Research and Public are often far apart. Modern biology has been shaped by molecular methods, while the public sees anything linked to genes rather sceptically. No surprise: what is not understood, rises mistrust. Therefore, the Botanical Institute wants to use the Botanical Garden as platform to explain to the public, what we do in our research. Our concept for the public comprises the following elements:
1. Every month we offer on different topics: From "Plant Sex", "What We Can Learn from Wild Vines", "Hunting with the Gene Gun" or "Where Chocolate Grows - Tropical Crops" - during these excursions you cannot only learn in a digested form, what is new in botany, but also what we are currently working about.
2. On request, we also offer excursions for school classes or groups on topics of request.
3. The garden is not only opened during the week, but also on Sunday. Entrance is free, and we have prepared Topical Paths with numerous stations, where you can get into different topics by your own, supported by information resources in site and in the web.