THE FÖRDERKREIS

The vacated building adjacent to the current Museum Mensch und Natur was the chance to start the ball rolling for a new kind of museum at the site of Nymphenburg Palace.

Initiated by S.K.H. Herzog Franz von Bayern at the suggestion of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA was established. In 2012, the non-profit organisation chaired by renowned ornithologist Dr. Auguste von Bayern took up its work: To demonstrate the support of society and create awareness in the relevant political, societal, academic and economic fields.

Numerous supporters from all fields are committed to the realisation of BIOTOPIA since then and advocate for BIOTOPIA as an interdisciplinary space to inform, experiment, explore and participate together with its visitors.
Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Prinzessin zur Lippe
Chairwoman of Förderkreises BIOTOPIA

  • "A large museum for the life sciences will in the medium term support the reduction of the serious shortage of talented professionals in science-oriented disciplines in Bavarian enterprises. The worldwide demand for solutions to problems that originate in the interaction of humans with nature is increasing continuously - key words: climate change, food, health, lack of resources, GM technology. Particularly the Bavarian industry already uses the business opportunities that reside in a sustainable solutions. The considerable possibilities for growth, however, are limited, because we are increasingly lacking professionals with training in the natural sciences. Young people frequently have reservations towards such discplines. A natural history museum which, like the small existing Museum Man and Nature, familiarizes children and teenagers with the subject matter in a vivid and congenial way, is eminently suitable to awaken interest for these promising professional fields. In this manner, BIOTOPIA will contribute to the growth and wealth in Bavaria."
    -PROF. RANDOLF RODENSTOCK
  • „I am committed to BIOTOPIA to bring the many fascinating exhibits to light, so they can be displayed in appealing surroundings for curious citizens, families and young people soon. In this way, the entire natural history becomes visible, audible and palpable - and does not only come to live virtually!"
    -MONIKA FREIFRAU VON PÖLNITZ V.U.ZU EGLOFFSTEIN
  • “Being a biologist and a dedicated behavioural scientist, nature, environment and species protection are near and dear to me. In my eyes, BIOTOPIA – a modern life sciences companion to the Deutsches Museum – presents an immense opportunity to familiarize the Bavarian (and European) population with nature and natural sciences and spark enthusiasm for these highly fascinating subjects. I personally consider children and adolescents to be particularly important. I hope BIOTOPIA ignites their natural curiosity and helps them view research as something enriching and exciting.”
    -DR. AUGUSTE VON BAYERN, PRINZESSIN ZUR LIPPE

THE BOARD

Dr. Auguste von Bayern,
Prinzessin zur Lippe
CHAIRWOMAN
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Prof. Randolf Rodenstock
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
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Ludwig Prinz von Bayern
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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Dr. Winfried Klöpper
Treasurer
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Monika Freifrau von Pölnitz-Egloffstein
BOARD MEMBER
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Ferdinand Prinz zur Lippe
BOARD MEMBER
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

PROF. DR. ECKHARD ALT
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD OF ISAR MEDIZIN ZENTRUM
LUDWIG PRINZ VON BAYERN
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FÖRDERKREIS
DR. OTMAR BERNHARD
STATE MINISTER RET., MP
DR. FLORIAN BIEBERBACH
CEO OF STADTWERKE MÜNCHEN
ANGELIKA DIEKMANN
SHAREHOLDER OF VERLAGSGRUPPE PASSAU, HEAD OF THE CULTURAL NEWS DEPARTMENT, NEUE PRESSE VERLAGS-GMBH
"The new natural history museum is a matter close to my heart that needs every possible support. The relevance of this project goes far beyond Bavaria, even Germany."
PROF. DR. HORST DOMDEY
MANAGING DIRECTOR, BIOM BIOTECH CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT GMBH
DR. BENEDIKT FRANKE
STRATEGY AGENT OF THE CSU GENERAL SECRETARY, HEAD OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS / CHIEF OF PROTOCOL OF THE MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE
PROF. DR. PETER GRUSS
FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE MAX-PLANCK-SOCIETY
PROF. DR. DR. H.C. WOLFGANG A. HERRMANN
PRESIDENT OF THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY MUNICH
PROF. DR. CLAUS HIPP
CEO HIPP BABYNAHRUNG
"Dealing thoughtfully with creation becomes more and more important. Especially in the light of sustainability, new knowledge has to gain currency. A natural history museum is the best way to raise the public's awareness for future tasks. If knowledge is imparted in an enjoyable way, it is absorbed with enthusiasm and creates conviction. Only people with conviction can authentically inspire others for their ideas. The natural history museum is the best way to do that."
ALEXANDRA HOLLAND
CEO MEDIENGRUPPE PRESSEDRUCK (AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE)
PROF. DR. RER. POL. BERND HUBER
PRESIDENT OF THE LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITY
"The concept of BIOTOPIA focuses on humans and their relationships to the environment. Using an abundance of outstanding exhibits, it will enable a new kind of access to the natural sciences, which shape our life and will decide our future. To find answers to the great challenges of our time, we need top level research as much as a space where treasures from natural history are made available to children, young people and adults and where their meaning is imparted convincingly. BIOTOPIA will be the ideal place for this: It will strengthen Munich and Bavaria as a centre of scientific excellence, encourage educational dialogue and inspire for science."
THOMAS KREUZER
STATE MINISTER RET., MP, CSU-PARTY LEADER IN THE BAVARIAN PARLIAMENT
"The new natural history museum arouses great expectations. I am also convinced that it will live up to the considerable achievements of the popular Museum Man and Nature. It is important to me that natural history fuels curiosity while being presented in a manner that is accessible for a large audience. The goal is to bring together the excellent exhibits of the Bavarian Natural History Collections in a logical and spatial context: This generates synergies and makes the current state of research clear. After all, science ensues from a dynamic process of gaining knowledge! Good luck to the new natural history museum and thank you to all its supporters."
MICHAEL KRUME
CEO OF MERCK FINCK & CO. PRIVATBANKIERS
DR. GOTTFRIED LANGENSTEIN
DIRECTOR OF 3SAT, ARTE, ZDF.KULTUR
TONI MEGGLE
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD OF MEGGLE AG
JULIA OETKER
SHAREHOLDER DR. AUGUST OETKER AG
JULIA FREIFRAU VON POSCHINGER-BRAY
DIRECTOR OF THE WENDEL INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR FAMILY ENTERPRISE AT INSEAD AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY PROJECT LEADER AT THE FBN INTERNATIONAL
"We need collective commitment to better understand our nature and to protect it for us and our future generations. BIOTOPIA will not only be a space for interactively studying humans and their environment but also a platform for communication between scientists, industry, citizens and politics. In our generation, the point is to develop new models which reconcile economic actions with nature. I think BIOTOPIA will make a significant contribution to this, because it will induce its visitors to better appreciate nature and our environment."
ISABELL REMUS
CEO SANDOZ PHARMACEUTICALS GMBH (NOVARTIS-GRUPPE) DEUTSCHLAND
BARBARA RIEPL
HONORARY HEAD OF MISSION OF THAILAND
DR. HELMUT SCHOLZ
FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE FRIENDS' ASSOCIATION OF THE MUSEUM MAN AND NATURE
ALEXANDER STÄRKER
ZEUNA STÄRKER GMBH & CO. KG
CHRISTINE STROBL
3RD MAYOR OF MUNICH
"The Bavarian Natural History museum will become a highly modern museum with a sophisticated pedagogical concept, a unique place for education and knowledge transfer for people no matter their age or origin. At the same time, it will be Bavaria's natural history memory and will thereby contribute to our cultural identity formation in the highest degree. This is why the future of the Bavarian natural history museum is so important and this is why we all have to contribute to its realisation."
DR. PETER-ALEXANDER WACKER
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD OF WACKER CHEMIE AG
"Window, world of experience, room for education, venue for encounters - the new natural history museum is not only the ideal place to make the origin and the various facets of our world come alive. It is eminently suitable to excite young people for professions in the natural sciences, thereby embracing an extracurricular educational mandate. The museum also builds bridges to the future. With this knowledge about the relations in nature, about us humans and the world we live in, we can better understand, answer and solve the questions of the future. No matter if they are about the preservation of our biodiversity, about energy supply or climate protection."


FOUNDING PATRONS

The founding patrons were inspired by the vision of BIOTOPIA early on and contributed essentially to the successful launch of the project.

  • Dr. Christoph-Friedrich von Braun, Andrea von Braun Stiftung

    Dr. Christoph-Friedrich von Braun

    Chairman of the Andrea von Braun Foundation, Business Consultant
    "The Andrea von Braun Foundation is dedicated to breaking down the boundaries between disciplines. Our basic principle is the mutual enrichment and fertilization of disciplines, which fosters the unexpected. In our opinion, BIOTOPIA accommodates this ideal in a special way. What happens in nature resonates with all areas of human existence and activity. Understanding these processes always requires knowledge of processes and phenomena beyond one's own field of activity. This knowledge needs forming and cultivating from a young age onwards. The Bavarian natural history museum can serve this objective invaluably."
  • Maria Thon, Geschäftsführerin der BayWa-Stiftung

    BAYWA FOUNDATION

    Maria Thon, CEO of BayWa Foundation
    "BIOTOPIA offers the precious opportunity to experience and discover knowledge about healthy eating and renewable energy. The support of educational projects in these areas is firmly established in the foundation's objectives. Children and adolescents especially need a place where they can experience for themselves how important it is to live in close communion with nature and thereby with healthy food. The BayWa Foundation gladly supports BIOTOPIA - to connect humans, knowledge and nature."
  • Rolf Becker, Wort und Bild Verlag

    ROLF BECKER †

    Founder of the Wort und Bild Publishing House
  • PROF. OTTO BEISHEIM

  • JOHANNES BURGES

    Owner of the companies "Hermes Arzneimittel" and "Hermes Pharma"
    "I gladly support the Bavarian natural history museum as a founding patron, in order that we can use this favourable occasion to realise this enterprise whose relevance is central to current cultural and educational policies."
  • Martin Schoeller, Desert Food Foundation

    MARTIN SCHOELLER

    Desert Food Foundation, CEO Schoeller Industries
    "It is our generation's task to rebalance the relationship between humans and earth. For that to happen, we need to become more aware of how the consequences of our activities correlate and of the enormous possibilities nature offers us. To this, BIOTOPIA provides fascinating insights for all age groups."
  • Claus Hipp

    PROF. CLAUS HIPP - FA. HIPP

    CEO Hipp Babynahrung
    "Dealing thoughtfully with creation becomes more and more important. Especially in the light of sustainability, new knowledge has to gain currency. A natural history museum is the best way to raise the public's awareness for future tasks. If knowledge is imparted in an enjoyable way, it is absorbed with enthusiasm and creates conviction. Only people with conviction can authentically inspire others for their ideas. The natural history museum is the best way to do that."
  • Dr. Dirk Ippen, Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag, Münchner Merkur

    DR. DIRK IPPEN

    Publisher Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
    "Now, after all, it was finally successfull to get a natural history museum for Bavaria off the ground, the architectural competition has been tendered, the Free State is behind the behind the project and the initiators, with Dr. Auguste von Bayern leading the way, have managed to take enough private donors and patrons on board. This museum is not only about the past, but also about current questions regarding the future of man in nature. "Technology imitates nature" the ancient Greeks said. By now, however, we live in a world in which technology surpasses and reconfigures nature in a great number of areas. It is therefore of particular importance to explore nature in a natural history museum, since nature itself changes continuously with the passage of time."
  • André und Rosalie Hoffmann

    Mava Fondation pour la Nature
  • Dr. Oetker

    JULIA OETKER

    Shareholder Dr. August Oetker AG
  • Elisbaeth zu Sayn-Wittgenstein

    ELISABETH ZU SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN

  • Carl Ludwig Schweisfurth, Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten

    Carl Ludwig Schweisfurth - FA. SCHWEISFURTH

    Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten
    "The Schweisfurth family (my wife Dorothee and my children Karl, Georg and Anne) has decided to become a founding patron of the Bavarian natural history museum. We are particularly interested in what the future of food will look like for humanity. The current agro-industrial system which we have established in the last 50 years, especially the animal-meat-egg-dairy system is not sustainable. If we go on like this, more and more people and more and more animals will strip the earth bare. The future of man in nature needs to be accessible for children especially, in a way that helps them understand the consequences of our diet on ourselves and nature. For that reason, we must develop new ways to communicate knowledge. Facilities where children can experience knowledge and nature hands-on would be desirable. We are willing to contribute the methods we have developed in Hermannsdorf for a mindful and symbiotic land use regarding coexistence of soil, water, plants, animals and humans, for mutual benefit and wellbeing."
  • DR. CHRISTOPH SCHWINGENSTEIN

GET IN TOUCH WITH THE FÖRDERKREIS
Address
Förderkreis BIOTOPIA –
Naturkundemuseum Bayern e.V.
Maria-Ward-Str. 1a
80638 Munich
Germany

OFFICE
Anette Meister
Managing Director

PHONE: +49 (0) 89 122 960 20
MOBILE: +49 (0) 176 81 43 84 63
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IBAN: DE39 7002 0500 0009 8553 00
BIC: BFSWDE33MUE
Bank: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
FURTHER ADVOCATES OF FÖRDERKREIS BIOTOPIA
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  • Kammeroper München
  • Maria-Ward-Grundschule
  • Munichx
  • Museum Mensch und Natur
  • muenchen querbeet
  • Serviceplan
  • SLB Kloepper Rechtsanwälte
  • SNSB
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