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.