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Don’t get stung these holidays

Bee researcher Dr Morgane Nouvian from the University of Konstanz gives advice on how to avoid stings from bees and wasps

Summer time is stinging insect time. But what triggers bees and wasps to sting? How should we interact with them to keep safe?

Bee researcher Dr Morgane Nouvian from the University of Konstanz gives advice on bees and wasps – from recognising them, to tips on behaving around them, to the secret to distracting them from your food – that will help us coexist for the brief period we’re together outdoors. 

Read the full article at, the online magazine of the University of Konstanz.

About Dr. Morgane Nouvian

In the Social Neuroethology Lab at the University of Konstanz, Dr Morgane Nouvian leads a team of researchers to understand how bees take complex decisions. A good example of one of these complex decisions is the choice to sting (or not). Before making their final choice, bees must parse composite information about colony state, nectar flow, floral odours and more. Within this framework, Nouvian focuses on the information coming from other bees, and then connects this to what's happening in their brains. She studies neuromodulators like serotonin, which have been involved in aggression in species from humans to flies, to see how they in turn underpin the ultimate behaviour and ecology of bees.


  • Bee researcher Dr Morgane Nouvian gives advice on bees, wasps and their stinging behaviour.
  • Dr Morgane Nouvian is a member of the Cluster of Excellence “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” at the University of Konstanz as well as a Research Fellow at the university’s Zukunftskolleg.
  • is the University of Konstanz’s online magazine. We use multimedia approaches to provide insights into our research and science, study and teaching as well as life on campus.