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Berlin supports science collections

The German federal government is to provide €7.5 million to help universities preserve and present their scientific collections.

On 11 May the German research ministry announced its intention to fund the 80 universities in Germany that are home to the country’s 800-odd collections of scientific specimens, manuscripts and samples. According to education and research minister Johanna Wanka, the collections represent an important part of Germany’s cultural identity and scientific history.

“Their value comes from the scientific study of these collections,” Wanka said. “Many research questions can only be developed based on these special samples, and answered only by working with them.”

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