Scientific Associations

In the university cities of 19th century Austro-Hungarian empire, numerous associations were formed with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge. The Friends of the Sciences Association was founded in 1847. Under the directorship of Eduard Suess, the ‘Association for the Dissemination of Scientific Knowledge’ was founded in Vienna in 1861.  It is still active. The Science Club was founded in 1876, when Ferdinand von Hochstetter was superintendent of the museum. The non-profit association ‘Friends of the Natural History Museum’ was founded in 1923 with the aim of supporting both research and curation. Today, many employees of the Natural History Museum are active as members of scientific bodies and associations. One of the aims of such activity is to communicate current research findings to a wider public. This can be done by means of lectures, symposia, publications, excursions and the fostering of both national and international contacts.


Freunde des Naturhistorischen Museums / Friends of the NHM

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Anthropologische Gesellschaft in Wien / Anthropological Society in Vienna

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Österreichische Gesellschaft für Herpetologie (ÖGH) / Austrian Herpetological Society

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Österreichische mineralogische Gesellschaft (ÖMG) / Austrian Mineralogical Society

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birdLife Österreich - Gesellschaft für Vogelkunde / birdLife austria - Austrian Ornithological Society

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Der Wiener Coleopterologen Verein (WCV) / The Vienna coleopterist society

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Mollusks Research Austria

The association "Mollusks Research Austria" (MoFA) aims to promote the flow of information between working groups, institutions and people who are scientifically interested in molluscs. A special concern of ours is to make work by Austrian researchers in the field of malacology visible. MoFA sees itself as a hub for teaching, coordinating and promoting scientific studies and projects, both nationally and internationally. Our website and its links make activities known, facilitate networking and facilitate project planning. It is also important for us to interest the public in malacology.

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NOBIS (Network of Biological Systematics) Austria

NOBIS Austria is a network for scientists working in the broad field of biological systematics – on evolutionary research, phylogenetics, and taxonomy. The network advances interdisciplinary collaboration and communication between scientists specializing in any extant or fossil group of organisms. The core objective of NOBIS Austria is to promote biosystematics as the foundation for numerous theoretical and applied biological disciplines. The society's annual meetings foster interdisciplinary exchange between scientists in Austria. Biological systematics research is further supported by thematic workshops organized by the society as well as by the NOBIS Awards and the NOBIS Grants, which aim to support the next generation of biosystematists. NOBIS Austria collaborates internationally with other biosystematic associations within BioSyst.EU, the European umbrella organization for biological systematics.

Austrian Entomologists’ Association (AÖE)

The Austrian Entomologists’ Association (AÖE) aims to expand our knowledge about insects, to research their importance for nature and human society, and to promote the exchange of information and experiences. The non-profit association was founded in 1949. In addition to numerous renowned scientists, its amateur members also investigate the insect world. The association organizes lectures, excursions and conferences. Its members work in the fields of taxonomy, faunistics and ecology. The three pillars of collecting knowledge, documenting knowledge and communicating knowledge are of equal importance. Over the 75 years, numerous publications have been published and countless new species have been described. The association’s journal, ZAÖE, is published annually.
As a cooperation partner of the NHM, the AÖE is closely linked to the museum. Here, research is combined with knowledge transfer. Find out more on our Homepage