HOBOS (HOneyBee Online Studies) is a honeybee project that came about in the city of Würzburg in 2006. Prof. Jürgen Tautz manages and promotes this project as an alternative teaching method for schools. Bees equipped with micro-chips, the interior of a bee hive, as well as numerous measuring values of its environment (climate, vegetation, soil) can be monitored and kept track of from anywhere around the globe. Many ecological aspects are thus revealed to us. HOBOS is supported by many sponsors. Her Royal Highness Princess Basmabint Ali of Jordan stands for HOBOS as its patroness. This sustainable non-profit project already has received several awards, e.g. from UNESCO.
Professor Jürgen Tautz was born on 6th October 1949, in Heppenheim/Bergstraße. He is one of the leading experts on bees in Germany and works as a professor at the Biocenter of the Julius-Maximilian University in Wurzburg. He studied Biology, Geography and Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1968 to 1973. Afterwards, he finished his dissertation in 1977 at the University of Konstanz. He then embarked on several stays abroad in Australia, India and the USA before being hired as an assistant professor in the Faculty for Biology at the University of Konstanz, where he proceeded to habilitate in 1986. In 1988 he assumed the Chair of Behavioral Physiology by proxy at the University of Konstanz. He has been tenured as a professor at the Biocenter of the Julius-Maximilian University in Wurzburg since 1990. In 1994 he founded the BEEgroup at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg and ten years later the Bee Research Association Wurzburg. To date he has published more than 150 scientific works in his fields of expertise (bioacoustics, neurobiology and behavioral biology). Six years ago he launched the HOneyBee Online Studies project (short: HOBOS, www.hobos.eu) and uses this learning, teaching and research platform to transfer knowledge about honeybees to the public at large. He is the author of numerous books, including the book "The Buzz about Bees" which he published with Helga R. Heilmann and which has been translated into 17 languages. Furthermore, he has won numerous prizes; in 2008 he was selected by the magazine Cicero as one of the 40 most prominent natural scientists in Germany. In 2012 he was granted the Communicator Award by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Association for the Promotion of German Science and Humanities), which is considered to be the most important award in Germany for presenting research results in the media and in the public sphere. Jürgen Tautz is married, has three children and in his free time he tinkers around with building and testing out boomerangs.