Senckenberg Research

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The Senckenberg Nature Research Society (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and has facilities in the federal states of Hesse, Thuringia, Saxony, Brandenburg, Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The SGN comprises 6 institutes and 3 museums, which form a research network together with the parent house in Frankfurt am Main. The Senckenberg German Entomology Institute (SDEI) in Müncheberg was founded in 1886 as a "national museum" with a focus on systematics and taxonomy. It became a part of the SGN in 2009. The insect collection of the institute is amongst the most important in Europe, with about 3 million dry specimens and 5 million specimens in alcohol of 190,000 species as well as type specimens of 22,000 species. These collections are also of relevance in the study of infectious diseases and parasitism, because through them may be gained a detailed overview of the species composition and distribution of potential vectors in specific regions.

The Biodiversity and Clime Research Centre (BiK-F) is a research establishment run jointly by the SGN and the Goethe-University (GU), that since 2008 has been funded within the framework of the Hessischen Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-Ökonomischer Exzellenz (LOEWE). Depending on the animal group and geographic region concerned, the present level of knowledge on global diversity of medically relevant organisms is very different. The core themes pursued by BiK-F scientists of the project group Medical Biodiversity and Parasitology (Director: Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel), are highly diverse. They range from identification and description of new and newly important pathogens, vectors and reservoir hosts, through clarification of their present distribution, to  study of the phenotypic and genetic evolution of their dispersal ability and climatic tolerance as well as experimental and field-study based clarification of pathogenicity and capability of vectors. The results will then be used to model future ranges of distribution and risks in global and regional climate models. To this end, a broad spectrum of disciplines and methods will be combined, from morphological and molecular-genetic based taxonomy, through proteome, transcriptome and genome analyses, to complex phylogeographical analyses and niche modelling. The applied and pure research of BiK-F thus makes available poltically and medically relevant information on aspects of prevention, control, diagnosis and therapy of diseases, parasites and other pathogens that are caused or transmitted by animals, and contributes to the adjustment of preventive medicine to climate change.

The BiK-F and SDEI of the SGN have particularly in the last few years, as a result of projects and in cooperation with other institutions, gained special experience of nematocerous vectors. An important project dealt with the occurrence, distribution and mode of operation of biting midges (Ceratopogonidae) as vectors of the bluetongue virus. Especially at the SDEI, a unique competence is available for taxonomic and bionomic evaluation particularly of Diptera. Well prepared and modern collections of insect specimens as well as associated data are available.

Your contact for the SAW-project of the  Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F) the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and the Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main are:


Sven Klimpel


Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel

Head of department medical biodiversity and parasitology

Tel: +49 69 7542-1895
Raum: 4.04

Christian Melaun


Dr. Christian Melaun


Tel: +49 69 7542-1817
Raum: 2.36



Antje Werblow (M.Sc.)

ph.d student

Tel: +49 69 7542-1856
Raum: 2.30



Georg-Voigt-Str. 14
60325 Frankfurt am Main




Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main




Contact SDEI Müncheberg


Dr. Andreas Taeger

Scientist, Curator Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera


      Tel: +49 33432 73698-3724


Dipl. Biol. Arne Köhler

scientist Diptera


      Tel: +49 33432 73698-3736


Andrew Liston

Preparator Hymenoptera


      Tel: +49 33432 73698-3734



Deutsches Entomologisches Institut
Eberswalder Straße 90
15374 Müncheberg


contact Senckenberg Gelnhausen


Prof. Dr. Peter Haase

Head of senckenberg Gelnhausen


Tel: +49 6051 61954-3114
Clamecystraße 12
63571 Gelnhausen


Dr. Stefan Stoll



Tel: +49 6051 61954-3123
Clamecystraße 12
63571 Gelnhausen


Irene Rademacher



Tel: +49 69 7542-1209
Senckenberanlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main


contact Senckenberg Dresden


Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz

groupleader Phylogeography
Haed, museum of zoology


Tel: +49 351 795841-4326
Königsbrücker Landstr. 159
01109 Dresden




Dipl. Biol. Andreas Weck-Heimann

head of department Evertebrata


Tel: +49 351 795841-4340
Königsbrücker Landstr. 159
01109 Dresden

contact senckenberg Görlitz


Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander

Director, department chief and Head of Section


Tel: +49 3581 4760-5100
Seckenberg Museum für Naturkunde
Section Plathelminthes
Postfach 300154
02806 Görlitz


Dr. David j. Russell

Head Curator section Mesofauna



Tel: +49 3581 4760-5502
Seckenberg Museum für Naturkunde
Section Mesofauna
Postfach 300154
02806 Görlitz


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