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Science Campus for Nature and Society: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin join forces to solve social challenges

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Press release, 16-01-2020

Over the next ten years, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) will develop a science campus for nature and society together with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU). This campus is located at Invalidenstraße 42/43 and thus in the centre of Berlin as a science location.

The science campus at the interface of museum, university and society is to be developed as a testing ground for new forms of interaction between science and society. The joint Science Campus is intended to find scientific solutions to major global challenges, to reflect a new on the relationship between mankind and nature and to strengthen the role of science in solving overarching social issues.

The aim is to collaborate in the fields of life sciences and sustainability research, as well as in the areas of knowledge transfer, science communication and open science, expanded to include social and cultural science perspectives. In this way, not only excellent but also open science is to become reality. At the same time, one of the world's most comprehensive natural history collections with over 30 million objects will be housed in modern collection buildings. To make all objects accessible worldwide, everything from flies to dinosaurs will be digital.

The science campus of MfN and HU will also offer the opportunity to establish joint research groups and programmes, as well as inter- and transdisciplinary research with international partners. New laboratories and spaces for top-level research will be created.

New exhibition rooms will be created for visitors, showing the diversity of nature and at the same time research for nature. In addition, conference and event rooms for science communication are planned. A "Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science" of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will be an experimental space, platform, training and further education centre for new ways of science communication. The ultimate aim is to create a publicly visible place where new forms of exchange and cooperation between science, society and politics can be invented, tested and communicated. A three-year pilot phase, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, has already been approved.


Dr. rer. nat. Gesine Steiner / Pressesprecherin
Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin
Tel. +49(0)30 889140 8917
Fax. + 49(0)30 889140 8561

Hans-Christoph Keller
Pressesprecher der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Tel.: 030 2093-2677