BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern is a flagship project that benefits all of Bavaria. The concept is not limited to the Nymphenburg site, but will bring together museums, educational and research institutions throughout Bavaria. The aim is to create a network that promotes educational activities in the life sciences, earth and environmental sciences with innovative approaches in all regions of Bavaria - the idea of networking is thus an integral part of the project.

These people and institutions were our guests
  • Rasem Baban, Tierpark Hellabrunn
  • Christiane Baumann, LBV-Umweltstation Straubing
  • Christian Binder, Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald
  • Martin Blösl, Umweltstation Benediktbeuern
  • Ralf Braun-Reichert, Haus am Strom
  • Ulrich Brendel, Nationalparkzentrum Haus der Berge
  • Konrad Bucher, Ökologisches Bildungszentrum München
  • Robert Darga, Südostbayerisches Naturkunde- und Mammut-Museum
  • Eva Gebauer, Bionicum im Tiergarten Nürnberg
  • Lisa Graskamp, Naturerlebniszentrum Rhön
  • Andreas Güthler, BUND Naturschutz Naturerlebniszentrum Allgäu AlpSeeHaus
  • Frank Holzförster, GEO-Zentrum an der KTB e.V.
  • Martin Höpfner, Naturwissenschaftliches Museum Aschaffenburg
  • Christina Ifrim, Jura-Museum Eichstätt
  • Eva Kneißl, Jugendfarm Erlangen
  • Thomas Lipp, Zoo Augsburg
  • Andreas Puhr, Museum Wald und Umwelt
  • Carsten Ritzau, Naturkundemuseum Coburg
  • Michael Rummel, Naturmuseum Augsburg
  • Markus Schmidberger, LBV-Zentrum Mensch und Natur
  • Lina Seybold, RiesKraterMuseum Nördlingen
  • Katrin Simon, Botanischer Garten der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Tanja Stegemann, Naturkundemuseum Ostbayern
Participants from BIOTOPIA and the Museum Mensch und Natur
  • Michael Apel, Leiter Museum Mensch und Natur & Stv. Direktor BIOTOPIA
  • Anastasia Czerny, Leitung BIOTOPIA Förderkreis
  • Dora Dzvonyar, Leitung BIOTOPIA Digital & Mobil
  • Michael John Gorman, Gründungsdirektor BIOTOPIA
  • Caroline Illinger, Ausstellungskuratorin Museum Mensch und Natur/BIOTOPIA
  • Leonie Liebich, Kommunikationsmanagerin BIOTOPIA

Nature education network

Kick-off meeting of the future Bavaria-wide network on October 26, 2021

On October 26, 2021, a meeting of natural history and environmental education institutions from all administrative districts of Bavaria took place in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Natural history museums, botanical gardens, national park centers, animal parks, environmental stations as well as environmental education centers of different types, sizes and sponsors were represented. The goal of the meeting was to inform about our upcoming Bavaria-wide cooperation network and to understand the interests and needs of the individual institutions with regard to the network.
With BIOTOPIA, this network will be strengthened and extended further. This includes joint communication and advertising activities as well as cooperation projects bringing together educational institutions and research facilities.
Another central aspect of the future network is the integration of additional partners. Each member will be developed as a destination with its own unique themes, making Bavaria’s groundbreaking research and stunning natural history come alive.

Educational and research institutions have a special status. Ecological education centers, environmental stations, national park centers, zoos and botanical gardens play an important role. The education network also cooperates with the SNSB - Naturkundenetz Bayern. In addition, the network offers itself as a contact and cooperation partner to schools, adult education centers, universities, non-university research institutes and state institutions, but also private initiatives, associations and clubs.

This Bavaria-wide network has one common concern: To arouse enthusiasm for the biosciences, environmental sciences and geosciences and to promote awareness for issues of environmental protection, nature conservation and sustainability.

New methods, excursions, trainings
Bavaria’s 6.138 schools will benefit from the network as well: This includes teaching materials, courses for teachers, or even the joint development of new ways of teaching and learning about natural sciences.

There will further be offers for schools which encourage visits to the Bavarian museums, the many environmental centres as well as visits to Munich.
Collaboration and Public Outreach
BIOTOPIA and the network will provide academic partners, including the Bavarian Natural History Collections and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, with a platform to present current research to the public. Cooperations for research projects and applications are equally possible.

Beyond that, the network serves as contact for communicating research in the sense of public outreach.

Together, the Nymphenburg Palace, the Palace Gardens, the Botanical Gardens and BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern will provide a unique gateway to an integrated natural-cultural experience in one place. These institutions will develop a connected Nature-Culture-Quarter that will have lasting benefits for visitors – the area will thus help to create a “museum without walls”, where the museum visit can be combined with active experiences and observations in natural surroundings.

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