Broaden your mind and get inspired – the Audi Foundation for the Environment's books are packed with exciting ideas for you to take environmentally conscious action.

50 brilliant ideas and technologies for a sustainable life

There have always been good ideas. They are the basis for new inventions and developments. Change is important because existing strategies must be further developed so that the future can remain worth living. The Audi Foundation for the Environment has been committed to the development of environmental technologies and environmental protection for ten years. In this book, it presents 50 ideas, projects, and technologies that tackle the issue: How can we make the world a better place on a small or large scale?

Some of the projects presented are already in progress, other ideas are still in the development phase. It remains to be seen whether they will be fulfilled or eventually replaced by new ideas. What all projects have in common is an approach to developing something new from what we already have, not simply surrendering to the challenges of our time, but actively shaping the future. This is something everyone can do, not just scientists, start-ups and researchers.

We also provide suggestions in many awesome life-hacks for straightforward and simple changes for a more sustainable everyday life. After all, there always comes a beginning when you end a bad habit or a lifestyle that no longer feels right. And a new good idea.

Bee-research news for STEM education

The publication „Aktuelles aus der Bienenforschung für den MINT-Unterricht” (The Latest News from Bee Research for STEM Education) is a teachers’ manual with worksheets. Tailored to the STEM subjects, the publication provides exciting assignments with practical relevance on the topic of bees, in the overall context of “research-based learning”, thereby taking the national curricula into account. The book was introduced at the didacta Education Trade Fair in Hannover at the end of February, 2015. (Grades 7-10 with differentiation)


Ideas and worksheets for your lessons


Generations of biologists have been captivated by the bee as a research object. Your students know bees from their direct encounters with them and from a variety of media. Biology is the subject, in which bees are traditionally covered. However, modern research methods and their findings also provide a variety of reference points for assignments in your Chemistry, Physics, Math and IT lessons. By working through appropriate assignments, your students will discover the relevance of their theoretically acquired skills.


Unfortunately, this book is already out of print. Thank you for all your interest.

Bee Research for STEM education -  teachers’ manual February 2015
Bee Research for STEM education - teachers’ manual February 2015

Exploring the world of the bee

How are honeycombs built? What is the purpose of the bee dance? How does the bee colony super-organism operate? This and other questions about the honey bee (apis mellifera) are answered by Audi Environmental Foundation GmbH and the bee researcher Prof. Jürgen Tautz in their now published book „Die Erforschung der Bienenwelt“ (Exploring the World of the Bee). It sheds new light on the world of this insect species - from swarming right up to the environmental influences to which it is exposed.

The bee is the third most important working animal for man and an endangered animal species. Therefore Audi Environmental Foundation GmbH together with the bee researcher Prof. Jürgen Tautz are committed to bringing people closer to this creature.

The 80-page book, published by Klett MINT, is aimed at all people who are interested in bees. It is based on, among other things, the scientific findings of the interactive HOBOS (HOneyBee Online Studies) project, which has been created by the Würzburg bee research scientist Prof. Jürgen Tautz. For this project, he constructed an online-based laboratory with video cameras, thermal imaging cameras and sensors, in which he used selected aspects to research the world of bees.

Unfortunately, you cannot order this book anymore. Please be advised to write us an E-mail and we will inform you if there will be another run.


E-Book „Exploring the world of honeybee“

First edition 2014
First edition 2014

Book for young readers - “Abenteuer Leben-Natur-Technik” (Adventure - Life, Nature and Technology)

The design of winglets on airplanes was taken from the eagle, modern cargo ships are powered by wind and the migration of whales is monitored by satellite. These and many other links between nature and technology are explained to young researchers by Audi Environmental Foundation GmbH in their book “Abenteuer - Leben Natur Technik” ("Adventure - Life Nature Technology"). The focus of the book is just as much on the origins and examples of modern technology as it is on the sustainable management of our earth’s resources.


What impact does technology have on our life?


The book contains exciting examples of the interplay between nature and technology. With impressive illustrations and easy-to-understand text, it is aimed at young researchers and should motivate them to think and investigate. The book not only provides a view of the past and the present, but also ventures a look ahead to the future challenges that we face as a result of the continuous urbanization and the growing world population.

Presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the 80-page book describes everyday phenomena and the hidden natural bases of their technology. In 27 sections, young readers between the ages of nine and twelve learn to better understand the world and find clear answers to complex questions such as “Is the half-pipe a perpetual motion machine?”, “What do bees have to do with airplanes and houses?” or “Technology - friend or enemy of the environment?”. The book makes a contribution to environmental education and raises the awareness of children about environmental and technological topics.


Unfortunately, this book is already out of print. Thank you for all your interest.

Publication 2011
Publication 2011

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