State Museum of Natural History

Consortium name  
German Consortium: Association of German Natural History Museums in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region (NORe)
Institution (Original name) 
Staatliches Naturhistorisches Museum
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Pockelsstraße 10
Postal code 
38106
City 
Braunschweig
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Germany
Phone 

(+49) 531 288 920

TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
3landesmuseen (www.3landesmuseen.de)
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 
Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Joger, +49531/288977-10, u.joger@3landesmuseen.de, Herpetology (recent, fossil)

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Governing and executive bodies 

Board of directors Director, Heads of Departments

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff43
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections60
c) Post-docs / PhD students03
d) Others (Associates, etc.)60
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)166
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 51
f) Collection Managers / technicians81
g) Others 33
TOTAL (e+f+g) 165
Total permanent staff 
32
Total non-permanent staff 
11
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
43
Male (%) 
50
Female (%) 
50
Externalized services, permanent positions 
5
Total (permanent and non-permanent staff + externalized personnel)  
48
Any other information concerning the staff 

Externalized services (Subcontracted and/or on Concessions): Cleaning 2, Attendants 3

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
2
List of laboratories 
  1. Paleontological Lab
  2. Taxidermy/Zoological Lab
List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

3D scanner

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
1
List of permanent exhibitions  
Number of recent exhibitions 
4
Number of current exhibitions 
2
Number of future exhibitions 
4
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Vertebrate Palaeontology (excavations in Europe and Africa)
Research Field 
Phylogeny and taxonomy of snakes (Europe, Africa, Middle East)
Research Field 
Ancient DNA (Mammoth and other extinct animals)
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
4
Annual journals/series 

1

EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology34500060
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Zoology284450000200.5
Total specimens (all collections) 
495,000
Outstanding collection features 

Of special international importance are the bird collection from the 19th and 20th century, the Pleistocene mammal bones from caves in the Harz mountains and the collections of recent and fossil reptiles (dinosaurs, ichthyosaurs) from the 20th and 21th century. These collections include numerous type-specimens, currently a new dinosaur and a new ichthyosaur.

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
2 000
Number of organisms / species 
500
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
No
DNA or seed sample exchange 

Yes

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
250
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
6000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
50
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Fossil and recent Reptiles
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

Website, social media, regional advertisement Regular advertisement of scientific discoveries with press agencies (dpa, tv )

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
Visitors
Last year:  
49 000
Trends (past and future) 

70,000 on average

Institution news
Career opportunities
Workshops / Events
If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

Yes, teaching biology at Braunschweig University

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

Extensive programmes for all ages by the educational department of the museum.

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 
THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Systematic research

DNA taxonomy incl. ancient DNA

Dinosaur research

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

Database development

Linking collections

Participation in international programs, networks

WHICH NETWORKS OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD CETAF BE A MEMBER OF? 

ICOM

Last update 
09.21.17