Museum für Naturkunde (MfN)  

Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Germany



The Museum für Naturkunde (MfN) is as an independent foundation a member of the Leibniz Association, and remains affiliated with the Humboldt University Berlin. The research museum devotes itself to basic research and education in all fields of natural history focussing on biodiversity, evolution, and earth sciences. Facilities at the MfN comprise a variety of general and high-end laboratories (SEM, TEM, isotope analysis, 3D-CAD/visualization, etc.), a large scientific library (over 175,000 titles and 1,000 journals), and a recently upgraded ICT-infrastructure. It employs around 70 permanent scientific staff, houses collections with more than 30 million scientific specimens, and the museum exhibitions are seen by more than 500,000 visitors each year.


The MfN has considerable research experience and capacities in the areas of biodiversity discovery, recording, monitoring, assessment, and information management, as well as in providing policy advice and support. The MfN is involved in and taking up active roles in relevant national and international political processes, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), GBIF, DIVERSITAS, and IPBES.


  • Administration and management of the consortium, target oriented implementation of the project goals
  • Facilitating collaboration between the coordinator, the individual consortium members, and the EC scientific and administrative units; communication within the consortium
  • Integration of taxonomic backbone data
  • Analysis and modelling the status and trends of biodiversity
  • Support the overall EU BON strategy and policy links


WP 1 Data sources: requirements, gap analysis and data mobilization
WP 4 Link environment to biodiversity: analyses of patterns, processes and trends
WP 7 Implementation of GEO BON: strategies and solutions at European and global levels
WP 9 (Lead) Consortium management and organization


  • OpenUp!
  • GBIF-D
  • Fauna Europaea


Dr. Christoph Häuser

  • Coordinator of the EU BON Project
  • Leading the Office for International Cooperation and Project Coordination at the MfN Directorate
  • Research interests: applications of information technology to taxonomy, biodiversity characterization and assessment; systematic entomology (Lepidoptera), evolutionary biology

Dr. Anke Hoffmann 

  • Scientific coordinator for the EU BON project
  • Experienced in project management of several biodiversity projects
  • Research interests: Biodiversity of arid and rainforest ecosystems; Population ecology of small mammals

Dr. Katrin Vohland 

  • Working at the science- policy interface
  •  Involved in coordinating the national platform and forum for biodiversity research (NeFo)
  • Research interests: climate change and biodiversity, public engagement with science

Dr. Johannes Penner 

  • Scientific assistant (WP 3, WP 4 & WP 5)
  • Research interests: Africa, amphibians & reptiles, macro-ecology/biogeography
  • Freelance consultant; involved in IUCN Red List assessments

Dr. Florian Wetzel 

  • Senior Scientist of the EU project (WP 1. 2. 6  and 7)
  • Research interests: Biodiversity science, biogeography and macroecology. Modelling of ecological spatial patterns, particularly global change processes, based on Geographical Information Systems. Linking research to conservation, international policy and theory of science.



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20 APR 2017 - 21 APR 2017
GEO Data Providers Workshop

The GEO Data Providers workshop will take place from 20-21 April in Florence, Italy.

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8 MAY 2017 - 13 MAY 2017
2017 GEO Work Programme Symposium & 37th International Symposium of Remote Sensing (ISRSE)

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19 JUN 2017 - 21 JUN 2017
11th GEO European Project Workshop 2017

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