10 years of the Audi Environmental Foundation

An evening full of ideas for a liveable future: Around 220 guests attended the 10th anniversary event of the Audi Environmental Foundation and celebrated with the Foundation’s employees and fascinating keynote speakers.

One Young World 2019

More than 2,000 delegates with visionary ideas, as well as famous personalities such as rock musician and activist Bob Geldof and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, created an electrifying atmosphere at the 10th One Young World Summit in London. Here at the Audi Environmental Foundation (Audi Stiftung für Umwelt), we were actively involved for the second time. This year, we offered scholarships to 15 young people to attend the Summit and supported the development of their ideas for a liveable future.

Recycled Island - Litter Trap Brussels

In collaboration with Audi Brussels and the Port of Brussels a Litter Trap has been installed in the Charleroi Canal in Brussels by the Audi Environmental Foundation and its project partners in March 2019.


We4bee will permanently loan a total of 100 beehives equipped with high-tech sensors to participating schools or other teaching institutions as well as to beekeepers. The online data transmission will create a network of beehives. An app enables continuous access to the measurement results and live data from all bee colonies.

One Young World

The Audi Environmental Foundation wants to contribute to the creation of a network between economy, science and motivated young thinkers and at best facilitate knowledge transfer. The exchange with the young leaders and researchers has enriched the Audi Environmental Foundations mission to support research into new technologies and scientific methods for a livable future.


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“ for download

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

Book published for young researchers

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.

Bee-research news for STEM education

Exciting assignments with practical relevance

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.


Big Data analysis for the beehive: Audi Environmental Foundation sponsors “we4bee” - 05/20/19

Network of 100 high-tech beehives for studying bee colonies Application phase for students as bee patrons runs until February 15 The Audi Environmental Foundation and its partner we4bee are launching a research project of the same name to analyze bee behavior. Hundreds of beehives equipped with high-tech sensors transmit enormous amounts of data online about the health status of the bees and environmental influences on the colony.

One cubic meter of plastic waste collected each month: Cleanup in the port of Brussels - 03/29/19

Audi Environmental Foundation and Recycled Island Foundation together with Audi Brussels and the Port of Brussels install a mobile plastic-collecting basin Third project site for Recycled Island, two more to follow this year Together with Audi Brussels and the Port of Brussels, the Audi Environmental Foundation and its project partner Recycled Island Foundation have installed a specially developed collecting basin in the harbor basin of Brussels.

Future solutions for resource management: Audi Environmental Foundation presents awards to young researchers - 06/02/19

Two master’s theses in the Sustainable Resource Management course of study receive the SRM Award Rüdiger Recknagel, Chief Executive of the Audi Environmental Foundation: “With this award, we are encouraging young inventors to work for environmental protection” The Audi Environmental Foundation has presented two master’s graduates from the Technical University of Munich with the Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) Award.

Audi Environmental Foundation turns plastic waste into recreation areas - 04/07/18

Together with project partner Recycled Island Foundation, the Audi Environmental Foundation is opening the first “floating park” in the Port of Rotterdam Rüdiger Recknagel, Director of the Foundation: “We want to use new technology to make the environment more livable” Further collecting basins for plastic waste are planned for Brussels and Ambon (Indonesia)

Audi Environmental Foundation supports drone flights to measure and conserve mixed orchards - 03/07/18

Starting today, individual drones will fly at regular intervals over the mixed orchards of the district of Bad Schönborn. The drones are controlled by geographers of Heidelberg University of Education. They then evaluate the images scientifically using innovative geo-technology in order to develop recommendations for the care of the orchards.

Audi Environmental Foundation supports young researchers: Award for contributions to resource management - 02/15/18

Sustainable Resource Management Award in recognition of theses on environmental protection and sustainability Prizewinners research into urban development and ideas for efficient biogas plantsRüdiger Recknagel, Chief Executive of Audi Environmental Foundation: “Careful use of resources can have a big impact”

Valuable contribution to resource management: Audi Environmental Foundation honors young scientists - 02/07/17

SRM Award for the best theses on environmental protection with national and international focuses Chief Executive of Audi Environmental Foundation Dr. Rüdiger Recknagel: “Sustainable resource efficiency is becoming increasingly important for industrial production.” The Audi Environmental Foundation has recognized two young scientists with its “Sustainable Resource Management Award” (SRM).