Press releases 2024

Thursday, 18. July 2024

Tuesday, 16. July 2024

Thursday, 11. July 2024

Tuesday, 18. June 2024

“The Thin Skin of the Earth - Our Soils”

Press conference on the new exhibition

“The Thin Skin of the Earth - Our Soils”

Tuesday, 18 June 2024, at 10.30 a.m. in the lecture hall and in room 21 of the NHM Vienna

Tuesday, 04. June 2024

Thursday, 23. May 2024

Tuesday, 21. May 2024

Tuesday, 21. May 2024

On the trail of global climate change - volcanism as a driver of the climate in the “Carnic crisis”

New research on the so-called ‘Carnian Crisis’ by a team led by Alexander Lukeneder, palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum Vienna, reveals astonishing developments surrounding global climate change during the Triassic period. Extensive geochemical and geophysical data decipher one of the greatest environmental catastrophes in Earth's history, the ‘Carnian Crisis’. Climate change 233 million years ago led to a global mass extinction in the seas of the Mesozoic era. The exciting results have now been published for the first time (Scientific Reports).
Tuesday, 07. May 2024

Thursday, 18. April 2024

ABOL - Austrian Barcode of Life: a mission for biodiversity in Austria

ABOL, Austrian Barcode of Life, is the name of an Austria-wide initiative that has been dedicated to documenting the estimated 75,000 species of animals, plants and fungi living in Austria for 10 years.
Tuesday, 16. April 2024

Thursday, 04. April 2024

Tuesday, 02. April 2024

Tuesday, 02. April 2024

Citizen Science Day at the Natural History Museum

On Citizen Science Day, Saturday, 6 April 2024, all interested parties are cordially invited to get to know and try out Citizen Science from 10 am to 5 pm. How does Citizen Science work and where can you participate in research? On this day, you can find out at first hand how diverse the opportunities are to participate in scientific work, even as a layperson.
Wednesday, 27. March 2024

Book presentation: "Insect whispers. About the hidden life on six legs" by Dominique Zimmermann

Did you know that there are slave-holding ants and that termites build their nests with air conditioning and grow fungi in them? That insects migrate south for the winter and produce extremely potent and painful poison?
These and many other incredible facts can be found in Dominique Zimmermann's new book "Insect whispers. About the hidden life on six legs", published by Leykam Verlag.

Thursday, 21. March 2024

“Fire and Ice - Climate Extremes throughout Earth’s History”

A new special exhibition by the Natural History Museum Vienna at the Lower Austria’s Fossil World
Thursday, 14. March 2024

BMKÖS/Mayer: "Kulturpool" online portal makes Austria's cultural heritage accessible

Andrea Mayer, State Secretary for Art and Culture: "Window into a large, fascinating and exciting virtual world of art and culture, but also of science."
Thursday, 07. March 2024

A century of slumber: NHM insect researcher rediscovers a neuroptera species after 100 years

The brightly coloured green lacewing is likely a common sight to anyone who frequently spends time in the garden or the great outdoors. Their larvae are aphids’ greatest nemesis. Less well known is the graceful antlion lacewing, a member of the neuroptera insect group whose larvae are called simply antlions. When hunting they build sand traps where they hide and wait to throw sand at prey when it approaches. There are around 5,500 of these species worldwide and around 120 in Central Europe.
Tuesday, 05. March 2024

Film premiere "Archive of the future"

On 15 March, a new documentary by Joerg Burger about the Natural History Museum Vienna will be released in Austrian cinemas:
AT I 2023 I 92 minutes
Monday, 26. February 2024

Natural History Museum Vienna on World Polar Bear Day 27 February

To mark World Polar Bear Day (or International Polar Bear Day) on 27 February, the Natural History Museum Vienna would once again like to draw public attention to these animals’ dwindling habitat and the threat posed to them by climate change.
Tuesday, 13. February 2024

Tuesday, 06. February 2024

Austria’s Oldest Colour

Pigments in fossil snail shells from Austria dating back 12 million years are the oldest known preserved dyes from the polyene group, as scientists from the Natural History Museum Vienna and the University of Göttingen have now demonstrated.
Friday, 02. February 2024

Invitation to the Press Conference and Presentation of the Coin Series “White Gold from the Salzkammergut”

The Austrian Mint is dedicating a new coin series to “White Gold from the Salzkammergut” and we invite you to a press conference given by Münze Österreich AG and the Natural History Museum (NHM) Vienna on 13 February 2024 at 10:30 am in the Hallstatt Hall of the NHM Vienna. The images on the exhibited series of coins are also dedicated to Hallstatt’s rich archaeological heritage.
Tuesday, 30. January 2024

Hallstatt: Far-reaching trade networks during the first millennium BC. Scientific analyses show that copper was brought to Hallstatt from Salzburg and the Southern Alps

As part of a two-year EU-funded project, archaeometallurgist Mathias Mehofer from the University of Vienna, together with colleagues from the Natural History Museum Vienna, was able to systematically research the Iron Age metal trade in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria and the Eastern Alps for the first time. The scientific analyses show that copper was not only brought to Hallstatt from Salzburg, but also from the Southern Alps, where it was made into jewellery, weapons and tools.
Wednesday, 24. January 2024

Syphilis-Like Diseases Already Prevalent in the Americas before the Arrival of Columbus

Researchers from the Universities of Basel, Zurich and Sao Paulo and the NHM Vienna have discovered the genetic material belonging to the pathogen Treponema pallidum in the bones of people who died in Brazil 2,000 years ago. This is the oldest confirmed discovery of the pathogen to date and proves that people were dying from syphilis-like diseases, so-called treponematoses, long before Columbus sailed to the Americas. The new findings, published in the scientific journal Nature, call into question previous theories on the spread of syphilis by the Spanish conquistadors.
Monday, 22. January 2024

Unexpected findings: prehistoric megalodon shark differed from great white shark in body shape and lifestyle

Palaeontological research team furnishes new and better insights into the biology of one of the largest marine carnivores ever to have existed.
Scientists from the University of Vienna and the Natural History Museum Vienna are members of an international research team that is currently making waves in the expert community: the team was able to demonstrate that – contrary to previous assumptions – the iconic megalodon shark (Otodus megalodon) was markedly more slender than a white shark and also had a different lifestyle. The researchers' findings have now been published in the Palaeontologia Electronica journal.
Thursday, 18. January 2024

New Year’s reception including film presentation Archiv der Zukunft by Joerg Burger and 2024 Outlook by Katrin Vohland

The Natural History Museum Vienna and Stadtkino Filmverleih are pleased to extend an invitation to the press screening of the new film
AT I 2023 I 92 minutes
on Thursday, 18 January 2024, at 12:30 pm in the Stadtkino
2024 Outlook presented by CEO Dr. Katrin Vohland
Monday, 15. January 2024

Genetic monitoring in times of climate change

Genetic diversity is crucial if species are to adapt to climate change. An international study co-conducted by the Natural History Museum Vienna shows that current efforts to monitor genetic diversity in Europe are incomplete and insufficient. Researchers particularly focused on those regions that will be especially relevant for adaptation to increasing heat and aridity.