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300011 SE Collection Sciences and Research (2017S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Collection Sciences and Research is becoming popular in today's museal - scientific discourse. The agenda of this course will focus on various fields related to the overall theme.
The course will not only give a theoretical background on Compilation, Conservation and Storage of Scientific Specimens but will also focus on areas like the science-historical aspect of collections, modern collection management techniques (data management, data search and data storage, big data science - gene bank etc., ancientDNA and conservation biology issues), socio-cultural heritage, exhibition's management and archive management. As grounds for guided student research projects, the University's Zoological Collection harbours a comprehensive basis of objects for scientific analysis and examination.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German, English



The first Meeting takes places on the 22.03.2017 at 10:15 until 13:00 at the Seminar room of the Department for Theoretical Biology (UZA1, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien).
Additional questions may be send via email!
There are six obligate Group Meetings during the semester, and project work can be organised at free will.

1. Meeting: 22.03.2017 Petrasko: Collection Sciences - Definitions, Research Topics, General Interests of Students
2. Meeting: 29.03.2017 Nemeschkal: Taxidermy and Conservation, Collection History
3. Meeting: 26.04.2017 Petrasko: Student Projects, Big Data Sciences
4. Meeting: 03.05.2017 Petrasko: In the Collections of the NHM, Provenience research and ethics
5. Meeting: 17.05.2017 Petrasko: Collections Assessment, Outreach and Marketing Strategies (Guerilla Marketing)
6. Final Meeting: 14.06.2016 Nemeschkal, Petrasko: Student Project Presentations

Further Information and requests under zoological.collection@univie.ac.at
or following link http://tinyurl.com/h2y8elc.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Collection management, Data Search and Data Management, Exhibition and Archive Management, Fundraising and Public Awareness, Conservation Biology, Taxonomy, Interdisciplinary Research

Assessment and permitted materials

Personal Attendance, Contribution to discussion and Final Presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

General lectures will be given to broadly visualize the importance of Collection Sciences and the related topics. Project work is not in a single time block, and student's work schedule during the semester can be flexible. We aim to foster the capability of our participants to develop a broader understanding of modern infrastructure based research and elaborate scientific projects.

Reading list

Association in the course directory


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