“We have made what felt impossible possible”

A moth caterpillar of the genus Pseudautomeris crawls on a leaf © David Schiittschwager


An eventful year is drawing to a close for the LIB. LIB Director General Prof. Dr Bernhard Misof looks back:

Dear readers,

Together we have achieved a great deal, sometimes surpassed ourselves and made the seemingly impossible possible.

Thanks to the end of the Corona pandemic, we were again able to welcome numerous visitors to the museums at both locations. Exhibition openings were somewhat subdued at first, but in the meantime visits to museum events seem to be more in people’s focus again. We say thank you to everyone who is interested in us and our work. We also thank you for the support you have given us in various forms.

The construction project in Bonn Poppelsdorf with a large research building is progressing. The overall completion is scheduled for the coming year. In close collaboration with various institutes, universities and other cooperation partners, the LIB has selected scientific topics and projects and taken them forward in various working groups. Projects have had great international exchange and the collections are growing. Last but not least, a new future home for the new Natural History Museum in the heart of Hamburg was found, Baufeld 51 in Hafencity.

We are very much looking forward to further collaborative work in the coming year. We hope that in 2023 we will again discuss exciting and highly topical issues with you in numerous forums and events on site and on the World Wide Web. And above all, we wish that this may be possible more light-heartedly than at the moment.

We wish you a blessed festive season and a happy new year.

Your Bernhard Misof with all the staff of the LIB


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