NHM Vienna pays visits to schools

Around 60 researchers work at the NHM Vienna. They investigate the museum's collection items and explore important issues relating to earth sciences, biological sciences and humanities - and they are happy to pass on their experience and knowledge.


Would you like an NHM Vienna researcher to visit your classroom?
Use the online form of the "Young Science Ambassadors" initiative to let us know that you are interested and make an appointment. Our researchers are happy for your students to ask as many questions as they want!
 

These are our Young Science Ambassadors:

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A graduate of biology and philosophy, Frank Zachos is in charge of the mammal collection of the NHM Vienna.
His research focuses on biodiversity and evolution. He is happy to share information about his career and everyday life as a researcher and about his experiences on research trips with children from 6 to 18.  Older children will be interested to hear in greater detail about his research projects and current issues of nature conservation, biodiversity and evolutionary biology.
Language for classroom-visits: German & English


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The biologist Christoph Hörweg is the curator of the museum's spider collection. In addition to arachnids, he also works with parasites. He can bring objects from his collection to school, introduce pupils of all ages to this fascinating, albeit not very popular, group of animals and tell them why scientific collections are important for research. He particularly likes to share information on the spider(s) of the year, on pseudo-scorpions, but also on parasites (especially flukes) and poisonous animals in general. Language for classroom-visits: German & English



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Alexander Lukeneder studied earth sciences and palaeontology. He is the curator of the Mesozoic collection (251-66 million years), which also makes him an expert on dinosaurs. He can explain to pupils of all school levels how he reconstructs climatic and environmental conditions of past geological ages by means of fossils and what effects the climate has had on the evolution of life. He also likes to bring fossils such as ammonites, snails or dinosaur teeth and dinosaur claws when he visits schools.
Language for classroom-visits: German
Fully booked for 2019!



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Herbert Zettel is a biologist and his work focuses on insects. In the museum he manages the collection of bugs, cicadas and aphids. In the classroom he will talk about his research projects and trips as well as the discovery of new species. Incidentally, a bright flower meadow in Vienna can deliver results just as exciting as the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia.

Language for classroom-visits: German



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A graduate of pre-history and early history, Karina Grömer works on several international research projects involving textiles in the Prehistory Department. She can show pupils of all school levels what people wore from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages; she also stages fashion shows with children and uses methods of experimental archaeology to illustrate the history of textile manufacturing techniques. Her research focuses on prehistoric salt mines - one in Hallstatt (Austria) and one in Chehrabad (Iran). One of her favourite topics, which she also likes to discuss with the students, is the role of clothing as a symbol of prestige and status - in the past and today. Language for classroom-visits: German & English

  
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