Special Exhibition Opens in Freiberg: ‘Diversity counts!' – An Expedition Through Biodiversity

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The special exhibition ‘DIVERSITY COUNTS! – An Expedition Through Biodiversity’ from the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be on display from September 18, 2018 to January 27, 2019 in the terra mineralia mineral exhibition at Freiberg's Freudenstein Castle.

With its ten stations and over 50 interactive exhibits and media installations, the ‘DIVERSITY COUNTS!’ exhibition looks set to attract thousands of guests as it invites visitors to observe, participate in and experience its many treasures. The things we try out for ourselves are the things that truly make a lasting impression, and can help contribute to the urgently needed changes in our awareness and behavior as a society. For example, an animation of our planet’s ocean currents shows how plastic waste travels around the globe. In fact, plastics can now be detected at all levels of the food chain, with serious consequences for our ecosystem.

After stops in Bonn, Frankfurt, Vienna and other cities, the travelling exhibition is now drawing the crowds in Freiberg. “Climate change and Germany’s Energy Transition are important core social issues that Freiberg’s scientists are working on,” said Prof. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, at the opening ceremony. “We are therefore deeply conscious of the need to utilize the centuries-old scientific resources of our Mining Academy to meet the challenges of the 21st century head-on.”

Numerous accompanying events will also take place, including e.g. “Ask the Scientist” on the main topics “Reefs and Diversity” in October, “Biodiversity for Insects in the Tropics” in November, and “Deep-Sea Mining and its Consequences for Diversity” in December. Each exhibition will begin with a short introductory presentation. Depending on the topic, the scientist will show suitable specimens and samples or short films and photos in terra mineralia’s hands-on “Research Trip” laboratory. The participants are encouraged to touch the specimens and to view them by microscope as they take part in examining the samples.

There will also be accompanying school programs for the subjects of social studies and biology at the special exhibition. On October 3, the holiday program “Ibex, Cactus, Gecko – Who Lives Where?” will commence, and will examine the minerals in terms of the animals’ habitats.

For further information, please visit: http://www.terra-mineralia.de/ 

Contact person: Ms. Anna Dziwetzki (Manager, terra mineralia), Tel.: +49 (0)3731 / 394651

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