2 September 2012 - The Zoological Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone on the 1st and 2nd of September. 400 professionals of education, research, government and business gathered in Bonn to celebrate the event. The CMS Secretariat also participated in the event.
After the introduction by the Director of the Museum, Professor Dr. Waegele, key representatives from various ministries, the scientific field and the lord mayor Bonn, presented their greetings, followed by Professor Dr. Wilhelm Barthlott who gave the keynote address on biodiversity which was well received by the audience. All the speakers spoke of the importance of the Museum Koenigto the city of Bonn and for the city's role as an international center for the promotion of biodiversity. Being a longtime partner, the CMS Secretariat has reaffirmed its commitment to continue its work with Museum Koenig on a number of projects. Since 2005, the Museum Koenig has been supporting the UNEP/CMS Thesis Award.
A varied program drew widespread attention to research themes and the history of Museum Koenig. The park was opened and guests were invited to stroll or relax in the park cafe. As Alexander Koenig himself kept live animals for research purposes, live animals were presented to the public in the Museum park. Guided behind the scenes tours offered insight into current research and children's programs made the anniversary celebration a fun family experience.
In addition to the special exhibition "Laying of the foundation stone 100 years ago - the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig", invited visitors to the event "Living research" were able to directly address the experts with questions and were also able to engage in a dialogue with scientists.