The secret life of the most important creatures on the planet
For the last couple of years, the public outside the scientific community started to realize that exotic animals are not the only one jeopardized, that negative changes in the population of different species are happening on the local levels as well.
About the lecture
Insects are especially endangered, since we take them for granted, thinking they are widespread. We should pay more attention to the insects that are crucial for plant and animal, as well as human existence – the bees.
Join us on Wednesday, October 21st from 6 pm via Zoom online meeting, to discover the world of bees together! The lecture will be held by Jovana Bila Dubaić from the Faculty of Biology, who studies the bees through different projects. A part of the lecture is going to be delivered by Sabina Kerić from Ekonaut, who will present the “BeeConnected” project and publication titled “100 Plants You Can Plant to Feed the Bees”, as one of the tools for everyone who want to engage and help these precious insects!
Jovana will explain to us what kind of insects bees are, why they are important and how widespread and diverse they are in our region. You will hear what are the most common prejudices and wrong beliefs about the bees, but also how to know the difference between them and other similar insects, like flies or wasps. Moreover, you’ll find out how they pollinate plants and what kind of bees are the best pollinators, as well as what factors have the most negative impact on them and how their life in cities looks like.
We will mention one topic which is new in our region, which is citizen volunteering science. Through observing the Asian bee in Serbia, you’ll hear how citizens helped this important project.
During this lecture, you will get some practical advice – what every one of us could do to help the bees. Considering that humans have destroyed the habitat of bees and jeopardized their food sources, it is very important for all of us to try to fix the circumstances under which these insects live. Aimed at that goal, the manual with 100 different plants you can plant in order to help bees, but also to ennoble the environment, will be presented.
Everyone interested in joining the lecture should apply via the following link, no later but October 21st at 2 pm.
The idea is for the lecture to be interactive, so the participants can ask questions on chat.
This program is supported by the Government office for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade within the project “SOS for Bees”, developed by Ekonaut organization and its partner Nova Iskra Creative Hub.
Jovana Bila Dubaić
Environmental protection Biologist
Jovana Bila Dubaić works as a research associate at the Faculty of Biology, for the scientific areas of Ecology, Biogeography and Environmental protection. She is currently a PhD student at the same faculty (program: Ecology, module: Biodiversity protection). Her PhD thesis topic is “Diversity of the Wild Bees in Belgrade: faunistic overview, patterns of distribution and status assessment of the chosen group population”. More about the research she does at the Faculty read here https://srbee.bio.bg.ac.rs/srbee.
Belgrade Flower Festival
Sabina Kerić, one of the initiators of Belgrade Flower Festival, is involved in projects that develop standards for urban ecology based on sustainable principles and participation in the process of urban planning and design. She is searching for solutions that improve public spaces and use of common goods as places of culture and play, and is engaged in the popularization of the profession concerned with green economy. She is the initiator and participant of the project that activate public spaces by organizing work activities, cultural events and campaigns. A longtime activist in the field of urban gardening, she is one of the founders of the first garden community in Belgrade.