Key Facts

Important Partners

The Digital Hub; Robert Emmet Community Development Project, National College of Art and Design, St Patricks Mental Health Services, and Tyndall National Institute


  • 22 sensors were integrated into 60 beehive sites
  • Insights for a sustainable model for community-led beekeeping and honey production at scale were provided
  • Online material was generated to promote health, well-being and environmental sustainability
  • The pilot has demonstrated scalability and transferability via a growing number of Dublin 8 pollinators through prospective urban permaculture and vertical gardening pilots


Bee8 was one of the three pilot-project proposals selected for the second internal call for pilots launched in March 2021 within the consortium. It addressed one or more of the themes highlighted in the population needs analysis conducted at the outset of the Smart D8 initiative. 

Bee8 is an initiative to develop a link between society, nature and well-being using bees and data. 


Bee8 aims to improve people`s well-being through bees. By integrating sensors into beehive sites, urban environment quality is measured as exemplified by the bee population’s health.  


It aims to capture, using sensors, local air quality and CO2 levels, creating a feedback loop between the local residents, and the hive managers, as to the impact on Dublin 8’s biodiversity. 

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