Zoologisches Museum becomes Biodiversity Museum
The zoological collection (Zoologische Sammlung) of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen has a long tradition and was originally part of the Königliches Academisches Museum, which had been founded in 1773. In 1878 the zoological collection moved together with the geological and mineralogical collections to the newly built Naturhistorisches Museum at the Berliner Straße. However, during the last century, the exhibition area of the zoological collection slowly got reduced while research departments moved into the building. Meanwhile, the value of museums and museum collections got rediscovered.
The building at the Berliner Straße is currently being renovated and, in the meantime, the zoological collection has moved to other temporary locations in and around Göttingen. In 2023 a new museum will be hosted at the second floor of the former Naturhistorisches Museum building.
The museum aims to tackle key questions of biodiversity research with this exhibition.
How is biodiversity originated and maintained? What are the interactions in biodiversity and how do they change?
How are humans impacting biodiversity?
And finally, how can we protect and conserve biodiversity?
Through a stimulating journey we will understand the complexity of relationships within ecosystems, the mechanisms of evolution and our role in our planet dynamics, as well as our impact. We will illustrate these questions with examples from actual research from the University of Göttingen involving different departments and faculties. We will understand the complexity of relationships within ecosystems, the mechanisms of evolution and our role in our planet dynamics, as well as our impact. The Earth is currently facing a crisis in climate change and loss of biodiversity. However, there are still some opportunities that science hold, and we all can adopt, for nature conservation, and the sustainable advancement of humankind. The Biodiversity Museum of Göttingen pursues to lead us into the opportunity to get involved into possible societal changes for a better and more sustainable world. The museum will do this through engaging the public more directly with scientific research and knowledge.
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