"LinzerBiene" Bees at the JKU: Collecting Honey on Campus

The roof of the Hochschulfond Building is now home to two bee colonies. The bees have been busy making honey at the JKU and in the immediate vicinity.

Sustainability is important at the Johannes Kepler University and in cooperation with the platform “LinzerBiene”, two bee colonies have now "enrolled" at the JKU.

The Kepler University is dedicated to developing and sustaining a green campus on a grand scale. New buildings – and renovated buildings, if possible – get extensive green roofs featuring up to 40% local infiltration space for rain water. Ecologist Katja Hintersteiner from the “LinzerBiene” platform remarked, “In times when surface sealing is predominant, this is an ecological necessity. It is one of the reasons we gladly bring our insects here to the JKU and also give tours to enlighten the public.”

A Habitat for People, Animals, and Plants
JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas explained “The Kepler University is more than just a place to study and work - we are a habitat for people, plants, and animals. Campus enhancements, thus meaning a sustainable urban development, are close to our hearts.”  “LinzerBiene” is an ideal partner and JKU employees serve as valuable ambassadors.

Founded in 2012, the platform is currently at in seven public locations as well as at four partner locations, including the cathedral in Linz, the city hall, and now at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. The focus is on wild honeybees, butterflies and moths as well as pollinating insects. Those interested can take part in “nature spectacles” and scythe mowing courses. As a result, many small flowering areas have been created and some even have feature insect hotels.