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Action Plan of the Leibniz Research Museums

Forscherin Eliana Buenaventura

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the eight research museums of the Leibniz Association. Their collections total far more than 100 million objects. These form the basis for research on the history of the earth and biodiversity, cultural and technical history and the preservation of scientific and cultural heritage. With their research-based permanent and special exhibitions at twelve locations in Germany, they reach millions of people every year. In doing so, they make an important contribution to the transfer of knowledge.

Action Plan II of the Leibniz Research Museums

Globalization, migration and mobility not only set people, objects and knowledge in motion, but also the research museums themselves: How do museums react to current social transformations? How do museums enable participation in research processes and co-production of knowledge? The second action plan of the Leibniz research museums is entitled "A world in motion". The eight research museums open their doors in many different formats - including virtual ones. Here you can find the detailed website of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is dedicated to the effects and possibilities of a "world in motion" in workshops, lectures and discussion forums. Existing cooperations in education and conservation research will be further expanded and international networking will be strengthened.
Here is an overview:


Events and workshops invite visitors to explore the museum's archives, socially relevant research and current museum topics.


Live Talks with scientists
The transcription workshop
Lecture series: Wissenschaft, natürlich!
Museum Talks


The Museum tests and researches innovative formats of science communication in the ‘Experimental Field’, is building a competence center for Citizen Science and a Science Policy Lab to strengthen the exchange between science, society and politics. In cooperation with the other research museums, education and visitor research will be intensified.

The ‘Experimental Field’ for Participation and Open Science

Opening up science: Interested parties can get into direct contact with scientists - whether during coffee chats or live talks.

Read more about the ‘Experimental Field’ here.

Workshop „New Ways of communicating science and collections” on November 16
Live Talks with scientists

The Biodiversity Policy Lab

The Biodiversity Policy Lab analyzes biodiversity policy and initiates public debates on it. The aim is to make the diversity of species, genes and ecosystems a public matter,
that societies must ensure that they are preserved and used in the long term.

Is nature striking back? An open workshop on 10 December

Development of a competence center for Citizen Science

All people can do research! And so it is planned to strengthen Citizen Science as an approach for research with society in all eight research museums. Workshops and events with the participation and involvement of the public are planned for this purpose.

Education and visitor research

An expert workshop on visitor research is being planned. You will find more information here.

Citizen Science: Alle können forschen


International cooperation is being expanded in the areas of conservation and provenance research. In addition, the second Global Summit of Research Museums will take place in 2021.

Network Conservation Research

Virtual Conference: Plastics in perils on November 16

Thinking and learning space: Guidelines for dealing with natural history collections from colonial contexts

The Museum sheds light on the political, legal and ethical aspects of natural history collections in a broad discussion. Collecting and researching took place in colonial structures over centuries. Museums developed into archives of colonial materials and knowledge, in which the world was ordered and made manageable according to Western taxonomies. Following on from current discussions in science, society and politics, the focus of the project is on dealing with the colonial history of institutions and collections in the Museum. The aim is to develop recommendations for dealing with natural history objects from colonial contexts, which, among other things, should be included in a guideline.

Global Summit of Research Museums II at the Deutsches Museum, Munich

Together with all research museums and the Smithsonian Institution, the Global Summit of Research Museums (GSRM) will be continued with a focus on "Objects in Motion". The GSRM is aimed at leaders from various museum sectors worldwide and will take place at the Deutsches Museum in Munich from September 18 to 20, 2021.

An der weltweit ersten Konferenz von Forschungsmuseen haben vom 4. bis zum 6. November 2018 insgesamt 232 Museumsvertreterinnen und -vertreter von 109 Einrichtungen aus insgesamt 24 Ländern teilgenommen.