New Center for Science Communication: Munich Science Communication Lab

We are delighted to share the great news that our proposal in partnership with LMU, Deutsches Museum and Helmholtz-Zentrum-München to establish the Munich Science Communication Lab with a thematic focus on Communicating Planetary Health has been funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, as one of only four new centres for science communication funded in Germany from 27 proposals.This will mean funding for the project of 4 million € over the next five years, with potential additional funding of 2 million € for the following three years.

Press Release (pdf)
Web-announcement from Volkswagen Stiftung (in German)

Special exhibition Molassic Park opens in the Botanical Garden

From July 2, 2021, you can travel millions of years back in time with this new special exhibition! Who would have guessed that 10 million years ago, four-meter-tall tusked elephants and saber-toothed cats roamed through a landscape of cinnamon trees and bald cypresses, and right on our doorstep? The Molassic Park exhibition invites you on an expedition into our Bavarian past - into the era of the Upper Freshwater Molasse. The project is a joint exhibition of the Museum Mensch und Natur and the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg in cooperation with BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern, the Bavarian State Collection for Paleontology and Geology and the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

[Learn more]


BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern becomes official supporter of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

BIOTOPIA is excited to announce joining the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). BIOTOPIA joins hundreds of other institutions that have responded to the call initiated by UNEP for the World Environment Day 2021. This year, this special day, which is celebrated every 5th of June, will officially launch the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Press release (PDF)

Online event on 07.06.2021: ESCAPING EXTINCTION - Agents of change for a better future: An evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Climate change, biodiversity loss, and global pollution are among the biggest human-made threats to our planet. To tackle these challenges and meet our responsibility to leave a habitable planet for future generations, we need to rethink and change our individual and collective behavior.

Our guest Dr. Jane Goodall states that “you cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Her powerful message “think global, act local” is one of the topics we want to explore in this BIOTOPIA event from the series ESCAPING EXTINCTION with speakers Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Dr. Nikolas Fricke and Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman.

[Find out more]

Register now

Online event on 31.05.2021: ESCAPING EXTINCTION - Learning from the Dawn Chorus: An evening with Dan Stowell, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and David Rothenberg

What can sound reveal about the precarious state of our ecosystems? How can we learn by listening to nature's songs? How are scientists and artists using art and new technologies to deepen our understanding of animal communication? Join us for this event, part of the BIOTOPIA series ESCAPING EXTINCTION, featuring musician and author David Rothenberg, artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and expert on animal sounds and artificial intelligence Dan Stowell. The discussion will be followed by an impromptu Dawn Chorus performance by David Rothenberg.

[Find out more]

Register now

Online event on 11.05.2021: ESCAPING EXTINCTION - Preventing the next Pandemic: An evening with Prof. Ulrike Protzer and Dr. Fabian Leendertz

BIOTOPIA continues its event series ESCAPING EXTINCTION | ÜBER:LEBEN with an exciting conversation on the animal origin of pandemics. For this event, we welcome Prof. Dr. Ulrike Protzer, Head of Virology at TUM and Helmholtz Zentrum München, as well as one of the world's leading zoonoses researchers, Dr. Fabian Leendertz. The event will be held in German, introduced by Dr. Auguste von Bayern and moderated by science communicator Dr. Dora Dzvonyar, Head of BIOTOPIA Lab & Events. & Events. [Find out more]

Register now

Online event on 15.04.2021: Escaping Extinction | ÜBER:LEBEN - The New Climate War: An Evening with Dr. Michael E. Mann and Luisa Neubauer

BIOTOPIA is delighted to start its event series ESCAPING EXTINCTION by bringing together renowned climatologist and author Dr. Michael E. Mann with climate activist and Fridays for Future co-organizer Luisa Neubauer for an exciting discussion about a battle plan to combat climate change and save our planet. [Find out more]

Register now

Online event on 23.02.2021: Fungi between science and art with Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer

We have another exciting online event planned for February 23. Scientist and artist Vera Meyer, Professor of Applied and Molecular Microbiology at TU Berlin and founder of the SciArt collective MY-CO-X, will talk with BIOTOPIA Founding Director Prof. Michael John Gorman about fungi as a material of the future and innovation at the interface of science and art. The event will be held in German.

Register now

Rewatch our online event from January 12th, 2021: An evening with Merlin Sheldrake

Rewatch our online event on Jan. 12th, 2021 at 7pm: They are neither plant nor animal, yet found everywhere: On the earth, in the air and in our bodies. Fungi influence life in all its expressions. Biologist and author Merlin Sheldrake spoke about his new book, Entangled Life, in connection with the exhibition “Fungi for Future” at the new BIOTOPIA Lab. Look forward to an interesting discussion with BIOTOPIA Founding Director Michael John Gorman.

Rewatch on Youtube

Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Botanisches Institut
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BIOTOPIA Lab: +49 (0)89 178 61-411

© BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern 2019

BIOTOPIA Newsletter