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 Dr. Wolfgang Ritter is specialized in ecological beekeeping and bee health. He gave lectures for 11 years on ecological agricultural economics at the University of Kassel. Several decades he has been expert and head of the Reference Lab of World Organisation for animal health (OIE/Paris) at the Institute of Animal Health and Food Control in Freiburg/ Germany. As an expert and chairman of the scientific commission of bee health of the world beekeeping association (Apimondia/Rome), he advised several governments, organisations and apiaries worldwide in the topics of bee health and sustainable modes of operation for several decades. Additionally he is author of several books about the topic of ecological beekeeping and bee health. He is also beekeeper himself, with over 40 years of experience.


Ute Schneider Ritter is environmental engineer, specialized on topic water risk management and corresponding legislations. She works for the regional council Freiburg. She is well trained and experienced in biodiversity and ecosystem topics. She wrote her thesis about residues analysis in bee products and has an additional education as a biological technical assistant with the speciality of bee diseases. She has plenty of experiences in beekeeping with different races in Asia and Africa and is working since 40 years with bees.




Gözde Okcu is a researcher and university teacher in the field of sociology of health and education at the Freiburg University of Education. She specialized in social and health inequalities as well as inclusive teacher education. She holds a master degree in health education, in which she investigated the influence of a life skill program on pupils. She has been working in several environmental organizations in several positions from field marketing to management in Turkey.


Martin Ritter is PhD candidate for business models in the sharing economy at the University of Freiburg and is deep in the topic of business administration and designing business models. Special interests in his research are market networks, market transformation and sustainability. Additionally he is working in a project that designs a Social Media Start-up for whom he is designing the business model and plan. His background is a Master in Sustainability Economics and Management at the University of Oldenburg and wrote his thesis about biosphere reserves and sustainable management systems.