Oliver Zauzig studied geography and history at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 2002 to 2007. From 2004 until his graduation, he was a student assistant at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Technology in the indexing project “Cabinets of Knowledge”. He then worked as a research assistant in the DFG-funded project “University Collections in Germany. The Information System on Collections and Museums at German Universities”1, in which information on current and historical university collections was compiled in a freely accessible online database from 2004 to 2010. The intensive scientific examination of university collections was followed by a research project entitled “Material Models in Research and Teaching: Recording, Documenting and Examining Models in University Collections”2, which was also funded by the DFG.
From May 2012 to May 2019, he was a research assistant at the BMBF-funded Coordination Office for Academic University Collections in Germany.3 His responsibilities included the areas of strategic and infrastructural development of scientific collections as well as legal issues. He has headed the coordination office since June 2019.
He wrote his doctoral thesis on the ‚Modellkammer‘ of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, a historical (teaching) model collection that was singular in this form at German universities of the 18th century. His research questions aim, among other things, at the practical handling and use of the model collection in the university curriculum of the 18th and 19th centuries, whereby the level of the collection is examined as much as the level of the individual objects. The thesis was defended in October 2021 and will soon be virtually accessible to all interested parties on the HU’s e-doc server.
Oliver Zauzig is the central collections coordinator of the HU since March 2022.
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