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Regarding the importance of research based on items and new examination methods, like for example the DNA analysis, scientific collections become a whole new meaning. Therefore, the scientific council strongly advises the development of an “infrastructure for research and teaching”. The University of Greifswald would like to develop further the potential of its research based on its collections.

I. Current research projects

Completed research projects

Flora GREIF – DFG Projekt

The community project „FloraGREIF“ concentrates on the creation of a virtual flora in Mongolia. The project “digital library of Greifswald of the flora in Mongolia” enables the representation of space-related information for confirmation of type for phanerogams„ which will also be linked to records of living plants. Under the direction of Prof. Reinhard Zölitz from the institute of geography and geology, Prof. Martin Schnittler, botanical and landscape ecology Institute and the computation centre of the university, a pool of information for biogeographic data is being created. "Flora GREIF" will be supported up until 2013 by the German Research Community (DFG) with means amounting to 220.000 Euros. An enlargement of the starting project to the bordering regions of central Asia is planned without any time limits. A first impression on the project can be gained on the website:

GeoGREIF – DFG Project
GeoGreif contains maps and map works, which are available in the original at the Institute of geography and geology of the University of Greifswald, or in the land-archive of Greifswald. For each map, GeoGREIF shows all the most important metadata in the DublinCore format, which eases the research considerably. The maps are organised thematically and deposited in different collection areas. The collections are constantly widened by the employees of the Institute of geography and geology of the University of Greifswald. In the context of the project "Greifswald information system regarding the Swedish takeover of Vorpommern, part of the digital archive – the administration of the Swedish land-takeover of Vorpommern between 1692 and 1709”, encouraged by the German Research Community (DFG), the foundation of this digital library was laid from the 15.11.2004 to the 14.11.2006 in the project time room. A first impression of the project can be gained on the website:

Restoration of the Rubenow memorial – DBU Project

Exemplary cleansing of the strongly environmentally damaged sculpture. Prof. Friedrich August Berndt. The 10, 12 meter high Rubenow memorial was built on the initiative of the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm the Fourth on the occasion of the 400th university anniversary in 1856 by the disciple of Schinkel Friedrich August Stüler (1800-1865). Specialists of the restoration workshop Haber & Brandner from Berlin ( have restored the whole building three years ago, and have professionally repaired the circumstantial corrosion damages. The German Federal Environmental foundation (DBU) participated to the cleansing costs with 80.000 Euros and scientific material studies. The scientific direction was taken care of by Prof. Jörg Freitag, who directs the only professorial chair of metal restoration in Germany at the college in Potsdam. Farther, the college of Südwestfalen in Iserlohn and the Fraunhofer Institute of research on silicate in Bonnbach participated as well.

Duration of the project: 2005-2008
Supported by: The German Environmental Community
Amount of subsidies: 80.000,00 Euros
Project coordination: Custody of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald
Project partner: Professorial chair of metal restoration at the college in Potsdam, the Südwestfalen College in Iserlohn, the Fraunhofer Institute of research on silicate in Bronnbach.

Link to the DBU and the project number (23320/)