Towards A Global Knowledge and Collection Network of Research Museums
Research museums are stewards of global knowledge, biodiversity and heritage. Their tangible and intangible collections contribute to a worldwide infrastructure. This is used for research, teaching, social and scientific engagement, transcending cultural or geographical boundaries.
Research museums are an integral part of science and society. Their research addresses global challenges of our modern world that comprise a wide spectrum of disciplines, such as natural sciences, humanities, arts and applied sciences, and a wide range of methods. They conduct academic, collaborative and interdisciplinary research, develop collections and communicate knowledge in dialogue and co-creation with a wide and diverse public. Research in museums aims to preserve, document and develop our natural and cultural heritage as a source for knowledge and identity and as a global scientific and cultural infrastructure.
Research museums link science, humanities, cultures and society in a unique way, acting as conveners, mediators and innovators in supporting democracy, human rights and the global knowledge society. Their innovative communication, public programs and exhibitions reach large populations. At the same time, research museums are dynamic, they actively engage in continued self-reflection of their own actions and their cultural contexts.
To be able to fulfill these ambitious goals, we aim to develop a global knowledge and collection network of research museums and to strengthen border-crossing connectivity and collaboration. Such a diversity of world perspectives is an expression of our common responsibility of globalizing knowledge and heritage. We take our responsibilities seriously and commit to creating and maintaining inclusive, diverse and robust knowledge communities and infrastructures.
In the future the dialogue between science, humanities, cultures and society needs to be intensified in order to develop new innovative solutions for the challenges of the modern world, using cutting edge science and international digital infrastructures. We continue to be a driver of these developments in order to strengthen our institutions, extend our reach into science, cultures and society, honor our global responsibility to create a better future and support a sustainable development of mankind and our planet.