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Universeum - European Academic Heritage Network

XV Universeum Network Meeting

"Enhancing University Heritage-Based Research"

University of Hamburg, Germany, 12-14 June 2014

organized by Gudrun Wolfschmidt

Links to Hamburg University Collections

Programme Committee

  • Gudrun Wolfschmidt, University of Hamburg (Germany) - Chair
  • Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Laetitia Maison-Soulard, University Michel de Montaigne (France)
  • Sébastien Soubiran, University of Strasbourg (France)
  • Sofia Talas, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Roland Wittje, University of Regensburg (Germany).


Call for Papers

The European Academic Heritage Network UNIVERSEUM announces its 15th annual meeting. UNIVERSEUM invites submissions of papers on academic heritage in its broadest sense, tangible and intangible, namely the preservation, study, access and promotion of university collections, museums, archives, libraries, botanical gardens, astronomical observatories, and university buildings of historical, artistic and scientific significance. The theme of the conference is 'Enhancing University Heritage-Based research', though papers on other topics are welcomed too. Post-graduate students are especially encouraged to attend.

Enhancing University Heritage-Based Research
Cultural heritage is widely studied, from collection studies to historical and social studies of science, research in the natural sciences, didactic research, museum studies, and conservation and restoration analysis. Research is one of universities' core missions. How can university heritage based-research be regarded with respect to this mission? What kind of research is being done and how is it presented to the general public? How can we make university heritage more relevant in research development and outreach? How does research contribute to transform the places where universities' everyday activities are taking place into heritage? How can it turn artefacts, specimens, books, manuscripts and documents produced or gathered by universities into heritage? To what extent can university heritage as a whole be recognized as a multidisciplinary large-scale tool for research activities? We welcome experiences, case-studies and in-depth papers that help us identify the nature and specificity of these issues and concerns.

Call for Papers PDF

The conference language is English. Paper presentations will be 15 min or 20 min.
A poster session will be also organized.

Universeum abstract template.doc
Please send abstract proposals (max 200 words) and a short biography highlighting main research interests
(max. 50 words) to the following email address before 28 February 2014: Gudrun Wolfschmidt.

Programme of the Conference

(Booklet of Abstracts)


The conference is supported by
  • University of Hamburg,
  • the Schimank-Stiftung of the Center for History of Science and Technology, University of Hamburg
  • Universitätsklinikum Hamburg Eppendorf; Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin / Medizinhistorisches Museum Hamburg

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Morning: Geomatikum Lecture Room 2
(Bundesstrasse 55, Bus 4 and 15, stop "Bundesstrasse")

By clicking on the images you can enlarge them!

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

    9:00 - 9:30

    Opening Session

    Chair: Gudrun Wolfschmidt

    • Prof. Dr. Claudia Leopold, University of Hamburg
      (Member of the "Präsidium" - Steering Committee of Hamburg University)
    • Dr. Sofia Talas (President of Universeum)
    • Prof. Dr. Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Universeum 2014 Chair)

    9:30 - 11:00
    • Presentation of the recommendations of the German "Wissenschaftsrat":
      Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Mielke
    • Dr. Cornelia Weber (Managing Director of the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik,
      Humboldt University of Berlin):
      Repositioning University Collections as Scientific Infrastructures. A New Approach in Germany

    11:00 - 11:30 - Coffee break

    11:30 - 13:00

    Guided Tours - Collections of the University of Hamburg:

    • Collection History of Science (Geomatikum) - Gudrun Wolfschmidt
    • Geological-Palaeontological Museum (Geomatikum) - Alexander Benn (Dr. Ulrich Kotthoff)
    • Zoological Museum / Sammlungen (1. Skelettsammlung, 2. 3D-Ökometrielabor) - Prof. Dr. Thomas M. Kaiser
      (Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, opposite of Geomatikum)
    • Gypsum Replica Collection of the Archaeological Institute - Heidi Tauber, M.A.
      (Grindelallee 48, Metrobus 4 stop "Grindelhof")
    • Jungius collection, State- and University Library Carl von Ossietzky (Von-Melle-Park 3, Metrobus 4 stop "Staatsbibliothek") - Dipl.-Wiss.Hist. Eike Harden

13:00 - 13:30 Lunch -
University Cafeteria (Mensa) Geomatikum

Afternoon: Hamburg (University) Observatory
in Hamburg-Bergedorf


  • S21 Sternschanze 13:29-14:55 Bergedorf Bahnhof,
    Bus 332 - 14:00-14:10 "Sternwarte Universität"
  • S21 Sternschanze 13:39 / Dammtor 13:41 - 14:05 Bergedorf Bahnhof,
    Bus 135 Timetable Bus 135 - 14:09-14:19 "Justus-Brinckmann-Strasse"
  • S21 Sternschanze 13:49-14:15 Bergedorf Bahnhof,
    Bus 332 Timetable Bus 332 - 14:20-14:31 "Sternwarte Universität"

    Thursday 14:30 - 16:00

    Welcome: Prof. Dr. Robi Banerjee, director of Hamburg Observatory

    1. Session: Conservation and scientific research on Collections

    Chair: Marta Lourenço

    • Beatrix Alscher (Berlin):
      The conservation of the 1m-reflector telescope:
      Technical heritage at the Hamburg Observatory
    • Ilja Kogan, Birgit Gaitzsch (Freiberg, Germany):
      Freiberg University makes fossils and coal available via the internet
    • Nathalie Séjalon-Delmas (Castanet Tolosan, France):
      How herbarium specimens may give clues about XXIth century environmental questions
    • Bruno Vila (Marseille, France):
      Is it possible to evaluate the impact of a collection on research?

    16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break

    Thursday 16:30 - 18:00

    2. Session: Heritage and research in history of science

    Chair: Sofia Talas

    • James Caplan (Marseille, France):
      Research as a line of defence of historic astronomical instrumentation
    • Liliya V. Kazantseva, Salata A. Sergey (Kyiv, Ukraine):
      A comprehensive study of the scientific heritage
      of the Astronomical Observatory of Kyiv University
    • Lea Leppik (Tartu, Estonia):
      A science museum without research into the history of science?
    • Eike-Christian Harden (Hamburg, Germany):
      Preparing the transformation into heritage: what research has to be done
      before the presentation of the Jungius archive can start?
    • Anke Tietz (Freiberg, Germany):
      A geoscientific heritage of the late 18th century in the periphery of universities

    18:00 - Presentation and Guided Tours:

    • Schmidt-Museum, Telescopes and Scientific Instruments -
      Gudrun Wolfschmidt und Förderverein Hamburger Sternwarte
      (PD Dr. Matthias Hünsch und Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Kollmann)
    • Photographic Plates - Dr. Detlef Groote
    • Archive and Library - Anke Vollersen

Bergedorf to Hamburg:

Friday, 13 June 2014

Morning: Geomatikum Lecture Room 2
    Friday 9:00 - 10:45

    3. Session: Networks inside and outside universities

    Chair: Steph Scholten

    • E. Corradini (Modena , Italy), L. Campanella (Roma, Italy):
      Disseminating the scientific knowledge: Interdisciplinary itineraries
      on common themes of the Italian university museums network
    • Daniëlle De Vooght, Tijl Vereenooghe, Simon Leenknegt (Mechelen, Ghent, Belgium):
      Scienific heritage, inside and outside academia
    • Klaus Staubermann, Anita Quye (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Scotland):
      Reinvent - Researching 19th century Scottish textile heritage
    • Simon Leenknegt, Danny Segers, Isabel Rotthier, Trudy Noordermeer,
      Frank Scheelings, Geert Vanpaemel (Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, Leuven, Belgium):
      Et in academia ego? Flemish university colleges and academic heritage
    • Nathalie Nyst (Brussels, Belgium):
      From the city collections to the university collections Brussels and the ULB

    10:45 - 11:15 - Coffee break

    Friday 11:15 - 13:00

    4. Session: Research exchanges between public and academic audiences

    Chair: Klaus Staubermann

    • Neil Curtis (Aberdeen, Scotland):
      Public engagement with research and new opportunities
      for the university of Aberdeen's museums
    • David Gaimster (Glasgow, GB):
      Reinventing the academic museum - the brief for a hunterian collections study centre
    • Jelle De Schrijver, Chantal Dugardin, Dominick Verschelde, Danny Segers (Ghent, Belgium):
      Reflection about science at the Ghent University Museum
    • Martina Kölbl-Ebert (Eichstätt, Germany):
      The interdisciplinary appeal of a natural history collection
    • Anne-Marie Delaune (Limoges, France):
      The mission scientific of heritage preservation being hijacked
    • Marek Bukowski (Gdańsk, Poland):
      Museum as a hero, museum as a tool ...

13:00 - 14:0 Lunch -
University Cafeteria (Mensa) Geomatikum

Afternoon: Geomatikum Lecture Room 2

    Friday 14:00 - 15:00 - Papers

    5. Session: New exhibitions

    Chair: Sébastien Soubiran

    • Lourdes Cirlot, Santiago Vallmitjana Rico, Isabel Garcia Malet, Pilar Mateo (Barcelona, Spain):
      Sharing heritage and knowledge among university collections:
      the case of the "images vives" exhibition
    • Janne Vilkuna, Pirjo Vuorinen, Tanja Koskela (Jyväskylä, Finland):
      Exhibition center Soihtu - How to squeeze 150 years of university's history into 188m2?
    • Reet Mägi (Tartu, Estonia):
      The new permanent exhibition of the university of Tartu Natural History Museum:
      Education based on science of the past and present

    15:00 - 16:00

    Poster session

    Chair: Bruno Vila

    • Susanne Eberspächer, Christin Kehrer, Gerhard Heide (Freiberg/Saxony, Germany):
      Digitization of the thin section collection of rocks at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    • Birgit Gaitzsch, Ilja Kogan, Norbert Volkmann (Freiberg, Germany):
      Coal, petroleum and leaves -
      the fossil fuel geology collection at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
    • Beata Heide, Andreas Massanek, Gerhard Heide (Freiberg, Germany):
      249 coloured plates of Meissen porcelain:
      a part of the mineral collections of Abraham Gottlob Werner
    • Irena Kampa (Kiel, Hamburg, Germany):
      The collection of Hevelius' academic heritage in Gdańsk
      and its benefits for the study of scientific instruments
    • Laetitia Maison (Bordeaux, France):
      The ten years of "PATSTEC" in France (2003-2013)
    • Pilar Irala Hortal (Zaragoza, Spain):
      Photographic archives for student research
    • Alberto Faria (Lisboa, Portugal):
      The virtual museum of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon
    • Ethel R. Handfas (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil):
      Scienific and cultural heritage at the Brazilian university
    • Judith Blume, Vera Hierholzer, Lisa Regazzoni (Frankfurt am Main):
      Explorative teaching - what can objects tell?

    16:00 - 16:30 - Coffee Break

    Friday 16:30 - 18:00

    6. Session: Teaching and students' engagement with collections

    Chair: Roland Wittje

    • Frédérique Andry-Cazin, Santiago Aragon (Paris, France):
      Exhibition "In the footsteps of science":
      An example of interaction between research and heritage
    • Margherita Bongiovanni, Federica Stella (Torino, Italy):
      The Curioni collection: Educational models between "Building science and art"
    • Frank Meijer, Esther Boeles (Amsterdam, The Netherlands):
      Wikipedia & University collections: Getting the students involved
    • Anne Vähätalo (Aalto, Finland):
      From showcase to virtual study piece

19:00 - Conference Dinner
Restaurantschiff Bergedorf (1955)
Ponton Neumühlen, Hamburg-Oevelgönne
(ferry boat 62 direction Finkenwerder, stop Oevelgönne)

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Morning: Medical History Museum,
University Medical Center (UKE), Hamburg-Eppendorf (Universitätsklinikum)

(Metro U3 Schlump to Kellinghusenstrasse 09:02-09:07,
Bus 22, 09:12-09:18, stop "Julius-Reincke-Stieg", 10 minutes walk)

("U3 Hoheluftbrücke" Metro-Bus 5, 9:03-0:05 "Gärtnerstrasse",
Bus 20 (or Bus 25): "Gärtnerstrasse" 9:07-9:10 stop "UK Eppendorf", 10 minutes walk)

    Saturday 9:30 - 11:30

    Workshop - Working Groups

    • Recent Heritage of Science (URHS) Workshop (Roland Wittje),
      see Selection Criteria (PDF)
      1. James Caplan
      2. Elena Corradini
      3. Neil Curtis
      4. Willem Dedobbeleer
      5. Ann-Marie Delaune
      6. Delphine Isselmann
      7. Kaur Jackma
      8. Liliya Kazantseva
      9. Simon Leenknegt
      10. Marta Lourenço
      11. Laura Masuri
      12. Ing-Marie Munktell
      13. Christine Nawa
      14. Anne Vähätalo
      15. Cornelia Weber
      16. Roland Wittje
      17. Gudrun Wolfschmidt

    11:30 - 12:00 Coffee Break

    Saturday 12:00 - 13:00 Guided Tour:

    Medical History Museum (Dr. Antje Zare and cooperators)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Medical History Institute,
University Medical Center (UKE), Hamburg-Eppendorf

    Saturday 14:00 - 15:00

    7. Session: Curating collections

    Chair: Ing-Marie Munktell

    • Steph C. Scholten (Amsterdam, The Netherlands):
      Into the 21st century: Curating digital collections
    • Laila Zwisler (Lyngby, Denmark):
      Three things in one go - Heritage, research and dissemination at the Technical University of Denmark
    • George N. Vlahakis, Faiy Tsitou, Flora Paparou, Panagiotis Lazos (Patras, Athens, Greece):
      The scientific collections of the Athen's University Museum. A critical view

    Saturday 15:00 - 17:00

    Universeum General Assembly

17:00 - 19:00 - Visits - Guided Tours:

  • Excursion to places of history of science and technology in Hamburg
    by Gudrun Wolfschmidt (including boat trip)
  • Botanical Garden of Hamburg University in Flottbek,
    opening hours 9-20 h
  • Old Botanical Garden "Planten un Blomen" (*1820),
    opening hours 7-23 h,
    Tropical Greenhouses, Saturday 10:00-17:45 h,
    Teahouse in the Japanese Garden, Tuesday to Saturday, 15-18 h
  • "Wasserlichtspiele" Parksee (sound and light show with a water organ in the lake)
    in the Old Botanical Garden, Thursday to Sunday, 22 h (summer term 1.05.-5.10.2014)

Suggestion for visits on Sunday:

  • Tropical Greenhouses in the Old Botanical Garden (Planten un Blomen),
    opening hours Sunday 10:00-17:45 h
  • Loki-Schmidt-Haus - Museum and Botanical Garden of Hamburg University in Flottbek,
    opening hours Sunday 9-20 h
  • Zoological Museum of Hamburg University, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3,
    opening hours: Sunday 10-17 h
  • Mineralogical Museum of Hamburg University, Grindelallee 48,
    opening hours: Sunday 10-17 h

Links to Hamburg University Collections and Places of Interest

Astronomy, History of Science, DESY

Medical History


Geo Science: Palaeontology and Mineralogy

Biology: Zoology and Botany





Deadline: May 15, 2014
Universeum Registration Form - please download and send it back to Gudrun Wolfschmidt.

List of Participants

Universeum List of Participants

Accommodation - Hotels / Hostels in Hamburg

Travel: Public Transportation in Hamburg HVV (Öffentlicher Nahverkehr)

  • HVV - Timetable (Fahrplan)

    Map: Metro (U-Bahn) and interurban train (S-Bahn) PDF

  • Prices (Preise):
    • Short trip (Kurzstrecke) 1.50 €
    • Normal ticket (Normale Fahrkarte) (Nahbereich Hamburg) 2.00 €,
    • Ticket City of Hamburg ("Großbereich" Hamburg) 3.00 €
      (e.g. from the Airport (Flughafen) to the City or
      from the center to the Observatory)

    • All-day ticket (Tageskarte) 7.30 €, All-day ticket after 9 h only 5.90 €
    • Group All-day ticket (Gruppenkarte) (up to 5 persons) after 9 h - 10.80 €

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