Our research projects in the Museum of Natural History can benefit in many ways from the support of our visitors. In addition to the possibility of data collection by citizen scientists or the use of data for documentation and evaluation as well as the development of new questions, the manifold perspectives of the visitors and the public in general can be very helpful.
Many ethical questions cannot and should not be answered by scientists alone. A broad discussion is needed first in order to make good decisions. The museum can play the role of a mediator here.
In the collections, the objects are the focus of research, but the information on history and current contexts makes them particularly valuable. The broad participation of the public is also a great opportunity to expand this collection history.
Different perspectives and opinions are important in the definition of concepts, the definition of basic concepts and the evaluation and interpretation of results.
In short, it is exciting for everyone to take up different perspectives on objects and research questions and incorporate them into research and collection work. We would like to expand this area and experiment with new formats and approaches. We look forward to a dialogue with you.
The Experimental Field for Participation and Open Science
From the beginning of 2019 we will create an area within our exhibitions in the Museum für Naturkunde for exchange and participation in our scientific work: The experimental field.
We want to enrich our collections and research with the diverse perspectives and opinions of our visitors. Rooms are created that allow direct communication between our researchers and visitors and insights into our work as a research museum. Rooms for exchange and joint research.
Preparations are currently underway, construction work will begin soon and we are looking forward to the exchange with you.