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Education and academic teaching

Sound education of young academics and technical staff is a major concern of Senckenberg. Teaching has a long tradition in the SGN. With the “Senckenbergschule”, we offer a unique training in Germany for technical assistants in natural history museums and research institutes.
Since 2015 Senckenberg offers an international course in taxonomy and systematics. This two-week course is aimed at interested researchers who want to use modern approaches and methods of taxonomy and systematics in their professional context and / or their research, or who are generally interested in this branch of science.

Teaching in Master and Bachelor programs

More than 90 scholars from the SGN are active in teaching (survey period SoSe 2014 - WS 2015/2016); 59 are involved in undergraduate teaching (Bachelor's degree courses) and 80 in graduate courses (master's degree courses). They offer lectures and courses at 19 national and 7 international colleges and universities (Fig.1).

Courses by disciplines


Figure 1: Courses offered by SGN scientists at German universities and colleges (survey period SoSe 2014 - WS 2015/2016). In addition, Senckenberg scientists taught at the following foreign universities: University of Sherbrooke, Canada; University of Glasgow, Scotland; Université de Poitiers, France; University Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; National University of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Makere University Kibale, Uganda; El Colegio de la Frontera Sur Unidad Chetuma, Mexico











SGN scholars contribute significantly to various courses of study, mainly in the bio- and geosciences (Fig.2).

 Gaia Vince: sie hat ja insbesondere am Ende ihres Buches einige Visionen Mark Relative contributions of teachung activities per discipline

Figure 2: Relative contributions of teaching activities according to scientific discipline (survey period SoSe 2014 - WS 2015/2016). In total, courses were held in 15 different disciplines.

For example, lecturers from the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F) and the Senckenberg Research Institute and Nature Museum Frankfurt (SF) offer more than half of the modules of the Master's degree course "Ecology and Evolution" at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Scientists from Senckenberg am Meer (SAM) teach marine biodiversity at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. At the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, students of geosciences are trained in biogeology or archaeological science through lecturers from the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology (HEP).
An international MSc. program "Biodiversity and Collection Management" has been offered since 2014 by Senckenberg scholars at the International University of Applied Sciences in Zittau. This unique research-oriented master program combines knowledge about biodiversity and ecosystem knowledge with knowledge of collection management.
In WS 2016/2017, the Master's degree course "Ecosystem Services" will be offered at the TU Dresden / IHI Zittau for the first time, with the participation of Senckenberg scientists.

Supervision of thesis work

In the survey period, a total of 144 diploma, master and bachelor theses as well as some 190 doctoral theses were supervised, of which 81 (diploma, BSc, MSc) and 31 (PhD thesis) were completed in 2015.

Cooperative professorships

Senckenberg maintains intensive cooperations with several national universities, including 25 cooperative professorships (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, University of Bremen, TU Dresden, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, University of Duisburg-Essen and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena).
In addition there are 2 adjunct professors, 3 honorary professors and 2 junior professors as well as 10 habilitated scientists at Senckenberg.