Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research
The Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research (SGN) was founded in 1817 by local citizens in Frankfurt with the name Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft, which translates to the Senckenberg Natural Science Society. In regard to biology, the museum is one of the most important natural history museums in all of Europe, as well as one of the biggest. The SGN sponsors seven research institutes and three natural history museums. The museums are located in Frankfurt, Görlitz, and Dresden.
According to its tradition, the societies’ primary purpose is to conduct biological and natural research, and to make this accessible to everyone through publication, education, and its museums. Today, its purpose is more important than ever, due to a global increase in both interest and curiosity which leaves many biological questions to be answered, such as those regarding climate change and the conservation of our planet.