Welcome to the Bee Research Institute

Basic Research and Practical Beekeeping


Our new study shows unique footage of honey bee behaviour from within a colony.

Siefert P, Buling N, Grünewald B (2021)
Honey bee behaviours within the hive: Insights from long-term video analysis.
PLoS ONE 16(3): e0247323.


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Our Research Topics


- Neurobiology of learning and memory formation

- Honeybee social behaviour

- Functions of transmitter receptors

- Influence of honey bee diseases and plant protection agents on the nervous system

- Novel therapies for honey bee diseases

- Behavior research of the honey bee population


Furthermore, we educate the public about ecological and economical importance of honey bees with presentations and guided tours. The institute was founded in 1937 by the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main. Since 1963 the institute is supported by a collaboration with the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

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Research in Oberursel

The institute is based at the long-standing location in the Karl-von-Frisch-Weg. Here the scientists and beekeepers use laboratories, offices, workshops and several honey bee colonies in the Institut`s garden and our bee house. In Oberursel, practical and theoretical university courses, school education and conferences take place. Science and beekeeping are entangled within one building. We provide S1 laboratories as well as labs for cell culture, histology, electrophysiology and molecular biology.

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Additionally, the institute has labs and offices at the Biologicum of the Campus Riedberg at the Goethe-University where especially cell physiology methods are applied. For master courses a new and modern course lab is available and collaboration of institute scientists and PhD students with other biological departments is encouraged.

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Education for a better future

Our senior beekeepers educate future beekeepers about the processes in a bee population and to care for it, as well as anatomy and physiology basics of bees. Education lasts 3 years and is performed at the Bee Research Institute and at the Institute of Bee Research in Celle/Niedersachsen with a theoretical education unit.

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University graduation at the Bee Research Institute

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger


Wie wichtig ist Natur(forschung)? Ein Blick in die Zukunft

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rödder


Zauberlehrlinge: Vom Wandel politisch-kultureller Ordnungsvorstellungen

Prof. Dr. Barbara Zehnpfennig


Die liberale Gesellschaft in der Zerreißprobe: Identität und Fremdheit

Dr. Moritz Hagenmüller


Digitale Geschäftsmodelle für die deutsche Wirtschaft

Prof. em. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. mult. Otfried Höffe


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