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Aggelina Kanellopoulou

2017/18 Athens

Aggelina is an animal behaviorist from Athens with a BSc in Psychology and an obvious fascination for bees. Her life-long passion for bees has been growing ever since she became a beekeeper (as have the number of bee stings!). She then became convinced that she had to share bee magic with the world. An MSc in Animal Behavior (Edinburgh University) was her next step; this led to research jobs in bee labs in the USA, Spain and Greece. But to her, science was just a tool to participate in what actually creates change: education. Along with this vision, Aggelina has worked with children internationally in various settings while also supervising numerous conservation events and research projects. She has designed and led a series of children’s activities on bee conservation. Now, Aggelina is dedicated to supporting bee education in her community and driven to inspire bee conservation through “The Bee Camp”

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

The Bee Camp

The Bee Camp is not another educational project. It aims to inspire social change and raise environmental awareness. Every social project starts with a problem. Ours starts with two: children living in the cities have lost connection with nature and the bees, supporting global ecosystems, are dying.

The idea of an urban bee project begun in 2011 during a beekeeping course. After studying and working abroad on bee research, Aggelina realised that the solution lies not in research but on a holistic approach of change in the cities.

The Bee Camp is a team of passionate-for-change artists, educators and environmentalists determined to create more sustainable, participatory and greener cities. Firstly, we focus on the future by educating the children and aim to inspire respect for nature through our arts-based workshops. Children are happier, healthier and more creative when in connection with nature. Secondly, we create room in our cities for the pollinators through The Bee Spots (i.e. safe city bee havens consisting of bee-friendly flowers and handmade insect hotels providing safe habitat for the pollinators.) Join The Bee Camp to improve the lives of the urban residents and transform our cities to colorful centers full of life!

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

The Bee Corners

The aim behind “The Bee Corners” is to promote interspecies co-existence in the north part of the City of Hildesheim. Through a series of workshops, we aimed to empower the children of Nordstadt to create room for the pollinators.

During the first workshop, an introduction took place on the importance of bees in the cities through drawing, seed bomb making and identifying the future “Bee Corners”. The aim of the second workshop was for the children to understand the importance of animal habitat destruction through insect hotel making. During the “Summen in der Stadt” (Buzzing in the city) event, children and community volunteers came together to plant bee-friendly flowers in the four “Bee Corners” of Nordstadt, set up their insect hotels, throw seed bombs and take pictures. A Bee Corner was also installed at Drop In e.V., Berlin, and a free public screening of the award-winning documentary “More than Honey” took place at the KUFA.

Host Institution

KulturFabrik Löseke

KulturFabrik Löseke e.V. (KUFA) has existed as a socio-culture center since 1992 and is thus the oldest and largest institution for independent culture in Hildesheim.

3,500 square meters of space for independent cultural work are available in the former factory building of the Löseke company. KUFA brings events from a wide variety of artistic disciplines together under its roof. It presents approximately 700 events per year with a total of over 60,000 visitors.

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The Bee Corners
The Bee Corners
The Bee Corners
The Bee Corners