November 18, 2020 | 5 p.m.
Online exchange format for all insect friends and enthusiasts
November 18 | 5 to 6 p.m.
Online seminar with Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel (FU Berlin)
Experts give impulses.
Participants enter into the dialogue.
The intelligence of bees
- What we can learn from insects
- How our memory processes signals and patterns
- Why dancing helps you orientate without a navigator
The neurobiologist Prof. Dr. Randolf Menzel has been head of the Neurobiological Institute of the Free University of Berlin since 1976. With his working group, he researches how honeybees learn.
Against the background of insect extinction, his studies aim to understand behavioural biological processes and to scientifically investigate the effects of industrial agriculture (with their use of pesticides) on insects. Among other things, he found out how the neonicotinoids (nerve toxins) used in agriculture promote a kind of Alzheimer’s disease in the six-legged animals.
The embossed professor has won numerous prizes for his work, e.g. the Leibniz Prize, the International Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience from the Fyssen Foundation in France and the European Science Prize of the Körber Foundation.
Participation is free of charge.
October 21, 2020
Kick-off for Day of Insects 2021 with focus on culture
October 21, 2020
With Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer, sociologist
Everything could be more insect-friendly
Insect death can be slowed down, enough knowledge is available, but there is a lack of culture! The cultural future of man and insect must be reshaped. That is why we are dedicating our next conference to a new cultural social approach to insects, biodiversity and nature. As a cooperation partner, we are pleased to have the German Cultural Counciland the Competence Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries of the Federal Government on board.
Together with Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer (FUTURZWEI) we discussed on October 21 for the online start of the conference:
- How will we become nature lovers?
- Who will have shown us the way?
- What will have preserved biodiversity?
In order to get from knowledge to action, a different cultural understanding of nature and insects is needed. The sociologist Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer spoke about this on October 21 in the online prelude to the Day of Insects with a focus on culture with Dr. Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus (INSECT RESPECT®) and Tina Teucher (moderator).
Welzer mentioned many positive developments of civilization, which at the same time lead to a success trap. The Club of Rome had already shown the „limits of growth“ in the early 1970s – and almost half a century later it became clear that there had been no diversion, and that the individual’s brain answered the warnings with a „let the devil take the hindmost“ mentality: „When, if not now, can I fly to the Maldives again?“
It is therefore important to think out of Futur 2 („What will I have done beautiful and meaningful at the end of life?“) and to keep the good mood – especially when, like scientists and environmentalists, one deals with negative developments. For this, it can be curable to get to know the many good solutions that already exist – stories of good dealing with the world, as described by FUTURZWEI.