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Fourth project meeting and final conference

The last project meeting of Apitherapy project took place in Krakow between the 7th and 10th of July 2016, organized by the Polish partner, ARID Lacjum, with the participation of representatives of the partnership’s organizations, such as CPIP- Comunitatea pentru Invatarea Permanenta, TUDAS, and the Turkish partners from COMU, Balikesir University and Beekeepers Association.

The coordinators of the project together with the rest of the partners reviewed all project outputs. It was emphasized what has been done so far in the project for all the intellectual outputs, by showing the percentage of the activities implementation for each one of the task foreseen in the project application. There has been also made a review of quality and dissemination activities carried out within the lifetime of the project, followed by the upcoming deadlines regarding financial and administrative aspects.

On July 8th, an international conference was dedicated to the project summary: „APITHERAPY – Increased opportunities for professional development in Apitherapy sector”. The conference was organized by ARID Lacjum from Poland. The foreign delegations included representatives of beekeeping circles from Turkey, Romania, Hungary, and a large group of beekeepers from Poland. The participants and speakers at the conference were also representatives of the Balikesir Universitesi from Turkey and The Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University of Turkey as well as the agriculture adviser from Poland. The conference was attended by representatives of science from the Pontifical University of John Paul II and the Pedagogical University of Cracow. The conference was attended by 78 persons.

On July 9th at 9:00 am a group of Apitherapy consortium partners which included representatives of beekeeping circles from Turkey, Hungary, Romania and Poland took a trip to the Beekeeping Farm Sadecki Bartnik, Stróże, Malopolska voivodeship.

Our group could see how the breeding of queen bees, insemination of queen bees and how bee-keeping and testing of products such as honey bees. Beekeepers group watched an apiary and a laboratory in which checks the quality of the honey, not only from the “Sadecki Bartnik” farm but also from surrounding farms that give honey to purchase. The Group also had the opportunity to get acquainted with the culture and history of beekeeping in Poland by a visit to the museum of beekeeping. Our group of beekeepers had the opportunity to exchange experiences between the Polish beekeepers and get acquainted with the idea of dissemination of knowledge about the products of the hive and the beekeeping through a combination of cultural and historical base, production and tourism all within beekeeping.