A Spacious Hive well stockt with Bees, That liv’d in Luxury and Ease;
And yet as fam’d for Laws and Arms, As yielding large and early Swarms;
Was counted the great Nursery Of Sciences and Industry.
No Bees had better Government, More Fickleness, or less Content:
They were not Slaves to Tyranny, Nor rul’d by wild Democracy;
But Kings, that could not wrong, because Their Power was circumscrib’d by Laws.
These Insects liv’d like Men, and all Our Actions they perform’d in small.

Bernard Mandeville – The Fabel of the Bee or Private Vices, Publick Benefits.


Humanities fascination for bees is nothing new. Bees’ efficiency in using space, their peaceableness compared with other stinging insect, their sensitiveness even for the smallest environmental changes, their ability to produce a variety of valuable products, and not at least the complexity of the bee colonies’ organisation, reminding of the organisation of human society, has invited repetitively to thinking about, reflecting upon and research related with bees, until today.

This is one of the reasons why the “OpenBeeResearch” project allows providing a frame in which a variety of different disciplines and actors can meet and engage in a satisfactory synergetic work to better know how a bee colony behaves.

“OpenBeeResearch” aims at uniting scientific experts, artists, and different actors from civil society (e.g. beekeepers, environmentalist, urban gardeners, bee keepers, architects) in collective works, creative activities and in a variety of different research activities with and along bees and the beehive.

The bee is at the centre of collaborative work. The bee allows individuals and actors from different social spheres and disciplines connecting with each other, working on shared projects, and engaging in a productive information and knowledge exchange that can serve all kinds of different practical and theoretical purposes and interests.

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“OpenBeeResearch” is an interdisciplinary project initiated by OpenSystems UB and has received funding being part of SOCIENTIZE, a Citizen Science Project, funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme under contract RI-312902. Project has also received financial support from the Barcelona City Council, and Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología through the project Citizen Science Office of the Barcelona Lab.
Participants: Josep Perelló, Isabelle Bonhoure, Unai Monge, Ismael Benito, Luis Expósito (OpenSystems, Universitat de Barcelona), Mar Canet, Varvara Guljajeva (OpenSystems collaborators), Pierre Grangé (OpenBeeLab), Christina Stadbauer, Ulla Taipale (Melliferopolis), Jaume Cambra (Universitat de Barcelona and Apicultors Ecològics Associats).