Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz-Institut für Biodiversität der Tiere
Name of the organization/project in English:
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity
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Zoological research museum
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The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is one of the largest natural-history-research museums in Germany. The museum has earned its reputation as a leader in the documentation, research, and interpretation of biodiversity. As the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, the ZFMK is an independent research institute. The Centre of Taxonomy and Evolutionary Research (ZTE) consists of ten custodies, from arachnids to mammals. It also hosts the scientific collections. Scientists of the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research (ZMB) work on divers aspects of molecular biodiversity research, bioinformatics, and curate the biobank. The Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring (ZBM) is under construction and will foster the scientific monitoring of species diversity and habitats in cooperation with the University of Bonn.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
The Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig (ZFMK) has a long tradition in conducting educational events and programmes for a wide audience of scientists, students, and layman. Besides academic courses and lectures for university students, the ZFMK also offers informal educational programs for children and young people, namely the (1) Museum School, where teachers give biology classes for school groups with a focus on discovering and learning and (2) the Taxonomy Workshops "Recognize, name, and understand nature". The latter programme aims at training children and young people between the ages of 10 and 14 to become species connoisseurs under the joint guidance of experts from regional natural history associations and ZFMK's museum pedagogy. Growing numbers of young people also participate in research projects as interns or volunteers.
In recent years, citizen scientists have been involved in various research projects, such as the Barcode of Life (GBOL) project, which aims at capturing the genetic diversity of animals, fungi and plants in Germany. Citizen scientists supported the completion of the genetic library of biodiversity by collecting specimens and providing identifications for a large variety of biological taxa. The ZFMK also plans to actively involve citizen scientists in the generation of new knowledge and innovative services in future projects on automated biodiversity monitoring.
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Experienced citizen scientists and amateur taxonomists were engaged in the Barcode of Life (GBOL) project. GBOL aims at capturing the genetic diversity of animals, fungi and plants in Germany, based on their DNA barcodes (= genetic fingerprint). The GBOL partners, such as natural history museums and other biodiversity research institutions, provide their professional taxonomic expertise and infrastructure (e.g. collections, databases, and laboratories) to collect, catalogue, describe, and sequence the species. Citizen scientist supported the completion of the genetic library of biodiversity by collecting specimens and providing identifications for a large variety of animal and plant taxa.
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