Kurze Geschichte der DSMZ

Die DSMZ - Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures) GmbH wurde 1969 unter der Schirmherrschaft der Gesellschaft für Strahlen- und Umweltforschung am Institut für Mikrobiologie der Universität in Göttingen gegründet. Ihren Sitz in Braunschweig hat die DSMZ seit 1987. Seit 1996 ist die DSM unter dem Kürzel DSMZ eine Serviceeinrichtung in der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

1969 foundation of a national culture collection, supported by external grants. Decentralized organization with headquarter in Göttingen
1981 recognition as International Depositary Authority (IDA) for patent purposes according to the Budapest Treaty
1987 unification of all German collections in Braunschweig at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung mBH
1988 legally independent body established as a nonprofit accepted private limited company (GmbH)
1990 expansion of the collection (Departments Plant Cell Cultures, Human and Animal Cell Lines, Plant Viruses)
1993 appointment of Prof. Dr. Erko Stackebrandt as Scientific Director (1993-2010)
1996 DSMZ becomes member of the Leibniz Association
2004 establishment of quality management according to ISO 9001:2000
2010 appointment of Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann as Scientific Director; foundation of the fifth department Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity research
2017 Prof. Dr. Michael Pester joins DSMZ as head of the department Microorganisms
2018 first European Registered Collection; implementation of a dual management with Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann as Scientific Director and Bettina Fischer as Administrative Director; recertification according to ISO 9001:2015; accreditation according to ISO 17034:2017
2019 50th anniversary of DSMZ in Braunschweig, Germany; Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast joins DSMZ as head of the department Bioresources for Bioeconomy and Health Research