A high-profile group of German scientists visited the Museum of Natural History last 17 January 2016 as part of their special tour arranged by Ateneo de Manila University.

Those among the delegation were Dr. Johannes Vogel, Director General of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin; his Deputy Director General, Dr. Christoph Häuser and Dr. Thomas von Rintelen, Curator for Mollusca.

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is one of the most significant research institutions worldwide in biological and geo-scientific evolution research and biodiversity and comprise more than 30 million items relating to zoology, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy.

Dr. Michael Balke, Curator for Coleoptera, represented the Zoological State Collections Munich, one of the largest natural history collections in the world with over 25 million zoological objects.

Dr. Prof. Ludger Wessjohann, Executive Director of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle was also part of the group. The institute carries out basic and applied plant research on model, cultivated and wild plants using interdisciplinary approaches.

Last, but not the least, Dr. Jörg Overmann, Administrative and Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures was in attendance. The DSMZ is a global partner for research and industry for decades and one of the largest biological resource centres and has the most diverse collection worldwide.

The above centers are affiliated with the Leibniz Association, an extensive network of non-university non-profit research centers in Germany.

The delegation was accompanied by Drs. Hendrik Freitag and Neil Tan Gana of Ateneo de Manila University' Department of Biology and their tour was facilitated by Florante Cruz, extension specialist at the Museum. MNH Director Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Curator for Geometrids and Spiders Dr. Aimme Lynn Dupo and Research Associate Jeremy Carlo Naredo met with the delegation and extensively discussed possible future collaborative museum work.


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