall be RSD 12,000 for participants from member countries and RSD 13,500 for all other participants.  Apart from the participation at the Symposium, the participation fee includes a Book of Abstracts, lunch at the Sava Centar, transfers from hotel Srbija to Sava centar, for either one or two days depending on the amount paid. All participants who intent to pay the participation fee are kindly invited to register on the Symposium web site (www.apiecotech2012.com) before the Symposium in order to help accelerate their registration at the registration desk.

All visitors of the Symposium who do not purchase Full Registration fee can purchase a Daily pass for attendance at the Symposium and the Fair for RSD 1,500. The price of the Collection of papers is RSD 800.

Since there will be a large number of people, we kindly invite all visitors of the Symposium and the Fair to come to Belgrade as early as possible in order to avoid crowding and attend the grand opening of the Symposium in the exclusive Blue Hall of Sava Centar

The Opening will begin at 11 a.m. sharp (please be on time).  Vesna Damjanić Branković, a well-known and successful journalist of the Public Service Television shall be the host of the program. She will address the audiance in both Serbian and English in parallel, while for all other speakers simultanous interpretation into English, and consecutive interpretation into Serbian will be provided. President of Apimondia, Mr. Gilles Ratia, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Dušan Petrović and other high officials will address the Symposium at the Opening.

Scientific and expert program is beyond our expectations. Both days of the Symposium will be extremely interesting for beekeepers practitioners, with its attractive topics from the practice. A total of 44 papers will be presented, of which 31 will be oral presentations (lectures), and 13 in form of posters.

We, therefore, invite you to set some time aside and visit the Symposium during both days. You will not regret it – this is evident from the Symposium enclosed program. Papers arrived from 14 countries: Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia.

Participants will have an opportunity to pay and attend the dinner with the Apimondia representatives and other officials and guests (Serbian evening), which will be organized on Saturday, 19th February at the price of RSD 3,000 in “Jezero” restaurant with traditional Serbian music. The restaurant is located on the left bank of the Sava Island, surrounded by beautiful nature of Ada Ciganlija. Bus transfer from the Sava centar to the restaurant will be free of charge.

The participants will gather at the main entrance of the Sava centar (Milentija Popovic Street) at 18.30h from where they will be transferred to the restaurant.

Participants can join us for an excursion which will be organized on Monday, 20th  February, from 8h to 18h) to visit sampling apiary managed by professional beekeeper Zoran Kovačević in Brestovik near Grocka, Center for queen selection Apicentar of Dr. Jovan Kulinčević in Vranić, and sampling apiary  belonging to professional beekeeper Goran Tomić in Kosijeric.  The price of the excursion is RSD 5,000.

Sightseeing tour of Belgrade will also be organized at the price of RSD 2,500 with a professional tour guide, on Sunday 19th February, from 10h to 14h .

Detailed information about all additional visits can be found on Symposium official site: www.apiecotech2012.com


FIRST DAY (Saturday, 18. February 2012)

Role of Technology in the Quality of Bee Products plenary session
Moderator: Mr. Etienne Bruneau
12.00-12.20 Technology and quality, the challenge for the future
Mr. Etienne Bruneau
, President of the Standing Commission of Apimondia on Beekeeping Technology and Quality, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
12.20- 12.40 Possible reasons for the loss of Bee Societies in the world
Mr. Gilles Ratia, President of Apimondia, Coulaures, France
12.40-13.00 Are we asking too much of our bees?
Mr. Philip McCabe
, President of the Regional Commission for Europe, Drogheda, Ireland

13.00-13.10 Assessment of hive development and productivity by means of electronic scales
Dr. Daniela Laurino
, University in Turin, Italy

13.10-13.20 How Modern Technology Can Help Beekeeping Practice And What The Future Holds?
Ms. Sandra Kordić
, Newcastle, United Kingdom

13.20-13.40 Supplemental feeding in correlation to winter survival and the presence of pathogens
Dr. Maja Ivana Smodiš Škerl
, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

13.40-14.00 Migratory Beekeeping – who are the winners and losers?
Mr. Philip McCabe
, President of the Regional Commission for Europe, Drogheda, Ireland

14.00-15.00 Lunch Break

15.00-15.25 Situation of the contaminants in the hive products
Mr. Etienne Bruneau
, President of the Standing Commission of Apimondia on Beekeeping Technology and Quality, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


15.25-15.45 The influence of natural and synthetic substances applied in honey bee health care on the quality of bee products
Dr. Jevrosima Stevanović
, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Head of Laboratory of Genetics of domestic animals, Belgrade, Serbia

15.45-16.05 Good veterinary  practice in apiary – Guidelines for better honey bee health protection
Dr. Vet. Med. Zlatko Tomljanović
, Advisor for Beekeeping in Croatian Agricultural Chamber, Croatia

16.05-16.20 The influence of altitude on the quality of false acacia and meadow honey and honeydew in Central Serbia
Dr. Goran Jevtić
, Institute of Forage Crops, Kruševac, Serbia

16.20-16.35 The influence of location on content of macro- and microelements in pollen
Mr. Bojan Anđelković
, Institute of Forage Crops, Kruševac, Serbia

16.35-16.50 Varoosis control with pulverised sugar dusting and its influence on the quality of bee products
Dr. Dragan Ćirković
, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia

16.50-17.00 Influence of the Treatment against Varroatosis over the Quality of the Bee Honey
Dr. Filip Stančev
, Primavet-Sofia Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria


SECOND DAY (Sunday, 19. February 2012)

Role of Environment in the Quality of Bee Products
Moderator: Prof. Dr Zoran Stanimirović

11.00-11.25 Are honeybees able to recover? - The consequences of the action of pesticides on the level of cell and tissue
Dr. Maja Ivana Smodiš Škerl
, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

11.25-11.45 The influence of pollen contaminated with pesticides on honey bees and their products
Dr. Vet. Med. Predrag Simeunović
, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biology, Belgrade, Serbia

11.45-12.05 External contaminants of honeybee products
Prof. dr Nevenka Aleksić, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biology, Belgrade, Serbia

12.05-12.25 Evaluation of the Grooming Behavior at apis Mellifera in relation with the organic product Bee Vital Hive Clean for varrosis control
Dr. Gabriela Chioveanu
, Institute for Diagnostics and Animal Health , Bucharest, Romania

12.25-12.50 Thymovar efficiency on Varroa destructor under excessive summer conditions in South-East Europe
Mr. Aleksandar Uzunov
, The Faculty of Agricultural Science and Food, Skopje, Macedonia

12.50-13.10 Breeding and reproduction nut honey bee in apicentar
Prof. Dr Jovan Kulinčević
, Apicentar, Serbia

13.10-13.30 Honey bee queen (Apis mellifera carnica) characteristics reared in queen breeding apiaries in Slovenia
Prof. Dr Aleš Gregorc
, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

13.30-13.40 Hive products quality improvement with the tubes bottom board
Mr. Jean-Pierre Le Pabic
, Rueil-Malmaison, France

13. 40-14.00 The influence of queen age on productive-reproductive features of strong honey bee colonies of Syenichko-Peshterski ecogenotype
Dr. Vet. Med. Bojan Gajić
, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Belgrade, Serbia

14.00-15.00 Lunch Break

15.00-15.20 Acctivities of Apimondia
Mr. Riccardo Jannoni Sebastianini
, Secretary-General of Apimondia, Italy

15.20-15.40 Gamma-spectrometric analysis of honey
Mr. Vet. Med. Branislava Mitrović, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Radiology and Radiation Hygiene, Belgrade, Serbia

15.40-15.55 Chemical quality parameters of Serbian Commercial Mono -floral honeys
Prof. Saša Milosavljević
, High School of Agriculture, Prokuplje, Serbia

15.55-16.10 Filth-test assessment of Italian and African honey quality
Dr. Marco Porporato
, University in Turin, Italy

16.10-16.20 Quality of acacia honey from area of Vlasotince
Ing. Vlastimir Spasić
, President of Southeast Serbia Regional Association of Beekeeping Organizations, Niš, Serbia

16.20-16.30 View test results obtained in the quality of honey of veterinary institute specialisation "Nis" /Southeast Serbia/ in the period from 2006 until 2011
Dr. Vet. Med. Zoran Raičević
, Specialist in Epizootiology, Veterinary Specialist Institute Niš, Serbia

16.30-16.45 Potential use of ethanol and plant extracts in supplemental feeding or special bee products production
Dr. Janko Božič
, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

16.45-17.00 Application of Melittin in Apitherapy
Prof. Miloljub Šolajić
, Psihapis Center, Belgrade, Serbia



(Poster – Presentation in written form. The maximum size of the poster can be 1x2 m) (Posters will be displayed during the whole Symposium)

1) Bee Colonies Comfort in different Types of hives (vertical and horizontal hives on Dadant Types Frames)
Dr. Valentina Cebotari
, Institute for Zoology, Chisinau, Moldavia
2) Beekeepers as Promoters of Biodiversity – How and Why?
Dr. Janko Božič, Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
3) The influence of different frequency of powdered sugar treatments on productive-reproductive features of strong honey bee colonies of Syenichko-Peshterski ecogenotype
Dr. Dragan Ćirković, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia
4) Impact of the position of apiary on quality of the honey
Biljana Stamenković
, Faculty of Biofarming, Bor, Serbia
5) Content of heavy metals and metalloids in bee honey produced from the region of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Prof. Dr Ivanka Zhelyazkova
Trakia University, Faculty of Agriculture, Bulgaria
6) Content of heavy and toxic metals in honey bee products and bees from three industrial areas in Bulgaria
Dr. Kalinka Gurgulova
, National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Medical Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria
7) Obtaining quality varietal honey from modified AZ hive
Dejan Milošević, Drmno, Serbia
8) Microscopic analysis of honey in the process of determining his quality
Ms Tatjana Škorić, Institute of Public Health, Subotica, Serbia
9) Slovene Honey-internal control of honey
Mr. Andreja Kandolf
, Beekeeping Association of Slovenia, Public Agricultural Advisory Service, Hill near Municipality of Lukovica, Slovenia
10) An Opportunity to develop beekeeping in landscape plan of  Trešnja (resort near Belgrade)
Aleksandra Nikolić, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia
Antonija Tadić, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia
11) The Effect of Feedbee used as a Bee Colonies’ Performance Optimizer during the spring
Dr. Lumturi Sena, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
12) Effect of supplemental feeding with Startovit on the honey production capacity of bee colonies
Prof. Dr Ivanka Zhelyazkova, Trakia University,Faculty of Agriculture, Bulgaria
13) Description of liver and lien histopathologic mice infected with plasmodium berghei treated with Propolis
Dr. James Hutagalung, Faculty of Medicien Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia
14) Contemporary methods for determination of honey authenticity
Dušanka Milojković-Opsenica
, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 15. December 2011.
Deadline for Early Registration Fee: 10. January 2012.
Deadline for hotel accommodation reservation: 19. January 2012.
Online registration deadline: 13. February 2012.

Symposium Secretariat

Sava Centar, Congress Department

Milentija Popovica 9, 11070 Belgrade, Serbia, Tel.: +381 11 220 6710, Fax: +381 11 220 6081

E-mail: apiecotech2012@savacentar.net, Web: www.apiecotech2012.com