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Research museums such as the Museum für Naturkunde do not work in isolation, but are part of national and international networks.

There are two categories of such networks:

  • One category includes networks that evolved around common research projects. Those can be found on our Research pages.
  • The second category includes science policy networks. A list of such networks of which the Museum für Naturkunde is a member can be found below.

Membership in science policy networks

Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Association connects 88 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities.

More information about the Leibniz Association

Leibniz Research Alliances

Leibniz institutions form collaborative research alliances which use inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to address current scientific and socially-relevant issues. The Museum für Naturkunde is member of the following alliances:

Leibniz Research Alliance "Biodiversity"

The Leibniz Biodiversity Network, founded in 2008, bundles the skills of 22 Leibniz institutions in environmental, social, life, spatial and economic sciences to draw up recommendations for sustainable solutions.

More Information (Website currently only available in German)

Leibniz Research Alliance "Historical Authenticity"

The Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity seeks to explore how historical and contemporary conceptions of authenticity affect the way we deal with our cultural heritage by examining the reconstruction and conservation of historical artefacts, by studying the function of language as a cultural repository and instrument, by tracing the development of school textbooks and maps, and looking at the conception of museums, archives, monuments and memorial sites.

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Leibniz Research Alliance "Science 2.0"

Science 2.0 deals with the investigation of new fields for research and development, originating from the application of new participative and collaborative internet technologies in all phases of research.

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Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)

CETAF is a taxonomic research network formed by institutions of reference in Europe. Together, the members hold 80% of the worlds’ described biodiversity as specimens, collections and their data. CETAF connects over 5000 researchers in European Natural History Museums, Natural Sciences Museums, Botanic Gardens and other research institutions.

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Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure, funded by governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.

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Scientific Collections International (SciColl)

SciColl is a global consortium devoted to promoting the use and impact of object-based scientific collections across disciplines, including archaeology, biology, biomedicine, earth and space sciences, technology and others.

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Deutsche Naturwissenschaftliche Forschungssammlungen (DNFS)

DNFS is a consortium of German scientific collections, which promotes cooperation and synergies between the member instutions, and supports a regional focus and services for science and education.

More information about DNFS (website available in German only)


Humboldt-Ring is a network of national scientific collections in Germany, that promotes and supports innovative and integrative research in the fields of biodiversity and earth sciences and providing the necessary infrastructure.

More information (website available in German only)

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN)

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) acts as adviser and arbiter for the zoological community by generating and disseminating information on the correct use of the scientific names of animals.

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Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB)

The main objective of the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB) is to provide the required knowledge to tackle the fundamental, global challenge of rapid biodiversity change. To achieve its goal, BBIB crosses traditional academic boundaries through integrating competences in ecological, evolutionary, social, and political sciences available in the Berlin region.

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Geo.X is a coordinating platform of research institutions that bundles the geoscientific expertise in research, teaching, infrastructure and transfer in the Berlin-Potsdam region. It networks earth sciences with engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, economics and humanities in the research areas of natural hazards and risks, natural resources and energy resources, Geo-Bio-Interactions, as well as human habitat and creative spaces.

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GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Foundation

The GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Foundation aims at promoting the geosciences and the interdisciplinary cooperation between the more than 100 disciplines within the field. Furthermore, the foundations work shall strengthen the importance of geosciences in the public perception.

More informationen about the GeoUnion Alfred-Wegener-Foundation

Membership in museum networks

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

ICOM is the international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

More information about ICOM (international)
More information about ICOM Germany (in German only)

Deutscher Museumsbund

The German Museums Association is the national organization for all museums and museum professionals. It represents art museums as well as museums of history, cultural history and natural history, museums of technology as well as those on specific topics.

More information about the DMB

Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin e.V.

The Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin (LMB) is a regional council that represents the interests of museums and collections in Berlin.

More information about the LMB (available in German only)

Membership in Expert Councils

German Bioeconomy Council

The Bioeconomy Council is an independant advisory body to the German Federal Government. The central task of the current 17 members of the council, whose expertise covers the full spectrum of the bioeconomy, is to search for ways and means for sustainable solutions, and to present their insights in a global context. Professor Johannes Vogel, Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, is Member of the Council.

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German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures

The Council´s scope of work is the strategic development of a contemporary infrastructure for access to scientific Information. This is an area of rapid change in technology, requiring systemic and institutional adaptation, as well as international cooperation. Dr. Gregor Hagedorn, Coordinator for national and international research infrastructures
at the Museum für Naturkunde, is member of the council as one representative of information facilities.

More information about the council