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Prof. Dr Jürgen Tautz

// graduated in biology, geography and physics before receiving his doctorate from the University of Konstanz on an ecology-related subject

// Work in insect, fish and frog bio-acoustics was followed by his foundation of the BEEgroup at the University of Würzburg, a group that focuses on basic research in honeybee biology. Alongside his scientific work (author of around 140 publications to date, including 30 cover articles in journals such as Science and Nature), Jürgen Tautz also pursues a ­successful career in public relations work, where he strives to interest the general public in life sciences research. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, his work in this field was recognised by EMBO, honouring him as one of Europe’s leading science communicators. A further accolade Tautz received in 2012 was the ­Communicator Award from the DFG and the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

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Learning from honeybees: live observation in the beehive

Light in the Darkness - von Prof. Dr Jürgen Tautz, Bernhard Schneider, Kristina Vonend

Inside a beehive it is warm – and utterly dark. The hive members function like a highly complex organism. Some 50,000 individuals live cheek-by-jowl and yet still have room to move. Thanks to the ingenious division of labour, it’s more a case of "busy as a hive" than "busy as a bee". Usually, what occurs in a beehive remains hidden from human view. Not so with HOBOS (HOneyBee Online Studies), the online research platform launched by our team....