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Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

To understand the natural and anthropogenic dynamic of our planet and its living world and to shape it in view of a sustainable development requires an understanding of the biological and geological processes within the earth system. Concerning

  • the analysis of biodiversity, its continuous changes, and their role in the earth system,
  • satisfying the corresponding need for knowledge in science and society,
  • and the application and development of relevant, top-of-the-line research methods,

Senckenberg is among the world leaders. By applying and transferring our research results, and with our scientific collections as “archives of life,” we contribute to finding responsible solutions for global future challenges.

The diverse synergies of our institutions create added value for science and society. We consistently continue to develop both our research as well as our transfer and communication concepts. On this basis, as a dialog partner in societal, economic and political decision-making processes we make a fundamental contribution toward shaping a sustainable future for the earth-human system. We provide the biological and geoscientific basis for these processes, thereby creating an awareness of nature’s importance for mankind.

We study the breathtaking diversity and the fascinating interconnections in the inanimate and living nature of our planet to gain a deeper understanding of their functions and an awareness of their importance for humanity, allowing us to develop strategies for aiding the reconciliation of human society and nature.

The research objects gathered from the natural world are deposited in scientific archives and permanently preserved for future generations. These collections serve both as a research base and a valuable cultural heritage.

We communicate our findings to the scientific community as well as society in a variety of ways, e.g., in internationally visible publications, teaching at universities, in research networks, exhibitions in our museums, and in scientific lectures and conferences. We work to ensure that these results find their way into practical applications. Moreover, we are strongly committed to supporting scientific and technical training and advanced education.


  • Research Institute

Senckenberg Society for Nature Research
Telefon: +49 69 7542-0
Fax: +49 69 746238


Senckenberganlage 25
Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt
60325 Frankfurt am Main

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