Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-museum Foundation (DHMD)

The German Hygiene Museum is a science museum that reflects the impact of science on society in the 21st century. As such, it provides an independent public forum for the dialogue between science and society through exhibitions and various events. Its main activities include a permanent exhibition called "the Man", up to two temporary exhibitions lasting 8-10 months, travelling exhibitions, educational programmes for students, advanced training for teachers, a laboratory for students to carry out experiments in the field of molecular biology, and conferences, lectures and discussions on the topics of various exhibitions.

Within the German Hygiene Museum, the Science Forum organises scientific events (lectures, debates, congresses and others) in the field of research and society as well as the international collaboration of the museum (within ECSITE ( and within EU-funded projects). One of the most important projects in the area of public participation was the first nationwide Citizens' Conference on genetic testing in 2001.

In the past few years, the German Hygiene Museum has also taken part in research programmes such as "Focus on Genes" (1998-2002) and "Museum as a place for Life-Long Learning" (2001-2004).
The German Hygiene Museum at present also is involved in a two-year pilot project led by a European panel of 126 citizens, called "Meeting of Minds - European Citizens' Deliberation on Brain Science" . A partner consortium of technology assessment bodies, science museums, academic institutions and public foundations from nine European countries launched this initiative in 2004 with the support of the European Commission.

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