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The SNSB

Welcome to the Bavarian Natural History Collections (Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns, SNSB).

The Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) are a research institution for natural history in Bavaria. They encompass five State Collections (zoology, botany, palaeontology and geology, mineralogy, anthropology and paleoanatomy), the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg and eight museums with public exhibitions in Munich, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Eichstätt and Nördlingen.

The SNSB research focuses on:

  • past and present bio- and geodiversity and the evolution of animals and plants
  • sustainable use of its collections as a research infrastructure
  • development of integrative and interdisciplinary research approaches within the framework of the collections expansion
  • reinforcement of innovative approaches and development of supporting methods in the field of bio- and geodiversity research
  • Main focus on the two research areas: alpine systems and change of biosphere

The SNSB employ more than 250 scientists, technical and administrative staff, including more than 30 permanently employed scientists, as well as a large number of students, doctoral candidates and postdocs. In addition to building up, maintaining and scientifically processing the collections. Collections and Museums also play an instrumental role in public and academic education in bio- and geosciences. The SNSB scientific collections comprise over 30 million individual objects.

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