Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum


How Insects Have Cultivated Flowers

15.11.2017, Berlin | All of us have delighted in flowers and perhaps asked ourselves why they come in so many different sizes, shapes, colors, and scents. The most succinct answer is: sex. Flowers serve the regular exchange of genetic material by taking pollen from one blossom to another. During this cross-pollination, insects often play the role of breeders, as Professor Susanne Renner from the University of Munich will show in the last lecture in the Science in the Dinosaur Hall lecture series. Entitled “How Insects Have Cultivated Flowers,” the lecture takes place at the Berlin Museum of Natural History on December 8, at 7:30 p.m. Unfortunately, this event is now fully booked.


The talk is part of our 2017 lecture series “Science in the Dinosaur Hall.”

Following its great success in 2016, the lecture series will be continued in 2017 as a collaboration between the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Natural History Museum in Berlin, and the Ernst Schering Foundation. On eight evenings, we invite you to the museum’s Dinosaur Hall to discover the fascinating world of science.

Following the lectures, you will have an exclusive opportunity to visit the museum until 10 p.m.

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Natural History Museum
Invalidenstrasse 43 | 10115 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30-20 93 85 91 | www.naturkundemuseum.berlin

The lectures start at 7:30 p.m.
Language: German
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Duration: 45 minutes
Free admission

Registration is required. Please click on the registration link below the individual lectures.
Please note that the registration link is activated four weeks prior to the event. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations by e-mail.

All lectures will be videotaped and will be available on the YouTube channel of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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January 13, 2017
Man and Microbe – Foe and Friend
Prof. Dr. Stefan H. E. Kaufmann, immunologist

February 10, 2017
First I Eat Mine, Then We Share Yours: Famines Today
Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, agricultural economist

March 10, 2017
Food between Technology and Transcendence
Prof. Dr. Hannelore Daniel, nutrition and food researcher

April 21, 2017
Empty Oceans or Wild Life? The Global Ocean in the 21st Century
Prof. Dr. Boris Worm, marine biologist

September 8, 2017
The Great Misunderstanding: Genetic Engineering and Agricultural Development
Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim, agricultural economist

October 20, 2017
Why We Eat What We Eat: A Psychological Perspective
Prof. Dr. Britta Renner, health psychologist

November 10, 2017
Fattening Pigs at Play and the Science of Animal Welfare
Prof. Dr. Dr. Matthias Gauly, veterinarian and farm animal researcher
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fwQMry

December 8, 2017
How Insects Have Bred Flowers
Prof. Dr. Susanne Renner, botanist
Register at: http://bit.ly/2fK19LM


Photo 1: (c) U.S. Geological Survey

Photo 2: View of the Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum, © MfN Berlin, Carola Radke
Photo 3: View of the Natural History Museum, © MfN Berlin, Carola Radke



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