Innovation Network

Mediasphere Meetups

The combination of science and business offers great potential for creative knowledge transfer, art, culture and innovation. In exchange with other co-thinkers and pioneers from a wide range of industries, new ideas and joint projects are created. Therefore, the Mediasphere For Nature’s innovation network connects the Museum für Naturkunde with a constantly growing number of small and medium-sized companies, freelancers, associations and research groups from the creative, media and educational sectors. Since 2019, regular Mediasphere Meetups have been held at the museum, at which representatives from business, science and politics present innovations, provide insights into their work and introduce funding opportunities and ideas for product development. Open exchange and free networking are the cornerstones of our meetups. We will keep you informed about upcoming events on Twitter and on our blog.


Photos: Mediasphere Meetup 3.0 with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy; VR application in the experimental field (Photos: Dimitra Laina, MfN)
Photos: Mediasphere Meetup 3.0 with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy; VR application in the experimental field (Photos: Dimitra Laina, MfN)

External Events


Photos clockwise: Flora Fauna Future innovation workshop (Mina Gerngross), Biological Transformation - Learning from Nature for Technology and Business (Nadja Heinisch), SnailSnap on MS Science (Hwa Ja Götz, MfN), BVG Moth (Chiswick Chap; edited by Yun Kuo)
Photos clockwise: Flora Fauna Future innovation workshop (Mina Gerngross), Biological Transformation - Learning from Nature for Technology and Business (Nadja Heinisch), SnailSnap on MS Science (Hwa Ja Götz, MfN), BVG Moth (Chiswick Chap; edited by Yun Kuo)

Together with our cooperation partners, the Mediasphere For Nature team develops event formats which further educate and strengthen the network within the respective industry. In collaboration with the Fiction Forum of the Competence Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, the innovation workshop FLORA FAUNA FUTURE took place in October 2019. In March 2019, Jens Dobberthin headed the Artificial Intelligence (AI) station at the “Gestaltungsmaschine Innovationcamp” and, together with the participants, developed a moth whose mimicry mechanisms had adapted to the pattern of Berlin’s subway seats.

Further examples of affairs with museum-externals include the series of events on bionics and evolutionary management with our partners Evoco and Biokon as well as a training program of the Biomimicry Academy on Bioinspired Circular Innovation with presence units in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. In addition, the Mediasphere For Nature provided several media packages for the culture hackathon Coding da Vinci, which resulted in successful projects such as the splendid beetle poster by Michael Scheuerl, AI apps like SnailSnap or the VR application Skelex. The SnailSnap app toured through Germany and Austria in summer 2019 on the MS Wissenschaft and was presented in detail by the Mediasphere team at the Long Night of Science in Magdeburg.

Expert Consultancy


Photo: Ornithological collection curator Pascal Eckhoff advising Distant Relative on the digitization of a historical barn owl (Photo: Nadja Tata, MfN)
Photo: Ornithological collection curator Pascal Eckhoff advising Distant Relative on the digitization of a historical barn owl (Photo: Nadja Tata, MfN)

With scientific expertise and professional advice, product and service innovations can be specifically promoted. Scientifically sound content is a significant unique selling point that makes products and services stand out from the crowd. To benefit from the expertise of our institution’s employees, the Mediasphere For Nature also offers its cooperation partners networking opportunities with and exclusive access to our experts for consulting purposes.

How is the plumage of a barn owl structured? Can spider silk be used for textile production? How do poison dart frogs from the Amazon perceive their environment? What is the most effective digitization method for creating a 3D model from a swallowtail butterfly? How does stridulation work, with which grasshoppers produce their sounds? What do stromatolites tell us about the history of the earth? What were the goals of the first German deep-sea expedition on the Valdivia? The museum’s experts will advise you on questions concerning e.g. ornithology, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, on content from the archives of the historical division and, of course, digitization.

Communication

We regularly inform the members of our innovation network via our Twitter account, an email newsletter and blog posts on our website. If you would like to be included in our newsletter, e.g. with invitations to Mediasphere Meetups and information on current funding programs, please send us an email to mediasphere@mfn.berlin.