Urban Bees 2.0

Dates: 26 and 27 March 2014
Schedule: 26 March: 16h00-20h00
27 March: 10h00-20h00
Language: English
Venue: Hangar, Centre for art research and production,
C/ Carrer Emilia Coranty, 16, Barcelona.

A project by: Mar Canet, Varvara Guljajeva (workshop facilitators and OpenSystems collaborators), Josep Perelló (OpenSystems, Universitat de Barcelona), Pierre Grangé (OpenBeeLab), Christina Stadbauer, Ulla Taipale (Melliferopolis), Jaume Cambra (Universitat de Barcelona and Apicultors Ecològics Associats).

Participants: environmental scientists (bees and the environment), urban beekeepers, physicists of the science of complexity (data science), technologists and artists capable of working on electronics, open source and open data.

Information about the workshop

There have soared alarms about a significant decrease in the population of bees worldwide without its causes being very clear. One of the hypotheses, in addition to the use of pesticides or electromagnetic fields, is its extreme sensitivity to pollution. Within the emerging practice of urban beekeeping, bees can therefore be very precise indicators of the quality of life in cities.
We want to decode that information provided by bees that can be related with the urban ecosystem health and that at the same time provide us new knowledge about the behaviour of the colony. And we want to do it in an unusual way: taking into account the citizen participation, collective experimentation and artistic practices and processes.

Based on the experience of the workshop held at the “Castell dels Tres Dragons” of the “Parc de la Ciutadella” last December 2012, we will equip a hive with low-cost sensors and with open data, software and hardware. The platform will send relevant scientific and well calibrated environmental data on the state of the hive. These data will be shown on real time and following open access protocols. This workshop will not work with bees, but with an empty hive in order to facilitate the optimal location of sensors. During future stages, the hive will be filled with bees.

The workshop is located within the territories of the citizen science and the combination between scientific and artistic practices. Participants in the workshop will have a diverse profile. The methodology will be based on a community process that seeks a sustainable city through a multidisciplinary research, open and horizontal line which guarantees innovation and civic involvement.

The Urban Bees 2.0 workshop is organized by OpenSystems UB and Barcelona Lab – Citizen Science Unit. With the support of the Socientize project of the European Union and the “Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología” (FECYT). With the collaboration of Hangar, Centre for art research and production.


Free but limited seating. Places will be allocated according to the order of arrival of requests and the profile of the participants. Those interested in participating should send an email before the 24th of March to opensystems@ub.edu, explaining briefly why you are
interested in participating in the workshop.


Wednesday 26th of March
16h00-20h00 Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 1):
Assembly and installation of sensors. Open workshop.

Thursday, 27th of March
10h00-14h00 Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 2):
Operating test of the sensors and sending data. Open workshop.
16h00-17h30 Assembly of the equipped hive (phase 3):
Discussion about the visualization of the data and visibility of the project to encourage participation. Open workshop.

18h00 Conference-debate open to the general public: “Urban Bees, a new scientific-technological, artistic and
environmental challenge” in the frame of Hangar’s Open Thursdays.
The results will be presented and interests will be shared regarding urban beekeeping practices.

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