Evolution of organisms and ecosystems

Understanding nature

The State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart is the successor of the 1791 founded Naturaliensammlung. The Naturaliensammlung itself goes back to the 1600 founded ducal cabinet of curiosities. Thanks to the foresightful collection development, the SMNS refers to one of the most meaningful collections in Europe. These precious archives of biodiversity provide the basis for the biosystematic research and are the prerequisite for various exhibitions. Through both aspects—research and presentation—the collections continually grow even today. The link between scientific study and widespread knowledge transfer is our hallmark.

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Research programm

General research domains

The research domains operate under the topic of “Evolution of organisms and ecosystems” and are bundled in six research programs.

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Current research

The research profile of the museum gets strengthened by medium-term defined and interconnected cross-cutting issues that help in building a network between labs and research programs.

Read more about the current cross-cutting issues.



Research departments