Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin

Institution (Original name) 
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Postal code 
14195
City 
Berlin-Dahlem
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Germany
Phone 

(+49 30 838 50 100

E-mail 
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
Botanical Garden
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
Yes
If yes, please specify  
Central Unit of Freie Universität Berlin
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch Director of the Botanical Garden and Botanic Museum Berlin-Dahlem Evolution of flowering plants; molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics Phone: +49 30 838 50133 Fax: +49 30 838 50218 Email: direktor@bgbm.org

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Dr. Walter Berendsohn Head, Department of Research and Biodiversity Informatics Research Fields: Flora and vegetation of El Salvador, Central America (particularly dendroflora); Biodiversity Informatics, particularly information modelling, networking, taxon concepts, and biological collections; Head of BioCASe Secretariat (Biological Collection Access Service for Europe, CETAF Node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility) Phone: +49 30 838 50143 Email: w.berendsohn@bgbm.org

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Anton Güntsch Head of Biodiversity Informatics Phone: + 49 30 838 50166 Email: a.guentsch@bgbm.org Head of Information Science and Technology Commission

Robert Vogt Curator of the Herbarium Phone: +49 30 838 50123 Email: r.vogt@bgbm.org Member of Collections Policy Board

Eva Häffner Science Policy Coordinator
Phone +49 30 838 59964 Email: e.haeffner@bgbm.org

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch +49 30 838 50133 direktor@bgbm.org Evolution of flowering plants; molecular phylogenetics and phylogenomics

Organigram 

The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM) is a so-called Zentraleinrichtung (central unit) of Freie Universität Berlin. The BGBM is managed by its director and is organized in four departments:

  • Department 1 – Research and Biodiversity Informatics
  • Department 2 – Biological Collections
  • Department 3 – Science Communication
  • Department 4 – Administration and Scientific Services

The preservation of the Garden and of the living plants’ collections, along with the maintenance of the technical infrastructure and the buildings is carried out by the so-called “Gemeinschaftsbetrieb” (joint operational management).

Organigram figure 
PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff522
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections5
c) Post-docs / PhD students7
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d) (permanent and non-permanent)49
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions3
f) Collection managers / technicians incl. gardeners57
g) Others incl. librarians634
TOTAL (a+b+c+d) (permanent and non-permanent)127
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
176
Male (%) 
45
Female (%) 
55
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
1
List of laboratories 

Service Area Laboratories: One Laboratory - Two Locations.

Spread over two locations, the laboratory facilities cover approximately 450 m2. Institutionally, the Service Area Laboratories is affiliated on one side to the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, and on the other side to the Borsch Working Group at the Institute of Biology, Systematic Botany and Geography of Plants. Both institutions are part of the Freie Universität Berlin.

The activities of the laboratory facility located in the Botanical Museum (Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8) mainly focus on genome- and DNA-analyses (including barcoding), micromorphology and ultra-sculpture of botanical surfaces and the cultivation of diatoms. A field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) is available.

The activities of the laboratory facility located in the Botanical Institute (Altensteinstr. 6) mainly focus on DNA/RNA analyses related to population genetics and genome sizing using flow cytometry. In addition, the facility is equipped with a S1-area for cloning purposes.

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 
  • SEM (Scanning electron microscopy) - Hitachi SU-8010 FE-SEM
  • Optical microscopy - Multiple Stereo-/ Microscopes incl. Fluorescence, equipped with high res. Cameras (Olympus, Leica, Zeiss)
  • Genetic fingerprinting - Beckmann CEQ 8000 sequencer
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction - in total 8 x 96-well block thermocycler (SensoQuest and PeqLab)
  • DNA Quality testing - Gel-Electrophoresis and UV/VIS (NanoDrop ND1000)
  • Flow cytometry - Attune, applied biosystems
  • Next Generation Sequencing - via BeGenDiv (www.begendiv.de) Roche 454, Roche Junior and Illumina MySeq
  • Furthermore fumehoods, centrifuges, pipettes, pcr-cabinets, laminair flow workbenches, incubators (with light) and numerous -20°C/-35° and 5 x -80°C storage capacity
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
2
List of permanent exhibitions  
Number of recent exhibitions 
4
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Neu ist nur das Wort. Globalisierungen bei Nutzpflanzen von der Vorgeschichte bis in die Neuzeit
Name 
modelSHOW. Perspectives on botanical models
Name 
Flora’s treasures. Recording the Green World
Name 
Coffee. A global success story
Name 
Caucasus. Plant Diversity between the Black and Caspian Seas
Number of current exhibitions 
2
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
Grüne Schatzinseln. Botanische Entdeckungen in der Karibik
Name 
Garten=Theater: Pflanzen in Shakespeares Welt
Number of future exhibitions 
2
Future exhibitions  
Name 
Grüne Schatzinseln. Botanische Entdeckungen in der Karibik.
Name 
Mexico
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
30
Annual journals/series 
Other publications 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
...
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany40000320000016
2.2Mycology500060000023
Total specimens (all collections) 
3,800,000
Outstanding collection features 

The extensive biological collections at BGBM document the diversity of plants on a world wide scale. Our collections are continuously developed, opened up to the public and to science and are increasingly used in scientific networks in order to provide a consistent and comprehensive archive of plant diversity. The biological collections enable systematic studies of the organisms, document their variability and file their evolution in space and time. The collections set up the essential basis for actual and future research and public education and as such serve the conservation of plant diversity.

The biological collections at BGBM are used by scientists from around the world either by visiting BGBM, by loaning selected specimens or by studying their digital equivalents online. Up to 30000 plants and plant parts are provided for research and academic education each year.

  • Living collections in the Botanic Garden
  • Preserved plant specimen in the herbarium and in special collections
  • Seeds of wild and garden origin in the Dahlem Seed Bank
  • Plant DNA and tissue samples in the DNA Bank
  • Plant material for science, research and education
Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 
Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

Library (http://www.bgbm.org/de/wissenschaft/bibliothek-am-bgbm): The BGBM maintains a botanical library, founded in 1819, open to the public. It collects botanical literature (with a focus on systematics, plant geography and related fields) on a worldwide basis. Being part of the university's library system, its provides access also to a large number of electronic resources in the field. Physical holdings: • Books and periodicals: 205 000 volumes • Separata: 143 500 items • Microforms, optical disks, etc.: 4615 titles (c. 58 600 items) Archives (http://www.bgbm.org/de/node/418): The scientific archives of the BGBM contain documents, photographs, plans, art works, etc. related to: • the history of the institution, its collections, activities and staff • botanists (literary, etc. remains of botanists; letters; portraits; etc.) photographs and other images of plants

Size and importance of living collections 

43 hectares of managed and landscaped garden including 17 public greenhouses and ca. 40 nurseries summing up to a total of ca. 17.000 m2 under glass Ca. 20.000 species (10.000 greenhouse, 10.000 outdoor) from all regions of the world (ca. 14.000 Dicots, 5.000 Monocots, 400 Gymnosperms; more than 300 families and 3.300 genera) Focus and special collections: a) taxonomic groups: Asterales, Caryophyllales (including Cactaceae), tropical and subtropical ferns, Araceae, Bromeliaceae, Welwitschia, Sanseveria, Pelargonium, Rosa, Prunus b) life forms: succulents, aquatic plants, geophytes, arboretum b) phytogeographic regions: Cuban and Caribbean, Mediterranean, Near East and Caucasus

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
16 000
Number of organisms / species 
6 000
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
Number of seed samples 
5 652
Number of organisms / species 
2 500
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
Herbarium: 150 - 160 loans (4000-5000 specimens, digital and physical); Living collections: approx. 7000 portions in 300 parcels
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
Herbarium: c. 35000; Living collections: 3000 on average (2009-2013); Seed Bank: 500 - 1000; DNA Bank: 1000-2000
Number of scientific visitors per year 
140
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Algae
Amaranthaceae
Araceae
Asteraceae
Cactaceae
Campanulaceae
Chenopodiaceae (Chenopodium)
Diatoms
Eriocaulaceae
Macrofungi
Gentianaceae
Nyctaginaceae
Nymphaeaceae
Polygonaceae (Coccoloba)
Ranunculaceae
Thalictrum
Tropical bryophytes
Lichenised Fungi
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

30 to 40 press releases are released annually to raise awareness for plants and BGBM’s activities (archive http://www.bgbm.org/de/pressemitteilungen). 2 to 5 press conferences are hold annually. Press pictures are provided for downloading http://www.bgbm.org/de/presse/pressefotos

A monthly e-newsletter is published http://www.bgbm.fu-berlin.de/de/aktuelles/newsletter

Information is provided on www.bgbm.org

Many events are combining botany with culture and more (e.g. Tropical Night, Palm Symphony, Plant Market, Long Night of the Sciences, Long Day of CityNature, Summer Open Air Concerts, Wine festival, Botanical Night, Orchid Show, Cactus Show, Carnivorous Plants Show, Halloween, Bird Show etc).

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Gesche Hohlstein, Phone +49 (0)30 838 50134, E-mail g.hohlstein@bgbm.org

Visitors
Last year:  
300 000
Trends (past and future) 

between 300 000 and 350 000 per year, in 2015 we started an extensive action programme (including infrastructural and marketing measures) in order to increase this number considerably in the next 5 years.

Institution news
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

BGBM takes place in the so-called “ecological year” programme and offers two internships in cooperation with Botany School (see below) and Stiftung Naturschutz Berlin http://www.stiftung-naturschutz.de/freiwilligendienste/foej/einsatzstell... and http://www.stiftung-naturschutz.de/freiwilligendienste/foej/einsatzstell...

Several internships for students are available.

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

BGBM is involved in several courses of the Institute of Biology at Freie Universität Berlin. Within the bachelor programme, we cover the lecture “Das Pflanzenreich” (the plant kingdom) and supervise the courses „Bestimmungsübungen“ (plant determination) and „Grundpraktikum“ (basic course) of the “Modul Botanik”.

In the master programme „Evolution und Biodiversität II“ we provide courses in the “Modul Evolution und Biodiversität II”. Furthermore dissertations and other theses are supervised. http://www.bcp.fu-berlin.de/en/biologie/arbeitsgruppen/botanik/ag_borsch...

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

No

If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 

BGBM trains gardeners (gardener for ornamental plants and perennial plants) in a three-year vocational training programme. http://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/ausbildung/ausbildungsberufe/gaertner-in/i...

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

A variety of educational activities are offered. Exhibitions, self-guiding trails, talks, workshops, special tours or mushroom advice service are mainly part of adult education. Guided tours for groups address nearly all target groups from adults to schools. Special school programmes are run in cooperation with Botany School (i.e. special teacher training centre in cooperation with Berlin Senate Administration for Education: Botanikschule and Fortbildungszentrum für Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung = Education for Sustainable Development Training Centre).

In addition to programmes that focus on botany, nature conservation, renewable resources or climate change other school programmes are based on the theory of Education for Sustainable Development, e.g. 'Fruits of the Tropics', “The World of the Oil Palm”, “Coffee” in which students learn about the connections between everyday life and conditions of employment related to crop cultivation, plants and ecology, conventional and fair trade, as well as product and food. The programme 'Fruits of the Tropics' runs in cooperation with the German Development Service (DED, now GIZ) and the Centre for Developmental Education and Information EPIZ. BGBM’s educational work in collaboration with both training centres was awarded by the German UNESCO Commission for Education for Sustainable Development for 2009 till 2010 and 2011 to 2012 as official Decade Projects. This recognition is to reward examples of good practice and create models worthy of imitation for other projects (German Commission for UNESCO, 2011). More http://www.bgbm.org/de/node/1113

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Gesche Hohlstein, Phone +49 (0)30 838 50134, E-mail g.hohlstein@bgbm.org

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

1. Research in Systematics and Phytogeography 2. Botanical Garden and Museum Collections 3. Biodiversity informatics

Last update 
09.22.17