Bee Project

The educational beehive at the Hönggerberg campus of ETH Zürich

The educational beehive project of the Department of Biology at ETH Zürich was started in March 2022. The project gives interested students the opportunity to learn the theory and correct practices of beekeeping directly on campus. It is a unique activity that complements regular studies and lets a student community oversee a beehive. Moreover, the beehive can be used in practical demonstrations for teaching purposes.

This 12-hour timelapse of a brood comb shows its development when placed in a honey super. Hatching of bees can be observed by viewing the brood comb.

Filmed by Prof. Rudolf Glockshuber

Our current goal is to teach students all necessary steps of modern beekeeping, including queen breeding and developing new bee populations, by the end of 2022.Later on, the acquired knowledge will be passed on to the next generations of students. Furthermore, the sales of campus honey will cover much of beehive maintenance costs.

The maintenance of the campus beehive is a joint responsibility of the Department of Biology and the VeBiS. The project is supported by Green Space Management Hönggerberg GH.

As of now, a core team of around 15 students are taking care of the bee hive. We started with 5 young bee populations in March 2022, which developed into full-fledged populations that already produced 67 kg of the first-ever ETH campus honey at the end of May. Currently, we are breeding our own queens from our most successful populations.

If you are interested in the work of the bee committee, we welcome you to write to us at info [at] vebis [punkt] ch.

Concept of Operation