The Museum itself is becoming the object of scientific inquiry. This theme examines whether the Museum für Naturkunde is or how it should fulfill its mission at the crossroads between science, politics and society.
Taking into consideration scientific, historical, cultural and political relationships we analyze the methods, conduct experiments and devise research projects on how the museum communicates science to diverse audiences more successfully. Furthermore, we investigate how the public programmes at the Musum für Naturkunde can be developed, in joint efforts and coproduction with internal and external stakeholders. We aim to study relevant actions and practices in the entire public engagement / science participation process. This will allow us to assess the utility, the opportunities or obstacles for engaging wider publics in different stages of the scientific process.
Independent from any outcome, this research will increase the self-reflective capacity of the museum, and can, in turn, inform the wider science system on its way towards open science.