Science and Society
As a Leibniz institute, Senckenberg is obligated to pursue the Leibniz mission Theoria cum praxi and “examines the role of biodiversity in the Earth system dynamics – in the service of science and society.”
In the “Science & Society” program, Senckenberg provides knowledge, services, and products based on research and the collections that are relevant for society. Senckenberg meets societal actors from outside the sciences on an equal footing, takes up society’s need for knowledge and questions and integrates these in the research program to the extent that this is sensible and practical. The “Science & Society” program is divided into five sectors: Public Relations, Museums, Citizen Engagement, Consultation, and Knowledge and technology transfer.
The overarching goals of the “Science & Society” program include to further develop and expand the mediation between science and society. On the one hand, this enables us to improve the transfer of knowledge to society and to provide society with relevant services and products; on the other hand, Senckenberg can take up society’s need for knowledge and reflect it in its research program, if this is sensible and practical.