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The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Experiencing Nature with All Senses: The Bee House in Schaumburg

Photo: C. Fischer

The Bee House is a unique location for scientific, educational, and cultural events – the only one of its kind in Germany. On the land of the forest apiary in Schaumburg, Germany, it is home to ten bee colonies that pique visitors’ interest in the fascinating world of bees and sensitize them to questions about our ecosystem. Here, the lifecycle of bees and their importance for natural balance can be experienced with all senses.

Even the building itself is unusual: the floor plan is inspired by the physical form of a freshly hatched bee larva. The core building materials – wood, straw, and clay – are not only ecologically sustainable, but also reflect the materials that bee hives were traditionally made from. The arched walls and ceilings create a very special feeling. The large panorama windows integrate the buildings of ten bee colonies; their buzzing penetrates the interior and through them, guests can watch bees in flight. In addition, there is a special device that coveys air from the bee colony into the room, so that its special quality can be directly experienced with the senses.

This unusual new event space and place of encounter expands the nature-pedagogical work of the forest apiary, which has been enriching the Schaumburg area for many years. Access and sanitary areas were intentionally designed to be barrier-free to enable all interested participants to attend the numerous events. These range from beekeeping courses and lectures on bee-friendly gardens to philosophical evenings, meditation, and bee music concerts in which the musicians integrate bee humming into their music. “In an impressive way, the Bee House transmits complex ecological relationships and the enormous value of biological diversity,” said SAGST project manager Christian Wüst. “The visitors can experience how important it is to take active responsibility for nature and the environment.”


Can tai chi and eurythmy therapy reduce the risk of falls among older individuals? This question is being addressed by researchers at the university clinic in Freiburg with a national study. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research will support the project for four years with two million euros.


At the beginning of June, the Bielefeld-based organization “The Wordfinders” kicked off an unusual writing and arts project. For a total of three years, individuals with and without cognitive disabilities will creatively encounter arts and language.


The dental clinic at the University of Witten/Herdecke is currently the only university dental clinic in Germany that has a professorship and department focused on dental care for the disabled. Since recently, the U/WH’s exemplary work includes an inclusive dental clinic in Volmarstein.


A new publication in English takes a differentiated view of the connections between plant vitality and healthy foodstuffs: “Vitality – From Soil to Stomach” takes a second look at food quality.