Associated with University Botanic Gardens of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Science cafes at University Botanic Gardens of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

At the University Botanic Gardens of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” we have organized three science cafes in our Mediterranean glasshouse. During the events, the discussions covered the following subjects: 

Maps for workshop – part of the science café event

From Nature, through Traditions, to the Table: Ethnobotanical Data on Using Wild Plants for Food  

This event involved a talk from Associate Professor Dr. Aneli Nedelcheva from Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” about the richness and diversity of wild plant species used by the Bulgarians as food and about the traditional ethnobotanical knowledge from the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century.

 City and Gardens in Sofia - Scenarios for the diets of the city and the place of the gardening in it

Chief Assistant Dr. Angel Burov from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy introduced the audience to his personal urban-rural history and scientific curiosity related to the provision of food and discussed the issue of food chains and ecosystem services. The audience appreciated the visual presentation of the history of Sofia through the Mussman’s urban plan and the city–garden at the end of the 1930s as well as the comment on the abrupt changes after 1944 involving excessive industrialization and urbanization. The participants worked in groups looking at a map of the urban green areas – an analysis of the opportunities and threats facing the temporary (ambulatory) or longer-term (established) gardens. 

The experts presented many and in-depth studies and scientific results and shared their research experience. The atmosphere motivated the participants to be more active and to take part in the discussions and share knowledge and personal experience both with the experts as well as with one another. 

Beekeeping in the city - mission possible.

In her capacity as an expert apiarist, Assistant Dr. Tsvetelina Nikolova from the University of Forestry opened the discussion on the pressing fact that 40% of the insects pollinators, including the bees, are threatened with extinction. The participants were intrigued by the subject of urban beekeeping and exchanged what they had learnt from their experience.