Museum representatives – 232 in all, coming from 109 institutions and 24 countries took part in the world's first conference of research museums in Berlin. At the end, the participants signed a declaration based on the premise that research museums will join forces to initiate processes of social change. This underlines the responsibility that research museums can assume for the future of the Earth.
At the same time, they commit themselves jointly to creating a global knowledge and collection network of research museums. It also means: "In the future, the dialogue between science, culture and society must be intensified in order to develop new innovative solutions for the challenges of the modern world using state-of-the-art science and international digital infrastructures".
Between the 4th and 6th of November the conference "Global Summit of Research Museums - the design potential of research" brought together representatives from internationally renowned research museums, including art, civilisation, humanities, technology and natural history. The „Global Summit of Research Museums“ was organized under the auspices of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, representing the Leibniz Association, in collaboration with the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). Further co-operation partners are the Smithsonian Institution Washington, the Natural History Museum London and the British Museum, London. The conference is funded within the context of the Leibniz Research Museum Action Plan, supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the governments of the federal states Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
The final declaration can also be signed online.
Here you will find the signed declaration:
Towards A Global Knowledge and Collection Network of Research Museums
Research museums are stewards of global knowledge, biodiversity and heritage. Their tangible and intangible collections contribute to a worldwide infrastructure. This is used for research, teaching, social and scientific engagement, transcending cultural or geographical boundaries.
Research museums are an integral part of science and society. Their research addresses global challenges of our modern world that comprise a wide spectrum of disciplines, such as natural sciences, humanities, arts and applied sciences, and a wide range of methods. They conduct academic, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, develop collections and communicate knowledge in dialogue and co-creation with a wide and diverse public. Research in museums aims to preserve, document and develop our natural and cultural heritage as a source for knowledge and identity and as a global scientific and cultural infrastructure.
Research museums link science, humanities, cultures and society in a unique way, acting as conveners, mediators and innovators in supporting democracy, human rights and the global knowledge society. Their innovative communication, public programs and exhibitions reach large populations. At the same time, research museums are dynamic, they actively engage in continued self-reflection of their own actions and their cultural contexts.
To be able to fulfill these ambitious goals, we aim to develop a global knowledge and collection network of research museums and to strengthen border-crossing connectivity and collaboration. Such a diversity of world perspectives is an expression of our common responsibility of globalizing knowledge and heritage. We take our responsibilities seriously and commit to creating and maintaining inclusive, diverse and robust knowledge communities and infrastructures.
In the future the dialogue between science, humanities, cultures and society needs to be intensified in order to develop new innovative solutions for the challenges of the modern world, using cutting edge science and international digital infrastructures. We continue to be a driver of these developments in order to strengthen our institutions, extend our reach into science, cultures and society, honor our global responsibility to create a better future and support a sustainable development of mankind and our planet.