The Intelligence of the Bees

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Randolf Menzel, Senior Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg and Professor at the Institute of Neurobiology at Free University of Berlin, gave a public lecture in the BildungsTURM in the City of Konstanz on November 2, 2016. Full video of the lecture is available here.


Randolf Menzel’s research interest is the memory from a neurobiological point of view. This research gets more difficult with increasing complexity of the nervous system. This is why Randolf Menzel focusses on the memory of the bee. These results give important insights for the human memory as well.

In his lecture, Randolf Menzel pointed out that bees learn fast and bear the new information in mind for a long time. He showed how bees navigate with cognitive maps and their tail wagging dance. A video of the lecture is available here  (German language only).

The lecture was part of the supporting programm of the exhibition  "Die Straßen des Honigs" (The Streets of Honey) with photographs of  Éric Tourneret. The exhibition is open until December 11 at the BildungsTurm in Konstanz. As a supporting programme, every Wednesday at 6 p.m. there will be a talk given at the Kulturzentrum am Münster (Wessenbergstraße 43, Konstanz). Giovanni Galizia, Director of the Zukunftskolleg and as a Professor for Zoology and Neurobiology at the University of Konstanz an expert on bees himself, presents the talks.

Find more information on the exhibition and the supporting programme here.