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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Tautz

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

studied biology, geography and physics at the University of Konstanz before receiving his doctorate from the University on an ecology-related subject. Work in insect, fish and frog bio-acoustics was followed by his foundation of the BEEgroup at the University of Würzburg in 1994, a group that focuses on basic research in honeybee biology. Alongside his scientific work (author of around 140 publications to date, including 30 cover articles in journals such as Science and Nature), Jürgen Tautz also pursues a successful career in public relations work, where he strives to interest the general public in life sciences research. In 2005, 2007 and 2008, his work in this field was recognised by EMBO, honouring him as one of Europe’s leading science communicators. A further accolade Tautz received in 2012 was the Communicator Award from the DFG and the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

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