ULOPOLIS

About Us

Welcome to the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Ulopolis apiary!

The idea of starting an apiary was born in 2021. It was inspired by the successful completion of the Beesensor project, funded by the NCBiR. As part of this project, a concept was developed and prototypes were made of sensor measurement devices designed to detect diseases plaguing honey bee colonies. The practical realization of the idea of apiary was possible thanks to the help of the Bee Embassy Foundation, the Wroclaw Centre for Networking and Supercomputing, and many people sympathizing with the project.

Ulopolis is located on the roof of building C-6, at the University-Main Campus. Currently, it consists of three hives.

In large metropolitan areas, urban apiaries are not unusual. The distinguishing feature of Ulopolis is the accompanying technical infrastructure, especially the measurement infrastructure. Cameras mounted inside the hives and in their immediate vicinity allow observation of bee colonies in a safe manner that does not disturb the lives of these insects. Sensors for temperature, humidity, and selected gases allow monitoring the conditions inside the hives. A nearby meteorological station provides data on the weather situation. The scales on which the hives are installed, in turn, provide data on the amount of honey produced as well as the strength of the bee colonies. A data communication system makes it possible to transmit measurement data and make the information available to a large audience, online.

The Ulopolis apiary is not intended for honey production. We also do not wish to use it for honeybee colony research. Instead, we assume that it will be a kind of “testing ground”. It is to be used to test, under field conditions, innovative technical solutions that may find application in modern beekeeping, and more.

Ulopolis will also perform educational functions. It will help expand the environmental awareness of those interested in environmental protection. Certainly, the apiary will be involved in actions promoting urban beekeeping.

You are welcome to visit Ulopolis remotely!

Welcome to the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Ulopolis apiary!

The idea of starting an apiary was born in 2021. It was inspired by the successful completion of the Beesensor project, funded by the NCBiR. As part of this project, a concept was developed and prototypes were made of sensor measurement devices designed to detect diseases plaguing honey bee colonies. The practical realization of the idea of apiary was possible thanks to the help of the Bee Embassy Foundation, the Wroclaw Centre for Networking and Supercomputing, and many people sympathizing with the project.

Cameras On-line

Panorama

Outsite

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Panorama

Hive 1

Outside

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Hive 2

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Hive 3

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Hives

Inside cameras

Outside cameras

11.08.2022 r

Znak królowej

Królowa pszczela ma identyfikator. Opalitka ułatwia znalezienie jej wśród pszczół na plastrze. Barwa znaczka mówi o wieku królowej.

3.08.2022 r

Jajo pszczele

Jajo pszczele przypomina ziarenko ryżu, lecz jest mniejsze. W komórce plastra, z jaja rozwija się larwa.

27.07.2022 r

Taniec pszczół

Podczas cotygodniowego przeglądu zaobserwowaliśmy taniec pszczół.
Ten charakterystyczny ruch jest sposobem przekazywania informacji.

Measurements

Outside

Hive 1

Hive 2

Hive 3

Intriguing Stories

15.04.2024

Green and greener

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Plants are back to life. First flowers appeared.




14.03.2024

Spring cleanup

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Some work was needed after winter. Dry parts of plants were removed. Flowerbed was covered with the bark.




04.08.2023

Honey-harvesting 2023

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We collected the honey. It came from only a few frames. There was only so much we could take from the bees. It is bright, wonderfully aromatic and extremely dense. It struggled to leave the combs and the centrifuge. We figured out how to help 😉

 

 

25.01.2023

Paper

We have the first scientific publication that deals with Ulopolis. It is publicly available at https://doi.org/10.3390/app13010597.





Events archive

Bed of honey plants

Part of Ulipolis is a bed of honey plants. It was created at the Avenue of Professors of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, along building C-6.

The flowerbed occupies 440 sqm. It was planted with 2200 perennials in 38 species, as well as ornamental grasses, ivy and grapevine. The so-called “mix” was used, which consists in placing completely different plants next to each other and using unequal planting density.

The flowerbed blooms from early spring to late autumn, all over the surface. It is multicolored, fragrant, variable and untamed.

Nectar and pollen from the plants growing here provide food for bees from the Ulopolis apiary. The proximity of this source is valuable, as there is a shortage of food for these insects in a typically urban area.

We invite you to take a closer look at individual plants and marvel at their beauty, live or, when that is not possible, virtually.