The National B-THENET Centre Austria is a collaborative initiative between the University of Graz and Biene Österreich, Austria’s umbrella organisation for beekeepers. With the University of Graz’s institute of biology having conducted research on honey bees for decades, the National B-THENET Centre’s focus is on promoting best practices in beekeeping.
The researchers running the National B-THENET Centre are Robert Brodschneider and Kristina Gratzer, both of whom have experience in identification and dissemination of best practice methods in beekeeping from previous EU-funded projects.
The collaborating partner Biene Österreich is the umbrella organisation of the Austrian Beekeeper’s Association and the Austrian Professional Beekeeper’s Association and therefore covers all agendas related to beekeeping and is therefore the grown contact point for all beekeepers in Austria. The National B-THENET Centre conducts activities both in-person and virtually throughout the country. The primary objective is to encourage bottom-up participation from beekeepers to discuss, identify, and evaluate the best beekeeping practices. Therefore, we attend beekeeping-related events in Austria where we organise workshops and consultations with beekeepers and stakeholders.
Honeybee Valley at Ghent University is the National B-THENET Centre in Belgium.
Specific beekeeping practices will be demonstrated and beekeepers will be teached these practices via workshops and demo’s.
The National B_THENET Centre Denmark is located at the farmer’s advisory house VKST in Sorø, on Seeland, where the Danish Beekeepers association has its facilities. Here we have our demonstration apiary and education facilities as well as our advisory service.
We will have regular training and workshops here but will also have sub-centres in our beekeeper clubs should apiaries. Keep an eye on our homepage www.biavl.dk for further information. Or simply pass by for a cup of coffee and talk.
The Institute for Bee Research at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany focuses on applied research to support beekeepers. Our main areas of research are varroa biology and control, the impacts of pesticides on bee behaviour and health, and honey quality.
Leon Reinhold is a Masters student in the B-THENET project investigating how to optimise varroa diagnostic methods.
Department of Apiculture- ELGO ‘DIMITRA’ coordinates beekeeping activities (seminars, trainings, demonstrations as well as common monitoring protocols) in relationship to Good Beekeeping Practices and preservation of local populations in Greece, at National Level.
The National B-THENET Centre Hungary will be established at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest. There will be set up a
model apiary, which can be used to test and demonstrate the good practices each year. The apiary will be used for educating veterinary students and other beekeeping specialist as well.
Apimondia takes care, in conjunction with Associazione Romagnola Apicoltori-ARA, of the development of the National B-THENET Centre Italy. We develop the practices within Italy as well as organise the meetings and workshops for the Italian beekeepers. ARA, through its staff and associates, will provide technical and reference support to Italian beekeepers and stakeholders.
The National B-THENET Centre Poland will get to beekeepers and advisors. Specific beekeeping practices will be demonstrated and stakeholders will be taught these practices via workshops and field demonstrations.
The National B-THENET Centre Slovakia ensures knowledge exchange within the Beekeeping sector at national level by providing theoretical and practical training in good beekeeping practices, which have been adapted to regional or local conditions, to Slovak beekeepers and advisors.