The conference will be fully translated into Polish, English, Russian and French
November 20-21, 2021
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The Beekeeping Company Tomasz Łysoń, which is the official partner of the 8th European Beekeeping Conference, cordially invites you to the first such international beekeeping event BEECOME 2021.
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The European Beekeeping Congress BEECOME is one of the biggest events of the European beekeeping industry, appreciated for years by the leading authorities in the field of beekeeping. This year's partner of the Beecome Congress is the company LYSON - one of the largest manufacturers of modern beekeeping equipment, representing Polish beekeeping, which has a significant place in the European apiary market. The Beecome 2021 conference is an excellent opportunity to share experience and knowledge among the most qualified scientists, beekeeping associations, veterinarian representatives and beekeeping organizations from all over the world.
The initiative was established in 2012 in France as a response to the still growing interest in the beekeeping economy. The founders of the European Beekeeping Congress BEECOME are: Henri Clement – president of the Union Nationale de l'Apiculture Française (UNAF), Etienne Bruneau - Centre Apicole de recherche et Information (CARI) and Karl-Rainer Koch - European Professional Beekeeper Association (EPBA).
So far, the conference has taken place in France, Romania, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Austria, where it has met with considerable interest, not only from bee breeders but also from local and foreign media. Each time the conference programme was adapted to current problems of the European beekeeping economy. The topics which were discussed so far included: falsification of bee products, the use of pesticides and other problems related to the intensive agriculture, integration of pollinators as a control tool, protection of local breeds of bees, bee products – the key to health – Api-nutrition, Varroa destructor and other risks in the bee yard.
Due to the current pandemic situation in the world, the organisation of the European Beekeeping Congress BEECOME will be modernised in terms of guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This time, the conference will not be accompanied by the exhibition of beekeeping equipment, and lectures will take place online, providing all participants with safety requirements. International experts’ lectures will be simultaneously translated into English, Polish, French and Russian. Everything will be broadcast with the use of professional emission equipment from a studio specially prepared for this purpose.
The educational staff will include international beekeeping authorities who will present seperate problems and issues related to the European beekeeping market during individual symposia. 12 planned lectures via internet connections will be enriched with additional discussion club aimed at exchanging information and experience between participants of conference. Since BEECOME is also an initiative to promote businesses and institutions in the field of beekeeping, showrooms for companies will be available during the event, so that each of participants of the congress will have the opportunity to present their own activity and the latest beekeeping equipment. This procedure is aimed at the possibility of popularising offers of relevant enterprises in exchange for the foregoing presentation of the product range during previously organised fairs and stationary exhibitions.
This year the official partner of BEECOME 2021 is Przedsiębiorstwo Pszczelarskie Tomasz Łysoń Sp. z o.o. Sp. K. which occupies the position of a world leader in the production of beekeeping equipment with distribution in over 70 countries. The company has been awarded many times for its activity and innovative projects in many prestigious competitions. During the Apimondia itself, it was awarded a total of 10 medals. As a brand with over 25 years of experience, it has extensive background in organising all kinds of industry events, including webinars chaired via an internet platform.
The organisation of the BEECOME event is another operation for the company aimed at developing its activities with new projects. Thereby the European Beekeeping Congress on November 2021 is also an opportunity to promote our country on the international arena of the beekeeping market. It has an exceptional significance during Poland’s current efforts to organise Apimondia 2025 in the country, in which the Łysoń company also actively participates. It is a multi-annual experience on the foreign market that guarantees the quality of operations undertaken by beekeeping company, perfectly adapted to international relations.
TOMASZ ŁYSOŃ BEEKEEPING COMPANY
Tomasz Łysoń Beekeeping Company has been on the market since 1995. It has been a world leader in the production of beekeeping equipment with distribution in over 70 countries for years.
The company specialises in the production of polysterene hives, honey extractor, devices for creaming, uncapping, dosing honey and others.
The Łysoń Company is a steady technological development following the changes in the global market and the needs of the modern customer. It testifies to 10 medals which the company has been awarded internationally by Apimondia over the years. It is a constant contact with foreign customer which allows the company to maintain its operations on a global level.
The Łysoń Company develops its beekeeping activity on many levels; it is not only the production of high quality beekeeping equipment for global distribution, but also education and promotion of beekeeping in the media and society.
The Apilandia – Interactive Centre of Beekeeping run by the company is the only multimedia museum in the country which focuses on matters of beekeeeping.
It is aimed at raising awareness of the significant role which the honey bee and the entire beekeeping economy play in the world. Apilandia is a place available to everyone, regardless of age or level of knowledge in the field of beekeeping.
A visit in the Interactive Centre of Beekeeping takes place on three levels. Visiting the multimedia exhibition in the basement of Łysoń company introduces guests to the world of beekeeping, exploring secrets of bee life step-by-step.
Workshops are also organised in Apilandia, where visitors, after tasting bee products, also have the opportunity to make beeswax candles themselves, thus learning about their health-promoting properties.
Then a visit in the bee yard, including live meeting with bees in professional beekeeping outfit and the possibility of using apitherapy in adapted houses, is the final addition to the educational adventure at the Interactive Centre of Beekeeping. Apilandia is visited by over 20,000 people annually.
Among the visitors there were guests not only from Poland but also from Australia, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Argentina, Israel, USA and Tanzania so far. The Interactive Centre of Beekeeping, which functions since 2018, actively participates in the beekeeping promotion, not only in the museum in Klecza Górna but also in the country, providing educational institutions with necessary didactic materials which enable presentations of the value of honey bees in society.
Additionally, through activities of the Apikultura Foundation, Tomasz Łysoń Beekeeping Company not only supports local beekeepers but also supports the development of foreign beekeeping operations.
One of the foundation’s flag project was technical and substantive support of the monks from Mount Afon in Greece.
In 2019, the Apikultura Foundation donated to the monastery not only polystyrene hives, but also a honey extractor, beekeeping suits, a table for uncapping and other professional equipment, increasing the level and efficiency of the beekeeping run by the monks.
The foundation also supports people with disabilities, countering social exclusion, eliminating barriers and supporting professional and social activation. In cooperation with Andrej Sever from the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, the idea was born to create a honey extractor for people with reduced mobility.
This equipment has met with great recognition during Apimondia in 2019 in Montreal, where the Łysoń company received a gold medal for this innovative solution.
Through the agency of Apikultura Foundation, honey extractors for the disabled people reached the most needy beekeepers, restoring the ability to run their beekeeping on their own.
Activities of the Łysoń company also include the promotion of beekeeping in the media. Under the patronage of Apikultura, in 2019, via the YouTube platform, the educational series “Dinara Asks” was released in several language versions. It has met with exceptionally positive response among the beekeeping community, and was also permanently included in the didactic material used in schools.
In 2021, in the era of distance learning dictated by the global Covid pandemic, the foundation launched another educational project called “Kala and Bees”. It is a series of 10 episodes about beekeeping, where the main character exploring secrets of bee life is the muppet Kala – an inquisitive and funny beginner in the world of beekeeping. The programme for primary school children, just as “Dinara Asks”, is available on the YouTube platform in several language versions.
As a part of beekeeping education, the ŁYSOŃ company has also been running webinars for years with the support of world-class speakers.
Among issues and problems raised during online lectures there are topics so far such as: preparation for the first batch, a global view on beekeeping issues, the fight against varroasis, how to relieve swarm mood and the treatment of bee mothers.
ŁYSOŃ webinars enjoy a lot of interest among the listeners and the experience in having online conferences allows for high-quality meetings. Among the meetings so far, Polish beekeepers had the opportunity to discuss with such authorities in the beekeeping industry as: Phd Daniel Cristian Popovici or dr. Peter Kozmus - vice president of Apimondia.
The European Beekeeping Conference BEECOME is another step in the history of Łysoń company towards spreading knowledge in the field of beekeeping, this time on a global scale.
Tomasz Łysoń Beekeeping Company has been guided by 5 main values for over 25 years. It is responsibility, commitment, close relations, honesty and innovation that have led the Łysoń company to the podium of many prestigious beekeeping competitions. Each of the awards is a motivation for further activities for the development of global beekeeping.
2010 – Award for innovations in beekeeping – Pleven (Bulgaria)
2011 – Gold medal at the POLAGRA TECH International Trade Fair in Poznań
2013 – Medal of the Outstanding Exporter of the Year 2013
2013 – APIMONDIA – Kiev
- 1 gold medal in the category of large stalls
2013 – Medal of pr. dr. Jan Dzierżon for outstanding credits in the development of beekeeping
2013, 2014, 2015 – BUSINESS GAZELLE in the category of the most dynamically developing company
2015 - APIMONDIA 2015 – South Korea
- 2 gold medals – the electronic protection and control system for bee yards – ControlBee and a honey extractor with a built-in weighing and steering module
2016 – Eagle of Export in the category of the Most Dynamic Exporter 2016
2017 – APIMONDIA - ISTANBUL
- 1 gold medal – Stanisław Brach’s artistic work "Flowing Honey"
- 2 bronze medals for the BeeLab project and an incubator for breeding bee mothers
2018 - Medal of the Outstanding Exporter of the Year 2018
2019 APIMONDIA 2019 – Canada
- 3 gold medals – honey extractor for the disabled, Stanisław Brach’s work "Flowing Honey" , reportage "Mission of the Bee Yard" with Jacek Wojciechowski’s participation
- 1 bronze medal – Natural cosmetic with bee products – Bee Butter
2019 – Lesser Poland Economic Award
2019 – BUSINESS GAZELLE in the category of the most dynamically developing company
2019 – The Łysoń company is among the best employers hiring 50 to 250 people according to the ranking prepared by Rzeczpospolita.
First day of lectures 20-11-2021
Second day of lectures 21-11-2021
The conference will be fully translated into Polish, English, Russian and French
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Why is it worth registering for BEECOME 2021 ONLINE?
- access to the transmission of lectures in several language versions
- the opportunity to participate in a chat with beekeepers from around the world
- possibility to ask lecturers live questions
- participation in the virtual fair of beekeeping equipment
- individual customer service in show rooms
FOUNDERS OF THE EUROPEAN BEEKEEPING CONGRESS ABOUT THE BEECOME INITIATIVE
- Where did the idea to organise the European Beekeeping Congress BEECOME come from?
Henri Clement: The idea came from discussions between me, Etienne and Karl at the 2011 Apimondia in Argentina.
Etienne Bruneau: The idea of organising the European Congress is not so new. CARI had already organised the congress about European beekeeping in 2003. However, it was only ten years later that the congress was established under the patronage of several European structures and it was UNAF, represented by Henri Clément, which organised the first edition in Agen.
- What are main goals and establishments of the BEECOME initiative, which you started in 2012?
Karl-Rainer Koch: We wanted the European Congress BEECOME to motivate to jointly face problems of European beekeepers and consequently by means of joint forces – to find solutions for them.
Etienne Bruneau: The main goal of the congress is to make European beekeepers aware that problems they face are common for many other beekeepers in Europe and that some of them have solutions which can be borrowed to their countries. It is also intended to encourage to exchange experience and ideas between different countries, and to make people aware that the more we speak in the world, the more we are heard.
Henri Clement: The BEECOME Congress is primarily about better protection of beekeepers at the European level by enabling them to meet and discuss various topics. A common search for solutions to current problems is a guarantee of a stronger beekeeping economy around the world.
- How do you remember the first BEECOME conference in France in 2012?
Henri Clement: The first edition of BEECOME in Agen, in France, was a great success.
Etienne Bruneau: Our main concern was whether this more Europe-oriented approach would reach and mobilise beekeepers and, above all, attract them from other countries, which would extend BEECOME’s activities to an even greater extent.
Karl-Rainer Koch: It was a surprising success that we happily continued on subsequent congresses.
- Do you have any particular memories of the conferences organised so far? Or maybe are there some particular countries that you remember well?
Karl-Rainer Koch: Each of the countries, which was visited, was unique in its own special way.
Etienne Bruneau: Each BEECOME has brought its own surprises and reasons to be proud of. It is amazing to see the tone of each country that makes this event unique. Thanks to the congress in Italy, we managed to renew the entire policy of fighting against small hive beetle with recommendations that meet European beekeepers’s expectations. In Sweden, it was the discovery of a northern country, its dynamism and unusual organisational sense. Romania is exceptionally cordial and hospitable.
Henri Clement: BEECOME has always been emotional. Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Romania… It will be a great pleasure for us to meet again.
- Will the ongoing pandemic and international restrictions have a significant impact on the upcoming BEECOME event?
Henri Clement: It is difficult to predict, therefore we have moved the BEECOME congress in Quimper to 2022. We believe that the current situation will eventually improve and we will be able to rely on a direct meeting. However, this does not exclude video conference.
Etienne Bruneau: Today’s pandemic has forced us to review and adapt the BEECOME formula again. Perhaps big conferences where everyone gets together belong to the past. As we can see current possibilities offered by virtual tools, we can be sure that no congresses will take place without the possibility of participation in them by teleconference. This year’s choice was not possible so organisers intend to initiate a formula for which bounds no longer exist. Let’s hope, however, that in 2022 we will be able to reach for a formula which combines these two possibilities of communication because meeting at the table with a drink is also an important form of information, knowledge and experience exchange between beekeepers.
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