The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin collections – containing more than 30 million specimens – represent a research infrastructure of worldwide importance. They are not only used just for the Museum‘s own research activities, but also by external researchers and many other user groups. Every year hundreds of scientists from all over the world visit the Museum‘s collections to study this remarkable body of reference material. The specimens in the collection also represent a unique cultural asset and basis for transferring knowledge in diverse fields. Preserving these collections that are used by so many and ensuring that they are used efficiently and developed for the future is a major challenge.
Collection Development and Biodiversity Discovery
In order to address these outlined challenges, the Science Programme focuses on new approaches to an intelligent collection management. Therefore, it is structured in two departments:
The Collection Development department looks at safeguarding and developing the Museum’s comprehensive collections in the long term in the best possible way. On the basis of a professional, scientifically supported collection management that complies with international standards, the collections are being developed as a globally available infrastructure that will meet the present and future needs of science and society.
Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery
The launch of the new Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin puts a new, forward-looking research focus on the map. A core aim of the center is to increase the efficiency of discovering and exploring global biodiversity. It will be instrumental in building an inventory of millions of known and as yet unknown animal species and investigate their role in their natural environment and what contribution they might make to the solution of many problems humanity is currently facing.