The Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library (Universitätsbibliothek) was established on 1 January 2005 through the merger of the Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main, which dates back to 1484, with the Senckenbergische Bibliothek, founded in 1763. Among other things, it is in charge of the special subject collection Biology of the German Research Society. This can also be reached via the virtual biology library.

The Natural Sciences Library (BNat) is, among other things, responsible for supplying literature to the biosciences.

It is located on the Riedberg campus in the Otto Stern Centre.

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The LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), which was founded in 2008 as a joint venture of the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, aims to carry out internationally outstanding research in the field of interactions between organismic biodiversity and climate.

Using innovative research approaches and a broad spectrum of modern methods - from satellite-based remote sensing of climate, area and ecosystem reactions to molecular genetics and mass spectrometry - past and present events and processes are documented and analysed in order to develop reliable projections and decision bases for the future.

Botaniscal garden

The Botanical Garden is run by the City of Frankfurt.

Close scientific cooperation with working groups of the department and the Botanical Garden has existed since the founding of the University.



Cluster of Excellence Frankfurt - Molecular Complexes

The Cluster of Excellence „Macromolecular Complexes“ at the Goethe University Frankfurt (CEF) was established in November 2006.

Research at the CEF aims at understanding macromolecular complexes, in particular the molecular mechanisms and functional consequences underlying the interactions of biological macromolecules in the cell, or in the cell membrane.



The Palmengarten was founded in 1868 and has since become an integral part of the cityscape.

Since the University was founded, there has been scientific and teaching cooperation with working groups of the Faculty of Biosciences.


Zoo Frankfurt

True to its motto "Experience animals - preserve nature", Frankfurt Zoo offers its visitors an authentic animal experience and is committed to nature and species conservation.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Niekisch, Director of the Zoo, has been Professor of International Nature Conservation at the Biosciences Department of the Goethe University in Frankfurt since 2010.

International Research and Research Networks

A focus of the Faculty of Biological Sciences is the investigation of long and short-term adaptation of organisms to their environment. The research focuses on the complete spectrum of biodiversity, from microbes to higher eukaryotes. In this case, the Faculty can profit from its excellent organismic and molecular competences, which are based on a long tradition in Frankfurt.

In 2008, biodiversity research manifested itself successfully in the establishment of the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiKF). Research on biochemical, cellular and neurobiological issues is also highly topical. Several work groups participate in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 902 “Molecular Mechanisms of RNA-based Regulation" as well as in SFB 807 “Transport and Communication across Biological Membranes" which were approved in 2011. Seven work groups belong to the Excellence Cluster “Macromolecular complexes", which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); others are associated with it.

    The cooperation in these outstanding research associations strengthens the profile of the Faculty in cell biology and neuroscience as well as in the molecular biosciences. In addition to the above-mentioned research partners, further important cooperation partners of the Faculty of Biological Sciences in Research and teaching are the following: