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Public outreach

COS members have initiated and taken part in many public outreach and educational projects.

Academic Lunchbreak

In 2018, COS Heidelberg participated in the event series "Academic Lunch Break". The format provides for 15-minute technical lectures, far from the lecture hall in the special atmosphere of St. Peter's Church, entertaining, instructive and above all easy to understand, followed by a question and discussion session.

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COS Sunday Matinee

Until 2016/17, the COS Sunday Matinees were held on current topics in biological research, in which renowned scientists presented their expertise in popular science lectures (in German).

Topics in the last years were:

  • Meeresbiologie (2001/2002)
  • Evolutionsbiologie (2002/2003)
  • Grenzsituationen des Lebens (2003/2004)
  • Kooperation (2008/2009)
  • verschiedenen Brennpunkten aktueller biologischer Forschung (2009/2010 und 2010/2011)
  • „Orientierung - von der Zelle zur Gesellschaft“ (2011/2012)
  • „Im Fokus: Der Mensch“ (2012/2013)
  • „Lebensbogen - Werden, Sein, Vergehen“ (2013/2014)
  • „Faszination Biologie: Teil 1“ (2014/2015)
  • „Faszination Biologie: Teil 2“ (2015/2016)
  • „Faszination Biologie: Teil 3“ (2016/2017)


Christina Godel
Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) Heidelberg
Telefon (06221) 54-5656


Zoological collection

The Heidelberg University Zoological Collection currently is not open to the public due to renovation measures in building INF 230. After completion of the renovation phase - probably in 2022 - the collection will be open to the public again with a new concept. The exhibits are currently stored carefully. The storage conditions are monitored regularly.