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Science cooperation with UNESCO-Geopark

(c) Susanne Hörr

The area around the Inselsberg and the Drei Gleichen is now a UNESCO Geopark. The certificate of designation for the "National Geopark Thüringen Inselsberg - Drei Gleichen" as a UNESCO Global Geopark was presented on 19 July in Ohrdruf (Gotha district). The certificate of designation for the "National Geopark Thuringia Inselsberg - Drei Gleichen" as a UNESCO Global Geopark was handed over on 19 July in Ohrdruf (district of Gotha) in the presence of Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Thomas Klöppel, Mayor of the town of Friedrichsroda as the lead municipality of the UNESCO Global Geopark Thuringia Inselsberg - Drei Gleichen, Irmgard Maria Fellner, National Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks and Commissioner for Foreign Cultural Policy, as well as mayors of the surrounding and participating municipalities and UNESCO representatives.

The seventh UNESCO Geopark in Germany and the first independent one in Thuringia can boast, among other things, a globally unique primeval dinosaur site (Bromacker) and, with the Bromacker, for example, shows a window into the geological history of the Earth 290 million years ago. Until 2025, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha, the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and the UNESCO Global Geopark Thüringen Inselsberg - Drei Gleichen will work together in a unique research project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The interdisciplinary team has set itself the goal of reconstructing an ecosystem from around 290 million years ago, making the processes and procedures of the research visible and tangible and taking the general public along on the research journey. Innovative formats of science communication such as live excavation and live preparation are being developed to promote direct exchange and dialogue between researchers and the general public.