Universität Wien

300011 SE Collection Sciences and Research (2017W)

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



First Class 25.10.2017, 10:15-13:00, Ort: Seminarraum des Dept. für Theoretische Biologie,
Vortragender: Nemeschkal, Petrasko

Thema: General Issues and Formalities; Taxidermy and Conservation, Collection History

There will be around 6 general obligatory dates and further practical work with free scheduling.
Die Anmeldung für die Lehrveranstaltung ist noch per Email an maximilian.petrasko@univie.ac.at bis zum ersten Termin am 24.10.2017 möglich.

Nachfolgend die vorläufigen Gemeinschafts-Termine, die wir jeweils in der Zoologischen Sammlung bzw. im Seminarraum des Dept. für Theoretische Biologie zwischen 10:00 und 13:00 absolvieren. Die Projekte können sie außerhalb der Gemeinschafts-Termine in freier Zeiteinteilung mit größtmöglicher terminlicher Flexibilität durchführen.

1. Termin am 25.10.2017: Nemeschkal: Taxidermy and Conservation, Collection History

2. Termin am 08.11.2017: Petrasko: Collection Sciences - Definitions, Research Topics, General Interests of Students
3. Termin am 22.11.2017: Petrasko: Student Projects, Big Data Sciences
4. Termin am 06.12.2017: Petrasko: In the Collections of the ZooBot, Provenience research and ethics
5. Termin am 13.12.2017: Petrasko: Collections Assessment, Outreach and Marketing Strategies (Guerilla Marketing)
6. Termin am 17.01.2018: Nemeschkal, Petrasko: Student Project Presentations



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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