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Peter Kozmus PhD

  • 20.06.2017

I am a beekeeper a researcher a co-author and an editor of several books. I have been beekeeping since I was 14 and this activity means a lot to me. I treat bees with respect and calmness which is why my bees are very calm. After obtaining a degree from the Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana, I started working as a researcher at the department of entomology of the National institute of biology. After finishing my postgraduate studies, I was employed by the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia where I worked in the field of plant protection and studied the influence of various agricultural practices on bees. In 2014, I started working at the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association as the leader of the breeding program for the Carniolan honey bee in Slovenia.

The beekeeping public met me in 2003, when I was the secretary-general of the Apimondia 2003 congress taking place in Slovenia. I actively participated in organizing the event Apimedica 2010 and the COLOSS conference in 2015 in Slovenia. I take part in various beekeeping associations and in international events. I was an active participant at beekeeping events in Austria, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, India, Ireland, Argentina, Ukraine and South Korea. I co-authored numerous scientific and expert papers on bee selection, pollination and protection of bees and bumblebees as well as the books Čebelarjenje za vsakogar (Beekeeping for everyone) and Čmrlji v Sloveniji (Bumble bees in Slovenia). I am also the project leader for World Bee Day at the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association and the president of the Beekeeping Council of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.