Press releases 2020

Tuesday, 22. December 2020

The time to act for nature has come - NHM Vienna calls on all world institutions to join the Global Coalition for Biodiversity

The world is facing the greatest threat since the beginning of mankind. This is not the current pandemic, but its cause, the global biodiversity crisis - triggered by massive human intervention in global material and energy flows and the destruction of habitats. The resulting species extinction is occurring at an unprecedented rate and is being accelerated by the same processes that cause climate change.
Thursday, 17. December 2020

Numerous amphipods discovered in the coral reefs southeast of Iceland

The Natural History Museum Vienna and the Center of Natural History (CeNak) at the University of Hamburg are jointly investigating cold-water reefs located south of Iceland and have found countless hardly explored amphipods. The results of the research, which species occur here and population genetic effects of past climatic changes, were recently published.
Monday, 07. December 2020

Tuesday, 01. December 2020

Bacteria feed on shark teeth A new study shows that bacteria in the deep sea also use teeth as a food source

Teeth are one of the most resistant organic materials in nature and can survive for millions of years. They are often the only evidence of extinct vertebrates providing a wealth of information about their dietary habits. A new study with the participation of Jürgen Kriwet from the University of Vienna now has found out that teeth of sharks were already an important food nutrition source for bacteria in the otherwise nutrient-poor deep sea more than 100 million years ago.
Tuesday, 01. December 2020

Thursday, 26. November 2020

Wednesday, 25. November 2020

Wednesday, 11. November 2020

Friday, 06. November 2020

Tuesday, 03. November 2020

Monday, 02. November 2020

European research team discovers new mineral in a moon meteorite

A European research team discovered a new high-pressure mineral called Donwilhelmsite [CaAl4Si2O11] in the lunar meteorite Oued Awlitis 001, which plays an important role in plate tectonic processes in the Earth's interior.
Thursday, 22. October 2020

Monday, 19. October 2020

Friday, 16. October 2020

Wednesday, 14. October 2020

Citizen Science supports Global Sustainability Goals: NHM Vienna promotes Citizen Science in the context of an international conference

On October 14 and 15, 2020, a conference on the significance of Citizen Science for global sustainability goals will be held in Berlin (D) as part of the German EU Council Presidency 2020. The Natural History Museum Vienna supports these goals as well as the important role of Citizen Science and is represented by Director General Dr. Katrin Vohland.
Friday, 09. October 2020

NHM Vienna digitizes 10,000 additional collection objects within the EU project Synthesys+

Among other things, the EU project "Synthesys+" promotes the digitization of scientific collections to support scientific research. The Natural History Museum Vienna is currently involved with three projects and records bats, carnations and peat mosses in databases.
Thursday, 01. October 2020

Landing of the Twannberg meteorite at the Natural History Museum Vienna

The Swiss Confederation presents a specimen of the Twannberg meteorite, found North of the Lake of Biel (canton of Bern, Switzerland), to the world-famous meteorite collection of the Natural History Museum Vienna. This donation takes place on the occasion of the official visit of the President of the Swiss Council of States, Mr. Hans Stöckli, to Austria.
Wednesday, 30. September 2020

Natural History Museum Vienna fully supports biodiversity: in the context of the Global Coalition for Biodiversity and the Austrian Biodiversity Strategy 2030

As part of the global campaign for biodiversity "United for #Biodiversity", considering the rapid loss of species and habitats, the Natural History Museum Vienna supports both the network of European collection-based research institutions and the further development and implementation of the Austrian Biodiversity Strategy 2030.
Friday, 25. September 2020

Austria - Brazil: Prosperous natural science since the early 19th century NHM Vienna welcomes Brazil's Science Minister to intensify research cooperation

„Anyone with a sense of the beauty of nature must feel an emotion when they step into a Brazilian jungle where a tree has never fallen by human force, where they are all still standing as they stood originally, like pillars supporting the high dome of the ever green temple of nature.”
Johann Christian Mikan in a letter in April 1818
Wednesday, 16. September 2020

Thursday, 10. September 2020

Monday, 31. August 2020

Tuesday, 18. August 2020

One of the world largest lunar meteorites now on display at the Natural History Museum Vienna

The lunar meteorite "Galb Inal" is now on display in the meteorite hall of the NHM Vienna, thanks to a testamentary donation. Weighing 2 kg, the meteorite is one of the largest pieces of the Moon in a public display worldwide.
Monday, 10. August 2020

PRESS RELEASE Naturkundemuseum Stuttgart and Natural History Museum Vienna

Some like it hot!
A new freshwater crustacean from the hottest place on earth.
Thursday, 06. August 2020

Hallstatt Science Fair 2020

On Saturday, 22nd and Sunday, 23rd of August 2020, from 10 am to 5 pm Natural History Museum Vienna and Salzwelten Hallstatt invite to Hallstatt Science Fair 2020.
 “Resources, crises and sustainability through the millennia” presents the research work at the NHM Vienna branch office in Hallstatt / Alte Schmiede.
Wednesday, 05. August 2020

138 million year old deep-sea sharks from Upper Austria revealed

A study lead by Iris Feichtinger and colleagues from the Natural History Museum Vienna and the University of Vienna revealed shark teeth that are 138 million years old.
Friday, 24. July 2020

Animal bones: Insights into the past

Archaeozoological research by the Natural History Museum Vienna investigates domestic animal economy and meat consumption habits of people in Eastern Alpine mining settlements at the boundary from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age (1300 – 450 BCE).
Thursday, 23. July 2020

A comet summer like it used to be – almost Comet “NEOWISE”, the “quarter-century phenomenon” can at present still be seen in the night sky

For the first time within almost 25 years, a bright and eye-catching comet is visible this summer to the naked eye. However, the increasing illumination of the night sky by artificial light makes nocturnal sky observation more and more difficult.
Tuesday, 14. July 2020

A new millipede species from Austria discovered in the collections of NHM Vienna

In a scientific collaboration between the University of Belgrade and NHM Vienna, two new species of the millipede genus Haasea were discovered and described for the first time for science. The new species from Austria, Haasea gruberi, was hidden in the museum collections whereas the second one, Haasea makarovi, was concealed in the dark of a Serbian cave.
Wednesday, 08. July 2020

Wednesday, 08. July 2020

WILD Michael Nichols, icon of nature photography

8. July 2020 – 4. October 2020
In the special exhibition rooms on the mezzanine level
Tuesday, 07. July 2020

Monday, 29. June 2020

Wednesday, 24. June 2020

The NHM Vienna – there’s change afoot

The construction site of DECK 50 (new venue for science communication) and the summer holiday programme in July and August 2020 will be presented to the media on Thursday, 02 July 2020, 10.30 a.m..
Wednesday, 03. June 2020

Neue Geschäftsführung im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien

Press release in German.
Thursday, 30. January 2020

Valentinstag im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien

Press release in German.
Thursday, 16. January 2020

Das Naturhistorische Museum Wien digitalisiert seine Sammlungen

Press release in German.