Citizen Science

Citizen science is the active public participation in scientific research: interested citizens work (scientifically) together with professional researchers.

Citizen science activities within the SNSB range from collecting observational data, plants, animals, fossils or minerals as well as participation in fossil excavations, to the scientifically based discovery and processing of animal and plant groups or fossils by so-called amateur scientists. A large number of publications on systematics or distribution of living and extinct animal, fungal or plant species are produced by people who do research in their spare time.

The cooperation with amateur scientists in research as well as the permanent preservation of private collections transferred by donation or purchase is a very important focus of the SNSB. Some outstanding projects are presented here.

Flora of Bavaria

Citizen Science

The “Flora of Bavaria” initiative aims to describe all of Bavaria’s more than 4.00 [...]

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Fossil excavations

Citizen Science , Research

Research excavation in the Plattenkalke of Brunn/Upper Palatinate In cooperation with the associatio [...]

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Image gallery for bees, wasps and other hymenoptera

Citizen Science

Wild bees and other biting insects are highly endangered and, like many other insects, strongly affe [...]

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Amateur experts in mineralogy

Citizen Science

Ore deposits of the Betic Cordillera Amateur experts support the Bavarian State Collection for Miner [...]

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Volunteers in paleontology

Citizen Science

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Geo- and biodiversity research, taxonomy (hi [...]

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Amateur experts in zoology

Citizen Science

Biodiversity research, taxonomy (especially in tropical countries) Many private collectors invest a [...]

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Preservation of private scientific collections

Citizen Science

Many amateurs build up highly professional private scientific collections over years or decades.

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Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg: Wild bee project

Citizen Science

To find out more about endangered wild bee species, scientists from the Bavarian State Collection fo [...]

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