Maxim Firsov is chairman and co-founder of NGO “Tree Beekeepers of Ukraine”. He studied at the National Agrarian University in Kiev with a specialisation in beekeeping. Since 2013, he has been studying the ethno-cultural work of tree beekeeping, and lectures widely, participating in scientific conferences, and reconstruction festivals. He has undertaken more than 10 expeditions to visit modern beekeepers, and his work includes the making of traditional tools and all types of practice relevant to tree beekeeping. He conducts masterclasses on a wide range of skills, including meading and candle making, and is currently creating a cultural and educational centre of traditional tree beekeeping.