Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

Join the Senckenberg Beetle Brigade!

Are you passionate about insects and eager to make a significant contribution to scientific research? The Entomology I section at the Senckenberg Research Institute is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the digitization and organization of our extensive Coleoptera collection.

About Us: The Senckenberg Research Institute houses an impressive array of beetles. With a staggering 1.8 million beetle specimens (including approximately 6,500 type specimens), our Coleoptera collection offers a unique opportunity for research and discovery.

Volunteer Opportunities: As a volunteer, you will have the chance to engage in a variety of tasks, depending on your skills and interests. These include:

  1. Specimen Identification: Help us identify and classify beetle specimens, contributing to our ongoing research and taxonomy projects.
  2. Mounting and Labeling: Learn the art of mounting beetles on insect pins and labeling them accurately, ensuring proper preservation and organization.
  3. Digitization: Assist in the digitization process by capturing high-resolution images of specimens and entering relevant data into our digital database.
  4. Collection Organization: Participate in organizing and curating the Coleoptera collection, ensuring that specimens are properly stored and accessible for future research.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Gain hands-on experience in entomology and enhance your knowledge of beetles.
  • Contribute to scientific research and the preservation of valuable insect specimens.
  • Collaborate with renowned entomologists and experts in the field.
  • Develop valuable skills in specimen identification, mounting, and digitization techniques.
  • Access to the vast resources and expertise available at the Senckenberg Research Institute.
Requirements: Interest and passion for insects
Attention to detail
Basic knowledge of entomology
Ability to work effectively in a team   Restrictions:
Physical Abilities: Depending on the tasks involved, certain physical abilities or limitations may affect a candidate’s eligibility. For instance, if the project requires extensive manual dexterity for specimen handling, there may be specific physical requirements or restrictions.

Join our dedicated team of volunteers and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of beetles. Your contribution will have a lasting impact on our research, preservation efforts, and the advancement of entomology.

Activities and instructions can be provided in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or German language. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

Don’t miss out on this unique chance to explore the realm of Coleoptera and leave a lasting legacy in entomology!

PrerequisitesWhen?Where?What?Time frame
Extensive glimpses into collection work, including identification and digitization of specimensStart at any timeSenckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt/M.Collection workBy arrangement