The Centrum für Naturkunde is expected to become part of the Leibniz Association on 1 July 2021. Together with the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK), CeNak will merge to become the "Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change" (LIB). The LIB will be one of the most important institutions for biodiversity research in Germany and also internationally. In the summer of 2020, the Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Länder (GWK) had decided its vote for this merger of two research museums with locations in Hamburg and Bonn. The decision for an LIB is linked to the construction of a new, innovative natural history museum in Hamburg.
The LIB builds a bridge between innovative research and nature conservation as well as between scientific knowledge and public understanding. Here, scientists research biodiversity, which is threatened worldwide, as well as processes of evolution. They address these central questions of our present together with staff for knowledge transfer in exhibitions, events and other educational formats for the general public. In addition to research and teaching, cooperation with schools is an important part of the tasks.