Apimondia 2019 – Round Tables


RT 1: Honey Adulteration
Monday – September 9, 2019, 13:00-15:00, Room 517A

Economy & Technology
Organizer: Norberto García
Moderators:  Norberto García, Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina), Etienne Bruneau, Centre Apicole de Recherche et d’Informations (Belgium), Stephan Schwarzinger, University of Bayreuth  (Germany)
Description:   The Round Table “Honey Adulteration” will gather the best world experts on honey adulteration. The U.S. Pharmacopeia will open the meeting addressing the next launching of a honey standard for the United States.  A group of the best representatives of the world-leading honey laboratories will propose the best combination of available honey tests to be implemented in order to detect the different modes of honey adulteration.
Speakers: Gina M. Clapper, Senior Scientific Liaison, Food Chemicals Codex  (USA), Lutz Elflein, Eurofins Food Integrity Control Services GmbH  (Germany), Gudrun Beckh and Cord Luellmann, QSI  (Germany), Thomas Spengler and Lea Heintz, Bruker Bio Spin GmbHr   (Germany), Giancarlo Quaglia, Floramo Corporation Srl  (Italy), Klaus Beckmann, Intertek Food Services GmbH (Germany), James Galwenis, Sweetwater Science Labs  (USA) 
Format: Each speaker will give a 10 minute presentation.  At the end of the presentations, a facilitated discussion on the best combination of tests for different situations and suspected modes of adulteration will take place.

RT 2: The Social Impact of Bees
Monday – September 9, 2019, 13:00-15:00, Room 518ABC
Beekeeping for Rural Development
Organizer: Gard Otis
Moderators/Speakers: Gard Otis, University of Guelph (Canada), Sarah Common, Hives for Humanity (Canada)
Description: This Round Table will be focused on building shared understanding of what we mean by social impact, what tools we use in our work, and what barriers we face.
Format: Sarah Common and Gard Otis will open the session with a brief overview of their backgrounds and personal experiences with beekeeping in urban and rural environments, following which they will identify 5-6 key questions around with discussion will be centered. Participants will all be able to share their work and ideas through the discussion in the roundtable as it relates to those key questions.  To prepare, participants may want to reflect on how our interactions with bees influence the wellbeing of us as individuals and of our communities.

RT 3: Pesticides and Bees
Monday – September 9, 2019, 15:30-17:30, Room 517C
Bee Health
Organizer / Moderator: Ernesto Guzman, University of Guelph  (Canada) 
Description: Expert panelists will discuss current issues on the impact and implications of pesticides on bees and beekeeping.
Speakers: Lionel S. Gonçalves, University of Sao Paulo  (Brazil), Geoffrey Williams, Auburn University  (USA), Madeleine Chagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada)
Format: Each panelist will deliver a 15-20 min presentation or talk.  Afterwards, there will be an open discussion with the attending audience.

RT 4: Valuation of  Economic Contributions of Bees
Tuesday – September 10, 2019, 15:30-17:30, Room 519A
Beekeeping Economy
Organizer: Miriam Bixby
Moderators: Miriam Bixby, University of British Columbia (Canada), Stephen Page, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Canada) 
Description: To develop a deeper understanding of how societies measure and value bee contribution from a variety of bee species to a range of ecosystem products and services including hive products and honey, pollination of a variety of species under variable cropping systems, and biodiversity among others.
Speakers: Michel Bocquet, Apimedia  (France), Yun Gao, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (China), Walter Thurman, North Carolina State University (USA), Kirsten Traynor, Flickerwood Apiary (USA), Ron Phipps, CPNA International, Ltd. (USA)
Format: After introduction of all speakers by the moderator, each will give brief 5-10 minute presentation on valuing the economic contribution of bees in diverse regions using different metrics and different political/cultural and social values .  This will be followed by a short question and answer session by the audience.
Afterwards, a facilitated discussion between speakers and audience members will ensue on several topics including:

  1. Diverse ways (and importance) of measuring bee contribution to ecosystem services such as biodiversity .
  2. The role of government to incentivize increased investment by the beekeeping and breeding industries to optimize pollination and other ecosystem services by bees.

RT 5: The Future of Global Beekeeping – Facing New Challenges
Wednesday – September 11, 2019, 13:00-15:00, Room 518ABC
Beekeeping Economy
Organizer / Moderator: Gilles Ratia
Description: Within an environment (climate, bee health and economy) where changes are accelerating in a negative way, beekeepers can foresee several possible scenarios in the near future:

  1. Either they are constantly adapting – and with great difficulty – to the new pressures of the profession: globalization of diseases, parasites and predators, ineffective veterinary products, registration of devastating pesticides, complicated and expensive breeding of queens and drones, extreme climatic effects, stricter legislation on the quality of bee products, increasing production costs, etc.
  2. Either they turn to “Slow Beekeeping”: abandoning the breeding of queens, embossed waxes, feeding other than for survival, migrations, allopathic treatments, etc., but it is still necessary that farmers do so with a holistic, precautionary approach for the future of biodiversity.
  3. Or, on the contrary, they engage in high-tech for a “Beekeeping 2.0”; genetically modified bee “neonic-ready”, nutritious and veterinary sustenance customized for each colony thanks to 24/7 connected monitoring, diversification of products for sale via Internet, etc.
  4. Either they are no longer useful for society and politicians will let them die on the altar of progress: self-fertile GM plants no longer requiring pollinators (or use of micro-drones), cheap artificial honeys etc.

Each region of the globe will have its own answer, but if scenario number  4 comes to be generalized, then one will be able to ask the question: “Which world will we leave to the future generations?”
Speakers: Gilles Ratia [Keynote], Apiservices (France), Etienne Bruneau, Centre Apicole de Recherche et d’Informations (Belgium), Malcom Sanford, Apis Information Resource Center  (USA), Norberto García, Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina) 
Format: The Round Table will start with a 5 minute introductory speech by the moderator, followed by 5 minute introductory speeches by each of the other speakers.    The floor will then be given to the audience with Gilles Ratia as moderator.   Recommendations may be compiled and considered for release through Apimondia.

RT 6: World-Wide Modes of Honey Production
Wednesday – September 11, 2019, 15:30-17:30, Room 518ABC
Beekeeping Economy
Organizer: Norberto García
Moderators: Norberto García, Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina), Etienne Bruneau, Centre Apicole de Recherche et d’Informations  (Belgium), Enrique Bedascarrasbure, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (Argentina)
Description: The Round Table “World-wide Modes of Honey Production” will gather world-recognized experts on this important topic.  The different modes of honey production in different regions of the world will be addressed.  Licit modes of high-quality honey production in tropical climates will receive special attention and emphasis.  
Speakers: Gudrun Beckh and Cord Luellmann, QSI (Germany), Chris Hiatt, American Honey Producers Association (USA), Workneh Ayalew, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Ethiopia), Enrique Bedascarrasbure and Technicians of REDLAC, INTA (Argentina and Central America), Etienne Bruneau, Centre Apicole de Recherche et d’Informations (Belgium) 
Format: Each speaker will give a 10 minute presentation.  At the end of the presentations, a facilitated discussion on the licit modes of production of high-quality honey will take place.

RT 7: Current Beekeeping Issues in the Asian Region
Thursday – September 12, 2019, 10:00-12:00, Room 518ABC
Regional Commission for Asia
Organizers/Moderators: Cleofas R. Cervancia, University of the Philippines (Philippines); President of Apimondia Regional Commission for Asia, Ahmad Al Khazim, King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) 
Description: The aim of the Round Table Discussion is to identify and address the issues of bee research, development and extension (Bee RDE) in the Asian Region. This covers researchable areas in pollination biology, bee health, apitheraphy, and product standardization. We also aim to contribute to strategies to mitigate honey fraud, which is prevalent in the Asia.
Siriwat Wongsiri, President, Asian Apicultural Association (Topic: “The Pollination of Asian Bees and Stingless Bees”)
Chen Lihong, Professor, Institute of Apicultural Research, CAAS (Topic:  “How to Mitigate Honey Fraud”)
Format: Cleofas Cervancia will give a brief summary  and assessment of the Round Table Discussion held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2017. Were the issues addressed?  ( 5 min)
Dr. Wongsiri will give an update of the pollination researches in the region (pollination by stingless bees, pollination of Cannabis )  This will be based on literature review, and additional information will be contributed by the participants.

  • identify the priority crops
  • harmonized method of pollinator assessment
  • Pollinator conservation

Prof. Chen Lihong will present data on the extent of honey adulteration and contamination in Asia. Strategies for its mitigation will be crafted. The participants are expected to contribute their insights in any of the topics. After each presentation is an open forum . We will draft a resolution to strengthen bee RDE in the region.   

RT 8: Apimondia Regional Commission for Africa
Thursday – September 12, 2019, 13:00-15:00, Room 518ABC
Regional Commission for Africa
Organizer: David Mukomana, Organo Seven Limited (Zimbabwe); President of Apimondia Regional Commission for Africa 
Speakers: Harun Baiya, Chairman of ApiTrade Africa Board ( Kenya), H.E. Mizengo Pinda, Former Prime Minister of Tanzania, Chief Guest
Description: Africa has seen a tremendous growth in the Apiculture Sector in the recent years through a number of efforts being made by stakeholders including Development Partners, Governments and the Apimondia Regional Commission. This growth is also reflected by the steady increase in the number of delegates attending Apimondia events with the Apimondia Symposium in Addis in December 2018 being an example.
It is with this background that Africa is committing the Montreal Africa Round Table Session to celebrating its Beekeeping Success Stories, the projects and initiatives that the Regional Commission has adopted as models and chatting the way forward for African Honey Industry. This session promises to be fully packed and Africa will be buzzing, all are welcome to share experience with us.

  • Welcome Remarks & Introductions   5 Min
  • Welcome Speech… (African Regional Comm. President) 10 Min
  • Guest – Main Address by the Chief Guest 15 Min
  • Success Stories Updates and Issues in Africa
    1. Nigeria – local initiatives after ApiExpo Africa Edition (2018) 5 Min
    2. Beekeeping Villages – SYECCO, Tanzania   5 Min
    3. Bee African Initiative (Rural Women in Beekeeping)   5 min
  • Future Opportunities for African Apiculture
    1. Apimondia 2023 Project – Ethiopia 10 Min
    2. ApiExpo Africa Edition and Apimondia Symposium   5 Min
    3. B2B Strategy for Africa going forward & AU-IBAR 35 Min
  • Question and Answer Session 20 Min
  • Closing Remarks   5 Min

By ARC President, Mr. D. Mukomana (Zimbabwe)