Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History

Institution (Original name) 
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Rosenstein 1
Postal code 
70191
City 
Stuttgart
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Germany
Phone 

(+49) 711-8936-115

(+49) 711-8963-0

E-mail 
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Member since 
2003
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Prof. Dr. Johanna Eder +49 711 8936 115 johanna.eder@smns-bw.de Palaeobotany

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

Prof. Dr. Johanna Eder/ director/ palaeobotany/+49 711 8936 115; johanna.eder@smns-bw.de

OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Dr. Friederike Woog/researcher/ornithology/+49 711 8936 253, friederike.woog@smns-bw.de; collection policy board

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

Prof. Dr. Johanna Eder +49 711 8936 115 johanna.eder@smns-bw.de Palaeobotany

Organigram 

Four scientific departments: Botany, Entomology, Palaeontology, Zoology. One department for education and public services, one for scenography and exhibition design, and one for administration and central services. All directly under the director.

Organigram figure 
Governing and executive bodies 

Our museum is under the supervision of the Ministery for Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg (Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg). The museum´s director is supported by the board of directors (of all units of the museum). The scientific advisory board accompanies and comments on the development of our institution. It consists of up to 6 members from sister institutions and universities in Germany and abroad.

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff199
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections11
c) Post-docs / PhD students4
d) Others (Associates, etc.)
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions 9
f) Collection Managers / technicians242
g) Others
TOTAL (e+f+g)
Total permanent staff 
97
Total non-permanent staff 
53
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
150
Any other information concerning the staff 

Staff varies from year to year

R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
10
List of laboratories 

Molecular laboratory, amber laboratory, histology laboratory, microsection laboratory, sandblast laboratory, hydrofluoric acid laboratory, microscopy laboratories, large workspace for zoological taxidermy, workspace to elutriate, etching workspace, etc.

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

SEM, Keyence digital microscope, Automontage system, interference contrast microscope, DNA robotic tools, nitrogen chamber, degreasing system, etc.

Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
2
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
Museum am Löwentor
Name 
Museum Schloss Rosenstein
Number of recent exhibitions 
7
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
Unser Bodensee
Name 
Gefiederte Drachen – Neue Saurier aus China
Name 
Desert Air - Wüste von oben
Name 
Champion Trees
Name 
Bestiarium Construendum
Name 
Natur – Museum – Geschichte. 225 Jahre Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
Name 
Große Landesausstellung Naturdetektive
Number of current exhibitions 
1
Current Temporary Exhibitions 
Name 
Patient Fischsaurier
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Biological systematics and phylogeny
Summary of your Research programme 

The collection-based description of species and higher taxa and their interpretation in an evolutionary context is one of our core areas of expertise and is the basis for all further research.

Research Field 
Biodiversity and biogeography
Summary of your Research programme 

The diversity of life is examined at three hierarchical levels - biodiversity of genes, species and ecosystems. Long-term studies on biodiversity are combined with biogeographical analyses.

Research Field 
Ecology of fossil and modern ecosystems
Summary of your Research programme 

The analysis of complex ecosystems from different time slices provides us with profound insights into biological communities and their relationships with habitat and climate. Our extensive expertise in botany, paleobotany, zoology, paleozoology, and ecophysiology facilitates a broad research approach.

Research Field 
Free research fields
Summary of your Research programme 

Open research topics allow us to respond flexibly to current issues and societal demands.

Research Field 
Exhibition concepts and knowledge transfer
Summary of your Research programme 

We are one of the main providers of cultural education in the natural science in the country. The exhibits are constantly evolving, as are new methods of knowledge transfer. Our particular strength is the close association between research and outreach.

Research Field 
Collection development and scientific preparation
Summary of your Research programme 

The collections are archives of biodiversity, and are rigorously maintained and expanded. We are further developing the diverse methodological expertise in preparing specimens for research, collections and exhibits. Digital documentation and international integration of collections is driving new digital technologies.

Research Field 
Reconstruction of fossil ecosystems
Summary of your Research programme 

Our diverse scientific (taxonomy, physiology, taphonomy) and preparation expertise is a prerequisite for the development and analysis of the numerous internationally important fossil localities in the state.

Research Field 
Phylogeny of arthropods – an integrative approach
Summary of your Research programme 

The combination of biology and paleontology in the field of entomology is an approach that has already provided numerous spectacular insights into the evolution of insects.

Research Field 
Phylogeny and evolution of amphibians and reptiles
Summary of your Research programme 

Our taxonomic and systematic expertise, the quality of our paleoherpetological collection and the importance of fossil localities in the state are internationally recognized, creating unique conditions for the development of this field of research.

Research Field 
Integrative taxonomy and biodiversity assessment
Summary of your Research programme 

DNA barcoding is a new type of taxonomy that must be accompanied by the expansion of reference collections. The data are worthless without the expertise of taxonomists who can identify species correctly. This is particularly true for groups that are difficult to identify, such as the ecologically important parasitic hymenopterans. The project "Floristic Mapping of Baden-Württemberg" sets the standard for long-term studies and forms an important basis for conservation-related studies on ecosystem change, and has received recognition throughout Europe. DNA barcoding increases the efficiency of long-term monitoring efforts.

Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
100
Annual journals/series 

Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A (Biologie) (link: http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/publications/stuttgarter-beitraege-zur-naturkunde-serie-a) Palaeodiversity (Link: http://www.palaeodiversity.org/)

Other publications 

Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde C (Popular Science) (link: http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/publications/stuttgarter-beitraege-zu...)

Digital copy of the latest annual report 
EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology250041000006
1.2Mineralogy40000
1.3Anthropology200
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany2600100000014
2.2Zoology3193600000020
Total specimens (all collections) 
11,140,200
Outstanding collection features 

The SMNS collections hold more than 11 million specimens and other natural objects as well as numerous associated data on taxonomy, genetics, ecology, and geography. Together these comprehensive records and archives of life on Earth and its history constitute a large-scale research infrastructure used by research scientists and the international community. Increasingly, collection information is made available digitally and in online data bases and contributes to international information systems such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. The oldest parts of the collection date back to the 16th century, and were originally incorporated in the private “Cabinet of Arts and Natural Curiosities” of the Dukes of Württemberg, which later gave rise to the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart. Today, the biological and palaeontological collections still have a strong regional focus as well as a worldwide dimension. The collection size is constantly growing due to project-related field work, special acquisitions and bequests. Every year more than 200 foreign scientists visit the museum’s collections for comparative studies.

Our Zoology collection furthermore includes an Entomology collection consisting of 2500 primary types and 4,500,000 individual specimens

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

More than 100.000 volumes; 1600 journals

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
326
COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
About 230 outgoing loans per year
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
About 150.000 accessions per year
Number of scientific visitors per year 
200
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Palaeontology: fossil amphibians and reptiles, mammals (focus insectivors), fossil insects (focus dragonflies), aquatic vertebrates, Cenozoic molluscs, Mesozoic ammonites and crustaceans,
Mesozoic and Cenozoic red algae (Corallinaceae), Palaeogene and Neogene phanerogams, plant physiology
Botany: cryptogams (mainly mosses), phanerogams
Zoology: mammals, birds, fish, molluscs, amphibians and reptiles
Entomology: Ephemeroptera, Diptera: Tachinidae, Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, Coleoptera:
Tenebrionidae, Lepidoptera: Bombycoidea, Geometridae, Sesiidae, Araneae: Salticidae
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

Events like: Open house day, summer festival, long night of the museums, concerts, Science pub.

Website: http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/veranstaltungen

Talks and excursions Webiste: http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/veranstaltungen 

Sponsorship for collection objects http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/patenschaften 

Newsletter http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/newsletter-en

Science blog http://smnstuttgart.com/

Citizen science: Floristic mapping of Baden-Württemberg http://www.flora.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/start_english.htm

Entomological Association http://www.entomologie-stuttgart.de/ 

Wildbienen-Kataster (registration of bees) http://www.wildbienen-kataster.de/

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

External Relationships: Tobias Wilhelm, phone: +49 711-8936-104, e-mail: tobias.wilhelm@smns-bw.de Press: Meike Rech, phone: +49 711-8936-107, e-mail: meike.rech@smns-bw.de

Visitors
Last year:  
229 000
Trends (past and future) 

Past: the average of the last 4 years is about 230.000

Website visitors
Last year  
460 000
Institution news
Career opportunities
Research updates
If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

Yes, in further education for ongoing teachers together with the State Seminar for Didactics and Teacher Training.

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

We are contributing with teaching to: University of Hohenheim: Master Modul Systematic, Taxonomy, Evolution; Master Modul Evolution of plants University Bonn: Modul Biodiversity of early terrestrial plants University Heidelberg: Biodiversity Modul C: Evolution of plants University Jena: Lecture Bony fish and Tetrapods University of Tübingen: Lecture Carbonates; Lecture Biomimetic Guided tours and seminars for different universities at the museum.

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

No.

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

Guided tours are highly diversified according to the different audience: for small children (<6 years), for different school levels, for families and adults.

Guided Tours for different audiences as children, schools, adults and families.
Projects for schools, holiday programmes, education and training courses for different audiences,
BioForum: http://www.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/aktuell/nachricht/eine-arbeitsgemeinsc...

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

Ulrich Schmid, phone: +49 711-8936- 263, e-amil: ulrich.schmid@smns-bw.de
Ursula Lauxmann, phone: +49 711-8936-127, e-mail: ursula.lauxmann@smns-bw.de
Christine Stier, phone: +49 711-8936-125, email: christine.stier@smns-bw.de

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

reconstructing palaeoenvironment

phylogenetic research

Integrative taxonomy, DNA-Barcoding

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

better integration of earth science collections and research into CETAF activities

collection management

Last update 
03.06.17