Category: The Congress

Beyond the Hive: Beekeeping and Global Challenges

43rd Apimondia Congress Scientific Program

Our Organizing Committee proposes to include to the 43rd Apimondia Congress Program a scientifi c conference titled Beyond the Hive: Beekeeping and Global Challenges. We believe that in today’s dynamic and globalized world the beekeeping science must reach beyond the narrow scope of our fi eld and take as active part as possible in searching for the ways to solve the key problems which the mankind faces today: environmental pollution and exhaustion of natural resources, poverty and social inequality, cultural barriers, pandemics, and diseases of human civilization. Having cognized one of the greatest wonders of nature, bee family and its products, we now have to think how we can use their miraculous power to make our world better.

We propose to use the Agenda XXI, a fundamental document of the United Nations which deals with all main problems which the humanity faces at the turn of our century and proposes the ways of solving these problems based on the sustainable development concept, as the basis and guideline for our scientifi c work. Article 27 of this document: Strengthening the role of non-governmental organizations: partners for sustainable development outlines the main areas of cooperation among different international public organizations (including Apimondia) trying to fi nd solutions of the global problems and develop integrated programs of stable development. Based on this paragraph of the Agenda xxi, we suggest to develop offi cial proposals of cooperation from the world beekeeping community and send these proposals to the United Nations in form of an open letter from the Apimondia. It will be an outcome of scientifi c work of the Congress participants. Content of the open letter will be discussed at the round table which will top the scientifi c conference.

The proposed concept of the conference introduces a number of proposals and specifi cs into programs of each scientifi c section. A preliminary list of these specifi cs can be found in the draft scientifi c program below.

In addition, we propose to include another scientifi c section to the 43rd Congress Program: Social and Cultural Aspects of Beekeeping. This will give managers of beekeeping associations – Apimondia members a chance, along with scientists, to voice their opinion and exchange experience, and also jointly fi nd solutions of the contemporary issues and establish new areas of cooperation which is one of the priority goals of the Apimondia.

Recommended subjects and areas of study of each section

Beekeeping Economy:

  • Opportunities offered by beekeeping to accelerate stable development of developing countries (jointly with the Beekeeping for Rural Development)
  • Beekeeping: combating poverty (jointly with the Beekeeping for Rural Development)
  • Beekeeping products within the consumption structure
  • Environmental and development issues of making economic decisions in the beekeeping
  • Beekeeping as part of global economy
  • Comprehensive approach to and interdepartmental cooperation in planning and distributing natural resources for beekeeping

Bee Biology:

  • Finding parameters of bee organism which may help in diagnosing environmental conditions and identifying potential hazards
  • Preserving local and native bee populations
  • Beekeeping to preserve biological diversity
  • Use of ecologically safe biotechnologies in beekeeping

Bee Health:

  • Environmental impact on bee health
  • Radiation and bee health
  • Ecologically safe bee treatment methods
  • ccd and other phenomena of bee family pathologies in light of today’s ecological hazards
  • Effect of pesticides and other toxic substances on bee health

Pollination and Bee Flora:

  • Bee pollination as a method of preserving fragile ecosystems
  • Using beekeeping practices in combating deforestation and spread of deserts
  • Impact of contemporary ecological problems on melliferous flora of different regions of the Earth

Beekeeping Technology and Quality:

  • Organic beekeeping: marketing myth or way into future?
  • Impact of main factors of environmental pollution on quality of beekeeping products
  • Ecologically safe technologies in beekeeping
  • Harmonization of beekeeping product quality standards in market globalization conditions
  • Beekeeping as a source of ideas for ecologically clean technologies


  • Beekeeping products as an element of healthy lifestyle
  • Beekeeping and human healthcare and health improvement: comprehensive health-improvement programs
  • Using apitherapy to treat cancer and aids
  • Apitherapy and social diseases: tuberculosis, alcoholism, drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
  • Apitherapy and diseases of human civilization

Beekeeping for Rural Development:

  • Beekeeping as an integrating element for stable development of agrarian sector
  • Beekeeping as a method of supporting stable agricultural economy and rural development
  • Integrated approach to beekeeping resource planning
  • Opportunities offered by beekeeping to accelerate stable development of developing countries (jointly with the Beekeeping Economy)
  • Beekeeping: combating poverty (jointly with the Beekeeping Economy)

Social and Cultural Aspects of Beekeeping:

  • Preserving and studying beekeeping culture and traditions of different peoples
  • Mechanisms of cooperation between beekeepers’ associations of different countries
  • Administration of beekeepers’ associations and communication with beekeeper members
  • Experience of cooperation between beekeepers’ associations and government
  • Cooperation with other non-governmental organizations and scientifi c research institutions
  • Education in beekeeping Proposals concerning development of the Apimondia

The Venue & Professional Organizer

The International Exhibition Centre is the biggest expo building in Ukraine combining three premium-class pavilions into unified architectural ensemble with 58,000 square meters of total area, including 28,018 square meters of exhibition area, which engineering capability allows realizing of the most daring exhibition projects and holding of events of different scale and levels of complexity.

The integrated facility complies with all up-to-date requirements towards the buildings of that kind:

The three expo-blocks have 15 gates to deliver bulky cargo directly to the exhibition halls. There is a congress-hall and fourteen conference halls with capacity from 90 up to 600 places, negotiation rooms, premises for valuables and arms keeping, cafes and fast food restaurants, WCs, checkrooms, air conditioning system. Convenient driveways lead to parking lots for 2500 cars.

Technical equipment satisfies any demands of exhibition operators and organizers of different events in terms of both design solutions and services. The exhibition halls can be easily divided by mobile partition walls into isolated rooms to stage several events at one and the same time.

Floors can bear extremely high loadings and 25 meters from the floor up to frame works make it possible to deliver bulky cargoes by means of powerful crane trucks, enable the erection of 2- and 3-storey booths and various exhibition constructions.

Each exhibitor and organizer of events can be provided with water and power supply and drainage, Internet access, direct phone number, telecommunication systems with simultaneous translation into appropriate language, office accommodations, banking and many other services. In general, there is nothing impossible for the International Exhibition Centre that does not breach the law and safety measures.

The integrated facility is advantageously situated five minutes walk from Livoberezhna underground station at Brovarsky Avenue and only some stops by metro or 10 minutes away from the centre of the city. It also has good connection with Boryspil International Airport lying at 27 km distance. Direct underground connection will help our exhibitors, participants of events and guests to get to the International Exhibition Centre from the railway station. There are 3 and 4 star hotels Tourist, Adria, Slavutich and Bratislava nearby, where the IEC booking service will always reserve a required number of accommodations.

Professional team of International Exhibition Centre (192 employees, together with contracting organizations – nearly 300 people) has good experience of organizing of international forums. Particularly IEC took part in the following events:

V European Ministerial Conference ‘Environment for Europe’ (21–23 may 2003, participants – ministries of ecology and 18 international organizations from 55 countries).

  • Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council (10–12 September 2003, delegations from energy ministries of 65 countries – 344 participants, 102 accredited representatives of mass-media).
  • VII European Ministerial Conference on the Mass Media Policy (8–12 march 2005, governmental delegations from 44 countries), for the high standard of this forum International Exhibition Centre was granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe.
  • II Kyiv International Book Fair (11–14 may 2006).
  • International Mediaforum ‘Ukraine of the World’s Information Map’ (14–16 november 2006).
  • VIII European Conference of Ministers responsible for Migration Affairs (4–5 September 2008, governmental delegations of 40 countries – members of the Council of Europe and observers from 20 world countries).

For the high performance level of VII European Ministerial Conference on the Mass Media Policy and VIII European Conference of Ministers responsible for Migration Affairs International Exhibition Centre was twice granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe.

106 journalists presenting the leading overseas and almost all domestic central, local and branch editions were accredited at the Press Centre of the International Exhibition Centre to cover these events. The government delegations from 44 countries took part in the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy held under the auspices of the Council of Europe. Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine Mr. Mykola Tomenko headed its plenary sessions. The International Exhibition Centre was granted a special certificate of the Council of Europe for the high standard of this event.

Today the IEC also organizes several prestigious exhibition events of its own. Most of them are supported by respective ministries, departments, associations, and international forums are held under the auspices of the Government of Ukraine and with participation of top state executives, who admitted the high level of these events more than once.

In particular, these are annual wide-scaled international forums such as: ‘Arms and Security’ (weapons, protection facilities and special-purpose engineering), ‘Fuel and Energy Complex of Ukraine: the Present and the Future’, ‘AgroForum’ (technologies and equipment, farming machinery, provender milling and veterinary science), ‘Protection Technologies’ (any emergency warning and elimination facilities), ‘CommunTech’ (engineering technologies and equipment for municipal economy), ‘Aqua-Ukraine’ (a unique forum that embraces the demonstration of up-to-date means and technologies of water prospecting, recovery, treatment and supply, along with a broad scientific and applied program on the issues of water storage and protection, water supply industry legal provision and other urgent problems).

Now IEC is the organizer of the most significant exhibition event of machine-building industry of Ukraine – ‘International Industrial Forum’, which was approved by UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).

During the process of operation the company has found and still continues to find reliable partners such as Ministry of Fuel and Power Engineering of Ukraine, Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine, Ministry of Ukraine in Charge of Emergencies and People Protection Against the Consequences of Chernobyl Disaster, the State Committee of Ukraine for Technical Regulation and Consumer Policy, etc.

In October 2005, at the 72nd Congress of UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) the IEC entered this authoritative organization in two categories at once: ‘Expocentre’, and ‘Trade Fair Organizer’. This approves high recognition level of International Exhibition Centre and proficiency level of its employees.

Some statistics:

  • today the IEC is three exhibition pavilions with total area of 58,000 sq. m.:
  • 1st hall: 10,564 sq. m,
  • 2nd hall: 6,600 sq. m,
  • 3rd hall: 10,854 sq. m;
  • sixteen entrance groups and fifteen groups for transport (to deliver large dimension cargoes directly to pavilions);
  • headway height (from the floor up to frame works) from 14 to 25 m with sideway height from 8 to 9.5 m;
  • voltage supply of 220 V and 380 V;
  • up-to-date ventilation and air conditioning system;
  • vast storage facilities, elevators and loading transport access capability;
  • post, telephone, Internet, service centre, banking services;
  • premises for valuables and arms keeping;
  • banks;
  • conference rooms, press centre;
  • restaurants, cafe, snack bars, shops;
  • offices, cloak rooms, lavatories;
  • parking lot;
  • convenient road interchange;
  • immediate proximity to hotels Tourist, Adria, Bratislava,  Slavutitch, Salute, Kyiv, The Natsionalny Hotel, Dnipro, Khreschatik.

Spheres of Activity:

Granting on lease exhibition areas to organize fairs, conferences, presentations, shows etc;

  • Organizing of international exhibitions, congresses, symposia, conferences and presentations.

IEC Services:

exhibition stands (including exclusive stands) design and construction;

  • exhibition complex areas renting for exhibitions, conferences, presentations, shows, concerts, etc. holding;
  • renting of conference-halls for meetings, workshops, master classes, conferences holding etc.;
  • organizing and holding of national and international exhibitions, conferences, congresses, symposia, presentations;
  • technical support of events (water supply and waste water draining, power supply);
  • all types of telecommunications;
  • technical support of simultaneous interpretation;
  • upstairs work & decorating placement;
  • advertising support ;
  • booking of hotel rooms;
  • services of interpreters (consequent and simultaneous interpretation, escorting interpreters);
  • services of exhibition staff, promoters and models;
  • catering (restaurant, cafes, bars);
  • transport services;
  • parking services;
  • cultural program.

Technical Tours

Technical tours will be organized on the last day of the Congress, Sunday the 20th of September, and will include choice trips to the following places in Kyiv and its vicinities:

  • Ukrainian Laboratory of Quality and Safety of aic Products with a separate section dealing with beekeeping products. This is the largest institution of its kind in Ukraine and one of the largest in Europe. The laboratory boasts the cutting-edge equipment and does the entire range of research work required by the agrarian sector. Along with the National Agrarian University the laboratory is an offi cial partner of the Apimondia Congress Scientifi c Program.
  • P. I. Prokopovych Institute of Beekeeping National Research Center with experimental apiary and unique Beekeeping Museum featuring collection that no other museum in the world even comes close to.
  • Beekeeping production farm near Kyiv. The farm of mixed production and breeding type outputs wide range of beekeeping products including propolis, royal jelly, bred queen bees, and bee packages.
  • Honey beverage factory. Located in a picturesque place just a few miles away from Kyiv, the factory produces over 20 types of various honey beverages using traditional Ukrainian recipes, which received numerous awards at the most prestigious international fairs. The factory also has an exhibition museum. The program includes tasting of beverages.
  • Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. This huge monastic complex inscribed as unesco World Heritage Site includes quite large monastery apiary. The Lavra’s monks make their own candles, honey, and honey beverages. Besides visiting the monastery apiary, the program includes visits to the Museum of Historical Treasures and unique collection of microminiatures.
  • Andriyivskyy Descent. The program of each technical tour includes visit to this place called “Montmartre of Kyiv”, a neighborhood of cozy cafes, art galleries, and theaters in the shade of the majestic Church of Saint Andrew the First Called. Guests of the Congress can buy here any souvenir they could think of to take fond memories of Kyiv back home.

Also, program of each technical tour includes lunch with local beekeepers in a traditional Ukrainian outdoor restaurant.