First Bee Learning Center Opens in Asia
Bayer Thai, in cooperation with Kasetsart University, recently opened the first Bee Learning Center in Asia, focusing on providing knowledge, creating networks, and promoting bee conservation through activities.
The opening ceremony of the Bee Learning Center presided over by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ladawan Puangchit, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Kasetsart University (second from left), along with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sutkhet Nakhasathien, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (left), Mr. Ricky Ki Leung Ho, Senior Executive of Regulatory Science Asia Pacific, Bayer (second from right), and Mr. Weraphon Charoenpanit, Country Commercial Lead, Thailand and Vietnam, Crop Science Division of Bayer (right).
The Bee Learning Center is under the supervision of the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, and is located at the Entomology Research Building on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road (located in the back garden of the Raphi Sakara Orchid Garden). The building was designed by Assoc. Prof. Soranath Sinuraiphan, Department of Architectural Science, Kasetsart University. It is a building of contemporary architecture. The shape of the building is like a farm in a compact size with an elevated floor to provide a terrace/balcony for all-purpose usage. There are large doors that can be opened on all 3 sides of the building which can be used as an open-air area. Also, there are roof openings for natural light to save energy. In addition, the usage space can be flexible and suit all activities, including center tour, trainings, workshops, small meetings, and a meeting place for exchanging bee knowledge.
The total usage space of the Bee Learning Center including the balcony is 145.10 square meters. The areas around the building are approximately 1454.9 square meters, and the indoor areas are divided to use in Bees Exhibition, which starts from the exhibition of Bee Learning Center and Importance of Bees as Albert Einstein said ‘If bees go extinct, humankind will not last more than 4 years.’ The Ultimate Bees Exhibition: meets the largest bee and the smallest bee exhibited in the form of photos, the largest hive, the farthest-travelling bees and the highest value bee. The Bee Variety Exhibition: exhibits bees with more than 20,000 species. The Bee Biology Exhibition: allows people to learn the bee life cycle and behavior. The Beekeeping in Thailand: showcases products from bees. The Bee Habitats in the Ecosystem Exhibition: shows how bees make hives. Furthermore, there is the bees and pollination exhibition including the sustainable bee exhibition which will help increasing number of bees in the ecosystem through the Feed City Bees project.
The outdoor areas are divided into various zones: Zone 1: Exhibition Gallery to show photos from the photo contest ‘Bee Learning, Bee Lover’ (exclusive on the grand opening day). Zone 2: Feed City Bees Learning Area for children and parents to learn about growing plants to feed bees Zone 3: Beekeeping Learning Area to learn about bee behaviors and beekeeping industry. Zone 4: Stingless Bee Zone for learning stingless bee behaviors. Zone 5: Homegrown Vegetable Zone. Zone 6: Ornamental Plants Zone for learning about bee behaviors.
The Bee Learning Center opens daily except holidays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Every Wednesday 9:00 AM-10:00 AM, there will be a beekeeping demonstration. For other activities, please follow us via Fackbook: Bee learning or website of the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University.
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Bayer Thai Co., Ltd.