In this Science Programme, biological, geological and planetological problems are investigated at a multidisciplinary level with partners all over the world. This research is based on the collections, while newly gained scientific insights, in turn, have an effect on the development of our comprehensive collection. Zoologists, palaeontologists and geoscientists look into questions of microevolutionary mechanisms of population differentiation and the formation of species, the evolution of the design and polymorphism of organisms. Our work covers the timespan from the birth of our solar system to the present and includes the modelling of future scenarios. Processes of diversity dynamics are also studied, looking at changes in symbiotic communities over space and time.
The Science Programme is subdivided into four departments.